Chris Mann – Pop Culture and Three’s Company / John Ritter

Chris Mann – Pop Culture and Three’s Company / John Ritter

Pop Speaking could not hope to get off to 2014 on a better footing.  This post is very very special to me. Chris Mann is not only one of the top authorities on pop culture of today, he’s the definitive voice on Three’s Company, the male star of which, John Ritter, inspired this blog. He has been kind enough to spend a lot of time and effort sending me some invaluable information as well as three previously unpublished photographs.   Chris Mann is the author of “Come and Knock on…

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Christmas and the songs, books and movies around it

Christmas and the songs, books and movies around it

I think since time immemorial musicians, artists and authors have used the theme of Christmas in their work. Whether it is to sell their work or whether borne out of a genuine feeling for the time of year, Christmas is a time of year which certainly can pluck on the heart strings of all of humanity. I’d like to take the time to look at some of these works, celebrate them, and yes, wish you all Merry Christmas.I don’t know why, but the one Christmas song that has been on…

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Felicity Davis, author of Guard a Silver Sixpence on her book, inspiration and overcoming physical and psychological abuse

Felicity Davis, author of Guard a Silver Sixpence on her book, inspiration and overcoming physical and psychological abuse

Felicity Davis is the author of Guard a Silver Sixpence, a book which explores self-identity through historical exploration over five generations:In 1903, in the mining town of Barnsley, a brutalised wife called Emily Swann lashed out at her violent husband. Her actions brought tragedy and scandal in their wake. Her children were shamed, her family broken apart.Over one hundred years later her great-granddaughter Felicity, also a victim of physical and psychological abuse, set out to uncover the secret history of her family in the hope it would heal the scars of…

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RIP Nelson Mandela

RIP Nelson Mandela

An world icon of peace has passed away. It was Madiba’s ability to forgive which is the reason the entire country mourns today. If you learn nothing more from this man, learn to forgive, because without forgiveness, there is no unified way forward. Madiba also did things that I didn’t agree with (terrorism).   I may be a white person but I also feel I was affected by apartheid. Not to the same extent of course, but I was denied being able to get to know my country men and their cultures,…

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Heaven is a Place on Earth – and it WAS!

Heaven is a Place on Earth – and it WAS!

How hard is it to believe that it’s 26 years since Belinda Carlisle’s defining hit Heaven is a Place On Earth went to number one in the United States? I had the privilege of seeing this song being performed live last year at the Rewind Concert, and I can tell you that Belinda performs it today with the same energy as she did back then. I can think back to those days, and this song was on my stereo more days than it wasn’t. When you think of the songs that kept…

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World AIDS Day 1 December – Elton John AIDS Foundation

World AIDS Day 1 December – Elton John AIDS Foundation

Today is World AIDS Day. It always interests me that things like AIDS get a day. AIDS isn’t for just a day. It’s forever. We think about things for a day, and then, if they don’t affect us personally, tomorrow we stop thinking about them. I guess that’s the way human nature is.  I first heard about AIDS back in 1985. I think a lot of people first heard about it then, because it’s when the first famous person died of it. Handsome actor and leading man Rock Hudson was…

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