From the daily archives:

Friday, May 17, 2013

#693: 1982, Soft Cell, Torch

May 17, 2013

I do like a song where the artists have clearly gone, I know, let’s do something slightly off the wall, and Torch by Soft Cell is such a song. Soft Cell, in 1982 were a massive synth band bashing out dancey pop, with excellent re-workings of Motown classics or wonderful depictions of the seedy disco […]

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The Allthatsleft Book Club #5: Caroline Smailes, The Drowing of Arthur Braxton

May 17, 2013

If you baldly list the themes in this book: child abuse, rape, infanticide, infidelity, bullying, mental illness, despair, even the incessant rain – it would be easy to think that The Drowning of Arthur Braxton is a bleak novel, but it isn’t: Caroline Smailes shakes these themes through the kaleidoscope of a teenage mind and […]

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Nigel Farage – It takes one to know one

May 17, 2013

Nigel Farage has described protesters who besieged him in an Edinburgh pub as “fascist scum“. It takes one to know one. Nigel Farage found out the hard way yesterday that claiming to be the “heir to Thatcher” does not cut the mustard in Scotland. He was given an appropriate welcome.

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Philip Hammond Goes Native

May 17, 2013

Philip Hammond had always struck me as the Tory version of Alistair Darling. A safe pair of hands. A man who could be trusted. A slightly dull, but sensible politician. He appeared to be the acceptable face of the Tory party. Appearances can be deceptive – because, Philip Hammond has gone native. First of all, […]

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