By Hook or By Cook

Shout out to Business Catalyst 360 who recently published this article about the importance of small details.

Read the full article at By Hook or By Cook

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Main points:

  1. Preparation is key for anything great.
  2. Details matter.
  3. Profit from mistakes.

Dark Times

Brexit – A Gothic Novella is an excellent new book written by Aemelia Taylor-Nehab.  In her own words she describes the scene:

At the beginning of 2016, Prime Minister Cameron is visited by three visions; Politics past, present and future, all warning him not to call the referendum. Feeling the pressure, though haunted, he calls it regardless. He loses the referendum, to the dismay of his old friend Pegasus, the winged-horse; the emblem of liberty. Pegasus and a group of his friends who dwell near the Prime Minister’s home in Oxford, decide to hold seven politicians captive inside Raven Spires at Glasgow University, and hold them to account for their visions of Brexit.  Two years of debate, though, inside the gothic tower of a university in a city that voted heavily to Remain, nor any other events and progress elsewhere in the country or in the European Union, is enough to bring the politicians to a consensus.  Pegasus insists on holding the politicians until the very last moment on 31st October, as the ending remains a mystery until that fateful day.

Brexit – A Gothic Novella reflects on the faulty decision by David Cameron to hold a binary referendum on what academics call a “wicked problem”, solely with the aim of rebuilding the Conservative Party.  Clearly it failed and has taken us into dark times and installed a culture of hostility in the UK.  A beautifully light way of telling a very dark story and this improves its accessibility to remainers and leavers alike.

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Speaking of darkness, I must also make mention of my friend Richard Strange’s new album from The Doctors of Madness “Dark Times“.  Richard “Kid” Strange proves once again that he has his finger firmly on the pulse of our times, just as he had when he founded the band in 1974.  Dark Times repays careful listening:

“Who bully their way onto buses with racist smears”

“Cut price half price coke and MDMA”

Screenshot 2019-10-25 at 12.54.52.pngProduced by John Leckie (Radiohead, Muse, Stone Roses, Pink Floyd), Dark Times, features contributions from Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), Sarah Jane Morris (Communards), Terry Edwards (PJ Harvey, Nick Cave), Steve ‘Boltz’ Bolton (The Who, Paul Young Band).

Following the dark theme of this post, I leave you with some pieces I did recently – a remake of the Gerry Rafferty song “Brexit Street”, The Beatles “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” reshaped for John Bercow and Mc Cartney’s “Mogg Chorus”.  These are bonus tracks from the Rage Against The Brexit Machine we recently released and which started the week at number 18 on the Amazon pop charts.


And one lighter piece : A remake of The Beatles’ “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” to lighten dark times …

Shaking off Brexit apathy

Rage Against The Brexit Machine

28 Anti-Fascist Hits to Break Brexit Before Brexit Breaks Britain

“Brexit was won by naked populism … We stand naked to fight populism with pop music. We will fight them on the beaches, with our DJs, dancefloors and decks. Our turntables will turn the tables on Brexit. We shall never surrender”

Peter Cook, “Brexorcist in Chief”, RATBM


I awakened from my satirical slumbers on 24th June 2016 and have been writing and performing poignant and punchy protest songs against the populist coup formerly known as Brexit ever since.  Along with a cast of insurgents, RATBM were most recently targeted by James Goddard and Tommy Robinson fans in Manchester.

Our latest project is a collaboration album of anti-fascist hits called “Rage Against The Brexit Machine”. Working with NUB Records, Guinness Book of Records’ award winner and maverick music magnates.  Almost a triple album of songs at one hour and 53 minutes long for just £7.99 with all proceeds going towards Brexit insurgency.

PRE ORDER THE ALBUM OF 28 ANTI BREXIT HITS BY CLICKING THE LINKS – all downloads contribute to chart success.  If we chart the album we drive another stake through the Brexit Hydra’s heart … it needs many such stakes !!



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Rage Against The Brexit Machine includes such classics as:

  • The Chas & Dave Cockney Brexit Knees-Up “Bollocks to Brexit”.
  • The punk-metal-trance-funk grind “Nigel Farage’s Garage”.
  • The Bojo Blow Job swing “Take Back Control”, based on the French sex hit “Je T’Aime”.
  • A poignant dance floor groove called “In Limbo”. An epic project taking 3 months, 132 tracks and 20 voices from EU Citizens all over Europe.  In Limbo tells the tales of all “Citizens of Nowhere” left outside alone, hurt and injured by Boris Johnson’s Nazi undertones about “surrender”, “letterboxes” and “humbug” about murders of MP’s.  Where Windrush leads, Brexit follows.
  • The Remainers marching song from our street protests all over the country and as far as Brussels “We’re not Gonna Brexit”, sung by our own “Twisted Sister”, Rachel Ashley.
  • An 18th Century Tory Trance Floor Fascist Groove “Jacob Rees-Moog”.

“Music reaches our heads, hearts and souls in ways that politicians only dream of. The art of protest just found its 21st century voice”

We aim to “Break Brexit Before Brexit Breaks Britain”.


Pull up a mattress and listen to a couple of bonus tracks: