"…government exists to serve and respect the people and can only do so by trusting the people; that every individual has the right to privacy and that personal information is exactly that – personal; that every individual has a right to justice – access to proper representation, to know the evidence against them, and be punished only if a normal court of law has decided the law has been broken; that every individual has the right to communicate, move about, assemble and express him or herself without the state obstructing, interfering with or monitoring those activities; that government and the state are not the same thing; that good government is only possible when these liberties are respected and government is fully accountable to the people." Excellent article by Henry Porter in today's Observer newspaper about civil liberties under attack in the UK. Link below to the full text.

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Not So Silent Night
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11 November 2019

Neil will be singing a couple of songs at Rufus and Martha Wainwright’s Christmas show at the Royal Festival Hall in London on December 6th. Other guests include Chrissie Hynde and Guy Garvey

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Auction
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7 November 2019

The lyrics of “Up against it” from the 1996 PSB album, Bilingual, have been handwritten by Neil for an auction in support of the Joe Orton Statue Appeal. Full details at the first link below

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Record audience for PSB Hyde Park show
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4 November 2019

The PSB performance in Hyde Park for BBC Radio 2 reached a record TV audience. Full story at the link below.

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UK number one
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2 November 2019

“Dreamland” has entered the UK physical singles chart at number one after being released on CD and 12-inch vinyl. Link to the complete chart below.

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John Peel
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27 October 2019

Someone has reminded us that the complete 2002 PSB session recorded for The John Peel Show on BBC Radio One can be heard (including remarks from John Peel) at the You Tube link below

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Manchester Literature Festival
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5 October 2019

Just signed 600 books and waiting to go on stage at the Manchester Literature Festival to be interviewed by the poet Andrew McMillan. Neil x

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Chris's birthday
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4 October 2019

Chris is 60 today!

Frieze
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2 October 2019

Spent a nice day at the Frieze Art Fair in London. Neil x

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