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The Neal Morse Interview, Pt. 1: Musicianary Man

The show was packed with life-long rock fans, and many had seen the best bands around. Some had been queuing for hours to get a good place in the sold-out venue. Word was that some had been to each of … Continue reading

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The Neal Morse Interview, pt. 2: Deeper into the Music

With the clear evidence of bands like Genesis in his music, it’s no surprise that Neal Morse grew up enthused by the British music scene. His is yet another story of an artist being struck by the Beatles’ legendary appearance … Continue reading

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Jasper Fforde, Part 1: Having Fun with Shakespeare, Mel Gibson and Dodos.

Some established writers are a byword for their genre. Agatha Christie is to whodunits what Barbara Cartland is to romance; while Terry Pratchett is to fantasy what Jasper Fforde is to… well, to what, exactly? This dilemma has made Fforde’s … Continue reading

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Jasper Fforde, Part 2: Shades of Grey – “a different kind of fun.”

When I met Jasper Fforde, he was promoting his Shades of Grey novel. He didn’t do a very good job, as he left me with the impression that it would be dull, compared with his previous work. Having since spent … Continue reading

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Dave Bainbridge – the Solo Work

Goodbye Iona, hello Celestial Fire. Dave Bainbridge’s unique Celtic/prog/ rock /folk band is on hiatus, but with his new band Celestial Fire he has taken its more combustible elements and thrown on another can of musical petrol. Fiery it certainly … Continue reading

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Tom Wright: Pulled between the People and the Page. Part 2 – the Page

The second part of my 2012 interview with Tom Wright looks at the pull of academia. We discuss 3 of the bishop’s recent books, touching on Rob Bell, Paula Gooder, C.S. Lewis and the afterlife. For most Christians, theologians are … Continue reading

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Just How Godless is the ‘Atheist Church’?

God keeps popping up, even where he’s banned… The newly-formed Sunday Assembly – often dubbed, ‘The Atheist Church’ – has enjoyed a year of dramatic growth. Beginning in an old church building and adopting many elements of the Christian service … Continue reading

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When They Were Still Fledgelings – The Housemartins

Once upon a time, the late John Peel was excited about a band called The Housemartins. Taking his advice, a very young Derek Walker netted them on their first tour, before a small gig outside Aylesbury. Before anything in everyday … Continue reading

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The Medium and the Message – artist Paul Hobbs

Gloucestershire multimedia artist Paul Hobbs tells Derek Walker how his images evolve Words can be dangerous. The Church often creates uncomfortable headlines by what it says on topical issues, and people can read into the words of ordinary Christians political … Continue reading

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Iona – Clearing the Ancient Wells

Iona’s Dave Bainbridge and Jo Hogg tell Derek Walker how their Another Realm album has been a re-birth for the band. Some bands have been so seminal and successful in what they have done, that it hardly seems possible that … Continue reading

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