I think it’s important to remember that this isn’t just fireworks night, as so many people seem to have fallen into calling it, but it is in fact the day when we celebrate Guy Fawkes and what he stood for. It is Guy Fawkes night
I think it’s important to point out, and important to remember.
I spent a weekend in Berlin recently. Here are a few of the pictures I took around the Berlin Wall and the memorial as well.
Today marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. I was going to say the signing of the Magna Carta, but as I learnt on Saturday, it wasn’t signed, it was sealed. With a royal seal.
Anyway, this is a big day for a very influential document that has quite literally changed the face of the world.
It made a huge impression on me and has influenced my musical choices ever since. I can remember playing it over and over again, both sides of course.
These days, when I find a 7″ copy of it, I feel an overwhelming urge to buy it. So when I found this one in a second hand record store for £1 I did buy it.
I’m sure that eventually I’ll end up with a stack of these. Not that that’s a huge problem of course.
This is one of the few Doctor Who stage plays, and is the only one that I ever went to. It was back in 1989 and I’ve occasionally thought about it over the years, but when I realised that I’d inadvertently bought a copy of Big Finish’s audiobook version it all came back to me.
Listening to it for the first time brought back a lot of memories, but the most interesting thing was hearing about how the production came about and the problems that it faced. It was really interesting to find out all about how it came about and what eventually happened to the production.
Whilst it is most certainly not one of the best Doctor Who stories of all time, even though it is strangely named the ‘Ultimate’ adventure! Although I guess that’s more to do with it being produced in the 80’s more than anything else. It is part of Doctor Who history, and I guess I’m one of the few (ok, probably there would have been over 10,000 people who saw it, but against the scale of Doctor Who fans that’s small) who saw it.
Anyway, I got in touch with the two people who I went with and they both remembered it, and one even still had the theatre programme! So here it is …
Dick Mills talking
Radiophonic Workshop set up
Awesome gear from the workshop
Radiophonic workshop live
I was really pleased to get to see the Radiophonic Workshop at WOMAD this year. They did a talk and also a performance as well. Both were really enjoyable.
Amazing to think that. I almost can’t believe that I’ve been writing Palm Sounds for just over 8 years now. How did that happen? But possibly the most amazing thing is how people have responded to it over the years and what it has created in that time. In fact, when I think about it, it can become a little overwhelming, so perhaps better not to, and just get on with it.
Yes, I think I’ll do that for now.
I can’t help thinking it was better before the whole thing was split up.
In the garden
The house, the mote
This is such a lovely place to visit on a nice bank holiday. I’m not sure there could have been anything better yesterday.
The museum itself was brilliant. In some ways overwhelming and very moving, but the entry ticket I had overlooked until it turned up in my wallet. It’s actually made to look like a ration card, which is very appropriate.