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Talking Picture no. 13: John Payne—Daniel Meadows

This week’s movie from the Daniel Meadows Archive, held at the Library of Birmingham.

Talking Picture no. 13: John Payne

April 1974, from the Free Photographic Omnibus.

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Kacey Musgraves wins twice during the 56th annual Grammy Awards, aired by CBS from Los Angeles’ Staples Center. She takes Best Country Album, for “Same Trailer Different Park”; and Best Country Song, for “Merry Go ‘Round” 245 more words


Stories of My Mother, #5

Everything changed the year that I was 13, and before my 14th birthday I had tossed out my last jar of Dippity-Do, deep-sixed my hair curlers, and thrown away a large number of white and pink-white and nearly-white tubes of frosted lipstick. 405 more words

Literary Fiction

Adventures in Science Fiction Cover Art: The Skull, Part II


(Patrick Woodroffe’s cover for the 1974 edition of Four for the Future (1969), ed. Harry Harrison)

Here is Part II of my sequence on SF and Skulls (morbid I know): … 283 more words

Science Fiction

With You In My Life I Can Go All The Way

The Raspberries have been featured on three various artists LPs which might explain why my dad only had two of their 45s and no LPs. He was pretty particular about not having songs on multiple discs, unless there were other songs that made it absolutely worth it, like I assume these singles were since one song is on both. 151 more words

Most Importantly - The Vinyl

January books: Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain

This book along with David Kynaston’s “Modernity Britain” has helped feed my interest in and knowledge of architecture and housing in postwar Britain.
I grew up in a new town and have always been fascinated with modern buildings, though at the time I hadn’t realised I was living in a gigantic social experiment. 342 more words