Category Archives: Brexit

Conversations, Concerns & New Music

During Norman B’s recent month-long visit to his home country, England, he was asked by almost everyone he met, “What happened in the last Presidential election?” People across the Atlantic are genuinely mystified, confused and paying careful attention to what happens next. With that thought in mind, we called upon a favorite contributor to Life Elsewhere, writer and book critic, David Ulin. With unbridled zeal, David offers his take on life after Trump. He controversially suggests the outcome of the last Presidential election is like this generation’s 9/11. “Nothing will ever be the same again!” He says.

While traveling around England, Norman B took the opportunity to interview face-to-face, guests who have appeared on the show. Up and coming singer-songwriter, Leaone met with Norman on an unusually hot summer day at a venerable London pub. They sat in the picturesque shaded garden of The Albion, in Islington. As they chat, you’ll hear all the ambient sounds and get a glimpse into the inner workings of a new aspiring talent.

Plus, Norman gives his review of a new double-sided single from Mick Jagger. Is it possible that the aging rockstar has made an important and serious commentary about what’s going on in the world? In his two new songs, Jagger touches on Brexit and the state of the world. To set the stage for Jagger’s new work, you’ll hear a very young Mick Jagger from 1966 talk about the social and cultural issues of that era. Perhaps we need to pay more attention to the 74-year-old rocker because he made saying more than artists half his age!

And, as a bonus, Norman introduces new music he believes you need to hear. From Nashville, The New Respects with Come As You Are, from their debut EP, Here Comes Trouble. The four-piece are a family affair, made up of three siblings, twins Alexis (bass) and Zandy Fitzgerald (guitar), along with their brother Darius (drums), and cousin Jasmine Mullen (vocals/guitar).

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Letter From Home Part 3: All White, Alright?

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Gleaming pristine white dazzles and dares you to upset its cool fabulousness. In almost every home I visited, white is the color of choice. Glossy smooth surfaces, sumptuous seductive leather, cozy cuddly cashmere, white is everywhere. Fittings, fixtures, and furniture are all determinedly white. Bathrooms are clinical and kitchens are like laboratories. All the homes I visited from stately Georgian town-homes to Edwardian villas, rustic farmhouses to mid-century-modern bungalows, the interiors were dominated by varying shades of white. The ever- present brilliance of whiteness comes as a stark contrast to England’s frequent cloudy gray skies. The whiteness is even more noticeable when you come in off a grubby street jam-packed with dirty, dusty automobiles. From super-duper Teslas to top-of-the-line prestigious German models, keeping a car clean appears to be a low priority in England. But, presenting an unblemished sparkling white home interior is de rigueur. Far different from my days of growing up in England. Then, most homes were decorated in various shades of awful. Garish wallpaper, hideous prints on everything and stubbornly oppressive furniture. The whiteness in today’s English homes seems to be a statement: “We’re modern, we’re cool, and we’ve got brilliant taste!” Yet this is a quandary for a visitor like me, still perplexed as to who voted for Brexit?”

For the month of June and part of July, Life Elsewhere. host, Norman B has been revisiting England, his home country. Part of his journey has included interviews which will appear at later dates on the program.

Life Elsewhere is available at iTunes

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Fridays at 9.00pm GMT on Cornucopia Radio

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Letter From Home – Part 2: English Gardens & American Yards

The first thing you need to know about gardens in England is, they’re not the same as gardens in the USA. There they are known as a yard. While a yard in England is certainly not a garden. A yard is a most likely a place you would store or dump things. Typically it would be an unattractive place, such as a builder’s yard, a scrap metal yard or perhaps a knacker’s yard, (don’t ask). But, it couldn’t be a school yard, because that would be a school playground. Confused? Stand by, there’s more. In England you don’t park a car in a parking lot, instead, you park a car in, wait for it, a car park. You drive on a road, not a pavement, while you walk on the pavement instead of the sidewalk. The hood of your car is delightfully named a bonnet so the trunk is obviously(?) a boot. You won’t have a fender-bender in England because fenders are bumpers. In England you’ll make a call on your mobile, in the States, you’d make the same call on a cell. Candies are sweeties in England and cookies are biscuits. A faucet is a tap in England, and a nappy is a diaper in the USA. The oddly tortuous-sounding pacifier becomes the brazen dummy in England. Of course, there wouldn’t be a need for a pacifier or dummy without a willy or a fanny. And that’s where the translation becomes really difficult, if not downright awkward. We speak the same language but we can easily bewilder each other with the words we choose. Thankfully, the common language of gardening is shared enthusiastically by both countries, in spite of each nation’s perplexing weights and measures standards. Finally, the second thing you need to know about gardens in England, they are glorious places to seek refuge from the moans and groans about Brexit and Mr. T – – – -.

For the month of June and part of July, Life Elsewhere. host, Norman B has been revisiting England, his home country. Part of his journey has included interviews which will appear at later dates on the program.

Life Elsewhere is available at iTunes

Sundays 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  
Mondays 5.00pm PT & Wednesdays 2.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio
Thursdays 6.00pm ET at Internet Radio Network
Fridays at 9.00pm GMT on Cornucopia Radio

If you miss any editions of Life Elsewhere, go here then go to the Listen On Demand panel, choose the date of a show and click play.

Life Elsewhere Music airs:
Mondays at 6.00pm & Wednesdays at 3.00pm Pacific Time on NWCZ Radio
Fridays at 10.00am Eastern Time on IRN
Cornucopia Radio airs Life Elsewhere Music throughout each week

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