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- A Fairytale of New York: The Story of the Least Likely Holiday HitOn 30 November 2023, Shane MacGowan, lead singer of Punk group The Pogues, died of pneumonia. As a longtime Pogues fan, I decided I should find a way to pay homage. Perhaps I should write a whole biography for him here. But then, December hit. I remembered “Fairy Tale of… Read more »
- 10 Cozy British Christmas TraditionsChristmas is a time of festivity, joy, and happiness for people all around the world. Every country has its own unique set of traditions and customs that make the holiday season special. In the United Kingdom, Christmas is celebrated with a variety of traditions that reflect the country’s rich history… Read more »
- The Fiver – Five Famous Brits You Didn’t Know Were in Star WarsFor every Han, Luke, and Leia, whose faces grace the silver screen across multiple films, there are plenty of actors who play their parts without us knowing who they really are. Whether covered in alien makeup, wearing helmets, or CGI’d into something entirely not human, these actors deliver no less… Read more »
- Book Excerpt: End to End – A History of Travels Around BritainFirst, thank you to everyone who has bought a copy of my new book End to End: Britain From Land’s End to John o’Groats so far! It’s always rewarding for something you’ve worked for so long on to start to be enjoyed by people. Over the next few weeks, I… Read more »
- New Book: End to End – Britain From Land’s End to John o’Groats – A Travel MemoirFinally, after years of writing and refining, I’m excited to announce that my latest book, End to End: Britain From Land’s End to John o’Groats, is now available for sale from us and from booksellers everywhere. It’s a travel memoir exploring Britain from Cornwall all the way to Scotland. It’s… Read more »
- David Gilmour and The Orb launch an AI remixing siteIn 2008, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour released a cover of, of all songs, Graham Nash’s “Chicago.” After recording it, he reached out to English Ambient Techno group The Orb. They agreed on the condition that he re-record some guitar parts for them. This turned into an entire album of its… Read more »
- Britain’s Top Ten Heritage and Steam RailwaysThe preservation of the past should always be a top priority since it helps us understand how those who came before us live. Heritage railways are a part of this since they help keep a link to Britain’s transportation history. At one point, heritage railways were a primary means of… Read more »
- Ten Interesting Facts about The Pet Shop BoysFormed by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe in 1981, the synth-pop duo have been international stars with hits like “West End Girls,” “Heart,” “It’s a Sin,” “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money),” and “Always on My Mind.” Most of their chart-topping hits came out in the 1980s and they were… Read more »
- Ten Types of British CheeseAs much as tea and beer, one of the most prominent food exports in the United Kingdom is cheese. Cheese is as much a cultural icon in Britain as anything and there are over 700 different kinds of cheese made throughout the country. Each region tends to have its own… Read more »
- Olivia Harrison gives her story for “Now and Then.”If you bought the 7″ single for the Beatles’ “Now and Then,” you probably noticed the back cover. It featured a strange-looking clock, one that seems to have been made out of a bunch of spare items that just happened to be lying around. As I trawled through the Beatles’… Read more »
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