Tickled Pink by Thundera


while we’re Mostly Mozart (and the greatest hits of Messrs Haydn and Bach – the more baroque the better really), sometimes we take a moment to remember our (rather mis-spent but full of stories-to-tell-at-some-point) Youth….


and recall the dark cavernous clubs (south of the river where the cabs don’t go) of London and delve a little into the psyche and remember those raw and angry bands of perfectly-post-Punk.

so we were Thrilled to get a delicious note from someone who was a very delightful friend during our Life in Manhattan about a Band and when we took a listen to their recent appearance on a show oh! memories of watching-bands and walking-across-bridges-at-3AM in something completely unsuitable-as-daywear came f l o o d i n g back.

a picture please!

we wrote back instantly….

and here they are: Thundera!

Sandshot2and their music is included on this most splendid compilation!

album-reviews-StickShiftRecordsfor our Viewers outside the USA, we should point out that “northeast” here does not refer to the popular music of Manchester (which would actually be more “north-west” but we did a double take too) but this region as denoted on the following map:

northeast_1oh, you’re most welcome (we know how all this virtual international travel can be confusing).

so – ladies and gentlemen and those as yet-undecided or so modern that one feels a lack-of-definition freeing and glorious – we bring you Thundera!

careful with the mosh pit darlings, apparently they have Rules these days – best be warned.

bravoA, ladies!

may your future be filled with large stadiums and travel-at-the-front-of-the-plane.

wouldn’t that be delicious?

40 gorgeous literary and brave and out there #feminist years @viragoBooks


we heard that our friends-at-Virago (in London, England) are celebrating their birthday – and it’s a Significant One (40!)

Virago at 40

the Guardian has covered this lovely event here

if you can receive this Transmission from the BBC in your own territory, there’s a Splendid Desert Island Discs* from the vibrantly brave founder: Carmen Callil

*as you may recall we Adore desert-island-discs

when who-we-are-in-RL was a Student (and thus Lacking In Funds), the distinctive green jacket of a Virago book was a Beacon in the back of a secondhand bookshop off the charing cross road or in the nether regions (don’t ask) of kings cross or sometimes in a genteel part of chelsea off the kings road.

it said FREEDOM.

Virago celebrated (and continues to do so but when one was Young it felt so Important to know this) women who had BIG LIVES.

we missed this (because we had already left england) but there were some Special Covers done a few years ago of some of our favo(u)rites:



we would Swoop in on the Virago books in a secondhand bookshop and take them home to nourish our fevered imagination of What Might Happen when we Graduated (a Lot happened but that’s another story).

isn’t the Delafield a pretty cover?

we thought a Lot about her when we wrote this post here as we were starting to write The House On Church Row (now wouldn’t THAT make a delicious Virago book? *farofflooktothehorizon*) and the Lovely Jilly Cooper wrote about her here:

such intertwining is only possible on the interweb, darlings – such fun.

we Thrilled to Virago’s tales of the domestic travails and the hidden-writers-in-the-back-room while the Laundry was being done and children-slept – it all felt Possible.

if you’d like to Immerse yourself in a Virago tale today do stop by their Ms. You Tube channel (how Modern! as william would say)

here’s current Publisher of Virago, Lennie Goodings, talking about their Book Club (we adore a book club, don’t you?)

and the final word must go to Fleur Fisher who writes a wonderful blog post here

because in the end, it’s about those of us who Love To Read.

happy birthday, Virago!


have you read a Virago today?

do. tell.