From the monthly archives:

December 2012

Language is a Virus from Outer Space

December 14, 2012

Or at least that’s what William S Burroughs and Laurie Anderson thought. Burroughs’The Ticket That Exploded suggested that different languages were a way that aliens could achieve mind control of humans and use the division created to steer earth towards destruction. Ed Miliband’s speech today about One Nation Labour having a mission to ensure that immigrants […]

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#593: 1971, Ravi Shankar, Bangla Dhun

December 12, 2012

92 is a pretty good age, but yesterday we lost a true musical pioneer: Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury, better known as Pandit Ravi Shankar. He was a pioneer of course not because he created new music but because of his role of bringing it to the west and influencing our music.  It was actually Yehudi Menuhin […]

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#591: 1969, The Beatles, The Ballad of John and Yoko

December 8, 2012

December 8th. The 32nd anniversary of John Lennon‘s murder by Mark Chapman outside the Dakota Building in New York, where he and Yoko Ono lived and kept another temperature controlled apartment just for their fur coats.  Today also saw Yoko Ono announced by the Southbank Centre as the Curator of their annual music festival, Meltdown. […]

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Mr East Goes To The Movies: Holy Motors

December 7, 2012

When I first came to London to go to University as a skinny black clad angry music obsessed teen, I hadn’t seen much by way of foreign language films.  They weren’t shown in the cinema in my seaside town where I grew up and I only saw a handful of sub-titled films shown late on […]

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#589: 1959, Dave Brubeck, Take Five

December 5, 2012

After posting a Miles Davis number last time around, I hadn’t planned on posting another Jazz tune for at least another 100 or so Songs to Learn and Sing – then, I heard about the death of Dave Brubeck and my choice for today was inevitable. Dave Brubeck was a pioneer – a man who […]

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Autumn Statement: It’s About Osborne’s Staggering Failure, Not Balls’ Stammering Response

December 5, 2012

Hold on a cotton-pickin’ moment. Hold on before I start to fume. I’ve just opened up my computer to look at the coverage of the Autumn Statement and I see that Twitter is alive and ticking over, not with comments about the content of George Osborne’s speech about the nation’s finances and the catastrophic mess […]

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#588: 2005, Elbow, Leaders of the Free World

December 4, 2012

Last night I saw Elbow at the O2 in Greenwich.  I’d never seen them before and to be honest I have always shied away from seeing bands at the O2. It is way too big and way too corporate for a decent gig. And I was right about that. It feels like you are going […]

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Some kindly advice for Eds Miliband and Balls

December 3, 2012

I know – who the bejesus am I to give advice to the Leader of the Opposition and the Shadow Chancellor, indeed to anyone. Ok, point taken – but, I’m going to give it anyway. Now, first, a statement of bleeding obvious – Labour are doing well. Last week’s by-election successes coming after the previous […]

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Week 48: Prat – The Liberal Democrats

December 2, 2012

This Week’s Prat of the Week Award goes to…….. The Liberal Democrats. Not necessarily all the party and all it’s members – there are, many, many of the ordinary, leafletting, canvassing, envelope filling members who are very lovely people who are not at all prats. But, the sad truth for the Lib-Dems is that in […]

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#587: 1963, Buck Owens and the Buckeroos, Act Naturally

December 2, 2012

In our various Country picks, we have had plenty of Outlaw country, a fair bit of alt-country and country rock, Bluegrass, cowpunk and more traditional country as well.  But no Bakersfield Sound, despite a track from Dwight Yoakam. Buck Owens was the father of the Bakersfield Sound, settling in that Californian town after leaving the dustbowl […]

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By-Election Results: Croydon, Middlesbrough and Rotherham

December 2, 2012

Apologies for the delay, but here is our usual round-up on the by-elections that took place on Thursday.  They can pretty much be summed up as great for UKIP, good for Labour, bad for the Tories and calamitous for the Liberal Democrats. Rotherham The most interesting of the three was Rotherham, which saw UKIP’s share […]

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Week 48: Hero – The UN General Assembly

December 2, 2012

For its vote on the admission of Palestine as a non-member State, this Week’s Hero of the Week is the UN General Assembly (or at least those members who voted in favour) On Thursday the UN General Assembly took the historic and long overdue step to grant Palestine non-member status of the United Nations.  This […]

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Are We Returning to a Two Party System?

December 2, 2012

It may seem like an odd question with the two main parties on about 70-75% of the vote between them in the latest opinion polls and with the apparent UKIP surge (up to 13% in the Opinium poll for The Observer today).  It is hardly the 97.8% achieved by Labour and the Tories in the […]

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Week 48: Villain – David Cameron

December 2, 2012

The speed of Cameron’s rejection of key proposals of the Leveson inquiry has earned him our Villain of the Week award. It is twenty years since David Mellor told the press that they were drinking in the Last Chance Saloon before some form of statutory regulation.  Yet this week David Cameron announced a lock-in. Despite […]

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#586: 1959, Miles Davis, Blue in Green

December 1, 2012

It’s about time that Miles Davis featured on these pages. I know, I can hear true jazz aficionados will yawn – not another indie kid who’s got one jazz album trying to talk about jazz – and, yes, that might well be true, but, what an album – A Kind of Blue is without doubt […]

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Autumn Internationals: Rugby Roundup

December 1, 2012

Well, I predicted the worst and, well, with a couple of notable exceptions courtesy of England and Ireland, I was right. Wales – were even more woeful than I feared. Wales clearly suffer from a lack of depth in key positions – Adam Jones and Dan Lydiate were missed like a beloved relative, and Rhys […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #13: 1953, Wages of Fear (Clouzot)

December 1, 2012

‘…because those bums don’t have any union or any families. And if they blow up no one will come round bothering me for any contribution’ (Bill O’Brien). Four desperate men, two old trucks without suspension packed with nitroglycerine and the roughest roads in the Andes.  A simple set up, a devastatingly intense heart-in-mouth film.  This […]

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