I Live By The River

Good morning and here we are again at the top of the week, I hope that yours passes quickly and with good fortune. Spent most of the weekend in bed with flu so I’m not really feeling that Monday ‘jump in feet first’ energy today, in fact I’m more likely to head back to bed but first an update.

Did you manage to listen to the Topper Headon BBC 6 Music thing with Cerys Matthews yet? If not you really should do as I can all but guarantee that you’ll enjoy it, lots of interesting stuff and it’s now archived here via the BBC iPlayer but don’t forget you’ve only got until next Sunday morning to listen to it. I have to confess that the availability of radio from almost anywhere in the world is one of my favourite things about the internet age although part of that could be that the local radio here is beyond awful. It’s also great when you can have access to photos of a guest appearance on the air (such as those below) by whomever the guest is the very same day/often hour as the interview taking place. Anyway, sounds like Topper enjoyed himself and let’s hope he has a fantastic 2014.

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Did you see the terrible flooding in England this week? This is actually rather near to where Joe Strummer lived in Somerset, awful weather with constant rain and yet (and this is the additional bad part) it seems government stupidity might be a huge contributing factor by no longer dredging rivers at the old frequency which greatly reduces their capacity. Then while England is sodden here in California we’re in drought conditions with a little light rain last week our first in probably four months. You can see the sort of shit I worry about when sick in bed.

Finally a quick look at the (ongoing work) mural at the Tech Music School in London (Fulham). Normally I would have been all over last weeks events but time precluded that so I hope you were aware of it via Strummerville. In addition to the mural they also had a special screening of ‘The Future is Unwritten’ with Q&A from Julien Temple along with Chris Salewicz giving a talk about writing, he of course being the author of ‘Redemption Song – The Ballad of Joe Strummer’ plus other special events last week.

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Work on The Clash mural at the Tech Music School, London

You can see more photos and information on the Tech Music School Facebook page or of course if you somehow don’t already be sure to follow Strummerville. Speaking of Strummerville you really ought to read this article about the nonprofit on the Huffington Post site.

Right then, back to bed for me for now. More soon and thanks for reading.

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