What it (was) is like to be a Goth

Reading Jillian Venter's Gothic Charm School it has allowed me to look back over my life as a Goth over the last (mumbles in her mittens here) 30 years - good grief! Even when I have been through other phases of my life (hippie at college - it has to be done, Princess Diana flick … Continue reading What it (was) is like to be a Goth

Wells Cathedral, Somerset – Beautiful Gothic Places To Visit

wells cathedral

Wells Cathedral, Wells, Somerset Goth points: 5 out of 10. Free to visit but you can donate a fiver if you want to. You will feel the need to. Great if you have a dog - I have never been to a Cathedral which was dog friendly before, but in Wells, everyone loves dogs. Your … Continue reading Wells Cathedral, Somerset – Beautiful Gothic Places To Visit

The Alternative 80’s – How It Was To Be A Goth Then

When I started seeking out all things dark and alternative back in about 1985, I think the first thing I wanted to do was hang out with other like-minded Goths. Public schools, especially in Surrey were full of spindly youths in faded drain pipes and long fringes listening to albums like U2's October and bands … Continue reading The Alternative 80’s – How It Was To Be A Goth Then

Hampton Court, Surrey

Hampton Court Palace

Home of Henry VIII (once Cardinal Wolsey was out-of-the-way) and venue for his marriage to Katherine Parr on the morning of the 12 July 1543. As the sixth wife of the aging King, she made a shrewd move to marry the monarch. encouraging the King to make peace with Mary and Elizabeth, his daughters, Katherine … Continue reading Hampton Court, Surrey

Out On The Wiley Windy Moor…

wuthering heights

Catherine Bush recorded her first demo under the financial guidance of Dave Gilmour from Pink Floyd. Presenting it with shaky hands to giants EMI, they signed her and she quickly issued her fist single. The self penned ‘Wuthering Heights’ went straight to number making her the very first British female solo artist to accomplish this … Continue reading Out On The Wiley Windy Moor…

Forgotten Insects – The Rise And Fall Of Altered Images

The birth of this band from the wee darkest depths of Glasgow happened purely by accident in around 1980. Scruffy school mates by the strangest names of Tich, Tinny, Johnny and Caesar were struggling to get away from the school dances and town halls, getting paid peanuts to sweaty, drunken crowds of kids whose ears … Continue reading Forgotten Insects – The Rise And Fall Of Altered Images

There’s A Worm In My Head And A Fish In My Bed…

Nestled quietly South West from Birmingham off the infamous M5, sits Stourbridge. Unassuming and fairly shadowed by the great Midlands city, it presented to the British indie pop scene a misshapen motley crew of four young men in 1986 who called themselves The Wonder Stuff. It was the brain child of it’s front man Miles … Continue reading There’s A Worm In My Head And A Fish In My Bed…