Ian Pople

ALBUM REVIEW: Popincourt – A Deep Sense Of Happiness (Milano Records)

For the benefit of the uninitiated, Olivier Popincourt is a stylish French Mod, a musical Anglophile, an accomplished songwriter, and a big fan of Paul Weller. He’s also just released “A Deep Sense Of Happiness”, the follow-up to his 2016 debut, “A New Dimension To Modern Love”. Whilst both albums are rich in melodic, elegantly …

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10 Surprising Records That Influenced My Taste In Music

There’s a “thing” doing the rounds on social media when someone asks you to “choose 10 albums that influenced your taste in music – one album per day for 10 consecutive days; no explanations, just album covers”. A nomination is quite flattering as you can share with the world your own sublime choices, however, after …

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Music Lovers Of The World Unite… In A-Z Order Of Course

A Curates Egg The great German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, once wrote: “Without music, life would be a mistake”. He is, of course, absolutely correct. Then again, he’d never heard a Whigfield record… I always intended for The Acoustic Egg Box blog to be about my love of music (and books, films and the creative arts in general). I …

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My Coronadiary 16/04/2020 – A Special Report

Virologists are encouraging the public to contact them with any strange symptoms they are experiencing which COULD be associated with COVID19. So far, apart from the telltale cough and fever, it’s emerged that some people have encountered a lack of taste or smell and others have reported a feeling that their whole body is “fizzing”. …

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My Coronadiary 08/04/2020 – I’m Not A Pheasant Plucker

I love our wildlife. I love it enough to pay a monthly donation to the World Wildlife Fund as I don’t want to see any more animals become extinct or get badly treated. And, of course, David Attenborough is a god. Because I’m a country boy at heart, one highlight for me after working a night …

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My Coronadiary 26/03/2020 – Acid Nights

I’ve just finished my last night shift with Morrison’s until Sunday. Despite my reservations, I loved it. Working as part of an extremely busy team with excellent people helped make the time fly by.  Night shifts are, basically though, the work equivalent of dropping acid. To that end, I have some questions and observations: Can …

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My Coronadiary 24/03/2020 – Lockdown Lite

To set the scene, it’s 3pm and I’m lazing in my garden, resplendently attired in speedos and silk kimono whilst basking in the sunshine like an albino elephant seal that’s just broken into Liberace’s boudoir. I suffer from insomnia during normal “sleeping” hours, so working night shifts has really messed with my head. I now …

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Don’t Let Enforced Downtime Become Enforced Down Time

I wish I had loads of hilarious shelf-stacking anecdotes after my first night shift at Morrison’s, but because everyone was so busy from the minute we started work at 10pm to the final whistle at 7am, nothing of note happened apart from lots of hard graft. Nothing apart from on arrival that is. I waited …

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COVID-19 – The Indiscriminate Assassin

During one of my final (normal) appointment’s yesterday (Friday 20th March) I had the privilege to speak with an overworked intensive care doctor. I won’t post what he told me about COVID-19 as we should all try and remain as positive (but vigilant) as possible. However, his words regarding the pathology of this virus were …

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The REAL Reason Why Springsteen’s “Western Stars” Is So Great

I adore Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen; I love his music and I respect him immensely as a person. However, in choosing “Western Stars” as my album of the year, I now have a problem… how to review it! You see, I’m just a “normal” fan and Bruce is one of the few artists whose obsessive followers …

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