Cssually strolled past the 4,000 page mark today without realising it of course although it was possibly one of the Glastonbury 2019 date pages, chronicling this year's big music event held during the final days of June. If I'd thought it out properly then the 50th anniversary of Prince Charles' investiture as POW would have been appropriate but anyway... it's all pop culture.
The POW investiture was actually one of my first TV memories (I was 5 at the time) and I think we even took a family holiday to the vicinity of Canaerfon that same year and that big canopy with the POW crest was still up in the castle. There's an old family black and white photo somewhere which one day I will recover.
Oh and btw we're now half-way through the year. Tec…Read more >
Another milestone reached it what seems a relatively short time. I've dedicated page 3,900 to the TV football programme Match of the Day , firstly because it seemed to have quite a lot of pages linked to it and also becuase recently I've been in a fairly football-y frame of mind. As usual, this month sees the end of the season and also Champions League matches so it all gets a bit exciting Match of the Day has always been a big part of the pop culture, bridging both TV and sports, and as a bonus it also began in the magic year of 1964 .. and still going strong. As for the rest, the Days pages have basically come round full circle although not all are complete with all the sections, or with all the possible magazine covers so there's alway…Read more >
Well, 25 days later and on what was supposed to be the Brexit date, or rather the last day of the UK's full membership of the EU, we have reached another milestone in content history - three thousand eight hundred pages.
Today I've dedicated it to the pop group Duran Duran, not least because they were top of the links chart in the Wanted Pages section and so obviously deserved to fianlly get their own page. A daunting task for sucha monumental pop icon and indeed ny brief biography only scratches teh surface of one of the biggest groups of the modern era, also considering their lonegivity and perserverance in the field of pop music. Hopefully the external links will ensure easy access to more competent authors.
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Well in just over a month (inclusing two weeks illness and virtually no work on the wiki whatsoever) I've managed to add another 1,000 pages.
I've dedicated no. 3,700 to one of my favourite albums, which perhaps not-so-coincidentally celebrates its 36th anniversary today. So Happy Birthday Dazzle Ships!
We move on.... as mentioned I was ill for what seemed like an eternity and therefore away from the wiki for some time so a lot of February has suffered. I have managed to glean a lot of images from the web howver and will be updating as I go along, while of course still proceeding with March . By the way the Dates have almost come full circle as I started doing dates pages sometime in April last year, so hopefully after that it will just be…Read more >
Today, 25 January 2019 , one month after Christmas, we have reached 3,600 pages. We decided to dedicate it to ABBA who were top of the links charts on the Wanted Pages category.
It's not easy to write a page about the group of course - see also the beatles - but at least we've laid down the foundations and we'll see how it develops.
Just over a month since the 3,500 mark, including Christmas so not bad going. Still a bit behind with Christmas period dates and some of January though ... Lots to be done.
Omwards and upwards..
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Page no. 3,500 reached today and I've dedicated it to my favourite radio broadcaster Shaun Keaveny , on this his last day as host of BBC 6 Music 's Breakfast Show, a post he's held since April 2007 .
Cheers Shaun, thanks for you whacky, wild and abve all sarcastic morning shows which I've really enjoyed over the past year or so, and above all thanks for reading out my emails and for even choosing my earworm on 03 October 2018.
Shaun will move to the 6 Music afternoon show in 2019.
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Despite all the difficulties over the past month or so (see previous blog post ) I managed to reach page 3,400 and have dedicated it to Doctor Who, which was top of the number of links list in the Wanted Pages section (89 links).
Now is also the time of year when the show's anniversary is often marked, as the first episode went out on 23 November 1963, so it seemed appropriate to finally create the page for The Doctor, or rather for the long-running TV series.
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Reached over 3,300 pages now as of 31 October 2018, but for the moment bringing things to a bit of a stand-still as there is so much going on in the real world at the moment, and indeed for the next moth or so that I can't keep up 8have struggled this last week or so too).
Will probably be adding here and there but not so consistently. For the moment I have not created any pages for November.
See you some time
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Reached page no. 3,200 this morning which i think was this. Nothing particulalry special although I would like to know how I can embed the Mixcloud player. I see it's possible for Souncloud and Spotify players but Mixcloud doesn't seem to work. I've written a request to the Help people. We'll see. It would be really great to be able to do it as there's a lot of radio programmes especially Top 40s out there.
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Hit the 3,000 pages mark today, without realising until late of course, so it's was probably just a routine Dates page pertinent to 05 September.
I've been doing a lot of dates pages and templates for a year now so it's good to see so many are already done, even though since I've changed methods and policies since then, many do need 'cleaning up' (removing 'Conenctions' section for example which are usually suitable for MemberD's diary page).
Still learning the ropes as far as mark-up language and codes are concerned but I now have a lot of the basics.
The gallery function for images is particularly useful as you don't need to edit the page to uplaod pics.
Onwards and upwards....
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Back to work and consequently to the Pop Culture Wiki today after two weeks break. Just put in the page for today and reached the 2,900 page mark.
There would be quite a lot of catching up to doi re news, anniversaries, publication covers etc. are concerned but doubt I'll be able to do a lot of the missing days. However, I had previosuly created the date pages for August and also filled in TOTP and Charts sections for each one (apologies if I missed any out - will rectify!). Note also the new monthy list of Number 1s (July and August done so far) which is compiled as I get through the official charts sections. I thought this was quite useful as Wikipedia and others tend to list them by year rather than month.
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Passed the 2,200 page mark today. Also for most of this current month of May I've been using the new Days page format as a way of summarsing the 'On This Day' feature and incorporating an at-a-glance calendar with all the years linked. It's taken a bit of work but after a bit of sweating, fretting and tweaking it no seems to be a good solution. The Days page also incudes:
day of the year ie.125/365 - 126/366
- Days of the Week calendar: all years 1964 - 2018 for now. Each year links to page, either already exisiting or to be created
- Birthdays - famous birthdays with (b.19) format. If born from 1964 onwards then link to day. If deceased then (b.1936, dec.).
- Events - year (with link): notable event (at my discretion).
- Charts - as announced on this…
And so on 11 April 2018 we reached the 2,000 page mark, duly noted by this page, a summary of the day - 11 April. This is a new kind of page I've been working, just to try and get as much info as possibile in, not just on one page but also in the short amount of time available during the working day.
For now the main sections are:
- Days of the Week
- Top of the Pops
- Publications (magazine front covers)
The day template has also therefore been modified to include the summary page and any deatiled date pages I manage to get done. I'm also moving Birthdays to the Day page rather than the template.
It's taken just over six months since the 1,000 page mark and it's just over a year since we started so no need for wild calcula…Read more >
Thought it was an interesting landmark (1964 - geddit?) reached today. I dedicated it to 05 April 1964, the day in which The Beatles filmed the opening 'chase' scenes for A Hard Day's Night.
I worled quite hard on 04 April page yesterday and today - the Days format I've used a few times. It's an interesting type of page but requires quitae a lot of time and perhaps should be done only after you've got as many individual year pages as possible.
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Passed the 1,900 page mark today but didn't bother to make it anything special. Let's save that for the 2,000 mark!
Easter is almost upon us and I've been looking into the dates it falls on in the various years. the earliest one in our scope was fairly recent ie. 23 March 2008 , and the latest one 24 April 2011. It's fascinating how the date works out in the various years - it all seems fairly random although onbviously as well as there being good reason for the date, there must also be a way of calculating it. Somehow. Anyway found a good file which has a spreadsheet of all Easter Day dates from 1700- 2229. An Easter category has also been created to be applied to Easter Sunday date pages.
Also been reorganising image files on my harddrive,…Read more >
Our Pop Culture wiki is one year old tomorrow. It all started with this message received after the wiki was started (albeit under a different name) on 24 March 2017 .
Since then we've grown and grown (and changed our name, and approach) and as of now have 1,867 pages covering a wide range of categories, pages and dates cataloguing things that have happened since the beginning of 1964.
We still have a lot to learn so onwards and upwards....
I won't have access to a computer tomorrow so celebrating early.
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Hello and welcome back. Reached 1,800 pages today in a surprisingly quick time, and also noticed it was coming up this time so managed to dedicate it to something special, namely the beates song Yesterday .
The single cropped up in an #OTD for 1976 as a re-release, or rather the first UK release proper, entered the charts as HNE on 16 March 1976. I was surprised to learn that it was never released as a single in the UK back in the 60s as apparently the group thought it would somehow spoil their image. It was however released in the US where it duly went to N1, and meanwhile crooner Matt Monro snapped up the opportunity to make a pretty penny out of a single release and took it into the UK charts himself. As the song was famously written onl…Read more >
Reached 1700 pages, as unceremoniously and as distractedly as usual, ie. I hardly noticed as things to be getting a bit' routine' these days. I'm pleased with progress although getting stuck in a rut a little bit re sources and material. It seesm otbe the usual TV / Radio / Charts / TOTP heading and only a few random events, although I'm thinking perhaps I may be able to get more news and trivia relative to specific dates in once a lot more dates have been put up.
I've just laid down a TV programmes Infobox, although the Wiki seems to take a little time in processing such info so won't be able to insert as many as I had planned today. Also I've decided 'TV programmes' is a better name for the category vs. 'TV shows' so I'll have to update t…Read more >
Again, achieving this number of pages passed me by so I didn't get to dedicate it to any particular subject, in fact I think it was the every unassuming 20 February 1975 with its video and picture-less Top of the Pops listing! This was one of the many shows that were 'wiped' from the BBC archives sometime after the mid-70s presumably becuase someone thought they weren't worth keeping. Happily that wasn't the case in successive years so we now have the many BBC Four TOTP re-runs, currently up to 1985 with 1981-82 re-re-running.
But going back that '75 TOTP it was interesting to see Slade's How Does It Feel opening the show although I'm wondering whether that was played over the opening chart rundown or if they were in the studio. The song is…Read more >
01 February 2018 and almost without realising it, we reached 1,500 pages today. I think N1500 might have been this fairly unassuming 01 February 1979 page. Anyway I dedicate it to my friend AS who was born OTD in 1978 (for which I have sadly found nothing in particular either in events or telly / radio!) It's been 13 calendar days since page 1400 so still good going.
I've decided to abandon the idea of a full list of OTD templates for each date as it clogs up the home page too much. This many need re-designing (again) as a consequence. I also found that a full list put me under undue pressure to produce as many date pages for that day as possible, which took a lot of fun out it all and made it feel too much like a work deadline every time. …Read more >
Hit the 1,400 page mark today, almost with realising. Here it is - a rather unassuming date and feature this time, rather than being dedicated to anything/anyone in particular.
When posting up this No.1 magazine section however, I was struck by how similar it was to the same Smash Hits , published a few days earlier: same features, same singles, same lyrics etc., although No.1 was a far inferior publication, and SH was definitely at its peak at this time. (That said No.1 did carry a rather interesting 'interim' ABC feature. I didn't know David Palmer joined Fry/White again after their 'cartoon' period when the dwarf and the blonde had evidently departed. ocean Blue had just been released as a single. I don't think the re-formed trio came t…Read more >
Reached page no.1300 today, and dedicated it one of my favourite artists, and certianly of the most important to pop culture, David Bowie. Today is also the day between the date of his birth (08 January) and that of his death (10 January).
Despite an immeasurable legacy, Bowie is still greatly missed.
100 pages completed since 20 December 2017, 20 calendar days and only around 5 working days. Getting faster.
Started concentrating more on media such as TV, UK charts and magazine covers/pages found on the net. The majority of pages are still Dates, and the log list of wanted pages grows even longer.
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- Reached 1,200 pages today. This is it and as it features a cartoon canine, I dedicate it to my adorable dog Mr. T.
- 100 pages compiled in 14 calendar days (9 working days = average 11.11 per day - a lot!)
- Have been doing a lot of Radio Times Xmas/NY issues, using this model:
- Radio Times Christmas issue.
Reached 1100 pages today and dedicated it to one of my favourite songs .
100 pages compiled in 26 calendar days (18 working days = average 5.55 per day)
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A very productive day today, although this needs finishing off as it's a classic 'mid-80s' issue.
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Reached page 1000 today, and have dedicated it to The Beatles, one of the main inspirations for this wiki.
I've created 100 pages in less than a month and I am generally pleased how the whole site is progressing, making it less 'personal'.
Still no other contributors yet but perhaps as the wiki expands it may gain more attention.
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Removed the section as needs constant updating and better design.
Section was thus:
BBC_2 Reproduction Pepper Box
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New section title 'New releases' to be used for Fridays (usual date for new music releases).
Include with sub-section Albums and singles.
Album re-releases, special editions etc. to be included a sub-sub-section.
FIlms/movies or DVDs may also be added with further sub-section.
Major Film/movie releases not on Friday may also be included as Events.
- UK release dates unless otherwise stated
- Artist - Title
- Artist - Title
- Artist - Title
- the guardian - this week's new tracks
Reached page 900 today. (19 October 1982 )
Blog name has since be renamed A Pop Culture Scrapbook (and Diary).
Some interesting new radio sources since last time.Read more >
Reached 800 pages today.
Two new interesting source sites http://www.tvpopdiaries.co.uk/ & https://www.transdiffusion.org/
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