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Stuart Garlick
Tallinn, Estonia
Stuart Garlick is a communication specialist, writer and broadcaster specialising in culture, travel and sport. Follow him, and his views on anything and everything, on Twitter @stuartgarlick. All views expressed in this blog are entirely the author's own.
Interests: Travel, Government, Services, Media, Sport, Culture, Internationalism, Europe
Recent Activity
There may still be some blog readers, and I salute your patience if you are one, who wondered where I had gone to, or what led to the temporary shelving / abandonment of this blog. There were a number of reasons. Time - I was engaged in an ultimately successful... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2011 at Charm Offensive
I will be blogging regularly again very soon - thank you for your patience and perseverence! I am close to completion on a TEFL course which is very close to my heart, and which is crucial to my future prospects - as there is a time limit on this, obviously... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2011 at Charm Offensive
Australian, check. Falsetto-voiced singer, check. Soaring melodies over an electronic bed of sound, check. So far, so Empire of the Sun. But it was when I heard Empire's songs playing, within a short space of time, on Michael Ball's Radio 2 show in the UK, and then at a trendy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2011 at Charm Offensive
I'm back home, and raring to get back in contact with you - so much to tell, expect something substantial as soon as I have time to myself. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2011 at Charm Offensive
Recently, I went with friends to The Rainbow, a traditional, airy, pub with a good reputation for live events, in Digbeth, Birmingham. I was there to see a gig by a young Lithuanian solo artist named Jurga. I'd been introduced to her music by my friend beforehand, and was familiar... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2011 at Charm Offensive
"You never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them." (Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird") It could be argued that "Among the Russians" offers little to inform the modern-day traveller, for this is a travelogue which takes place in 1983, during a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at Charm Offensive
Just before Christmas, I was at a party hosted by a group of couchsurfers. Couchsurfers are people who enjoy travelling, and like to save money on accommodation by staying on a sofa or living room floor in the country of choice, which has been rented out for the purpose. Couchsurfing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2011 at Charm Offensive
Sometimes the best things are brought to one's attention by chance. I thought all of the methods of selling a mobile phone in a 30-second commercial had been used up, until I was introduced to a series of adverts running in Poland for Heyah, a local mobile network operator. There... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2011 at Charm Offensive
It used to be that one could expect to join a company in your local area, get training there, and work your way up the ladder. That was the experience of workers at Fort Dunlop in Birmingham, producing Dunlop tyres and other rubber products until the factory's closure twenty years... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2011 at Charm Offensive
In today's Shropshire Star (my local newspaper), there will be a piece on the next steps for the #SaveWrexhamAndShropshire online campaign which made a splash in the paper, on the radio, and on Twitter, a few weeks ago. The situation is this: I would like to help set up a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2011 at Charm Offensive
Sunderland has a tradition of producing indie bands that are a little bit pop, a little bit punk, and a little bit removed from the national consciousness. In the mid-Noughties, whilst Newcastle's Maximo Park had a generation of festival-goers sympathising with City-suited singer Paul Smith's regretful tales of lovers bidding... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2011 at Charm Offensive
Lady Gaga is often seen as pop's chief provocateuse, but even she hasn't taken her devotion to pop music as performance art to the level of Sasha Frolova, a Russian alternative artist from the thriving Moscow art scene who began with conceptual performance art, and decided to move into pop... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2011 at Charm Offensive
Having seen the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) for myself last year, I want a new challenge this year. Norway appeals to me. A visit to a friend brought out an old photo album, and made me realise what a unique experience a backpacking trip through this extraordinary country... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2011 at Charm Offensive
As the Mancunian comedian Jason Manford covered so comprehensively some years ago, many people are left utterly absorbed by football's transfer deadline day. If someone is alien to football, there must be bafflement at how players swap clubs, willingly or otherwise, often at such short notice. why do they do... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2011 at Charm Offensive
Every so often this blog likes to promote a musician who may be well-known in one part of the world, but is not in this part. Tove Styrke made it onto my "Best of 2010" Spotify playlist thanks chiefly to the uplifting, catchy "White Light Moment", a gem of a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at Charm Offensive
Over the past day, I have read and heard from many people exercised by the impending closure of the Wrexham & Shropshire rail service. It looks as though the service is facing its final journey, for now at least, at 18:30 tomorrow from London Marylebone. But even if Wrexham &... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2011 at Charm Offensive
Wrexham and Shropshire railways announced on the morning of Wednesday 26th January 2011 that, two days subsequently, they would be ceasing to operate their acclaimed direct train service running from Wrexham General Station through to London Marylebone, and taking in the oft-disregarded stations in Shrewsbury and Telford Central - vital... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2011 at Charm Offensive
A-Ha staged their final concert as a group on Saturday 4th December 2010 in Oslo. It was the final date in a six-date residency in the Norwegian capital, and the city where Magne Furuholmen, Morten Harket and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy all grew up. By calling their farewell journey the "Ending on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at Charm Offensive