Around Ambridge: Approximation of a playlist §38

16 05 2009

Songs or artists with references to characters in everyone’s favourite long-running agriculturally leaning radio soap opera:

Oh, Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
Fever – Peggy Lee
Fly Me To The Moon – Matt Monro
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – Jerry Lee Lewis
Love Is A Battlefield – Pat Benatar
Making plans for Nigel – XTC
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do – Neil Sedakaimages
Moonlight Shadow – Mike Oldfield
Looking for Linda – Hue And Cry
Days – Kirsty MacColl
Kathy’s Song – Simon & Garfunkel
Army Dreamers – Kate Bush
Steppin’ out Joe Jackson
Jolene – Strawberry Switchblade
Jennifer juniper – Donovan
Run to You – Bryan Adams
Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones
Walkin’ Back To Happiness – Helen Shapiro
Searchin’ – Hazell Dean
Outside – George Michael
You Were Made For Me – Freddie & The Dreamers
What I Am – Tin Tin Out Feat. Emma Bunton
I Want That Man – Debbie Harry
Dayyyvvviiiid Watts – The Jam
Daniel – Elton John
Christine – Siouxsie & the Banshees
Caroline, yes – Kaiser Chiefs
This Is the Life – Amy MacDonald
Goody Two Shoes – Adam & the Ants
Willyerm, It Was Really Nothing – The Smiths
Stripper Vicar – Mansun
Me and the farmer – The Housemartins
More Than A Dream – The Farmers Boys
Sleeping Satellite – Tasmin Archer

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Case Histories

9 05 2009

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson

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From the blurb:

Cambridge is sweltering, during an unusually hot summer. To Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, the world consists of one accounting sheet – Lost on the left, Found on the right – and the two never seem to balance. Jackson has never felt at home in Cambridge, and has a failed marriage to prove it. Surrounded by death, intrigue and misfortune, his own life haunted by a family tragedy, he attempts to unravel three disparate case histories and begins to realise that in spite of apparent diversity, everything is connected…

And according to the Guardian this is:

‘AN ASTONISHINGLY COMPLEX AND MOVING LITERARY DETECTIVE STORY…THE SORT OF NOVEL YOU HAVE TO START RE-READING THE MINUTE YOU’VE FINISHED IT’

It is pretty good and Kate Atkinson does write extremely lucidly. The interweaving of the various plot lines is handled really well and makes for a pacy and entertaining tale. More than just a detective story but the case for immediate re-reading is perhaps over-stated…

3 star





Far from choleric

3 05 2009

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Outstanding novel this. Slow paced, melancholy, lyrical and measured it covers half a century of largely unrequited love as Florentino Ariza waits for most of his life to be with his first love, Fermina, after her husband dies. Brilliantly written and just wonderful to read. Wish I hadn’t waited so long to get round to it.

4.5 stars








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