Market Way 4th March 1966

June 30th, 2022

Showing the phone boxes and newagents kiosk. I think the red box in the foreground was a postage stamp dispenser?

View from Earl Street looking towards Jordan Well & Gosford Street

January 6th, 2022

The Lady Godiva pub opened on 26th February 1964 and the former Morris Engine Works caught fire in July of that year so this picture must have been taken between those dates.

Whitefriars Street circa 1962

October 10th, 2021

…looking towards London Road. The boiler house of Gulson Road hospital is on the left and Whitefriars Abbey in the centre. In the foreground is Victor Mancini’s café. He also had a fleet of ice-cream vans and a stall in the market. On the corner in the distance – just beyond the Hope & Anchor – is an old-fashioned tea shop which was very popular with the Irish navvies who built most of post-war Coventry.

Victoria Street in the 1960s

September 21st, 2021

Fox & Vivian awaiting demolition in 1971…

August 25th, 2021

I was too young to drink there but the café two doors down from it was one of my favourite haunts in the 1960s. I still associate it with drinking Coke, playing pinball and listening to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch on the jukebox.


Corner of Gosford Street and Cox Street 1965

August 25th, 2021

Demolition has already started on the old shops.


Jordan Well in 1963…

August 23rd, 2021

…looking towards Gosford Street. All of the ancient buildings in the middle of the picture were demolished between 1963 and 1965 to make way for an extension to the College of Art.

Johnny Smith test drives the latest Citroen EV around Coventry

December 13th, 2020

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Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You finally reaches UK Number 1

December 11th, 2020

Mariah Carey’s wish comes true as her iconic festive hit All I Want For Christmas Is You finally reaches Number 1 on the Official UK Singles Chart 26 years after its release, and breaks a new Official Chart record in the process, the Official Charts Company can confirm.

The track climbs one place this week, completing a 26-year journey to the top spot. Upon its original release in 1994, All I Want For Christmas Is You peaked at Number 2, just missing out on the coveted Christmas Number 1 that year to East 17’s Stay Another Day.

An enduring staple of the festive season, All I Want For Christmas Is You proves good things come to those who wait, as it reaches the summit in its 70th week in the Top 40, and sets a new chart record – no other song has spent more weeks in the Official Chart Top 40 before eventually reaching Number 1 in UK chart history.

The song notched up 10.8 million streams over the last seven days – the most streams in a week by any song in 2020 so far. Across its lifetime, the song has also racked up a cool 1.24 million pure sales, making it the UK’s 84th best-selling song in history, according to Official Charts Company data.

Since the advent of digital, Mariah’s Christmas classic has returned to the Official Singles Chart every December since 2007. Proving its ever-enduring popularity, the last three years have seen it match its original Number 2 peak position, but 2020 is the year that the British public have finally sent it all the way to the top, following a tussle with fellow festive anthem Last Christmas by Wham!.

Celebrating the news, Carey told “Happy Christmas UK!! We finally made it!!! We are keeping the Christmas spirit alive together despite how dismal the year’s been. Love you always! ♥️ Joy to the world 🌎😇🎄!!!!”

Carey leads a thoroughly festive Top 40 this week, which includes a further 22 Christmas songs, six of which feature in the Top 10: Wham’s Last Christmas (2), The Pogues feat. Kirsty Maccoll’s Fairytale Of New York (4), Shakin’ Stevens’ Merry Christmas Everyone (6), Michael Bublé’s It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (7), Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas (8), and Elton John’s Step Into Christmas (10).

Jess Glynne’s festive cover of This Christmas, released this year, zooms 25 places to Number 13.

Elsewhere, three Christmas songs reach new all-time peaks this week: Ariana Grande’s Santa Tell Me (11), Kelly Clarkson’s Underneath The Tree (16), Michael Bublé’s Holly Jolly Christmas (30).

Finally, rising Australian rapper/singer The Kid Laroi lands his first UK Top 40 hit, Without You vaults 53 places to Number 23.

View this week’s Top 100 Official Singles Chart in full

Age of Empires 2 is quietly having an incredible year

May 10th, 2020

Nearly 21 years after release, Age of Empires 2 could well be having its best year ever. Since its HD re-release in 2013 the game has had a steady growth in average player count, but with the release of Age of Empires 2: Definitive edition last year and COVID-19 lockdowns inflating player counts across the industry,  Age of Empires 2 is boasting totals that beat some very big-name games. It’s now by far Steam’s most popular RTS, with both the Definitive Edition and the 2013 HD Edition having higher player counts than closest competitor Company of Heroes 2. This year’s big tournament boasted the largest Age of Empires 1v1 prize pool since 2002.

Last month, in April, the games’ combined average player count was over 50,000 players. April 12 was the definitive edition’s all-time player peak, and the combined total of the games was 59,995 players. That’s well into the top 150 all-time peak player counts on Steam… for a 21-year-old game.

The two games generally average higher player counts than popular free-to-play game War Thunder or industry darling Stardew Valley. They’re on-par with the popular action RPG Path of Exile. Their average is nearly as many as perennially popular premium games like Civilization VI or Terraria. Both versions of Age of Empires 2 sit in the top 100 games on Steam, with the Definitive Edition sitting at #25. Combined, however, the Age of Empires community on average pushes up to the #15 spot—or higher, on peak player count days.

To give you an idea of the scale at work here, Age of Empires 2 sold some 1.5 million copies in the three years surrounding its North American release. Last year, the studio behind the game said that a million people per month were still playing Age of Empires games… and that’s before the huge spike in players this year has seen.

Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition launched last year, and our Fraser Brown quite liked it. Age of Empires 4 is in development and scheduled to release in 2020 or later.

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