The Best of 2014

Jan 26

The Best of 2014

Albums of the year – top 5 1. Melanie De Biasio – No Deal 2. Samaris – Silkidrangar 3. The Gloaming – The Gloaming 4. East India Youth – Total Strife Forever 5. Beck – Morning Phase Also F.A.B. Fink – Hard Believer Elbow – The Take Off and Landing of Everything Polar Bear – In Each and Every One FKA Twigs –...

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2013: THE VOTE OF THE PENCAITLAND JURY

Jan 06

2013: THE VOTE OF THE PENCAITLAND JURY

ALBUMS OF THE YEAR John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts Forest Swords – Engravings Juliana Barwick – Nepenthe Mark Kozalek & Jimmy LaValle – Perils from the Sea Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus Kurt Vile – Walking on a Pretty Daze Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest Amiina – The Lighthouse Project Laki Mera – Turn...

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Favourite Golf Books

Apr 30

Favourite Golf Books

Ian Butcher’s  students often ask him “What are the best books on golf instruction”. There are five books which he returns to and he says are of value to the serious golfer (i.e. anyone really trying to improve their game). 1. Butch Harmon’s ‘The Four Cornerstones of Winning Golf” 2. Bob Toski’s “How to Feel a Real Golf Swing” 3. Jim Hardy’s “The Plane Truth...

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The Best of 2012

Dec 02

The Best of 2012

That time of year again – and back to buying new cds (and downloads). Headlines are – a good year for Scottish music (The Scottish Album of the Year Award is a great idea), John Cale ROCKS at 70 and Robert Wyatt can bring a tear to the eye just by talking, Scottish football provided more entertainment off the pitch than on it, Danny Boyle is God (with...

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Favourite TV shows

Oct 30

Favourite TV shows

My 2012/13 favourite TV shows – DVD/BluRay sets Game of Thrones The Killing Broadchurch (just arrived) Borgen Boardwalk Empire Breaking Bad Little Dorrit House Fawlty Towers Bleak House   Tried hard but could not ‘get’ Mad Men Ashes to Ashes...

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Music, film etc – best of 2011

Dec 03

Music, film etc – best of 2011

MY Albums of the year (I only bought a couple of new releases after July, so the choice is a bit limited) King Creosote and John Hopkins – Diamond Mine Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi Beirut – Riptide (including best track of the year ‘Santa Fe’) Joan as Police Woman – The Deep Field PJ Harvey – Let England Shake Single (and Promo...

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