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British soldiers – heroes or victims?

Vanguard Online August 31, 2020 0

I’ve recently been reading Laurie Lee’s account of his travelling through England and Spain, during the 1930s. Reading the book reminded me that British society has historically betrayed and neglected ex-service men. Furthermore the

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As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee

Vanguard Online August 31, 2020 0

Laurie Lee, by his own account, had some balls. In June 1934, after having lived in a sleepy Gloucestershire village called Slad for nineteen years, he took a bag, a few bits and bobs,

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An English review of ‘A Vivir Que Son Dos Dias’

An English review of ‘A Vivir Que Son Dos Dias’

Vanguard Online August 23, 2020 0

A Vivir Que Son Dos Dias is a weekend Spanish radio programme hosted by Javier Del Pino. I recently came across this description of the programme, provided on the programme’s podcast site: A Vivir,

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Fabled Shore by Rose MacAulay

Fabled Shore by Rose MacAulay

Vanguard Online August 15, 2020 0

In 1949 an English woman named Rose, with an extraordinary knowledge of history and architecture, hired a car and traced a journey around the east and south coasts of Spain and Portugal. Her primary

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Roy Ayers is back

Roy Ayers is back

Vanguard Online June 15, 2020 1

Roy Ayers is a legend of 1970s American soul. His signature tune is ‘Everybody Loves the Sunshine’. My personal experience of Roy Ayers’ work came through the play he got on Giles Peterson’s WorldWide

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Ten years ago, on Vanguard Online

Ten years ago, on Vanguard Online

Vanguard Online June 13, 2020 2

Ten years ago on Vanguard Online we were going a bit Duke Special bonkers. We reviewed one of his albums, interviewed him twice in the space of a month and reviewed a show of

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Mark Radcliffe, recently recovered from cancer, writes a folk epic on England in the times of coronavirus

Mark Radcliffe, recently recovered from cancer, writes a folk epic on England in the times of coronavirus

Vanguard Online May 24, 2020 0

Mark Radcliffe, Radio 1 DJ, who has recently recovered from cancer, has released an epic sixteen minute song about England under the times of coronavirus. Its an incredibly poetic piece, a brilliant attempt at

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JahWobble and co. produce a stunner for 2020

JahWobble and co. produce a stunner for 2020

Vanguard Online May 5, 2020 1

I’ve missed the boat here a little, but judging from the number of views Jah Wobble’s single has received on YouTube so have you. In early 2020 a collaboration of artists led by Jah

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Twee Scottish indie with a twist (of a knife)

Twee Scottish indie with a twist (of a knife)

Vanguard Online April 30, 2020 0

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of The Just Joans is an album drawing on two traditions. First, the stripped back lo-fi early 90s indie. You know, casio keyboards, lightweight guitar and strongly foregrounded lyrics.

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Uncertain but flavourful: The Strokes are back

Uncertain but flavourful: The Strokes are back

Vanguard Online April 24, 2020 0

I first became aware of The Strokes in 2001 when they made a big splash in the UK with Is This It and their signature tune Last Nite. The whole alternative rock scene, which

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