Gig nostalgia

7 02 2015

Everything But The Girl – January 1985

This academic year Edinburgh University Library has been publishing, each week, the edition of Student from 30 years ago. 1984-85 was my second year as a student at Edinburgh and every one of these brings back some great (mainly) memories. One of my favourites from the 31 January 1985 paper though is this review of the first Everything But The Girl gig I attended:




It’s a rubbish headline obviously and not quite how I remember the gig which to my mind was uniformly wonderful.

That’s nostalgia for you though.


Books of the year 2009

30 12 2009

Favourite books of the year

Of course they’re not of the year, rather just the best I happen to have read in the past 12 months. And, strictly speaking, this one was at the end of 2008:

Vertigo by W G Sebald

This one was extremely good:

Restoration by Rose Tremain

And can’t believe it took me so long to get round to this – just absolutely outstanding:

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

And the worst…these two were just awful:

And then we came to the end


Remember those Shop Assistants?

24 02 2008

They say they don’t want to be friends with you

Never mind.

Dead not dreaming

11 11 2007

An American Dream by Norman Mailer

An American Dream

With the Mailer obituaries still fresh and still coming up with an, at best, mixed analysis of his life’s achievements and his writings, revisiting this one reminds you of the extraordinary power of some of his work. It’s years since I read this now but I’m still reminded from time to time of the brilliance and sheer energy of the novel. It struck me then as setting a standard to which only a few others have come close since.

So, if tempted to the Mailer back catalogue, go for this one.

5 star

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