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 1   Not Pete Atkin / Off-topic / Re:  Living with leukaemia -The Guardian  Today at 10:03 
Started by Kevin Cryan | Newest post by Kevin Cryan
Clive James: 'The Eagles were exposed as a line-up of relentless bores'  
 
When they sang, they were magic, but when they talk now, they are nerve gas
 

‘The quickest way back to mental health is to dial up the full seven minutes of the Eagles’ most amazing song, Hotel California.’ Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters  
 

 
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The Canadian political analyst and popular music expert Mark Steyn has spent about a year transforming his blog into a TV station, so that he can now interview someone he admires right there in vision. Apart from his habit of punctuating any long sentence with the word “ah” (imagine Sue Barker as a baritone), Steyn is, ah, an ideal broadcaster; provided, that is, that, ah, you have an extra half-hour in your day to follow him through the occasional flat spots in his, ah, doomed search for perfect fluency.
 
How Steyn finds the time to do what he does is one of the mysteries in this new era of personalised broadcasting. He can write, speak and sing, and, being a Canuck, he can probably also skate. His problem now is going to be finding a weekly guest as bright as he is. One of the first shows to be globally transmitted through his new enhanced medium was an interview with Sir Tim Rice. I watched it with fascination, awed all over again by how scruplously Rice attends to the language in which he expresses himself. I don’t think he said “ah” once, and unless he were quoting the lyrics of Ah, Sweet Mystery Of Life verbatim, I think he would never do so.
 
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Kevin Cryan
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 2   Pete Atkin / Words / Clive James: 'Injury Time'  23.02.17 at 09:45 
Started by Kevin Cryan | Newest post by Kevin Cryan
PICADOR

 
Clive James' Injury Time to be published by Picador
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
 
Kevin Cryan
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 3   Pete Atkin / News / Re: New Book; Draft Lyric Sheets; Call for Photos  12.02.17 at 17:53 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
MV Member Andrew Curry gives a comprehensive review of the book in his excellent blog Around the Edges. When you've read it, check out the links at the foot of the blog page, to earlier entries concerning the songs.
 
SJB
 
[I've also posted this to the newer 'Newsletter' thread, as it seems to have attracted more replies than this one. To avoid dilution, I'm now locking this thread. Please post any relevant replies or follow-up messages there rather than here.]
 

 4   Pete Atkin / Newsletter / Re: MV1602 - "Loose canon" book  12.02.17 at 17:43 
Started by Simon Reap | Newest post by S J Birkill
MV Member Andrew Curry gives a comprehensive review of the book in his excellent blog Around the Edges. When you've read it, check out the links at the foot of the blog page, to earlier entries concerning the songs.
 
SJB
 
[I'm posting to this 'Newsletter' thread as it seems to have attracted more replies than the original Loose Canon thread from May 2016. To avoid dilution, I'll lock that thread and post a link to this one.]
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 5   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Re: Champs de Rêves 2017...  02.02.17 at 10:12 
Started by slaybrook | Newest post by Ian Sorensen
I understand why Oliver has reluctantly postponed the event - after all, it was going to not only take over his house for a weekend but most likely his life for weeks. While I'm disappointed not to be seeing Pete and the other MVs in the idyllic setting proposed by Oliver I'm sure Yvonne and I will make the effort to attend another gig this year.
 
Thanks for trying, Oliver, and please consider reviving the idea next year. (Can I also recommend retirement as a method of removing conflicts between one's social life and work commitments? Working fine for me......)
 
Ian
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 6   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Re: March 17th -- Pete returns to The Pheasantry  01.02.17 at 00:16 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Seán Kelly
I have just booked - so I can confirm that booking is now open Smiley
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 7   Not Pete Atkin / Off-topic / The Sun on Clive James  31.01.17 at 12:55 
Started by Kevin Cryan | Newest post by Kevin Cryan
The  
Sun  
 
Who is Clive James? Australian author and broadcaster suffering with terminal cancer – all you need to know
BY GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN  
26th January 2017, 5:12 pm  
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Has he had anything else published?
 
From the Seventies through to the Noughties, he had a series of essays published as well as Flying Visits, a collection of travel writing for the Observer.
 
He has also published several books of poetry and collaborated on six albums with radio producer Pete Atkin.
 
In 1980, he wrote his first autobiography called Unreliable Memoirs, which recounted his early days in Australia.
 
This was followed by Falling Towards London, which recalled his years in London, May Week Was In June about his time at Cambridge and The Blaze of Obscurity, which was about his career as a TV presenter. He also wrote four novels.

 
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Kevin Cryan
 
PS. Namechecked by the Currant Bun!!! Wow!!! Fame at last!!!!
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 8   Pete Atkin / Chums / Re: Eddie O'Hara (1 October 1937 – 28 May 2016)  26.01.17 at 08:21 
Started by Kevin Cryan | Newest post by S J Birkill
Eddie O'Hara's son, Terry, recently came across three foolscap sheets among his late father's personal effects, containing the 17 song lyrics Eddie translated into Latin to inspire his classics students, including Pete, at The Perse School, Cambridge over 50 years ago. Among them are 13 titles recorded by The Beatles, including 10 Lennon-McCartney compositions.
 

 
These translations are remarkable for the way they've preserved the spirit of the Beatles' (and others') songs, while scanning and rhyming perfectly in accurate Latin. Terry has kindly given us permission to publish them on Pete's website, so... here they are: Carmina Popularia, Blattarum et aliorum, by Caligula. As well as my transcriptions of the lyrics on the page, I have provided a high resolution copy of the originals, which can be downloaded as a PDF file.
 
I was on the point of completing the page layout, when I came across a YouTube video by author Keith Massey, which includes the song Amore A Me Tibi (With Love From Me To You), in Eddie's Latin version. I've included this in our page.
 
Steve
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 9   Pete Atkin / Words / Re: Play All  22.01.17 at 16:58 
Started by Kevin Cryan | Newest post by Kevin Cryan

Little Atoms

 
Life in TV times

 
Clive James takes on the box set - the first true 21st-century artform
By Adam Barnett
20/01/2017

 
Quote:
As the nation’s political leaders jostled for position after the Brexit vote in the EU referendum, a popular hot take among lazy journalists was to say how it was all “just like Game of Thrones”. The desire to seek meaning (or a fashionable analogue) in American television cropped up during the US presidential election too, with references to Game of Thrones, Mad Men and House of Cards.
 
This was of a piece with the election itself, which blurred the distinctions between news and entertainment, and closed with a reality TV star being elected the most powerful man in the world. Both political events have sparked much talk of “elites” and “the people”, mirroring some old but enduring debates about popular culture, including television: Are people simply fools who vote against their interests, and spend half their lives watching garbage? Are they being fooled by those in power – dupes of unscrupulous big shots? Or should we just respect their choices, and scorn anyone who questions the collective wisdom of “the people”?
 
Some answers might be found in the work of veteran telly-watcher Clive James, whose latest book, Play All: A Bingewatcher’s Notebook, weighs up the various box set drama serials conquering the world, since cable channels like HBO began showing the old networks how it’s done.
 
James has been glued to the box for....

 
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 10   Pete Atkin / Words / Re: Clive James "Letter to a Young Poet"  12.01.17 at 23:56 
Started by Kevin Cryan | Newest post by phil_smith
Thanks for that, Kevin!
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