Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield

Some artists make a lasting impression on the world, and there are few who would deny that Dusty Springfield was such an artist. Although Dusty died in 1999, her music, memory and legacy live on. 

What was it about Dusty that makes her so memorable? Why do a legion of fans continue to play her songs, relive the emotions captured within them, and bring that music to a whole new audience?

Dusty has been hailed many times as the greatest British female interpreter of song, the ‘first white lady of soul’ – a fitting epithet. Dusty had the ability to sing each song as though she was living it there on stage, living the emotion, the raw power of the lyric. But she also introduced a new sound, a new way of singing. And she introduced an image which quickly became iconic, a sign of the times. 

But more than anything, it was the music and Dusty’s ability to reach out and to touch the souls of all those who listened (and who continue to listen) to her songs.

Viva Dusty!

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Happy Birthday, iMac

Happy Tenth Birthday to the iMac. This gorgeous little machine changed the computing world forever, both for manufacturers and for users, and is – without any shadow of a doubt – a design classic.

Original G3 iMac in Bondi Blue

Original G3 iMac in Bondi Blue

Introduced by Steve Jobs in a now-famous keynote, the “i” in iMac stands for “internet”. The iMac came at a crucial time in computing history – and changed the course of that history forever.

Not only was it a new class of computer for everyday users, but he design was astonishing – eschewing the ‘beige box’ design model of computers of the time (and which still persist to this day, although the general colour may have changed), the iMac provided everything you needed in one small, portable, eye-catching and highly functional design. And it came in colours, including the famous “Bondi blue”.

The general design of the iMac remained the same until the “angle-poise lamp” design took over in 2003, before that, too, was retired to make way for the G5 model, which is the current ‘look’ of he iMac, albeit that the white casing has now been replaced with cool aluminium.

The original G3 iMac continues to be sold on eBay and elsewhere, and many users still have their original iMacs; indeed, one friend of mine had a perfectly working six year old model until very recently. It was only very rarely switched off and worked like a dream. There is a lesson in there for many of the large computer manufacturers of today.