Monthly Archives: June 2016

Foxes and Fossils………keep an eye open for them

There are certain songs that should never be sung by anyone other than the original artist and amongst this list is “Suite Judy Blue Eyes” recorded many years ago by Crosby Stills and Nash. The need for harmonisation of the … Continue reading

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Kelvingrove Museum and moral blackmail…….

On my recent trip to Glasgow I visited the Kelvingrove Museum in the city of Glasgow as it is generally considered to be the finest museum in Scotland and had come highly recommended by a friend who lives in the … Continue reading

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Qawwali devotional singer murdered by the Taliban

Pakistanis are mourning one of the country’s most famous singers, Amjad Sabri, who was shot dead in Karachi by militants on Wednesday. Sabri performed Qawwali devotional music from the Sufi tradition, an Islamic practice opposed by religious extremists. He died after … Continue reading

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A canal walk and a hearty “Guten Morgan”

Last Sunday morning I took a walk along the narrow canal in Uppermill, just outside of Oldham and nestling at the foot of the Pennines. The weather was warm and the surrounding countryside a lush green colour as I made … Continue reading

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Glasgow taxi drivers and a caring society…………………

  For the best part of last week I was in Glasgow staying with friends and making the most of my time in the city. I had stopped off at Lake Ulleswater in Cumbria on my way up to Scotland … Continue reading

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Ditch your smartphone, get out in the countryside, and feel better about yourself

Originally posted on ulearn2bu:
Nature lovers are significantly less anxious and have higher self-esteem than people obsessed with their smartphones according a recent study. They are also more conscientious, emotionally stable and more open to new experiences than those…

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Kelvingrove Museum and Solomon Burke

Paid a visit to the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow today and as I walked in the entrance I was met with a display of heads hanging from the ceiling which are lit up with different colours. The expressions on the … Continue reading

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Jazz, who said that women can’t swing……

I regularly track the development of the Saint Andreu jazz band from Barcelona, made up of people between the ages of 8 and 20 (Elsa Armengou is now an “old hand” having joined the band when she was 6 and … Continue reading

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Swing dancing in Barcelona……….

I came across this video when listening (and watching) to a variety of concerts by the Saint Andreu Jazz band. It was during one of their intermissions that these dancers came out to perform and in this case it is … Continue reading

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Gender equality……read this and weep!

Straight, able-bodied white men who represent college and university lecturers from minorities have been banned from sessions at an equality conference because they do not have a “protected characteristic”. The University and College Union decided at its congress last week … Continue reading

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