Category Archives: Site News

Updates on Site development and what’s happening to the place.

The New Polite Force Logo

Some time ago, I asked designer Kjetil Waren Johnsen if he could make a logo for the website. I also peppered him with a gracious amount of possible inspirations, from wild flowers (The Wilde Flowers) to caravans (Caravan), humans (aka “soft machines”), flying teapots (Gong) and more. This is what he came up with :

The logo is a police badge with the typical crown or eagle exchanged for a snow goose. Inside the inner circle of the logo sits a (matching) mole enjoying a cup of tea. In other words, a bit of a mish mash of ideas which have all come together beautifully.

Thanks a lot for the design, Kjetil! :D

The Writers Contest!

The Polite Force was always meant to be a site with many contributors, a bit like an online version of FaceLift Magazine, but the site (which was created only earlier this year) is still teething and the number of contributors is still low. In order to promote more activity, I’m holding a writers competition on the site where contributors will have the chance to win a prize.

The contest

In order to qualify as contestants, participants have to write a piece on the front page / blog part of the site (the one you see when you visit It could be an album review, musings about a certain song, an interview with someone from the scene, a tribute to an artist .. pretty much whatever you like as long as it’s somehow related to the Canterbury scene! The “best” contribution wins and contributions have to be submitted before tuesday 13th of December, so before tuesday next week!

The prize

The winner gets a CD, The Best of Daevid Allen released in 2006, which includes songs featuring Daevid Allen, either solo stuff or with bands like The Soft Machine or one of the many incarnations of Gong. The cover of it looks like this :

The Best of Daevid Allen (2006)

Until I write up a fact sheet here, more information about the album can be found at

Entering the contest

In order to write on the blog part of the site, you first have to register (unless you already have) and then I have to set your account up with the right privileges. After registering to the site, visit this thread and make a post and I’ll set you up as a writer!

Although that will be the preferred method, it will also be possible to email me submissions and I can publish them here in your name.

New Site FAQ & User Guide

I’ve finally written up a proper User Guide & FAQ which describes how to use the site. The guide will explain and show you how to write on our forums as well as this blog / front page part of our site. Please check it out and if you have any questions that the guide does not cover, just ask in the thread!

Link : User Guide & FAQ

New Stories Page!

Hey there visitor!

If you frequent this site, then you may have noticed that Mark Hewins has been sharing stories and anecdotes with us lately, many from the road with Soft Heap. These are stories that used to be published on his old site on In order to make them a little more easier to find for our future audience, a new stories page has been made where you can find them all listed. And, should anyone else have any stories to share, we’ll be happy to add them to the list.

You can find a link to the new stories page in the top navigation menu as a subitem under “More”. Check it out!

The Canterbury Scene Album Club starts up again!

The Canterbury Album Club took a long vacation this summer, but now it’s back up and running. Right now, the poll has been reset and restarted and so participants can now vote for what should be next week’s homework album. The choices this week stand between archival material from The Wilde Flowers, The Polite Force and Kevin Ayers latest and critically acclaimed release The Unfairground. If you’d like to check out or discuss any of these fine albums in the near future, check out our album club!

The Canterbury Album Club tackles The Snow Goose

Camel - Music Inspired by the Snow Goose
Music Inspired by the Snow Goose

The Canterbury Scene Album Club has given Camel’s classic album Music Inspired by the Snow Goose a listen. The album, which is entirely instrumental, follows the narrative of Paul Gallico’s novel The Snow Goose, a story about the regenerative power of love and friendship. Since it’s release, the album has become a fan with many Camel fans and is widely regarded Canterbury Scene Classic.

Check it out if you haven’t and join in our discussion!

Forum thread : Camel – Music Inspired by the Snow Goose (1975)

The Album Club tackles National Health

The Canterbury Scene Album Club is a loosely organized album club where we listen to albums and then discuss them. Last week, we gave National Health’s debut from 1977 a listen and now the time’s ripe for discussion!

Dave Stewart is behind the bulk of the compositions on the album and the record also features his ex-Hatfield bandmates Phil Miller and Pip Pyle as well as northette Amanda Parsons. In addition, we get the brilliant keyboardist Alan Gowen composing and playing, lovely flute by Jimmy Hastings and bass lines from Neil Murray from Whitesnake fame.

Any fan of Hatfield and the North should check out National Health if they haven’t (and vice versa) – and when you have, join in on our discussion. :)

Forum link : National Health – National Health (1977)

First discography covered!

Today is a gay and merry day on our site as we’ve completed the first band discography complete with band page etc. The band in question is the Norwegian Canterbury related outfit called Panzerpappa who were kind enough to donate and allow the use of pictures and art like album covers. Many thanks, guys!

The fact that the band’s entire discography is up along with a panzerpappa info page/post does by no means mean we’re done with them. Our information is not intended to stay static, but will hopefully be edited and further developed in the future to include more information on this brilliant prog-outfit. For now, check out their band post on the site (every mention of the band’s name on the blog will automatically turn into a link) and don’t hesitate to say if you have more information to add or something you’d like changed. If your ideas are good and your heart is true, we may make you an editor.

Check out Panzerpappa’s page and the discography links contained therein!


The Canterbury Scene Album Club

Would you like to discuss Canterbury scene albums?

The Canterbury Album Club is now up and running and will attempt to facilitate just that, discussions of Canterbury albums. Every week, there will be a new homework album declared so that people have time to prepare for the upcoming discussion. Then, every week, a new thread will be made on the forums in order to discuss last week’s homework album. Just what albums are discussed will be voted on and, of course, anyone can nominate albums for future discussions. The aim is to have fun and share our love for Canterbury so participation is without any kind of obligations or conditions.

If this sounds interesting to you, please check out our Canterbury Scene Album Club on the forums!