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All posts from Ed Barrett

16th December '16 0 809

What Really Happened At The Grunwick Film Processing Laboratory In 1976

Forty years ago, the Grunwick Film Processing Laboratory became one of the most famous landmarks in Britain.

11th November '15 0 1896

Vintage Photos Of Midget Wrestling (1960s - 1970s)

Who'd be a Midget Wrestler during the 1960s and 1970s?

26th May '15 1 880

What A Crazy World: A Classic Slice of Nostalgia From The Early Days of British Pop

If the first Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night hadn’t exploded on the cinema screens in 1964, then What A Crazy World might nowadays be cherished as a classic slice of nostalgia from the early days of the British pop scene, with its cheery tunes and cheeky working-class comedy.

28th April '15 0 405

In British Politics Football Is A Game of Own-Goals

David Cameron is the latest (but probably not the last) politician to learn that football, when used as a political football, can result in an own goal.

7th April '15 1 1268

Stardust and David Essex Changed My Life: The Rise and Fall of Jim Maclean

"There was an identity crisis going on," said David Essex of his second movie, Stardust. "Things in the film were happening to me in real life." This was no empty hyperbole. In 1974, Essex took his pop career to the next level, with a smash hit album and his first British number one, the aptly named Gonna Make You A Star.

30th March '15 0 886

Beat Meets Meat: The Dave Clark Five’s Wildish Weekend

Once upon a time – half a century ago, back in the Swinging Sixties, to be precise – a showbiz phenomenon from England was taking America by storm. A bunch of working-class lads so popular that they had a musical movement named after them. Hell, they even had their own feature film.

21st March '15 1 1423

London Tank Protests: Top Gear Terror And Other Sights To Gladden The Heart

When angry Top Gear fans besieged the BBC and delivered a million-signature petition to have their leader reinstated, the Clarksonites commandeered a tank for the purpose. (Assuming, that is, that they did not already possess one for such activities.)..

16th March '15 1 2062

Sounds of the Sixtwees: The Men Who Missed The Psychedelic Boat

1967, the year of the so-called ‘Summer of Love’ of 1967 brought forth some of the greatest pop music ever produced – notably the various strains of ‘psychedelic ‘ sounds emanating primarily from California and London....

11th March '15 0 2600

A history of Manchester United banners

Banner from heaven: a look back at Manchester United’s flagging fortunes...

26th February '15 1 1019

Cats at War: A History Of Felines On The Ocean Waves

With war anniversaries coming thick and fast, a news story about Winston Churchill’s cats reminds us that cats, like Churchill himself have a long and distinguished association with the armed forces...