Author Archives: garylongden

Schools Hebridean Society Trip 1974

What a delight it was for my friend, Peter Kerr, to introduce me to the website commemorating the Schools Hebridean Society whom I joined for their 1974 trip to Rhenigidale, on Harris, in the Outer Hebrides. It brought back many … Continue reading

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It’s Alive – Great Live Music Performances

  The first live gig I attended was Santana at the Empire Pool Wembley, Sat 6th Nov, 1976, I had a mid- priced ticket at £2.50. Unbilled supports were Journey, who were dreadful, and Eric Burdon who was wonderful. Hunched, … Continue reading

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The Golden Age of Spiritualism

I have been doing some research for my partner Jane Osborne who is writing a book about the explosion of interest in Spiritualism in the mid 18th century which carried on for a century. It has been highly instructive for … Continue reading

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Bethel Cemetery, Sketty, Swansea

I have never taken much interest in graveyards. It has always seemed to me that placing a loved one in a box to rot six feet underground is odd. Not that some graveyards do not have grandeur. The Arlington War … Continue reading

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Lilies on the Land – Highbury Theatre

This play was being performed for the first time ever at the Highbury Theatre. A story that will probably be more familiar to many in the guise of the 1998 film “Land Girls” starring Rachel Weiss, and the 1994 novel … Continue reading

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Spoken Word at Caffé del Nino , Cannock– 9/7/17

  I had heard about this event for some months but not had the opportunity to catch it. I was curious for two reasons. Firstly, I always like attending new poetry evenings so that I can learn how o improve … Continue reading

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The Crucible – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

*** I first, and last, saw Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” in 1974, twenty- one years after its premiere, as part of my “O” level school studies. It made an enduring impact. Although the McCarthyite purges had long since gone, the … Continue reading

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