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Lonnie Donegan

Lonnie Donegan rose to international fame as one of the founding fathers of a new wave of music called Skiffle that swept the world during the 1950s. He was born Anthony Donnegan of Irish/Scottish parentage in Glasgow, Scotland,...

Skiffle

Without skiffle there might have been no Quarrymen and hence no Beatles. Seen in retrospect on television, skiffle can seem entertaining yet quaint, and yet before pelvic-thrusting took over on the charts, skiffle was incredibly popular. The...

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Squiggy dies at 73

5 December 2020 Actor David Lander, best known as Squiggy on the ABC sitcom Laverne and Shirley, died on Friday evening at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 73. Lander died of complications related to...

Why Wasn’t I Told?

Dorrie Evans, the scatty and interfering self-appointed concierge at 96 Lindsay Street, Paddington, was the absolute queen of malapropism on the series Number 96. Proving extremely popular with the viewing audience, the wit and wisdom of...

Babes of S.H.A.D.O – The Girls of Moonbase

While the female operatives based at SHADO HQ down on Earth seemed to do very little else but wander around in skin-tight clothing, the women of Moonbase ran the place and commanded the male pilots...

BBC Lime Grove Studios

The BBC’s Lime Grove Studios officially opened on 21 May 1950. The site had started out as film studios, first for Gaumont and later for Gainsborough and then Rank Film Studios, from whom the BBC...

Dapto Leagues Club in the 60s, 70s and 80s

Dapto Leagues Club was formed on 12 July 1955 at a public meeting in Mr Jim Timbs' Billiard Rooms in Bong Bong Road, which later became the first premises occupied by the club. During 1958...

Dr John, legend of New Orleans sound, dies aged 77

6 June 2019 Mac Rebennack, the pianist, singer, songwriter and producer better known as Dr John, who embodied the New Orleans sound for generations of music fans, has died aged 77. A family statement released by his...

What’s Yours? – The preferred tipple of your favourite TV characters

Many TV shows are lubricated by alcohol, and the big American soaps would dry up and stop without it. The Rovers Return, The Queen Victoria and the like, are the setting for so much important action,...