From the monthly archives:

March 2012

#431: 1970, Jerry Reed, Amos Moses

March 31, 2012

Last week when I posted on the Louisiana primary, I toyed with posting a related song (as I have with the Alabama and Illinois primaries).  Sadly, the one I wanted (the Preservation Hall jazz band’s version of Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?) isn’t on You Tube, so I posted a […]

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So What Happened At Bradford West?

March 30, 2012

I’ve always been a great fan of Alan Hansen’s football punditry: usually the most inciteful analysis together with a generous dose of Scottish dourness.  But of course his most famous moment was when he got it wrong: “You can’t win anything with kids”. As Ray North pointed out, I’ve had my own Alan Hansen moment […]

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Bradford West – A Neutral’s View

March 30, 2012

When she was asked to assess how and why Labour had done so badly in Bradford West, Harriet Harman suggested that Bradford had its ‘particular problems for Labour’ and that this was a strange result. She then suggested that Labour would mount an internal investigation into the result. As I listened to Ms. Harman, I […]

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#430: 1961, Gillian Hills, Zou Bisou Bisou

March 29, 2012

I’ve flirted with Sophia Loren, I’ve thought long and hard about the very wonderful Jessica Pare (Megan Draper in Mad Men), but, in the end, I’ve gone back to the original version of this song and that means Gillian Hills. I have to confess that one of my many crimes is hypocrisy, and that particularises […]

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God help us and save us from the Tories!

March 29, 2012

By anyone’s standards it’s been an awful week for the Conservatives. In the course of a few days, any pretence they had for being either compassionate or competent has surely been exposed. First there was the budget – a despicable piece of politics which showed that the Chancellor was more than happy to use the […]

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By-Election Special: Bradford West

March 28, 2012

Although there has been less than overwhelming coverage of it, this Thursday sees a Parliamentary by-election in Bradford West, caused by the ill health of its Labour MP Marsha Singh. This is the seventh by-election of this Parliament, and the sixth in a Labour-held seat (the seventh was in Sinn Fein’s Belfast West seat) – […]

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#429: 2012, Mark Lanegan Band, The Gravedigger’s Song

March 27, 2012

Some artists get better with age – Mark Lanegan is one of those.  I always thought The Screaming Trees were ok but, if truth be told, a bit of a second rate grunge band and I never really wholly bought into the Queens of The Stone Age thing, even if I have got a couple […]

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SCOTUS and The Affordable Healthcare Act

March 27, 2012

Today is day 2 of argument before the Supreme Court in the challenge brought by 26 Republican governors against the constitutionality of Barack Obama’s centre piece legislative achievement:  the Affordable Health Care Act.     The case has potentially huge implications politically as well as to the fraught issue of health care coverage in the US. There […]

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Mr East Goes To The Movies: Once Upon A Time In Anatolia

March 27, 2012

There were three schools of thought at last year’s Cannes festival. Those who thought the Palm D’Or rightly went to Terence Malick’s pretentious and overblown The Tree of Life, those who thought that The Artist‘s sheer joyousness should have given it the main prize, and a small minority who thought that this long meditative beautiful […]

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Allthatsleft Exclusive Offer: £15 for dinner with George East!

March 27, 2012

Yes dear reader – for the price of a middling bottle of wine (Mr East won’t accept cash), you too can have an exclusive dinner with our very own George East. The £15 gets you the full premier league package* which includes: Meet up in George’s local where he will get the second round in, […]

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#428: 1969, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Long Time Gone

March 26, 2012

Today’s pick is another band that have yet to appear on Songs To Learn And Sing, even if two of its members were also members of bands that have featured – Crosby from The Byrds and Stills from Buffalo Springfield.  Crosby, Stills and Nash were the epitome of the spirit of Woodstock (“This is only […]

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Boris And The Age Of Nihilism

March 26, 2012

Apparently Boris Johnson has been amazed by the levels of nihilism demonstrated by ‘young people’ responsible for last years riots. In fact so concerned was Boris by this level of nihilism that he must have analysed it for all of minutes before concluding that it was the fault of the schools for failing to teach […]

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#427: 1983, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Dear Prudence

March 25, 2012

Each Christmas, Mrs North buys me a couple of CDs that I don’t have, but should have – this year, it was The Beatles‘ White Album and Joni Mitchell’s Blue. The White Album is a work of genius (as is Blue), the breadth and range of musical style is just incredible, I absolutely love it. Dear […]

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Santorum’s Louisiana Victory Shows It Isn’t Over Yet

March 25, 2012

That isn’t to say that Mitt Romney’s eventual victory is in doubt: his victory in Illinois earlier this week pretty much sealed the deal on that.  However, the scale of Rick Santorum’s victory in yesterday’s primary in the Pelican State does show that the race will carry on and that Romney needs to continue with […]

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Week 12: Prat – Asian Shooting Federation

March 25, 2012

This week’s Prat of the Week Award goes to the Asian Shooting Federation. Before last week, the Asian Shooting Federation were 1,000,000 – 1 against picking up the prized AllthatsleftPrat of the Week Award – but, fair play to them, they came from nowhere to pull it out of the bag, with a tremendous performance […]

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Week 12: Hero – Barack Obama

March 25, 2012

Our award for the hero of the week goes to President Barack Obama A month ago tomorrow, a bright and cheerful 17 year old lad called Trayvon Martin was walking back to his dad’s girlfriend’s house in the rain from the shops where he had bought a packet of Skittles and a can of iced […]

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Week 12: Villain – George Osborne

March 25, 2012

This Week’s Villain of the Week is the Chancellor of the Exchequer and cheerleader for the 1%…George Osborne There was only one possible winner of our Villain of the Week Award as George Osborne delivered a budget that was being leaked before as a game changingcareer making budget for him.  This we were told would […]

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Mr East Goes To The Movies: Martha Marcy May Marlene

March 25, 2012

Martha Marcy May Marlene is the title of Sean Durkin’s impressive debut as writer-director.  It is an intriguing title that suggests a story about four women.  In fact it is the story of one young woman (and in part a second, her sister).  The title consists of the three names she will be called in […]

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The Story of the Coalition’s Economic Failure

March 24, 2012

Krugman has this graph. It contrasts the economic performance of the UK and US since the beginning of 2007.   Both countries experienced a sharp and deep recession from early 2008 to early 2009.   As a result of the stimulus policies implemented by the Brown and Obama administrations there was then a strong bounce back.  This […]

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French Presidential Race Update: The Race Tightens and the Far Left Surges

March 24, 2012

It’s been a while since we last looked at the race for the French Presidency.    The first round of the elections are now less than a month away, on Sunday 22 April, with the run off to follow two weeks’ later on 6 May. In some ways the election may be more significant than the […]

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#426: 1975, Neil Young, Cortez The Killer

March 24, 2012

In my recent two week holiday in Peru I spent a lot of my time, as most first time visitors do, in the old Inca heartlands of the southern Andes around Cusco, which was the Inca capital as well as still being the main city in the region.  The old town of Cusco still has […]

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The Coalition is right to target alcohol

March 23, 2012

I have to say that I do like a drink from time to time – In fact, I’m probably going to have to plead guilty to being a hopeless binge drinker – on the rare occasions that I get a pass out to the pub, I do drink like a wilderbeast at a watering hole. […]

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Mr East Goes To The Movies: Carnage

March 23, 2012

It is not far off 40 years since Roman Polanski made one of the greatest films of the 1970s: Chinatown. Since that film was released in 1974, following, as it did, a string of other great films in the 1960s and early 1970s (Knife In The Water, Cul de Sac, Repulsion etc), Polanski has struggled […]

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Desperation Shows as the Lib Dem Dirty Tricks Get Dirtier…

March 22, 2012

We are no great admirers of the grubbier side of politics here at All That’s Left. Indeed, our very first Prats of the Week were the Labour MPs lining up to defend Phil Woolas when he lost the court case around his inflamatory and defamatory general election leaflet that resulted in the Oldham East and […]

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#425: 1957, Frank Sinatra, Chicago (That Toddlin’ Town)

March 22, 2012

Last week, I marked the Deep South primaries by posting a song about Alabama. In a similar vein, I’m posting this Sinatra number about the Windy City following the Illinois primary. For me, Chicago is the most likable of the USA’s three largest cities.  New York has all that grime and franticness, Los Angeles is […]

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Santorum Illinoised by His Poor Result?

March 21, 2012

Well, he should be. As the chart below shows, Mitt Romney comfortably beat Rick Santorum, by a margin of almost 12 percent in Illinois yesterday.  Indeed, Romney was not far of hitting 50% of the votes cast. This was an election that Santorum really needed to win if he was to close the gap in […]

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A Budget For The Few

March 21, 2012

‘We’re all in this together,’ is what he told us a year ago; today, in his budget, he told us that it was a budget that ‘rewards work.’ I wonder whether any British politician has ever uttered such hollow words – we are not all in this together, whilst ‘work’ is not being rewarded, wealth […]

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#424: 2011, The Black Keys, Gold On The Ceiling

March 20, 2012

I know that The Black Keys only recently featured on our Songs to Learn and Sing, but they are currently enjoying the status of ‘my favourite band’. Over the years there’s been quite a few bands who have enjoyed the status ‘Ray North’s current favourite band.’ The first was probably Queen or Status Quo (we […]

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Ray North’s Six Nations Review

March 20, 2012

Ok, let’s have a look at the predictions I made before this seasons Six Nations Rugby Championship – I’m afraid that it’s not good – let’s start with my predicted table: I predicted: 1. Ireland. 2. France. 3. Scotland. 4. England. 5. Wales. 6. Italy . Woeful. The actual finished table looked like this: 1. […]

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#423: 1977, Elvis Costello, Welcome To The Working Week

March 19, 2012

My two week holiday in Peru is over.  And what a fabulous trip it was – though truth be told I am sad to say that there were very few llamas to be seen until the last couple of days high in the Andes around Lake Titicaca. Tomorrow I’ll be back at my desk with […]

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