EVERY BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLE 1970: #537: “NO MATTER WHAT”- BADFINGER — slicethelife (Reblog)

Every Billboard Hot 100 Single 1970: #537- “No Matter What”- Badfinger. October 31, 1970. Single: “No Matter What”- Badfinger Record Company- Apple Genre: Pop Written by Pete Ham Time: 2:57 B-side:” Carry On Till Tomorrow” Album- No Dice Grade: A+ Peaked at #8 12 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. Badfinger- a rock band from Sawnsea, […]

EVERY BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLE 1970: #537: “NO MATTER WHAT”- BADFINGER — slicethelife

Project 3, Exercise 1 – creating mood/atmosphere — Janice Scott – Learning Log (Reblog)

I decided to concentrate on trying to make a painting using the bare minimum of colours – white/black .. greys. This was inspired by a recent short break I had on the North Wales coast. We arrived in the middle of Storm Francis with winds up to 75 mph, the sea was especially violent (we […]

Project 3, Exercise 1 – creating mood/atmosphere — Janice Scott – Learning Log

Music Box – ‘Llwyn Onn’ ( ‘The Ash Grove’ ) – Côr Meibion Treorci – Treorchy Male Voice Choir — Art, Photography and Poetry

Famous Welsh Folk Song/ Cân Traddodiadol Cymraeg Geiriau/ Lyrics: Yn Nyffryn Llwyn Onn draw mi welais hardd feinwenA minnau’n hamddena ‘rol byw ar y don;Gwyn ewyn y lli oedd ei gwisg, a disgleirwenA’r glasfor oedd llygaid Gwen harddaf Llwyn Onn.A ninnau’n rhodiana drwy’r lonydd i’r banna,Sibrydem i’n gilydd gyfrinach byd serch;A phan ddaeth hi’n adeg […]

via Music Box – ‘Llwyn Onn’ ( ‘The Ash Grove’ ) – Côr Meibion Treorci – Treorchy Male Voice Choir — Art, Photography and Poetry

The Beeching Railway Cuts Are Still A Disaster Today in 2020, Especially for Wales

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The Beeching Review and cuts of the British railway system from 1963 were simply catastrophic.

They encapsulate the ludicrous notions and false economies of the time, executive decisions which were and are still made without due thought of the social, environmental and economic consequences.

After all, the British railway system had been nationalised since the late 1940s; the system as a whole, if run properly, was surely highly profitable and the whole idea of nationalisation (to my mind) is for the ‘stronger’, busier, more profitable areas to help out and support financially the ‘weaker’ ones – common sense, one would think, part and parcel of joined up thinking of governments which, one would hope, were doing the bidding of the people who elected it. Not a chance.

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Instead, large areas of Great Britain were left devoid of rail services, especially the outlying areas.

But it seems to me and hosts of others that Wales was the most hit, where only three major lines were left and none connecting the highly populated south to the rest of the principality.

Wales became a nation divided, without any efficient road link connecting north to south. The effects of these cuts, from which we have not recovered from even yet throughout the United Kingdom, were simply devastating.

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Wales left divided by Beeching cuts

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Milly Reynolds’ new ebook: ‘Manifesto’

See Milly Reynolds’ work here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Milly-Reynolds/e/B0056IY4OE/ref=s9_simh_gw_p351_d0_al3?_encoding=UTF8&refinementId=368165031&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=09P41BQ8Y1KG91WBSJMJ&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=317828027&pf_rd_i=468294
available at amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

‘Manifesto’ is due out on amazon and kindle imminently!

Synopsis

Taking a break from crime fiction, Milly Reynolds’ new ebook is an imaginative and quirky take on the state of current affairs as well as the meandering course of history.
Eleanor Cross, a disaffected Tory MP, takes us with her as she rides on the waves of destiny towards the formation of a new political party which will challenge old ideas.
Written as a very loose prose poem, this book sets down the policies that some might put in place if given the chance to take over the country.

Review

Aiming where novella meets prose poem, Milly Reynolds has really pulled out the stops with this unusual new ebook. Both mysterious and funny, contemporary yet timeless, Milly’s head strong heroine, a disaffected MP, is challenged to ride the transformative waves of destiny towards a new future for herself and her country. An imaginative and quirky take on the state of current affairs and the long course of history.

What is Left

So a Brit wins le tour, a bit
like a Brit winning Wimbledon— not! A rare

thing and pretty unlikely, but
do I care? I’m supposed

to care about Olympics, about flames
and once in a lifetime things

but I don’t. It’s not me and like
Thatcher said, there is no society, no ‘us’

at all and certainly no UK because Scotland
is on its way and Wales isn’t far

behind. Little England is
left to carry the can, where all

the cash used to be and her castles
burn. And then, there’s me

© copyright David F. Barker