Getting in ahead of the kick-starter rush

Does anybody remember ‘Swing Out Sister’? Eighties jazz-infused synth-pop trio who by their second album had become a Bacharach-jazz style duo. They got quite big in Japan, for some reason, in the 1990s and they’re still around exploring the full meaning of the word ‘mellow’ in music. Lately, they’re ‘making a thing’ on Pledge Music,… More Getting in ahead of the kick-starter rush

The word of the week is ‘computer’, 1920s fashion

The  Oxford English Dictionary, prepared between 1884 and 1928 for the Clarendon Press, is a wonderful book. As is its 1971 Compact edition, which is the whole thing in two volumes – unabridged and complete, but rendered down in micro-printing. You need a magnifying glass to read it. I use it reasonably often. One of… More The word of the week is ‘computer’, 1920s fashion