Feature about The Gatehouse Abbey Fields Kenilworth. Restoration & Archaeology

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An exciting excavation outside the 14th century gatehouse is taking place in Kenilworth Abbey Fields this week as part of the National Festival of Archaeology.

Warwickshire County Council’s in-house archaeology team, Archaeology Warwickshire, are joining forces with Kenilworth Abbey Advisory Committee’s Harry Sunley Memorial Project to refurbish the medieval ‘Tantara’ Gatehouse to allow public access.

This magnificent 14th-century gatehouse was used as a cottage after the Abbey of St Mary was closed by Henry VIII in 1538 and has been closed to the public for many years.

Archaeology Warwickshire Manager, Stuart Palmer, said: ‘This is a great opportunity to study one of the county’s most iconic buildings and we are hoping the dig will reveal previously unknown abbey buildings and structures that may have stood against the remains of the gatehouse in the past.’

The first stage of works involves the excavation of an area outside the gatehouse to see how best to get an electricity supply into the building, which will be necessary to open it up to the public.

The team, working with Kenilworth Abbey Advisory Committee will be joined by volunteers from Kenilworth History and Archaeological Society as well as ‘A’ level Archaeology students from Trinity Catholic School, Leamington. This is a great opportunity for its students who will gain valuable experience of working alongside professionals on what is one of the most important sites in the local area.

Cllr Jeff Clarke, Portfolio Holder for the Heritage and the Environment said: “We are very proud of the work of Archaeology Warwickshire, who are experts in so many aspects of local history and always willing and able to use that expertise to assist on a wide variety of fascinating projects. The Gatehouse at Abbey Fields is an imposing structure on the local landscape and it will be fantastic to see it opened to the public.”

Cllr Richard Chattaway, Chair of the Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee, added, “Getting involved in exciting projects like this is exactly the type of thing that gets future generations of young people interested in Archaeology. In addition to adding their expertise, the enthusiasm of Archaeology Warwickshire for the subject will be inspirational for all the young people fortunate enough to spend the week working with them.”

The work will take place over the course of next week as part of the Festival of Archaeology 2014. The Festival of Archaeology 2014 runs from 12-27 July and is co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology. The Festival offers over 1,000 events nationwide, organised by museums, heritage organisations, national and country parks, universities, local societies, and community archaeologists. Further information about the festival can be found on their website: http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/

You can find out more about the work of Archaeology Warwickshire on the Warwickshire Website: http://heritage.warwickshire.gov.uk/archaeology/welcome-to-archaeology-warwickshire/

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Soulcruzer’s Top 10 Love Songs

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Last year I did the anti-Valentine’s Day thing. This year, I thought, well if I can’t enjoy this fabricated holiday myself, at least I can help others get “in the mood.”

So here goes my top 10 all-time favourite love songs:

10. “The Deeper the Love”

“The Deeper the Love” is a song by the English hard rock band Whitesnake, taken from their 1989 album Slip of the Tongue.

The song was written by singer David Coverdale, along with guitarist Adrian Vandenberg. Coverdale commented on the origins of the song in Slip of the Tongue 20th anniversary edition by saying:

“‘The Deeper the Love’ came from a chorus sequence I’d had for some time, written, if memory serves, in my dear friend Tony Z’s house, many years ago… then my little Dutch brother, Adrian, came along and put the musical icing on the cake, and gave me the verse chord sequence. I fished writing it in Tahiti, of all places.”

9. “When It’s Love”

“When It’s Love” is a song recorded by Van Halen. It was released as a single from their album OU812. It was the most popular song from that album, hitting #1 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks charts and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

8. “Here Comes My Girl”

“Here Comes My Girl” is a song written by Tom Petty and Mike Campbell, and recorded by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, their third single from their breakthrough hit 1979 album, Damn the Torpedoes.

Petty remembers Campbell’s chords and tune on a cassette tape, and struggling with the lyrics. Bassist Ron Blair told Petty that what he had was a “really good piece of music.” Petty learned to use narration in the verses, similar to Blondie or The Shangri-Las. Petty said the chorus was inspired by The Byrds.

7. “For Your Love”

“For Your Love” is a 1965 single written by future 10cc member Graham Gouldman and performed by the British Invasion band The Yardbirds.

Gouldman wrote the song at the age of 19 while working by day in a gentlemen’s outfitters near Salford Docks and playing by night with the semi-professional Manchester band the Mockingbirds. He said: “I was sleeping most of the time because I’d been gigging with the Mockingbirds the night before, and then during the day when I’d got any spare time I’d write in the shop. I used to shut up the shop at lunch time and sit in the back writing.”

6. “Crazy For You”

“Crazy for You” is a song by American recording artist Madonna for the 1985 film Vision Quest.

“Crazy for You” ushered a new musical direction for Madonna, as previously she had not released a ballad as a single. It features instrumentation from snare drums, harp, bass synthesizer and electric guitar. Lyrically the song talks about sexual desire between two lovers and consists of innuendos.

5. “Love Ain’t For Keeping”

“Love Ain’t for Keeping” is a song written by Pete Townshend and originally released by The Who on their 1971 album Who’s Next. It is the shortest and one of the lightest songs on the album, and one of the few songs on the album not to use synthesizers. It was originally written for Townshend’s abandoned Lifehouse project. Its themes include the joy of physical love, the power of nature and the need to live for the moment.

4. “Chasing Cars”

“Chasing Cars” is the second single from Snow Patrol’s fourth album, Eyes Open.

It has been reported that lead singer Gary Lightbody wrote the song, sober after a binge of white wine, in the garden of producer Jacknife Lee’s Kent cottage.[14] The song has Lightbody singing a plain melody over sparse guitars, which has an ever-building crescendo.[15]
He stated it was his “purest love song”.[16] The phrase “Chasing Cars” came from Lightbody’s father, in reference to a girl Lightbody was infatuated with, “You’re like a dog chasing a car. You’ll never catch it and you just wouldn’t know what to do with it if you did.”

3. “Beautiful”

“Beautiful” is the third single from Akon’s third studio album, Freedom. The song features American pop singer, Colby O’Donis and a rap verse from Canadian rapper, Kardinal Offishall.

2. “You’re My Best Friend”

“You’re My Best Friend” is a song by British rock band Queen, written by their bassist John Deacon. It was originally included on the A Night at the Opera album in 1975. Deacon wrote the song for his wife, Veronica Tetzlaff.

1. “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe

“Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” is a song written, recorded, and produced by Barry White. Released as the first single from his album Can’t Get Enough in 1974, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 and U.S. R&B charts[1] and has since become one of his signature tunes. It was his second U.S. chart-topper, after “Love’s Theme”.


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New Show: That Was Then, This Is Now

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Ian Rose, our intrepid blogger, has now added his skills to hosting his first Radio Warwickshire show called, That Was Then, This Is Now. The show traces the links between some of today’s hottest songs with the songs that preceded them.

The first show will be on Wednesday evenings starting 12 February at 7PM.

Soulcruzer’s Christmas Video Playlist 2013


I am a borderline Ebenezer Scrooge when it comes to the Christmas holiday season. Presents, shopping, Christmas markets and carols, bah humbug indeed. But this year, I thought I would make an effort to be more festive. It is the season to be jolly after all. Besides, MTV and VH1 among others, have already started playing their Christmas playlists.

Since Eddie the King has already started pumping traditional Christmas songs through the Radio Warwickshire streamer, I thought I would delight you with a video playlist of Christmas songs that you could, in some cases, jam to even if it wasn’t Christmas because they are that cool.

I’ll start with my favourite, which is a Heavy Metal Christmas by Twisted Sister. If more Christmas tunes made you rock like this, I would be a convert.

1. Twisted Sister – Heavy Metal Christmas

Listening to Joan Osborne’s titillating voice on this track makes me wish there were more bad girls out there and I was Santa.

2. Joan Osborne – What Do Bad Girls Get

This Otis Redding track does make me feel very fine indeed. You need to slide up next to your partner and dance to this one.

3. Otis Redding – Merry Christmas, Baby

The King makes everything cool, even Christmas!

4. Elvis Presley – Here Comes Santa Clause

I can imagine myself getting ready for the Radio Warwickshire Christmas Ball and dancing around my house in the only way a dapper dude could dance, and this would be the tune I would be blasting through my iPod dock.

5. Jethro Tull – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of not being able to spend Christmas with the one you love, then wrap yourself up in this Celine Dion track.

6. Celine Dion – Blue Christmas

But if you’re not the soppy type to have Celine comfort you, then grab a bottle of whiskey and sing the blues with John Lee Hooker instead.

7. John Lee Hooker – Blues for Christmas

Alright, let’s pick it back up with a mellow rendition of White Christmas from Bob Marley and The Wailers.

8. Bob Marley and The Wailers – White Christmas

All I can think about while listening to The Darkness sing this tune is Little Shop of Horrors!

9. The Darkness – Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End)

And speaking of darkness, after listening to this Alice Cooper tune, I’m afraid of Santa Claus now.

10. Alice Cooper – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

There you go, Soulcruzer’s Christmas video Playlist 2013. Enjoy.

And why not share your picks in the comment section below.  We love interactions, so be jolly and interact.

Peace and Love,

What Are Your Friends Playing on Repeat? – This Is My Jam


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Two and a half hours in the car, two mega sized Red-Bulls later and I’m sat in a Best Western in Colchester eating mince pies to try to steady the caffeine shakes so I can write this review of thisismyjam.com music discovery website that I stumbled upon early.

The concept behind thisismyjam.com is that you share one song at a time, the song that means the most to you right now, you know the one you’ve been playing all week over and over again.  And presumably your friends will be sharing the one song that means the most to them as well. It’s a cool way to connect with what’s musically important to your friends right now.

I’m listening to The Bigger You Love (The Harder You Fall) by the Sisters Love, which is co-founder Hannah Donovan’s jam at the moment. It’s a deep soul song that takes me back to my childhood memories of riding in the back of my grand-dad’s great big Cadillac, the only car he would ever allow himself to pimp in.

Matthew Ogle, another one of the founders, is kicking a soul song called Bound by Ponderosa Twins Plus One.  I’ve only been on the sight 10 minutes and already I’ve been introduced to two great songs that I immediately for in love with, and I’ve learned that both of the founders of the site have soul.

One of the things I like about thisismyjam.com is it’s a slow go site, meaning that you are encourage to take your time with the music.  You post your jam and it stays on your page for up to seven days.  You can change whenever you want to, but the point is to let the song linger a while, let your friends feel you.

I’ve signed up to the site and am consider which song to post.  It’s a toss up between Prostitute by Guns ’N’ Roses or Green Day’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams (feat John Gallagher, Rebecca Naomi Jones, and Stark Sands & Company) or B.O.B.’s Chandelier (feat Lauriana Mae), which are the jams on constant repeat on my iPod at the moment. Decisions…decisions…I’m feeling all three.

Connect with me on http://www.thisismyjam.com/soulcruzer to find out what’s my jam.

 So what’s your jam?

Radio Warwickshire catch up with Jo Berlioz from Leicestershire on the day the petition to keep Richard 111 remains in a Leicester closes at 12.54pm.


There are just a few hours left to sign the petition calling for Richard III to remain in Leicester.
The number of names backing Leicester’s campaign could be vital if a judge rules that an independent panel must decide where Richard III’s remains should be re-interred.
The petition set up by Roy Shakespeare is for the mortal remains of England’s last Plantagenet King, Richard III, the last King to die in battle, recently discovered under a Council car-park in Leicester, to be re-interred with due dignity and respect in Leicester, where he was originally buried. The Number of signatures currently is 34,181.
For a chance to support with your signature for the petition that closes just after midday today: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/39708
the petition for Richard III to be re-interred at York Minster closed last month with 31,340 signatures.

Radio Warwickshire speak to Orestis and Roland from House of Shorts – Film networking company based in Germany.


House of Shorts is a fantastic initiative that gives budding film makers the chance to share their work with fellow film enthusiasts. With film meaning tips, interviews with renowned film Directors and a chance to let their short films shine, House of Shorts is a great resource for anyone interested in a career in film.

All set For Warwickshire Bears wheelchair basketball team as they call out for new players to join the team at their Henley-in-Arden team. Radio Warwickshire speak with Coach Tom Masterson


Radio Warwickshire speak to the Reduced Shakespeare Company ahead of their Leamington Comedy Festival performance on the 15th October