Author Archives: garylongden

My Favourite Musicals

I am fortunate to review theatre professionally. That means that I often see shows that I would not normally have bought a ticket for, and miss shows that I would have liked to have seen because of clashing dates. Here … Continue reading

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Rolling Stones, Don Valley, 6th June 1999

  Unquestionably there are optimum times to see musicians live. My gig going started in the mid 1970’s, I was too young to catch the Rolling Stones in their prime. For me, their last decent album was “It’s Only Rock … Continue reading

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The Clash, Live at the Lyceum, London,19th Oct, 1981

The Clash have now assumed legendary status from the Punk era. They were a remarkable band. Some of the myths surrounding them are at odds with reality. Many of their achievements are often under- appreciated. I saw them live twice, … Continue reading

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My Town

My town, is like your town A few bewildered denizens of the past Hover outside the concrete carcasses of the old ways New Gods are worshipped, Kelloggs, Andrex and Dettol Gucci, Prada and Burberry, Now corpses in fading thoroughfares Toppled … Continue reading

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In the Beach Hut (Self Isolation)

  Me on the inside Everything on the outside Time lies neatly folded Like an old cloak In the corner White pebbles the size of Loaves of bread Rest beyond freshly rinsed Twice daily Peeled paint flutters Subject to capricious … Continue reading

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Ben Kane – Eagles in the Storm, Novel Review

My first foray into Kane’s writing had been with “Clash of the Titans” it had been disappointing, with Simon Scarrow and Bernard Cornwell easily better writers and storytellers on that evidence. But I decided to give him another chance. I … Continue reading

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Clash of Empires- Ben Kane. Novel review

  This was my first introduction to Kane’s work I was disappointed. It was swamped by too much unnecessary detail, diluted by multiple sub plots which either went nowhere or added little, and was careless with character. In one strand … Continue reading

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