Music & Sport

Or, cultural history as a masquerade to write about my nerdy interests.

Skeleton Women (2018)
17th February 2018
An update of the first Days of Dial-Up post, celebrating Britain’s women skeleton sliders who melted the Old Boy culture



“In These Days of Evil Presidentes”: Punk and Fascism
22nd December 2017
Exploring Punk’s intimate relationship with Nazis, and those who oppose them

let fury have the hour

John Fitch and the 1955 Le Mans Tragedy: Making Something Out of Disaster
18th August 2017
How a racing driver endeavoured to save thousands of lives after 84 perished at Le Mans

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Yes, They Could! The Paralympic Pioneers
7th September 2016
Before Stoke Mandeville, there were disabled athletes who came to the Olympics and medalled.


“Her Name Hail Far and Wide:” Fiji at the Olympic Games, 1956-2016
18th August 2016
Fiji’s story is more than the rugby teams, and far from straightforward

“This is the Past That’s Mine:” Manic Street Preachers Play Everything Must Go at the Royal Albert Hall, 17th May 2016
2nd August 2016
Forever-delayed gig review about keeping a bereavement of the past alive

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The Ghosts of Stadiums Past
11th May 2016
A tongue-in-cheek and bittersweet look at the graveyards of football grounds

I Never Died, Says He: Tayo Aluko in “Call Mr. Robeson”
21st April 2015
A night at the one-man theatre, where Paul Robeson came to sing and tell us his story

Tayo and Paul

“Cultural Challenges:” From Haka to Cibi, Stories of Rugby’s War Dances
4th December 2015

The love of Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and the All Blacks, with a bit of folklore and dance, and a Jonah Lomu tribute.
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Class of 1823: Rugby Union, a Fault Line through British Society
16th October 2015
Inspired by loads of people mouthing off about how rugby union is “posh,” this post looks at how much that’s true, and why.


“Houses as Ruins, and Gardens as Weeds” – Manic Street Preachers Reprise The Holy Bible, 1st June 2015
8th June 2015
Gig review turned ’90s cultural history, 20th century political memory.
holy bible

Fire on Ice: The Jamaican Bobsleigh Team and the Art of Being Taken Seriously
6th March 2014
The famous Calgary ’88 team behind Cool Runnings, but part of a decades-long effort for Caribbean culture to be seen as more than just lackadaisical.

Fire on Ice

Skeleton Women: The British habit of sliding head-first down icy slopes
13th February 2014
Live from Sochi 2014, celebrating Lizzie Yarnold, Amy Williams, Shelly Rudman, and Alex Coombes.
Skeleton Women