Welcome once more to the bizarre world of Richard A. Usher; featuring some political satire, the grumblings of Ben Bernard and ‘On This Day’ Twistory, from Shakespeare to the closure of Alcatraz. Written and Presented by Richard A. Usher Ben …

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Your introduction to the bizarre world of Richard A. Usher; featuring the grumblings of Ben Bernard and ‘On This Day’ Twistory, from the first weather forecast to the launch of Apollo 9. Written and Presented by Richard A. Usher Ben …

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As the curtain is (at the time of scribbling) about to rise on a “new” ‘Goon Show’ style stage experience*, it seemed an apt moment to share some memories of my own experience treading Goonish boards.  It was late one …

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  View image | gettyimages.com Today the world commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the passing of Stan Laurel.  I remember celebrating his centenary back in 1990 by attending some special film showings at a variety of cinemas around Hull and …

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The Pink Panther Strikes Again Composed & Conducted by Henry Mancini I’m grinning like a Cheshire cat, and stifling chuckles at my memories of the hapless Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau asking, “Does your dorg bite?” If you know the film …

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                  The Grand Budapest Hotel Composed by Alexandre Desplat I first saw Wes Anderson’s delightfully eccentric The Grand Budapest Hotel on Blu-ray late last year, and I kicked myself throughout.  Why?  Well, …

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Jupiter Ascending Composed by Michael Giacchino The score to Jupiter Ascending grabbed me from the opening drum roll, burst of choral grandeur and orchestral fanfare, and that doesn’t happen very often these days.  This two disc release is like being …

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  View image | gettyimages.com It’s A Wonderful Life Composed & Conducted by Dimitri Tiomkin Reviewing the score for the 1946 classic It’s A Wonderful Life is an interesting experiment more than a month after Christmas.  The limited edition CD …

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  View image | gettyimages.com I’ve been passionate about film scores since the early eighties, and I’ve been collecting them on vinyl, cassette and CD for thirty years (gulp!).  The score that fired up that passion was composed and conducted by …

Film Score February Read more »

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Back in October I was part of a cast of actors charged with recreating the madness and mayhem of the highly esteemed Goon Show!  This professional production from the Old Joint Stock Theatre Company was given life for the Birmingham …

Goon Again, and Again…and Again? Read more »

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