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May 2018: The Somerset Levels

The Somerset Levels are one of Britainís less well-known jewels. Delineated by the Mendips to the north, Bridgwater Bay to the west, and the Quantocks ...More
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Malcolm McLaren

Malcolm McLaren changed British fashion and music. He probably still holds the record for number of art schools attended without graduating, a sign of his magpie future. He and Vivienne Westwood turned punk into high and low fashion in the 70s from their Kingís Road Shop, Sex; and his controversial management made punkís first superstars of The Sex Pistols. They were young, energetic, anarchic, raw, and interesting Ė everything Pomp Rock was not, and McLaren seemed to use the Pistols as his weapon against bands who thought 20 minute drum solos were clever. He later worked with Adam Ant and Bow Wow Wow; dabbled in art and opera and anything that took his fancy, always finding an angle, a twist. It would have been fascinating had he carried out his year 2000 threat to stand for London Mayor.

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When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty. - George Bernard Shaw
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Accord of Winchester - 1072, Evacuation of Dunkirk begins - 1940, Britainís Worst Road Accident - 1975
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