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My Diary December 1983: Birthdays, Videodiscs, Battlecars and Karate Discouragement

Reading from the twelfth and final installment of my 1983 Dairy Diary in which I get discouraged from doing karate, play Battlecars, make Plasticine 'Morphs', watch the non-Bond, Bond movie, turn 13, laugh at Tom and Jerry cartoons on Videodisc and get an Atari 400 for crimbo!
Laugh at my incredibly bad spelling!
See what kids got up to before the internet!
Tune in next time for more 80's nostalgia...?

Watch the entire year here:

Vinyl Haul & Advice Wanted | December 2018


I need to upgrade my shonky cheapola 1970's 'hi-fi' into something decent and could do with some advice- should I go for something quality yet vintage or brand spanking new but on a budget? Any advice or opinions would be greatly appreciated. Plus a look at my latest vinyl finds.

Vinyl PSA | Product Warning | 7" Blake Sleeves


Or "Why you should (sometimes) read the Amazon reviews"...

To reiterate: I've never had any problems with the 12 inch and Gatefold versions of these sleeves, just the (exactly) 7inch versions.

Introducing Edward: My American Friend Takes A 'Britishness' Quiz


I thought it was about time to introduce you to my good friend and musical collaborator Ed (A.K.A. Edward of Sim) and, as he's not native to these lands, test him on his knowledge of British culture from the 70's, 80's and 90's for a laugh.

Listen to Ed's music here:

Rock & Rule: The 80's Classic On VHS, DVD, LaserDisc and More...

A look at my Bro's collection of releases of classic 80's sci-fi rock n' roll musical animated feature film Rock and Rule featuring songs by Debbie Harry, Cheap Trick, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop a special surprise at the end!

 Matt Talks Vinyl's vid:

Watch the entire film here!:

It's My Birthday (And I'll See What Was In The Charts In The Week I Was Born If I Want To)


To celebrate reaching the (frankly baffling) age of 48 I thought I'd indulge in a bit of musicastrology and see if the popular songs and albums from the week I was born have had any influence on my musical tastes by having a gander at the UK charts from 1970!

Not sure how I managed to miss out some of the entries (must be a sign of aging...) so apologies to Dorothy Squires for skipping her version of 'My Way' and not noticing until I'd exported the vid...

Oh and a surprising lack of xmas singles in the charts back then dontcha think?

My Vinyl Oddities Part 2

Part two of a look at some of the more outré items in my record collection including a well-known snookers player's ill-advised foray into pop music, a classic k-tel exercise record from the 70's and an album my dad made (sort of).

And A Cast of Thousands full album:
Full K-Tel Exerciser audio:
One Four Seven: