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Rebali Riads, Sidi Kaouki, Morocco

Morocco

Now Tunisia is out of bounds for holidaymakers it is a tough call as to which nearby countries are safe to visit. I am just back from Morocco, which is an obvious holiday choice....

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Life Before Text and Tweet

I have been able to harvest a BBC Radio London Saturday show broadcast on October 27th 1979. It was one of the very popular “All Winners” shows and listening back it reminded me what...

Sly Stone

Under The Influence 2

Some more of our favourite artists and their major musical influences. Sly Stone. A truly talented music maker whose writing and rhythms were taken away from us by drug addiction. Among his musical influences...

Aretha Franklin

Under The Influence

Most of our favourite artists had their musical roots planted in Church or in a home filled with music played by parent’s siblings or other family members. However, all of them had their own...

The Big Burner and his  Hammond B3 already burning.

Crossing The Jazz Bridge

Thanks to purveyors of straight ahead jazz, we have for decades been able to enjoy a special blend of rhythms born from great musicians who crossed The Jazz Bridge. On one side of the...

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Best By Bus

Not to be sneered at are the open top bus tours operating in some of our favourite European Cities. My top five and bottom one follow. At the top. DUBLIN.   Great tour on...

Stanley Clarke guitar and dog sale.

Tasty Jazz Funk Forty

The interest in the jazz flavoured tracks I featured back in the day has been HUGE. The Blog brings you more. The first selection featured cuts I can identify being aired on the BBC...

Raffles le Royal Hotel.

CAMBODIA

In just one decade, Southeast Asia has seen a massive increase in tourism. Leaving behind a small slice of our holiday spend to benefit local communities is not a bad thing to try to...

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CLASSIC JAZZ FUNK FORTY

Jazz Funk 40 SELECTION. March to July 1979. BBC Radio London Saturday Show Here a selection of tracks from the Jazz Funk 40 feature on the Saturday shows. Joe Sample – Sunrise Lonnie Smith...

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LYON

From May Eurostar introduce a new direct service to Lyon. On my visit, it was the old-fashioned way – change in Lille. The new direct route will get you to this ancient silk capital...