Highbury Stadium Arsenal

Highbury Stadium and possibly the best possible replacement Photographically, I have many regrets, especially in relation to those football grounds that have disappeared forever. But I’m super-glad I made the effort to get to Arsenal’s Highbury Stadium, before it shut its doors to football’s paying public. Highbury Stadium has been part of the fabric of…… Continue reading Highbury Stadium Arsenal

Goodison Park Everton

Home of the Blues A Words & Pictures Celebration of Everton’s Goodison Park The brother of a friend tells a good story about Everton’s football ground. In the days when he worked for a Spanish bank, he decided to take one of the bank’s visiting bigwigs to a European night match against a Spanish side.…… Continue reading Goodison Park Everton

Doctor Jack Preger

The Grandfather of Pavement Medicine Doctor Jack and Calcutta Rescue Remembered Doctor Jack Preger has a slightly twisted sense of humour and I hadn’t been in Calcutta long before I was on the receiving end. Driving through the city in what was then a twenty six year old Jeep (and for all I know, Jack’s…… Continue reading Doctor Jack Preger

Northern Soul 1

Northern Soul 1 – A Personal History Notes from the Epicenter of Northern Soul’s Big Bang Not often can I pinpoint what I was doing on a given date, let alone one from forty odd years ago.But I have near-perfect recall for the 23rd of September 1973, which is the morning Wigan Casino opened its…… Continue reading Northern Soul 1

Northern Soul 2

Northern Soul 2 – The Drugs Tales of Illicit Derring-Do from the DDA of Northern Soul I stayed drug-free at my first few Va Va Northern Soul all-nighters. I’d got attached to a girl from Macclesfield, who was similarly determined not to disappoint her parents, and over following Friday’s, when we started to feel sleepy,…… Continue reading Northern Soul 2

Northern Soul 3

Northern Soul Dancing ‘Phet, Sweat and Talc from the Sprung Maple Dance Floor of Northern Soul The most groundbreaking element of the Northern Soul phenomenon was/is not the music: no, the music existed before we found it, and cannot be replenished unless current Black American artists take a(nother) vow of poverty, and aspire only to…… Continue reading Northern Soul 3

Northern Soul 4

Richard Searling Notes from the Passenger Seat of Northern Soul’s Big Bang – Seven Years on the Road with a white van man ‘legend’. I first met Richard Searling as he struggled under the weight of his record boxes, at the entrance to the Va Va Northern Soul all-nighter in Bolton, when I was still…… Continue reading Northern Soul 4

Malcolm Muggeridge

Muggeridge Remembered Meetings with one of the greatest essayists of the past Century at his Robertsbridge home. In my youth, I turned on the television to find Michael Parkinson interviewing some gnarled old chap I’d never seen before. Another guest shortly appeared, singing the praises of America and how generous the people were to him,…… Continue reading Malcolm Muggeridge