Historical Painting: “8th August, 1918” by Harold Septimus Power (1930).

Following the launch and the initial success of the German Spring Offensive in March 1918, there was talk that the […]

Back Stories: The Beatles ‘Liverpool’ songs.

Quite recently, like most fans of The Beatles, I was surprised to hear how Paul McCartney secretly played an impromptu […]

Cinemas Greatest Scenes: The Wizard of Oz – ‘Over The Rainbow’ song sequence.

Film fairy tales often need a special quality and ingredient to help them stand the test of time, if they […]

Today in History: Justinian I becomes sole emperor of the Byzantine Empire.

The remarkable rise of a peasant boy named Petrus Sabbatius (Justinian I The Great), to the lofty heights of the […]

On my stereo this week: Kacey Musgraves, The White Stripes & Amy Shark.

Kacey Musgraves – Velvet Elvis. I seem to be a little slow of the mark in catching up with some […]

Hitting the road: Interview with The McClymonts.

Sister act The McClymonts have been a permanent fixture on country charts for over a decade now. In that time they have […]

Today in History: The battle of Varbitza Pass and the death of Byzantine Emperor Nikephoros.

There have been many Byzantine Emperors who had died in battle – Emperors Julian, Valens and famously Constantine XI Palaiologos, […]

Quick Music Reviews: Courtney Barnett – ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’.

Tell Me How You Really Feel (Milk!/ Remote Control Records). With so much music demanding our attention these days, your […]

Guitar Heroes: Olympia and dreaming of ‘Atlantis’.

I wrote a piece a little over a year ago entitled ‘O’ is for Olympia: The Rise of Olivia Bartley […]

Review: William Crighton live at the Howler.

William Crighton, the Australian troubadour (a poet who writes verse to music), is currently celebrating the release of his sophomore […]