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Online Archaeology Resources – Wales*

Regional Guides to Ancient Monuments in the Care of the Ministry of Works

The Story Behind The Music | Sex Pistols First Recording Session

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The Sex Pistols first studio recording took place at Majestic Studios in London on 15th May 1976 wth Chris Spedding at the helm. They recorded three tracks: ‘Problems’, ‘Pretty Vacant’ and ‘No Feelings’. You can hear the recordings on the video link above, and for context here’s an extract from Clinton Heylin’s Anarchy in the Year Zero, a full account of the birth of British punk.

Chris Spedding: I found it very weird, all that [in the press] about them not playing music. If they were notable for one thing it was that. They were always in time and in tune. I couldn’t understand why some … had chosen to attack them on the very thing that was their strength. Obviously, they’ve got cloth ears. [1976]

Getting someone as well-respected as Spedding on board at such an early stage was quite a coup for McLaren. It was almost as…

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“Not A Thing Was Moving” – Hackney and the 1926 General Strike

Did anarchists torch Tories’ Hackney HQ in 1987?

The Radical History of Hackney

1. What Happened?

The building in question was 27 Stamford Hill, which is now a posh nursery. It caught fire in the early hours of Wednesday 3rd June 1987, eight days before the general election.

The blaze severely damaged the three storey building used by Hackney North and Stoke Newington Conservative Association.

The fire started at at about 3 o’clock this morning and completely wrecked the second floor and the roof. Scotland Yard say traces of petrol were found on an internal staircase leading to the basement. Fire investigation officers are now sifting through the debris for more clues.

The Conservatives say valuable computer equipment was lost as well as 45,000 letters containing election literature that was being sent out to voters. They say they have received threats before.

Thames News – transcript of clip above. Reporter Christopher Rainbow

Chairman of the Conservative Party, Norman Tebbit arrived later that day…

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If you ever want to understand commerce you must look at the law, if you ever want to understand the law you must look at religion, and if you ever want to understand religion you must first understand one subject that was the basis and root ideology behind all religions; astrotheology.



What is going on around Eglwysilan Common?

What is going on around Eglwysilan Common?


It was a first for me: farmers unwilling to walk up a track on a common for fear of being threatened.  But that happened on a visit to see some very odd things being done on Eglwysilan Common following a phone call from  a long-time group member of Open Spaces Society, Mynydd Eglwysilan Association.

There are three commons to the east of the A470 and Taff river: Mynydd Mayo, Eglwysilan, and Craig Evan Leyshon.  We drove up to Nelson to access the byway which runs down the eastern side of Eglwysilan common  to Caerphilly. The common is shaped like an upside down horseshoe around Abertridwr and Senghenydd.

There are over 30 commoners, farmers with grazing rights (or “stints”) for a certain number of livestock in addition to their own land.  A calculation of the share is made for each commoner for the single farm payment – it is important to…

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