Author Archives: John S

About John S

I'm blogging about the things I love: music, sport, culture, London, with some photos to illustrate aspects of our wonderful city. I’ve written a novel called “The Decision”, a futuristic political thriller, and first of a trilogy. I’m also the author of a book on music since the 1970s called “ I Was There - A Musical Journey” and a volume of poetry about youth, “Growin’ Up - Snapshots/ Fragments”. All available on Amazon and Kindle.

The Orielles at the Scala, 20 March 2019

The Orielles played the Scala tonight, as part of the 20th anniversary of the venue. Funny that, I thought it had been going at least the 70s. I had it in my head that the punks used to play there. … Continue reading

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Sportsthoughts (164) – Billy Bonds’ Claret and Blue Army!

Yesterday evening, at the London Stadium, the chants of Billy Bonds’s claret and blue army! rang out again, as they once did at Upton Park. The occasion was the naming of the stadium’s East Stand after the great West Ham … Continue reading

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lovelondonscenes 159 – A Red Mist at the London Stadium

A week ago West Ham played Fulham at the London Stadium in the evening. We won 3-1 after a shaky start. It had been a lovely day, but the mist descended as the air cooled in the darkness. The effect … Continue reading

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lovelondonscenes 158 – Waterloo Station, rush hour

This was last Thursday, about 5.30.  As in all the big stations, people gather to figure out when their train is going to leave and where from. For many, a daily ritual. There’s no way round it. London life.

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Have You Heard? – (89) “The Third Degree” by Honeyblood

This is the first new music by Honeyblood in quite a while, and is a taster for the forthcoming third album “In Plain Sight”. We have to wait until 24 May for that. Anyone who reads the musical reviews in … Continue reading

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Rival Sons at the Roundhouse, 6 February 2019

Last Wednesday, I went along with my friends Dave and Tony to the Roundhouse to witness some ROCK! The band were Rival Sons, who I’d never heard of, until Dave suggested them. Apparently Jimmy Page rates them, and that’s no … Continue reading

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Chvrches at Alexandra Palace, 7 February 2019

Chvrches played at Alexandra Palace last Thursday, the first leg of their UK tour, promoting last year’s album – their third – “Love is Dead”. “Ally Pally” is up in North London, perched on a hill which affords amazing views … Continue reading

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