Book Review: “Gyllene Tider: 2.019 – en Sista Refräng” – Learning About Golden Times

As noted in an earlier post, when I was in Sweden in September (see ‘Walking On Air: A Trip to Sweden‘), I got four books. Three of these have a connection to Roxette. I have already written about two of them: “Kärleken Till Livet” by Marie Fredriksson and “RoXXXette on the Road“. This post is…

Book Review: “RoXXXette on the Road” by Per Gessle

When I was in Sweden in September (see ‘Walking On Air: A Trip to Sweden‘), I got four books. Three of these have a connection to Roxette. The first of them, “Kärleken Till Livet” by Marie Fredriksson, I have already reviewed. This post is about the second of them, “RoXXXette on the Road”. I am…

Book Review: “Sweetmeat” by Mark Edwards

What is the perfect book? Of course, there is no ultimate, single perfect book – we all have different tastes. In fact, there’s probably no single perfect book for me – so perhaps my question should have been ‘what is a perfect book?’ – after dealing with Japanese for over 30 years, I struggle with…

Walking On Air: A Trip to Sweden

Today PG Roxette released their latest (second) single, ‘Walking on Air’, and this seemed a good opportunity for me to reflect further on my recent trip to Sweden. For those who don’t know, PG Roxette is an evolution of Roxette, with Helena Josefsson taking on the primary role of the female vocals, replacing Marie Fredriksson…

‘Japan Says Western Pop? No, Thanks, Don’t Do It’

On 10 September I gave a presentation at the British Association for Teachers of Japanese (BATJ) annual conference in Cardiff. I spoke about ‘Western’ pop acts in Japan. In 1995, Guy De Launey’s article ‘Not-so-big in Japan: Western pop music in the Japanese market’ was published. It sought to explain some of the reasons why…

‘Japan Says Western Pop? No, Thanks, Don’t Do It’

I have been invited to give a presentation at the British Association for Teachers of Japanese annual conference in September 2022. I will be speaking about ‘Western’ pop acts in Japan. In 1995, Guy De Launey’s article ‘Not-so-big in Japan: Western pop music in the Japanese market’ was published. It sought to explain some of…

“The Heart is Strange” by xPropaganda – Heaven from ABBA in Hell

In my previous post I mentioned the appropriateness of finishing a book on nuclear culture having just given a presentation on a related subject at a conference in Cologne, where we also visited a nuclear shelter. That wasn’t the only bit of synchronicity that happened. While I was in Cologne, xPropaganda (the current name for…

Book Review: “British Nuclear Culture” by Jonathan Hogg

I have been reading this book carefully for a few weeks now, but it’s appropriate that I reached the end this week. I first came across the book when I heard the author, Jonathan Hogg, speak at Troubling Anniversaries Conference in 2021. Now, like coming full circle, I’ve just finished the book having given a…

Favourite Photos: Frankie Say Superlambanana

On some days I just do a short post that primarily revolves around a favourite photo without much accompanying text. This picture was taken during a visit to Liverpool in August 2021. The sculpture is one of the Superlambanana sculptures in Liverpool, with this one celebrating some of the musicians to have come from the…

Reflections on Ukraine – My Visit in 1998 (4)

With everything that is going on with the dreadful, reprehensible war on Ukraine at the moment, I have spent much time over the past couple of weeks reflecting upon a visit that I made to Ukraine in 1998. I thought that I would now put this into a series of blog posts. Click here for…

Let’s Jaws For A Minute Podcast Appearance

I recently joined Sarah and MJ on the magnificent “Let’s Jaws for a Minute” podcast. You can hear the full episode – Episode 69 The Chump with the Pump – using this link. I really hope that listeners will enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed taking part. I think you can listen…