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Philly The Voice

But what I like is a nice sausage sandwich; the sweet sausage with a lot of peppers and onions.  So I’m gonna to stop at the Golden Pizza on my way down the Feast.  The Saint’s Day’s the same as my birthday and the Feast always ends on the Sunday after.  This year they both fall on a Friday and...

Plum at the Polo Grounds

     In his admirable life of Wodehouse Robert McCrum observes that: “In old age, he had become a devoted baseball fan...

Electric Eden, The Old Punter’s Personal Reflections

Electric Eden – Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music Rob Young Faber & Faber 664p. The Old Punter's Personal Reflections: Traditional folk songs may be valued not least for the spare, uncluttered economy of their language.  Electric Eden cannot be said to share fully in this virtue.  At 607 pages of text plus 55 of notes and index the book offers the length of, say, The Gest...

Helstonia – Pentire, No. 5 Church Street

 I have been unable to find any documentation that would date this house precisely.  However, a comparative examination of their respective frontages leads me to believe that the building is contemporaneous with the Andrew Hall, the former Helston Church of England National School that is dated 1828.  In fact the similarities in architectural style and materials lead me to think...

A Diamond on a Hilltop

A Diamond on a Hilltop   The ancient Somerset market town of Crewkerne, like many such places, lies in a bowl, its main roads rising from its centre to the approximate points of the compass.  There is a particularly abrupt elevation to the east at the top of which, overlooking the town, is a majestic line of venerable trees known as the...

Helstonia – The Red Lion Inn

 “The Red Lion is the badge of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the fourth son of Edward III.  He lived from 1340-1399 and the Red Lion began appearing as pub sign during the following century.  The Red Lion of Scotland is quartered on the shield of Britain and is there shown as a red lion rampant on a gold...