Thursday, July 9, 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

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...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Lou walks on the wild side

LAST week we saw Lou Reed quitting the Velvet Underground in 1970, dismayed at their lack of commercial success – just as their talents...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Tipping the Velvets

THE Velvet Underground received a cursory mention in my profile of Nico published almost a year ago. Obviously, such a historically significant band deserve...

Off the Beaten Tracks: Sausage seller makes good

OUR subject this week was rejected in 1980s Nashville as being ‘too rock for country’ and in Los Angeles as being ‘too country for...

Off with her head!

ACCORDING to the calendar on our kitchen wall, today is the second of August. Yet when you look at the news, every day seems...

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