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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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John Hastings

A treasured slice of Workington folklore that must be preserved

It's that time of year once more when many hitherto quite mild mannered Workington folk suddenly proceed to get involved in a kerfuffle all over one leather ball.

For well over 300 years, the traditional Uppies and Downies contest has been a crown jewel of Workington culture. Indeed, it is an indelible part of the town's DNA.

As a... [more]

By John Hastings
Published: April 17, 2014

The Voice finally makes positive noises as Jermain's vocal gymnastics clinch deserved victory

Series three of The Voice UK concluded with Jermain Jackman being crowned a worthy champion.

Week after week, his amazing vocal flexibility has been a signature trump card - from switching seamlessly from falsetto to baritone in mid song, to holding notes that were so long, they could've been timed by a calendar, let alone a watch.... [more] (1 comment)

By John Hastings
Published: April 11, 2014

A good start for ScrewBo but more originality next time would be greatly appreciated

Congratulations to Sam Bailey on recently making number ine in the album chart with her debut release "The Power Of Love".

Although I didn't tip her to win last year's X Factor, I thought she thoroughly deserved her landslide victory. By having both a chart topping single AND album in just three months, the former prison officer... [more]

By John Hastings
Published: April 11, 2014

OperationUnderTwentyStone: Five pound loss gets me back on track

Apologies for not posting lately. I have been focused on "Operation UnderTwentyStone" as I continue my ongoing quest to lose more weight in order to meet my target of getting under 20 stones by Easter (and in turn honour one of the resolutions that I set for this year).

When I last weighed myself on Valentine's Day, I was 23 stones 2... [more] (2 comments)

By John Hastings
Published: April 4, 2014

Another great night for British music as it's (thankfully) Goodbye James and (possibly) Hello Jimmy

The 33rd Brit Awards once more proved that British music remains the envy of the world and that the crest of the wave that it rides on shows no sign of drying up any time soon.

However, the same couldn't be said about James Corden's performance as host for the (somehow) fifth and (mercifully) final time - I will return to him in due... [more]

By John Hastings
Published: February 24, 2014
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