From the daily archives:

Thursday, December 2, 2010

#17: 2002, The Libertines, Vertigo

December 2, 2010

There I am, HMV in Birkenhead, October 2002. I’m looking for something new. I am in my early thirties. Still young enough to kid myself that I should browse the new music section confident that I’ll find something that speaks just to me. There, alongside various forgettable offerings is a CD by a band I’d […]

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Cluster Bomb? Phew, That Was Close!

December 2, 2010

There has been plenty of criticism of Ed Miliband’s leadership of the Labour Party, not least of course in Allthatsleft. In particular, there has been sniping from the disgruntled Blairistas who wanted to see his brother David elected. But today’s Guardian gives another side to the ‘what if’ debate.  Suppose David Miliband had won, and […]

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The Derangement of the American Right

December 2, 2010

Watching the CNN election broadcast from my hotel room in Chicago in 2008 the day after Barack Obama was elected 44th President of the United States, a defeated Republican congressman being interviewed expressed the view that the GOP had been so roundly defeated in those elections (in the House, in the Senate and in the […]

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Mr East Goes to The Movies: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

December 2, 2010

Unlike 2009’s White Ribbon, this year’s Cannes Festival Palm D’Or winner is unlikely to break out of a hard-core art-house audience.  This is a shame, it deserves a wider audience. Thai film maker, Apichatpong Weersethakul, offers up a beautifully shot meditation on aging, mortality, migration and life regrets – and, er, a woman having sex […]

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