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A New Year’s song for 2013

We sing Auld Lang Syne at Midnight

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Hogmanay comes around and all things are made new And we make resolutions of what we should do It’s a time to be faithful, a time to be true As we sing Auld Lang Syne at midnight.As the chimes they ring out and the world forms a ring Do we ever consider the words that we sing? For the love we receive is the love we must bring As we sing Auld Lang Syne at midnight.There are many who shiver in a world hard and cold And their numbers are growing as the new year grows old It’s a tale that’s familiar and too seldom told As we sing Auld Lang Syne at midnight. For all friends and lovers of today and the past May we always be constant so true love may last As we reach out our hands may they always hold fast As we sing Auld Lang Syne at midnight. So let us remember as we sing out the tune All these words have a meaning as morning comes soon May each old acquaintance not wane like the moon As we sing Auld Lang Syne at midnight. Let us sing Auld Lang Syne at midnight. Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And days o’ lang syne!For auld lang syne, my dear For auld lang syne, We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet For auld lang syne!

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Click HERE or above image for free samples of chapters from Against Religions, a work that has been thirty years coming to fruition

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November 14, 2012 edition

Video version

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Audio version

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Remembering the victims of war

Two audio programmes remembering those who have died in 20th and 21st Century Wars

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Happy Hallowe’en!

Hallowe’en – or to give it its proper name, All Hallows Even – is a time for saying goodbye to all those who have died in the previous year. It has nothing to do with witches.

Originally celebrated in May, in AD 835 Pope Gregory decreed that it should be switched to the same date as the Celtic festival of the dead (Samhain, pronounced SOW-win) as part of his policy of taking over already well-established dates in the pagan calendar (which is why we celebrate Christmas on the same date as the Mithraic festival of the unconquered sun). Samhain had been seen as a time when the ‘door’ to the Otherworld opened enough for the souls of the dead, good or evil spirits, or beings such as fairies , to come into the world. Trick-or-treating originated in the Middle Ages as “Souling”, when groups of poor people, often children, would go door-to-door on All Saints/All Souls collecting soul cakes, originally as a means of praying for souls in purgatory. Likewise, dressing up in costumes originated as a disguise, protecting the wearers from any evil spirits that might be abroad that night. Today, the commercialisation of Hallowe’en has been estimated to bring in up to $300–500 million each year.

Orson Welles’s Kane: a cinematic critique

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This is part of the BCB Movietime show, which also included advance of news of the Bradford Animation Festival, opening in November.

Note: Some pages include audio files. You need to have Flash installed in your browser to play them. You can download it from HERE.

For instance, below you can play some of the first few music tracks on a downloadable album I’m putting together using the remarkable BANDCAMP system. Click the above image to go to its Bandcamp page.

When the album content is complete, the tunes may be in a different order, or entirely different, because the playlist updates automatically as I make changes on the Bandcamp site.

For a list of my other Bandcamp albums go to this page.

This system is highly recommended! In-depth review in the pipeline.

My latest Kindle books

Please note: I am boycotting Amazon because of its policy of tax avoidance in the UK, so I shall not be publishing on Kindle until it honours its financial obligations. I am now using the Lulu system to publish across a wide range of outlets, including Barnes & Noble’s Nook and iTunes.

References in the text include (in no particular order): Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, Tony Harrison, Sandy Denny, Ewan MacColl, Diana Rigg, Bill Gates, Steeleye Span, Jaco Pastorius, Tom Clancy, Hugh MacDiarmid, Bertholt Brecht, Ossian, Richard Dawkins, Karl Marx, Frederick Engels, A.L.Lloyd, Josef Stalin, George Thomson, Woody Guthrie, Aunt Molly Jackson, Ralph Peer, Marshall McLuhan, Christopher Caudwell, Davey Graham, Aleksandr Blok, Anne Rice, James Joyce

Click HERE for a complete list of contents

Another recent book: A “parallel text” to Lady Chatterley’s Lover

After Lady Chatterley

Click here to order After Lady Chatterley from Amazon.

WARNING: Includes explicit sexual references.

My classic Bob Marley 1975 interview is now an Amazon Kindle eBook. Click image below to buy or read sample pages free.

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Or read it for free at http://yhoo.it/KD-Marley.

BROADCASTS

Movietime August 22, 2012 (video):

The Batman Trilogy contest is now over. The winner was MATT PARKER.

Movietime August 22, 2012 (audio):

Movietime BIFF 2012 preview (audio):

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Check out my Daze in a Life videos

Daze in a Life on houstonmedia.tv

In 2007 I curated a series of music movies at the National Media Museum to celebrate the 50th anniversary of my first article in Melody Maker, on July 7, 1957. Click HERE or on above image to see clips from some of them.

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