The Jags are a fondly remembered part of the late-70s/early 80s UK power pop explosion. The quartet was formed in 1978 by the Yorkshire-based songwriting team of Nick Watkinson and John Alder with Steve Prudence on bass and Alex Baird on drums.…

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Formed in Cologne in July 1968, Can surfed the first wave of German innovators, with their debut album Monster Movie referencing Pink Floyd and Hendrix in the context of a radically simplified rhythmic structure largely dictated by drummer Jaki Liebezeit’s astonishing precision. Their wildly disparate backgrounds…

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Paul (Richard O’Sullivan) and his best friend Frank (John Wells) are electronics boffins who work at testing gadgets for their company’s head office and love a practical joke. When they are sent a “molecular adjuster” that produces perfect copies of…

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Albert Finney stars as – and makes his directorial debut in – Charlie Bubbles, an enigmatic comedy-drama concerning a materially successful man, fighting vainly the old ennui. Charlie Bubbles is a working-class author made good, bored and disillusioned by his…

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1 9 5 1 – Current (UK) 20,000+ x 15 minute/12 minute episodes Set in the fictional village of Ambridge in the fictional county of Borsetshire in England (based on Inkberrow in Worcestershire), the long-running BBC radio serial The Archers debuted…

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1 9 6 5 (UK) 16 x 30 minute episodes 1 9 6 6 (UK) 13 x 30 minute episodes 1 9 6 7 (UK) 21 x 30 minute episodes 1 9 6 8 (UK) 16 x 30 minute episodes “Now for the young…

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1 9 4 5 – 1 9 8 0 (UK) “The time in Britain is twelve noon, in Germany, it’s one o’clock, but home and away, it’s time for Two-Way Family Favourites.” This successor to the World War II radio show…

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1 9 4 6 – 1 9 6 7 (UK) Debuting on 4 March 1946, this BBC Radio record request programme was broadcast six mornings a week until 1967 on the BBC Light Programme. The show played a wide range of…

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1 9 4 2 – Current (UK) The long-running BBC radio series Desert Island Discs was first broadcast on the Forces Programme on 29 January 1942. The 30-minute show was devised and originally presented by Roy Plomley. Each week a guest…

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1 9 4 0 – 1 9 6 7 (UK) This daytime radio programme featuring live popular music was broadcast by the BBC twice daily on workdays from 23 June 1940 until 29 September 1967. The programme began during World War…

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1 9 5 5 – Current (UK) This long-running 60-minute BBC Radio programme was first broadcast on the BBC Light Programme on 4 October 1955 and was originally hosted by Franklin Engelmann and based on the Top 20 from the…

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January 01 – In Britain, Alf Ramsey is knighted and Bobby Moore gets an OBE in the New Years Honours. 01 – 48-hour ceasefire ends in Vietnam with B-52s attacking the DMZ. 01 – All Night Rave at The Roundhouse…

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January 01 – In Britain, the Farthing (¼ of a penny) is withdrawn from circulation and ceases to be legal tender. 02 – Oral contraceptives for women go on sale in Australia. 03 – US severs diplomatic relations with Cuba.…

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In a brutal and horrific show of force, the Chinese Government vented its fury and frustration on student dissidents and their supporters on 4 June 1989. Up to 2,600 people are thought to have been killed and 10,000 injured when…

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January 01 – Golda Meir wins Israeli election. 01 – 38 Italians die when an Italia Airlines Fokker Friendship crashes near Turin. There are four survivors. 02 – US legislation for a national speed limit of 55 mph is signed…

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January 02 – 22 die as hurricane winds rock Britain. 05 – The Khmer Rouge drafts a new constitution in Cambodia, renaming it Democratic Kampuchea. 05 – Former Beatles road manager Mal Evans is shot dead by Los Angeles police investigating a domestic…

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At the end of World War II, Korea – formerly occupied by Japan – was divided along the 38th Parallel. In the north, the Russians installed a communist regime, headed by Kim Il-Sung. In the south, the Americans backed the pro-western…

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In December 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, a black woman named Rosa Parks insisted on sitting in the front of a bus. The segregation laws in America’s deep south reserved the front section of public buses for whites, although most bus passengers in…

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The 1964–1965 World’s Fair in New York was conceived by a group of local businessmen who remembered their childhood experiences at the 1939 New York World’s Fair and anticipated an economic boon to the city as the result of increased…

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