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…

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…

Book Review: “World In My Eyes” by Richard Blade

I like to read autobiographies (most recently “Heart and Soul” by Carol Decker of T’Pau) and biographies. When I was listening to an episode of the Don’t You Forget About Me – The New Wave Music Podcast, during which they did a review of “Science Fiction” as well as “Transcendance” by Berlin, they mentioned how…

Book Review: “Did They Steal A Million Yet?” by James Crookes

It’s December 2021. But it’s also December 1984. Yes, after the highly enjoyable “Do They Know It’s Christmas Yet?“, Tash, Jamie, and company are back for another crazy ride between two time lines. Unlike the first book, this one doesn’t have the premise of needing to ensure that a key thing happens so that history…

‘Two Tribes, United by Music: Western Pop in Japan’

How many times has the headline ‘Big in Japan’ been published in relation to some Western (i.e., North American or European) pop act? The reality is that, as an article by Guy De Launey’s in 1995 (‘Not-so-big in Japan: Western pop music in the Japanese market’, Popular Music, 40:1) pointed out, very few Western acts,…

Supporting the Cincinnati Bengals (from the UK)

Other than a post about my sporting hobbies and writing, I haven’t really written much about my support of particular sports teams. As a break from my usual posts, I thought I would do some posts on this subject now – although, as you will discover (and as I mentioned in the post on writing…

‘Natural Symbols’ and ‘Learned Symbols’

Further to my post about kamon, and the various posts that I have done about symbolism, which underpins a lot of my research and writing, I thought I would do a post about where my interest in symbolism may have begun and also discuss issues relating to ‘natural symbols’ and ‘learned symbols’. First, let’s begin…

Mushroom Cloud Art

As I wrote about in my posts about the movies “Special Bulletin“, “Threads“, “The Day After“, “Black Rain” and “In the Shadow of the Mushroom Cloud“, I have had an interest in nuclear weapons since my teenage years. As well as the history and development of the weapons themselves, I also find something compelling about…

Book Review: “Nasher Says Relax” by Brian Nash

In preparation for working more on my book about Frankie Goes To Hollywood and their fans, I have been re-reading “Nasher Says Relax”. Each time has been a different experience, for it is the only book, other than “Climber’s High“, for which I have multiple (all) versions – eBook, audiobook and paperback. While my purchases…

“Threads” – A Terrifyingly Believable Disaster Movie

As I have written about before, during the 1980s I gained an interest in nuclear weapons. I read books about them and I watched as much TV material as I could – which wasn’t a huge amount in a world of only four TV channels and no internet. Of all the programmes that I watched,…

Alarming Netherlands

As I write this post, at mid-day central European time on the first Monday of the month, sirens will be sounding across the Netherlands. At this equivalent time in August, I was in Leiden with my family when this happened… Having grown up in the Cold War, the sound was a little alarming. Luckily, despite…