Sunday, January 19, 2020

Alan Ashworth

Alan Ashworth
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Alan Ashworth is a former national newspaper journalist now retreated to the Ribble Valley, where he grows cacti and tramps the fells with the family dog Bingo. He and his wife Margaret run a website, A-M Records , which includes their collected TCW columns plus extra features including Tracks of the Day. Requests, queries and comments can be sent to alanj126@yahoo.co.uk

Off the Beaten Tracks: Just say Yes

FOLLOWING my recent column about Genesis, I have received thousands of requests (well, a good few) to look at another giant of the British...

Good old Diane. If she didn’t exist, we’d have to make her up

AFTER 32 years in Parliament, Labour veteran Diane Abbott had the honour today of becoming the first black MP to represent his or her...

Off the Beaten Tracks: After Blue – what Joni Mitchell did next

IN a previous column, we left Joni Mitchell feeling battered and bruised after being ditched by James Taylor, consoled little by the success of...

Off the Beaten Tracks: The forever innocent Jonathan Richman

WHEN I first heard Jonathan Richman I thought he was simply playing a character – a naïve childlike figure who saw beauty in ordinary...

Roll up, roll up for Crazy Cathedral Capers

A BONKERS bishop delivers his sermon at Norwich Cathedral from half way up a helter skelter. The Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick tells his flock...

We’re in the money!

SOME of us, I guess, were just born lucky. This morning I received the following email: Dear Sir/ Madam, Please forgive me if my request is...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Nick Drake Part 2 – Darker Later

WE left Nick Drake last week in the depths of misery after the commercial failure of his debut album Five Leaves Left. A series...

Death on the job

ACCORDING to the Bible (Romans 6:23), the wages of sin is death. According to a French court, however, the wages of sin is also...

Steaks are high in the war on vegans

A MILITANT vegan group has announced that it will attempt to close Smithfield meat market in London for two weeks by forming a ‘human...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Alas, poor Nick Drake

GIVEN that the skunk weed available today is at least double the strength of the cannabis which was on the street fifty years ago,...

Off the Beaten Tracks World Exclusive: Nils Lofgren – the interview

AS if it were not enough to be a virtuoso on guitar, piano and accordion, and a decent singer to boot, today’s subject played...

German cuisine: An apology

WHEN writing Tuesday’s piece about German food, I was confident it was so exaggerated that no one could possibly take it seriously. And indeed hundreds...

German food: What we’ll be missing

JUST in case you thought Project Fear could be ratcheted up no further, here comes another devastating warning. The Germans have warned that their...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Genesis – when Prog ruled the Earth

OUR destination this week is the Land of Prog – a magical country whose population includes a woman in evening gown with the head...

TCW’s Summer Reads: A not so little slice of life

A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara; Picador 2015 WHEN our dog Bingo clattered into a garden table while chasing a ball, causing terminal damage to...

Zap those Brexit mutineers, Boris

THE answer to the prejudice blighting the world has been staring us all in the visage, according to an Italian psychologist. Zapping the brain...

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