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 1   Pete Atkin / Words / Re: Archive Progress  10.09.21 at 20:06 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Avner Greenberg
Congratulations Steve on completing this mammoth project.
And thank you once again for making these gems available to us all.
I've been thinking about retiring soon, and this gives me the extra push Smiley
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 2   Pete Atkin / Words / Re: Clive James -- twelve months gone  03.09.21 at 11:45 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Chris H
Wonderful stuff and a huge amount of work !
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 3   Pete Atkin / Words / Re: Payday Evening  03.09.21 at 11:32 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Chris H
Hi Steve,
Many thanks for sharing this very interesting insight to the process of refining a lyric to make a better song.
This song has long been a favourite of mine and I like the imagery and world-weary feel to it. I agree that it is a near-perfect song.
In my opinion, the edited version works better and the changes make a lot of sense.
A junkie (rather than a hippie) trying to sell his girl gives the line a harder edge and just rings more true.
I also feel that the order of the verses works better in the edited version. as the lady calling Time and the the need to find a better way flows well with the winding down to the end of the song.
Just my views.
Thanks again
Chris H
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 4   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Thrive [Re: Pheasantry]  17.08.21 at 03:19 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
Not directly relevant to the Pheasantry gig, but following up on my mention of Pete's Thrive gig in this thread: Bernard Hoskin points out that his Acoustic Routes live sessions at Thrive (formerly CB2) in Cambridge are all detailed on, and booked through, the Acoustic Routes website:

 
Booking will open nearer the time.
 
Steve
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 5   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Re: Resumption !  04.08.21 at 13:59 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Regbrad
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 6   Pete Atkin / Words / Re: Fin de fiesta: Últimos poemas  24.05.21 at 01:49 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Carole
It certainly is! Carefully packaged to avoid damage, too.
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 7   Pete Atkin / Music / Re: The History and Geography of Lockdown  03.12.20 at 01:33 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Revelator
Terrific as always; I even prefer it to the Lakeside Sessions version, thanks to Mr. Wallace's piano and Pete's 2020 phrasing.
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 8   Pete Atkin / Words / Re: Fire of Joy by Clive James  28.11.20 at 15:03 
Started by Kevin Cryan | Newest post by Kevin Cryan
THE GUARDIAN

Rishi Dastidar
 
Sat 28 Nov 2020  
 
Best poetry books of 2020
 

 
Quote:
..... in The Fire of Joy (Picador), Clive James restated his belief that noise is the thing when it comes to poems, and the “fire of joy” it produces in those hearing and declaiming it. From Thomas Wyatt to Carol Ann Duffy, this valedictory volume features 80 poems he learned and loved, each accompanied by an essay to persuade us of their brilliance. Not that he could ever hide his. “I chose the right profession – poetry – and followed it to the end.”

Kevin Cryan
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 9   Pete Atkin / News / Re: Facebook: PA/CJ Group changes  11.10.20 at 01:42 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
That worked, Rob -- it all makes sense again. Mostly... Smiley
 
Ta
 
Steve
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 10   Pete Atkin / Members / Re: New members  09.10.20 at 16:44 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Stephen Butcher
on 01.10.20 at 21:14, S J Birkill wrote:

The other church at that junction is the desanctified St Peter's, right next to Kettle's Yard where I met up with Pete a year ago this week, prior to our last meeting with Clive.

 
Hi Steve -
 
Thanks for the additional information. That final meeting with Clive must have been a truly unforgettable occasion.
 
You are right, of course. I stopped looking on Google Maps when I found the church right on the junction so didn't spot nearby St. Peter's as an alternative candidate. It is actually an area I am not familiar with, which brings home how limited the horizons of "my" Cambridge was in my student days. I probably only set foot over Magdalene Bridge a couple of times in my three years and never visited Kettle's Yard, although, as I recall, it was being opened up during that time. I finally got there with my wife a couple of years ago. I never ventured as far south as the Fitzwilliam, either. That pleasure still awaits, if I'm spared!
 
Vena Cork's first novel, "Thorn", has just arrived. It seems to be out of print, but I sourced a second-hand copy in good condition. A quick flick through would suggest it is not the one set in Cambridge, but I am looking forward to reading it none-the-less.
 
All the best,
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