Category Archives: Great British Strokes

Stroke Bloke’s Five Steps To Recovery

Have your ever found yourself suffering from a medical condition that you’d never given much thought before, and suddenly found that it’s everywhere?

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Great British Strokes #5 — Vini Reilly

I’ve been heartened by the response to Thursday’s post about how Jackie Ashley and Andrew Marr have responded to Marr’s stroke in January. There’s a real sadness underlying the story, I think. But you don’t have to read between the lines too much to find the melacholia in the story of today’s subject.

“Vini Reilly is way overdue a revival….
It’s good music to chill out to.” — God

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Great Scottish Strokes #3

People love lists, right?  Well, according to Rob Fleming, Nick Hornby’s representative in High Fidelity, a certain type of bloke does, anyway.  So much so, that Hornby himself was able to get 31 Songs published.  That’s a list of 31 songs, natch, with each chapter being a fairly lengthy entry  about one of the songs; either why it’s good, its personal resonance, or some other facet of the particular song.  It’s pretty good.

These days, list shows are ubiquitous.  For example, consider the cheap-o, low-brow filler populated by talking heads with no particular knowledge of their subject, like BBC America’s execrable The Brit List.  We saw their 20 sexiest Brits show.  Which, as Beth pointed out, had to be filled out by a car.  And a candy bar.  Amusing middle-aged yet skinny men with good hair from the ’90s didn’t get a look-in, oddly enough.  I’m talking about the Guardian’s head music writer, Alexis Petridis, of course.  (See blogs passim.)

Alexis Petridis
A specimen of the sexy British man, yesterday

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Rip It Up

[N.B.:  This post discusses post-stroke depression and crying, as well as the inspiration to be received from the music of Edwyn Collins.  Depression is very common in both stroke survivors and their carers. (Post-stroke depression (PSD) has been reported in not less than 30% and up to 50% of all stroke survivors (Robinson, 1998; DH, 2007a). The prevalence of PSD peaks at six months after stroke.)  If you think you or your family/carer may be affected by this issue, please help your recovery by going to your doctor.  The National Stroke Association has also published an excellent fact sheet on coping with emotions after stroke, which I’d also suggest you look at if this is an issue for you.] Continue reading Rip It Up

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