Last week I was playing some of my old favourites which I only own in the form of 7″ singles. The one I most wanted to hear was Fatal Charm’s Summer Spies. Back in 1984 I had to wait three or four weeks to listen to it after placing an order with Rockaway, the record … More Fatal Charm: Summer Spies
A bit more about Chinua Achebe. I followed straight on from ‘A Man of the People’ to ‘Anthills of the Savannah’, in which after a twenty-year break from writing novels, Achebe returned to the same questions of power and government but with an altogether more profound vision of what it means to be human. He … More Achebe: ‘whatever you are is never enough’
I’ve just finished reading ‘A Man of the People’ by the great Nigerian writer, Chinua Achebe. Despite being published in 1966 and set in an unnamed, newly-independent African republic, its bleak satire is remarkably fresh and not just in relation to African politics. Its judgements about motives are as true for Western politicians as they … More ‘We had all been in the rain together until yesterday.’
I thought the list-frenzy had ended, but happily I was wrong. Since the last two guest listers were Plaid people, my next guest restores the political balance. He is Matt Greenough, who’s the Communications Officer for Welsh Labour and someone else from the political world I’ve often enjoyed talking about music with. Now, does anyone … More Matt Greenough’s 2010 Top Ten
I was astonished to read about the high crime rate amongst elderly people in Japan. According to the Washington Times, The number of Japanese prisoners age 60 or older has doubled over the past decade to more than 10,000. That outpaces a 30 percent increase in the general population for that age group. The elderly represent … More Japan’s grey crime-wave.
The fourth guest Top Ten comes from arch-blogger and political activist Marcus Warner. In his day-job he’s caseworker for Plaid Cymru’s MEP, Jill Evans. But he’s as passionate about his music as his politics. You can read his blog here. Kanye West – Monster http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ona42jz8w0k&feature=player_embedded No doubt the album will get into people’s top tens … More Marcus Warner’s 2010 Top Ten
Many thanks to Simon Thomas for becoming the third guest lister on this blog. Simon is the former Plaid Cymru MP for Ceredigion and was also a special adviser to the Assembly Government. He’s the party’s lead list candidate in this year’s Assembly election. It’s been a pretty good year and I’ve noticed that these … More Simon Thomas’ Top Ten 2010
The next two posts should have appeared before the new year, but I’m only just getting around to posting them. I blame the usual post-Christmas cold and early New Year torpor. So what follows is more Hi-fidelity-style listing of music from the last year from another two guest listers from the political world. They’re both … More More guest top tens.