TheAvenue: A Newcastle Backstreet Boyhood - Samuel W. Herbert
This is a hard-hitting account of growing up in Newcastle's West End during the uncertain years of the First World War and the Depression. Samuel Herbert had to...... more
This is a hard-hitting account of growing up in Newcastle's West End during the uncertain years of the First World War and the Depression. Samuel Herbert had to grow up fast when his mother moved the family to a cockroach-infested tenement in Elswick while his Dad - a miner - was away fighting on the front line. Along with the shared 'netties' and the terrible living conditions, Samuel learned how to deal with the bullies and the gangs until he grew as tough as they were. His fight to get out of this poverty-stricken existence was always hindered by something and he continuously ended up back in that same sorrowful place called The Avenue. Along with the tragedy, however, came lots of laughs, and Samuel's unique account demonstrates the humour, courage and indomitable spirit of the local population. Prepare to be amused and entertained, surprised and moved by these stories, which vividly capture the heart and heritage of this former mining community.
The last place you expect the sort of slick house and filtered disco contained on The Polyester Embassy to come from is Australia but DJ Andy Van (actually Van...... more
The last place you expect the sort of slick house and filtered disco contained on The Polyester Embassy to come from is Australia but DJ Andy Van (actually Van Dorsselaer) and foxy vocalist Cheyne Coates hail from Melbourne and emanated through Oz label Vicious Grooves. Their approach sticks firmly to the template of their massive number one hit "Don't Call Me Baby" and its follow-up "Who The Hell Are You". It is bouncy, good-time house built around smart samples, slap basslines, sexy vocals and plenty of glitterball strings. Hence the come on "Do You Like What You See" and "Everything You Need", the latter borrowing from Uncle Louie's "Full Tilt Boogie". Occasionally they slow things down a notch as with the sultry funk of "It's Alright" with its Tom Browne horn sample and "Edible French Chic" which sounds like a play on prophylactics if ever there was. Safe sex--safe house. --Mike Pattenden
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...I am a complete sucker when it comes to cheap makeup. I have 2 rules though - 1. it has to be good quality, and 2. it can't be tested on animals. I was absolutley thrilled when I found Beauty UK eye shadow products because they ticked all the boxes for me!
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There have been a number of presenters over the years and one of them was Jill Dando who...