The Heptones - Country Boy
I think you’ll agree that this current run of the Saturday Morning Skank Spot
has been an outstanding one. Sadly, it comes to an end with this 1974 track. The feature will return at an unspecified point in the future. (54 plays)
‘You may have heard in the news that the body of King Richard III was recently found buried under a car park in Leicester. Now it emerges that 15 of his “descendants” have gone to court demanding that, as family, they be consulted about his place of burial - they want his remains to go to his home city of York.
I was struck by this story because, after 500 years, I’d expect there to be rather more than 15 descendants interested in this case. So I dived into Google, investigated Richard’s family, grabbed the back of an envelope and did some calculations.’
‘Zoe Jarman, of Groby, was at the exhibition with her two sons Jay, eight, and Roan, five, and her sister Holly.
Zoe, 42, said: “This whole Richard III thing is great for Leicester. This exhibition shows just how fascinating it all is.”
Holly, also of Groby, said: “I think it is quite a modern looking face and I am surprised by that.”
Jay said: “I don’t think he had a nice face at all.”
Roan said: “He looks like a bad man.”’
McKay - Take Me Over
I have recently discovered Don Letts’ Culture Clash Radio on BBC 6Music. It’s broadcast at an ungodly hour so I listen to it on the record facility on my DAB radio or on the iPlayer. It always features an enticing mix of musical genres, which you’d expect from the DJ who came to prominence by playing dub reggae sets at the earliest punk gigs.
On last week’s show I particularly enjoyed this track from Stephanie McKay, a singer-songwriter from the Bronx, and so decided to feature it on the Saturday Morning Skank Spot. It’s built around an extensive sample of Dave & Ansel Collins’ Double Barrel, so it can’t possibly fail to get you jigging around the kitchen. (9 plays)
‘Incidentally, bad news for the 15 extant descendants of Richard III who claim their human rights have been abused because they have not been consulted about his reburial. The statistical whizzes of BBC Radio 4’s More or Less series have done a quick back-of-the-envelope calculation and reckon there’s now between one and 15 million people descended from his line. There’s a little bit of the divinity that doth hedge a king in quite a few of us, it seems. Not sure that Richard was too concerned about human rights in his day.’
The only mistake here is to describe the deluded 15 as ‘descendents’, when Richard III has no living descendents. Still, it shows just what a pathetic bunch of fantasists the members of the Plantagenet Alliance really are.
John Cooper Clarke is all over the BBC at the moment. In this Radio 4 programme from earlier today, he talks about his admiration for Dali and gets to say rather more than he did on his recent appearance on Have I Got News For You. It’s worth listening to this even if (like me) you have little interest in Dali’s work, as Cooper Clarke speaks engagingly and with much enthusiasm about his subject. Follow the link to listen, or download the podcast.