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In 1902 Enrico Caruso recorded Vesti la giubba, using new technology allowing the recording of music onto a mass produced disc. He went on to become the world's first recording star. Have the last few years seen a similar revolution in the way we access music? See below...


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A Personal Note (Archive)

August 24, 2016

This time last year I took out a subscription to Apple Music.  I then worked my way through Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 500 Albums Of All Time, finally getting to their number 1 album, Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band a few weeks ago.

The fact that I could make this musical odyssey – or odessey as the Zombies would have it – really brought home to me how much has changed in the way we access music.  The advent of streamed music ranks up there with the shift represented by the development of records in the early twentieth century.   After growing up with LPs, cassette tapes and CDs, the ability to listen to hundreds of albums without taking out a second mortgage – and without covering my bedroom walls in shelving – was a revelation.


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Historical news for August

Vivien Leigh's costume designer lived at Nymans in Sussex, now a National Trust property. To celebrate this link with one of cinema's most glamorous actresses, Nymans is staging a major exhibition dedicated to Vivien Leigh, using over one hundred items loaned from the Victoria and Albert Museum. The exhibition runs 1st June - 4th September. For more information go to

This year is the 300th anniversary of the birth of landscape gardener Capability Brown. The National Trust is celebrating this with events at many of its properties across the country. For more information go to


Anniversaries for August

1st August 1971: James Irwin and David Scott of Apollo 15 during an expedition aboard their lunar rover, discover the "Genesis Rock", thought to be 4500 million years old, dating back to the time when the moon itself was formed.

10th August 2003: Britain's highest temperature - 38.5 degrees - is recorded at Faversham, Kent.

12th August 1786: Captain Francis Light founds the British colony of Penang. This marks the beginning of British involvement in the government of Malaya, which would not end until 1957.

16th August 1819: A public demonstration is held at St Peter's Field, Manchester to demand reform of parliamentary representation. The Manchester and Salford Yeomanry Cavalry charges into the crowd, killing 15 peope and injuring between 400 - 700 others.

27th August 1883: The eruption of Krakatoa is witnessed by a naval engineer on a nearby ship. He writes in his journal:

"Suddenly we saw a gigantic wave of prodigious height advancing from the sea-shore with considerable speed....After a moment, full of anguish, we were lifted up with a dizzy rapidity. The ship made a formidable leap and immediately afterwards we felt as though we had plunged into the abyss... 

Like a high mountain the monstrous wave precipitated its journey towards the land...Before our eyes this terrifying upheaval of the sea in a sweeping transit consumed in one instant the ruin of the town. The lighthouse fell in one piece and all the houses of the town were swept away in one blow like a castle of cards. All was finished. There, where a few moments ago lived the town of Telok Betong, was nothing but the open sea."

31st August 1994: The IRA announce a complete suspension of all operations after 25 years of conflict. British prime minister John Major says "We are beyond the beginning but we are not yet in sight of the end." The IRA would not announce the end of its armed campaign until July 2005.


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