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By Pete Moore On May 24th, 2019

Because Friday night is Music Night

Another week done at the coalface of capitalism, yet another Bank Holiday weekend. What is the point of this one? I get the reason for most others, but “Spring Bank Holiday” seems a bit nebulous.

Never mind, I’ll be out and about somewhere. The weather’s here and England’s looking good. I appear to have been ploughing through some Ronnie Lane lately. What a beautiful man and songwriter he was. You can have some too, as well as a fascinating video. Enjoy the weekend, whatever you’re up to. As always, feel free to share your fav sounds down below –


  1. “What is the point of this one? I get the reason for most others, but “Spring Bank Holiday” seems a bit nebulous.”

    It is a fixed replacement for the former floating “Whitsun Monday” which is the day after Pentecost and hence moved in the calendar along with Easter.

  2. I think that given the notice of May’s resignation today this is quite apt:


  3. who cares this is poetry


  4. This really is poetry Pat:


  5. I get the reason for most others, but “Spring Bank Holiday” seems a bit nebulous.


    The spring bank holiday is the survivor of Whit Monday, from the days that Britain was Christian. Ted Heath decided that it should be fixed as the last Monday of May instead of varying with Easter and it has been fixed since the early 1970s. The first Monday of May was added by Callaghan in 1978 at the same time as New Years Day (bloody socialists).

    For the record, godless Churchill would have liked to fix Easter as the last weekend of April.

  6. Meanwhile in Catholic ROI, we have our public holiday the following Monday (1st Monday in June) bearing the evocative, Christian title of….er, “June Bank Holiday”

  7. This has to be the most romantic music ever written. From Tchaikovsky:


  8. Shostakovich – The Gadfly – Romance (Last Night of the Proms 2012).

    For a certain generation, this was used for the TV series Riley Ace of Spies. Spoiler: it didn’t end well for Riley. There is speculation that he got as far as the Tsar’s house of captivity in 1918 but could not save the Romanovs from being murdered by the Bolsheviks, as was Riley himself a few years later.


  9. The Letter Scene (Tatiana Monogarova) from Eugene Onegin:

    Tchaikovsky, you need to ask?


  10. Peter Peter Peter…..

    Your selection of music is as always impeccable, but you’ve hit a nerve.

    Sidney Reilly the russian/jew irishman that the british government feared more to being in control of russia than Lenin is a personal hero of mine…. and that series did him justice.

    Thank you.


  11. and rather than take the chance that he would take down Stalin the last time he went into russia the brits betrayed him.

  12. Cheers Patrick, I wasn’t aware of that.

  13. Yeah Reilly twice could have toppled the Soviet Union once with Lenin and once with Stalin.