Brixton reclaims David Bowie

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 in latest | Comments Off on Brixton reclaims David Bowie

Sixty nine years ago at 40, Stansfield Road, off Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, South London, David Robert Jones was born to an Irish mother Margaret “Peggy” Burns and a Yorkshire father Haywood Stenton “John” Jones. Tonight in Brixton, “Sarf London” reclaimed David Bowie as one of their own.  Hundreds gathered outside Brixton’s Ritzy cinema to pay […]

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David Bowie: Farewell to the Thin White Duke

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 in latest | 2 comments

David Bowie has died at the age of 69 surrounded by his family following an 18-month battle with cancer. A statement was issued across the musician’s official social media profiles, asking the public to respect the “family’s privacy during their time of grief”. Bowie’s followers largely rejected the statement as a “hoax”, but Sky News […]

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Phil Lynotts’s Old Town

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 in Ireland | Comments Off on Phil Lynotts’s Old Town

Today (January 4, 2016) marks 30 years since the death of one of rock’s all time great frontmen, Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott. Born in West Bromwich in 1949 – but moving to Dublin to live with his grandmother Sarah at the age of four – Lynott was 15 when he joined his first band, the […]

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Natalie Cole dead at 65

Posted on Jan 1, 2016 in latest | Comments Off on Natalie Cole dead at 65

Natalie Cole, who won six Grammys for her 1991 critically acclaimed album “Unforgettable: With Love,” a jazzy tribute to her father, Nat King Cole, has died, her publicist said Friday. Maureen O’Connor said Cole died Thursday night at the age of 65. In a New Year’s Day Tweet, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said, “#NatalieCole, sister […]

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Xmas Busking in Dublin

Posted on Dec 25, 2015 in Dublin | one comment

The annual busking tradition continued on Grafton St yesterday but instead of one or two artists surprising shoppers there were six. U2 frontman Bono was joined by Hozier, Glen Hansard, Kodaline, Ronan Keating and The Script on the shopping street and a huge crowd gathered to catch a glimpse. Bono and Hozier busking in Grafton […]

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Make the NHS Choir #1 for Xmas

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 in Britain | Comments Off on Make the NHS Choir #1 for Xmas

In Britain we are very attached to the NHS – the National Health Service which provides universal healthcare free at point of delivery based on clinical need. These days the NHS is under attack, its wonderful staff from Doctors down to cleaners are having their jobs devalued and are working under great pressure to deliver […]

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No justice for Kirsty MacColl

Posted on Dec 18, 2015 in latest | Comments Off on No justice for Kirsty MacColl

  It is 15 years ago today that Kirsty MacColl was lost to music, to her family and to the world. She was killed by a speedboat owned by one of Mexico’s richest men. What has happened since shows that the corrupt State of Mexico is simply not to be trusted, not by its own […]

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Imagine if John Lennon was still here

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 in latest | one comment

  35 years ago, we lost a legend. Today marks the anniversary of John Lennon’s passing. Since it was such a shocking moment in history, it’s easy to remember where we were and what we were doing at the exact moment the news broke. John Lennon died on this day in 1980 – He would […]

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No longer just deportees

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 in latest | one comment

On 28 January 1948, a DC-3 plane carrying 32 persons, mostly Mexican farm labourers, including some from the bracero guest worker program, crashed in the Diablo Range, 20 miles west of Coalinga, California. The crash, which killed everyone aboard the plane, inspired the song “Deportee” by Woody Guthrie. The names of all the victims were […]

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Oliver Sacks’s Ode to Joy

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 in latest | Comments Off on Oliver Sacks’s Ode to Joy

“A beautiful way to perform one of the world’s great musical treasures.” The video below, and the accompanying 58-character sentence, make up the last tweet from Oliver Sacks, the influential neurologist who died on the 30th August . The clip features 100 musicians and singers from the Orchestra Simfonica del Valles, Amics de l’Opera de […]

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The Eagle On London

Schools to Prison on the Tube

Posted on Aug 24, 2018 in latest | 15 comments

Happy Birthday Karl Marx

Posted on May 5, 2018 in latest | 18 comments

Millicent Fawcett

Posted on Apr 24, 2018 in latest | Comments Off on Millicent Fawcett

Labour anti-Semitism – the morning after

Posted on Mar 27, 2018 in latest | Comments Off on Labour anti-Semitism – the morning after

The Eagle on Ireland

The Longest Day

Posted on Jun 21, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on The Longest Day

Bloomsday 2019

Posted on Jun 16, 2019 in Dublin | Comments Off on Bloomsday 2019

My Old Man

Posted on Jun 16, 2019 in Dublin | Comments Off on My Old Man

An Irish song for May Day!

Posted on May 1, 2019 in Ireland | Comments Off on An Irish song for May Day!