From the monthly archives:

March 2013

Mr East Goes To The Movies 2013: Caeser Must Die

March 31, 2013

At the 2012 Berlin Film Festival the hotly tipped favourite for the competition’s top prize and the third most prestigious award in the film festival calendar, The Golden Bear, was Christian Petzold’s Barbara.  Instead the Mike Leigh-chaired jury surprised everyone by choosing this film which had barely registered during the course of the festival itself. […]

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Special Election Special: South Carolina’s First District

March 31, 2013

This week, we learnt that there is to be a by-election in South Shields, following the resignation of David Miliband.  I’ll be posting on that election in the near future, but at the moment, it seems highly probable to be a safe hold for Labour. But across the pond, there are also two outstanding ‘special […]

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Week 13: Prat – George Carey

March 31, 2013

This week’s Easter winner of our Prat of the Week Award is former Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey for his Daily Mail article yesterday in which he accused David Cameron of making Christians ‘feel like a persecuted minority’ Someone once said that Archbishops of Canterbury alternate between intellectual atheists and thick evangelicals.   It is not […]

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Back of the Net Special – ‘The Greatest British Football XI Of All-Time’

March 31, 2013

Last week, once again, the Home Nations all struggled in their World Cup Qualifiers. Scotland lost to Serbia, Wales lost to Croatia, Northern Ireland were beaten by Israel and England limped to a draw against that mighty footballing nation – Montenegro. Sadly, few of us are surprised by these results, because, let’s face it, we […]

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Week 13: Villain – President of North Korea, Kim Jong-un

March 31, 2013

This Week’s Villain of the Week is the First Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the Chairman of the Central Military Commission, First Chairman of the National Defence Commission of North Korea and Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army – Kim Jong-un. There is something distinctly comical about Kim Jong-un. He looks like […]

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#656: 1970, Odetta, Hit or Miss

March 31, 2013

The advertising industry is a fickle mistress. Having worked in and around this industry for the best part of 10 years, I have seen enough fluff and guff to have aged by 20 years. Call me an old cynic, but most of what is produced in the name of ‘creativity’ does not cut the mustard […]

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Week 13: Hero – Eddie Mair

March 31, 2013

This Week’s Hero of the Week Award goes to the BBC journalist, Eddie Mair. Boris Johnson is everyone’s loveable political rogue. He is the Teflon coated self styled blustering maverick of British politics. For far too long we have witnessed a certain amount of toadying up to Boris within our media. On the Andrew Marr […]

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Religion is like a giant Easter egg

March 31, 2013

“What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof.” Christopher Hitchens Happy Easter. As we all hunker down and stuff our gluttonous faces full of Easter eggs, let us not forget why we are all having a long weekend holiday. It is thanks to Jesus Christ Superstar. He was most brilliant self publicist […]

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#655: 2013, Lana Del Rey, Chelsea Hotel No 2

March 29, 2013

Lana Del Rey released this cover of Leonard Cohen‘s Chelsea Hotel No 2 this week.  It is a great song and Del Rey’s voice suits it well. The original of course is about Cohen’s brief affair with Janis Joplin, released four years after her death.  It mixes the profane (“Giving me head on the unmade […]

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Top of The Pops 2000s Special: Songs To Learn and Sing Readers’ Top 50 Chart

March 28, 2013

This is a little late, but with Ray North’s posting of #631 Gary Jules’ cover of Tears For Fears, Mad World, during our second covers’ week, we reached our 100th Song To Learn and Sing from the 00s.   It became the 4th decade to reach this milestone, after the 1980s (which reached the milestone in […]

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The Abu Qatada Conundrum

March 28, 2013

That sound of popping heard across the Home Counties yesterday was that of blood vessels bursting in anger at the latest set back for the government in seeking to deport Abu Qatada to Jordan.   The Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the Home Secretary’s appeal from the decision of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission […]

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The Album Collection – #2: 2012, Paul Buchanan, Mid Air

March 28, 2013

The Blue Nile, in my own little league table of brilliant things, ranks pretty damn near the top of my own pantheon. A Walk Across The Rooftops and Hats are two of the finest albums not just out of Scotland, but out of Planet Earth itself. If the masters of the universe suddenly decided to […]

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#654: 2012, Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs, I Watch You

March 27, 2013

There I was, in the posh sandwich shop, in the back street behind BetFred, you know the one, by the crisps, minding my own business, wondering whether I should order a salami and stilton or a turkey bacon and avocado (I told you it was the posh sandwich shop) – when who should walk in, […]

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Sportsnight #1: 1973, Rugby Union, Barbarians v All Blacks

March 27, 2013

Good evening and welcome to Sportsnight. Tonight’s action features rugby union. We are off to Cardiff Arms Park for a match between the Barbarians v the All Blacks, and it is an absolute belter. The game took place on 27th January 1973. It is now 40 years since what is generally regarded as the greatest […]

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Cyprus Endgame: The Killing of the Economy of a Small Country

March 27, 2013

After two weeks of closure, Cyprus’ banks are due to re-open tomorrow.  At the time of writing this post it is not entirely clear whether they will.  Following the moronic original suggestion that €5.8Bn of a €10Bn bailout package was to come from ordinary deposits, even though EU wide insurance is supposed to protect deposits […]

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Education And The Great Class Divide.

March 27, 2013

The other day, I had a conversation with my oldest boy Ryan North – he is nearly 8, and his school are about to put him through some tests. He’s never done proper tests before and he was curious about them. ‘What will you say Daddy,’ he asked me, ‘if I get a D?’ I […]

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Under pressure – We are all in this together

March 27, 2013

“Under pressure Pressure pushing down on me Pressing down on you no man ask for Under pressure that burns a building down Splits a family in two Puts people on streets It’s the terror of knowing What this world is about Watching some good friends Screaming let me out Tomorrow gets me higher Pressure on […]

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Economic Policy and the Avatars of Austerity: Larry Summers Tells It As It Is

March 27, 2013

Earlier today this blog saw a healthy debate about current economic policy and the economics of austerity.  As it happens Monday night saw a, perhaps, somewhat more impressive discussion on the same subject between Mervyn King (outgoing Governor of the Bank of England),  Oliver Blanchard (Chief Economist at the IMF), Axel Weber (Chicago School Economist […]

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#653: 1968, The Kinks, The Village Green Preservation Society

March 26, 2013

I probably spend more time than is healthy reading blogs and comments on the Daily Telegraph and Conservative Home.  It is interesting to know what is exercising those on the political right.   What becomes immediately clear from even a moment’s glance on those sites is that they really are not big fans of David Cameron.  […]

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Sportsnight Preview

March 26, 2013

Tomorrow evening, All That’s Left will begin a major new sports feature. It is called Sportsnight and it will showcase some of the greatest sporting moments – both past and present. This will become a regular Wednesday night feature on All That’s Left. As I am sure some of you sports fans will remember, Sportsnight […]

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Joke of the day

March 26, 2013

Michael Gove has acknowledged that punctuation is still poor in schools. (I blame the parentheses).

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Mr East Goes To The Movies 2013: Lincoln

March 25, 2013

I have some difficulty with Steven Spielberg.  His films tend to be emotionally manipulative, saccharine and simplistic.   Even his films about big subjects tend towards this undermining their own seriousness – Schindler’s List, for example,  with its picking out in a dash of colour, in the stark black and white , of a pretty young […]

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#652: 1979, The Sugarhill Gang, Rapper’s Delight

March 25, 2013

One of the many wonderful things about music is that every single song in the history of everything forms a potentially differing opinion in eye of the beholder. It is eminently feasible to enjoy the music produced by critically acclaimed artists, as well as loving songs that make other people’s ears bleed. Everyone has a […]

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What should the Lib-Dems have done in May 2010?

March 25, 2013

I recently met a man who enjoys the role of Nick Clegg’s Special Economic Advisor. I met him in a social setting, and as such tried desperately to keep my sceptical view about his Leader’s performance (and in particular on all issues concerning economic policy), under my own hat. But, inevitably, the coalition was discussed […]

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Ant & Dec – The Kings of Saturday Night

March 25, 2013

What a person gets up to on a Saturday night is largely indicative of what stage of life they are at. In my teens, it involved getting few sharpeners down my throat at the local rugby club. In my student years, every night was a Saturday night. In my twenties, the choice of bar and […]

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The Future of Formula 1 – Wacky Races

March 25, 2013

Formula 1 is back. I used to be a big fan of F1, but I have not been a dedicated follower since round about the time Nigel Mansell decided to shave off his moustache. As I have never been a petrol head and do not care a jot for choosing a car that gives off […]

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Eddie Mair boxes Boris Johnson into a corner

March 25, 2013

It is Sunday Morning. It is a time to play happy families, read the Sunday papers, smell the coffee or nurse a hangover. Yesterday was different. It was time to witness a one-sided boxing match of truly epic proportions. The fight took place on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show. The stand-in host of the show, […]

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#651: 1976, Patti Smith Group, Pissing in a River

March 24, 2013

George‘s and Ray‘s most recent song choices stemmed from an online dialogue we had about the small and select group of artists whose first two albums were classics. In that discussion, I proposed Patti Smith, only to have George strike it down.  Her debut Horses, he agreed, was a masterpiece (indeed possibly my personal favourite […]

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Week 12: Villain – George Osborne

March 24, 2013

Today, our Villain of the Week award goes to Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon Gideon George Osborne Not for the first time (in fact for the twelfth time)  the man who has managed to be both the worst and most rightwing Chancellor of the Exchequer since the war has been recognised as our villain […]

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Week 12: Hero – Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Cyprus

March 24, 2013

This Week’s Hero of the Week Award goes to the head of the Cypriot Orthodox Church Archbishop Chrysostomos II Since the financial crisis and the resulting chaotic and flawed economic policies that been imposed in various countries in Europe and elsewhere, the Leaders of the World’s most prominent religions have done pretty much nothing of […]

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