Ralph Stanley, veteran of the first generation of bluegrass musicians, died last Thursday at the age of 89. Amazingly, in the midst of all the referendum brouhaha, his death got a mention on the BBC news (on radio at least). Stanley was performing well into his 80s, his career having been given a new lease of life when his version of the Appalachian dirge O Death was featured in the soundtrack of the Coen Brothers' Oh Brother Where Art Thou? It even won a Grammy. Here he is, in good voice, looking forward to the life to come. RIP Dr Ralph.
Nige, who, like Mr Kenneth Horne, prefers to remain anonymous, was also a founder blogger of The Dabbler and a co-blogger on the Bryan Appleyard Thought Experiments blog. He is the sole blogger on this one, and his principal aim is to share various of life's pleasures. These tend to relate to books, art, poems, butterflies, birds, churches, music, walking, weather, drink, etc, with occasional references to the passing scene.