As the 4th Centenary of Shakespeare's death draws to a close I'm wondering whether humanity has really changed over the past 400 years? Is there now more happiness, fulfilment and peace on our planet? If there is, it's hard to see.
Camelot was the court of King Arthur, but it also was term given to the Kennedy White House. The knights in shining armor were of course Jack, Bobby and Teddy, and there were a cast of characters, too.
Muse fronted by Elvis? Not quite but listen to the New York five-piece band Imaginary People and you'll hear a glorious contradiction of throwback vocalist Dylan Von Wagner matched with a contemporary blend of synth, guitars, and percussion.
Each year I survey what I have seen and experienced in the past 12 months and, after much soul searching and difficult internal debate, come up with my top 20 picks. (Plus two alternates!) Here is the list for 2014:
On a Saturday night in New York City anything is possible, Hell, that is also any night in the Big Apple! But if you are a punk fan, it didn't get any better than English legends Buzzcocks returning to Manhattan.
Scholars aren't certain when William Shakespeare wrote Titus Andronicus, although they favor 1593. They are more certain that it was considered his first major success. This says something about Elizabethan taste, since the play is such a non-stop blood bath.