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Troika #4: Light Music

Troika #4: Light Music

So welcome to Troika Episode 4! This one is all about a genre called ‘Light Music’, a form of orchestral music that was at its height in the 1950s and 60s. These were shorter, lighter, more whimsical pieces of music, often used in the soundtracks of films and Pathe News reels. That opening music was ‘Puffin Billy’ by Edward White, and is probably the most widely known of the genre. Even if you don’t what it is, you’ve probably heard it. Pixar used it in one of their early ‘shorts’ Tin Toy. It says picnics and ginger beer to me.

It has a certain ‘British’ feel, but wasn’t a ‘British’ scene exclusively, as the second example shows. It’s from French composer Roger Roger (Rogeur Rogeur?) who created the BBC test card music that was used in the 70s! He was also an electronic music pioneer, and developed Moog synth music under the alias of Cecil Leuter. You can hear this crazy work on YouTube. It sounds like Squarepusher from the 1960s! Anyway here he is with ‘Place de Clichy’ which is kind of the soundtrack in my head when I’m walking around town.

The last piece is from Dennis Berry (who is featured on the cover of this episode, at the top of the group) called ‘Bright Lights’. His themes cover quite long period, and can be heard in places as diverse as Little Britain and Spongebob Squarepants, and also collaborated with Roger Roger.

Till next time, pip pip!

  1. ‘Puffin Billy’ – Edward White
  2. ‘Place de Clichy’ – Roger Roger
  3. ‘Bright Lights’ – Dennis Berry

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The truth about HP sauce!

HP Sauce is a treasured British institution. It’s the essential cooked breakfast ingredient as well as being mighty tasty in cheese sandwiches. It may be owned by Heinz these days, but the recipe is unchanged.

Or is it? Today, I saw a story from last year that suggests it has fiddled with detrimentally: HP Sauce recipe secretly changed after 116 years. Fortunately, I have a contact within Heinz that was able to confirm that this is of course the Torygraph trying to make a story out of nothing…

When we reduced the salt in HP Sauce in November 2010 there was no outcry. That is until the media-led hullabaloo in September (2011) which left many thinking we had just made a fundamental change to the HP recipe that somehow altered its familiar taste. But this is simply not so.
We did rigorous consumer testing before making a tiny salt adjustment last year, and this proved that there was no significant change to the great taste of HP, it was just a little healthier. HP’s essential ingredients of Tomatoes, Malt and Spirit Vinegars, Molasses, Spices and Tamarind, which create its traditional taste, have not changed. Salt is a minute ingredient.
In the 10 months since the change consumers have been buying just as many bottles as ever – more than 500,000 bottles a week and around 22 million bottles since the adjustment. HP Sauce tastes just as great as it always has.

Phew! HP continues to be a sauce of manliness! Applaud that facial hair!


Drink Tea (for the Love of God!)

29 Jun 2010

This uplifting ditty and accompanying Python-esque video about my favourite refreshment was Kula Shaker‘s free Christmas single from 2007!

We wanted George Orwell for the narration, not just because he was a T.O.F.F., but because he actually wrote a very serious article for the Times newspaper in the 1940’s about how to make a perfect cup of tea. Whilst we don’t agree completely with his rather rigid, and to be honest, quite dogmatic creed of ‘no sugar’, we still admire his pioneering work as a social prophet and old skool tea drinker. Good old George.

Good on you chaps!


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