Welcome Back To Vinyl

I’ve not had a record player since 1989. Mine did not make the move to university when I started there, nor did it go to my parents’ new home when they moved there the same week. I would have access to a record player at their house, but by that time I was buying only…

Favourite Poems – Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Following my posts about Kubla Khan and Because of You, this is the third post about some of my favourite poems. Like Kubla Khan, my introduction to this poem came via Frankie Goes To Hollywood. The poem is Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night (also known as Rage, Rage Against the Dying of…

Favourite Poems – Kubla Khan

For reasons that will become clearer over a few posts, I am going to discuss some of my favourite poems. I wouldn’t particularly say that I am a fan of poetry. Generally, I don’t really a lot of poetry although the reality is that I do enjoy much of the poetry that I do read,…

‘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…

Book Review: “Frankie Says Relapse” by Siobhan Curham

As I have posted about before, I am working on a book about Frankie Goes To Hollywood and their fans, Frankie Fans Say. While the results of a survey of Frankie fans will form a key part of this, I will also be using a wide range of other materials. I have recently re-read Brian…

“Blast” – Tim’s Twitter Listening Party

Yesterday I took part in the #TimsTwitterListeningParty for “Blast” by Holly Johnson. Back in May I had taken part in the one for “Welcome to the PleasureDome” and had been looking forward to the “Blast” one since it was first added to the schedule. For a long time it was just “date tbc” and I…

Frankie: The Survey

As I have written about before, I spend a little time most days writing – just 15 minutes per day is enough for me to complete a book within a year. This has allowed me to complete two novels (Hijacking Japan and Tokyo 20/20 Vision) to date, and I’m currently working on novel number three….

Welcome To The PleasureDome

Yesterday I took part (if that is the right word) in the #TimsTwitterListeningParty for “Welcome to the PleasureDome” (WTTPD) by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. For those unfamiliar with these “parties” during the “lockdowns” during the COVID-19 new coronavirus pandemic, it’s when fans are encouraged to listen to the same album at the same time and…