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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!

Time to celebrate, we're one year old...


Upstarts and Oligarchs is officially one year old! It hardly seems possible but the dates don’t lie... one year ago today I posted my first missive followed in quick succession by a few others to get things off the ground. It seems appropriate however that at precisely 52 weeks old we publish blog number 52!


I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the positive response to most of my posts, flabbergasted even at just how popular some of them have been. U&O won’t be winning any awards yet for reader reach that’s for sure but it does seem that most of you actually enjoy some of the nonsense I put up - we’ve even garnered some loyal followers. Thank you for your support!


My very first post on 19th February 2019, aptly titled UPSTARTS AND OLIGARCHS, set the scene for what was to come and promised “meanderings of things that resonate with people of a certain age”.


In the most part, I think I’ve achieved that; delivering nostalgic memories from a 70’s teenager, music stuff that’s important to me and, at times, complete gibberish - some of which I have no idea where it comes from!


So, here’s to another year and who knows where that will take us? As I’ve said before, U&O is a moveable and developing beast so expect more nostalgia, more music stuff and almost certainly more baloney!


Here’s a quick look back at the six most popular posts of the last 12 months.


STAMP OUT THE TRIBUTE BAND!

A controversial look at the much maligned tribute industry.


IS THIS THE ALBUM OF THE YEAR?

Waxing lyrical about Morrissey’s California Son.


WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE TEENAGE DREAM?

My lifelong love of Marc Bolan and T.Rex and the part it plays in my life today.


RECOGNITION AT LAST

Questioning the efficacy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER LAD

A frank and open overview of my battle with depression.


I WAS ACTUALLY IN COLDPLAY

A mischievous April Fools tale that actually had people questioning its validity.


With the exception of my post on depression the favourites certainly seem to be music related so perhaps that’s the direction the U&O will head in. Who knows and quite frankly who cares? It’s a little bit of self-indulgent fun that, on most occasions, doesn’t take itself too seriously. Thanks for giving up your valuable time to read this tosh, I really appreciate it.


SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION PRINT

By way of celebration we’ve released a special anniversary limited edition print of ‘Summer’s Barren Landscape’ - an image taken from our ‘PICTURE THIS’ blog post. It’s got to be our favourite pic of the year and now this superb 42cm x 30cm print can take pride of place in any room.



Limited to just 20, each print is hand numbered and signed so be sure to order yours now to avoid missing out.


We've also collaborated with Picfair.com to make our top ten images from 2019 (along with some other classics) available for you to buy. Check out our Picfair site here.


If you’re enjoying the blog but also fancy a daily dose of my nonsense then catch me on social media as well:


Facebook: www.facebook.com/rob.butterfield.3

Twitter: www.twitter.com/robthebass

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