From the monthly archives:

July 2013

#729: 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On

July 31, 2013

George reminded me that it was the tenth anniversary of Sam Phillips‘ death yesterday: record producing genius, founder of Sun Records, breaker of Southern racial taboos. Not bad for a one-time cotton picker from Alabama. He recorded the first ever rock’n’roll’s first single and gave the world Howlin’ Wolf (who Phillips thought of as his greatest discovery), […]

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Footballers: How much are they worth?

July 31, 2013

Real Madrid have reportedly offered a world record transfer fee of £85 million to Spurs for Welsh wizard Gareth Bale. I wish I was Gareth Bale’s agent. Actually, I wish I was Gareth Bale. £85 million is a ludicrous amount to spend on someone to kick a ball around a park. It is just another […]

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The diminishing returns of political party membership and funding

July 31, 2013

The Electoral Commission has just published the statement of accounts for the major political parties in 2012 – and it makes grim reading for the Lib Dems. The Lib Dems raised £6.02m in 2012 but spent £6.4m – which results in a deficit of around £400,000. Over the same period, its membership fell from 48,934 […]

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In celebration of the “desolate” North East of England

July 30, 2013

Former Energy Minister, recent government adviser on energy, and George Osborne’s father in law, Lord Howell, has suggested that fracking should be carried out in the North East of England because it has vast “desolate areas.” The peer, who lives in the South of England, said the gas production method could be safely carried out […]

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#728: 2007, dan Le Sac Vs Scroobious Pip, Thou Shalt Always Kill

July 29, 2013

Ok, I’ll start with a confession -I hadn’t heard this until yesterday. In fact if someone had said the words dan Le Sac V Scroobious Pip to me, I would have thought that they were talking gibberish, perhaps as a result of too many drugs (and yes it is lower case for ‘dan’). But then […]

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Let the voters decide Anthony Weiner’s fate

July 29, 2013

There is no fool like an old fool. Anthony Weiner aka Carlos Danger has been caught with his pants down once again. He sent inappropriate images of his penis to women with whom he had no relationship. His latest sex scandal is threatening to bring down his personal and professional life. I bet he wishes […]

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1989 and all that: was the LSE Student’s Union right to champion Winston Silcott?

July 29, 2013

In the early summer of 1989, George, Jackie, Bobby and I were first year undergraduates at the LSE. It was still a very political university back then – elections were keenly fought and, unlike most student unions, your position on the plight of Kurds in Iraq or the crimes of General Pinochet, were more important […]

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Week 30: Villain – The Home Office

July 28, 2013

This Week’s Villain of the Week Award goes to the Home Office for their racist ‘Go Home or Face Arrest’ billboard campaign Just when you thought this government couldn’t get any lower, they manage to show again that there is no barrel, however deep, they are not willing to scrape. Adopting the rhetoric of the […]

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Week 30: Hero – The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Wellby

July 28, 2013

This Week’s Hero is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Wellby. I’m pretty sure that the majority opinion of those who write on these pages is not particularly well disposed towards religion, or, on the whole, religious leaders. Putting faith to one side, we are not impressed by the fact that more often than not they […]

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#727: 1973, Jim Croce, I Got a Name

July 28, 2013

Americana music, as defined by the Americana Music Association (AMA), is “contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues, resulting in a distinctive roots-oriented sound that lives in a world apart from the pure forms of the genres upon which it may draw.” Americana […]

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Week 30: Prat – Anthony Weiner

July 28, 2013

This week, our award for the biggest prat of the last seven days goes to New York mayoral hopeful, Anthony Weiner. Two years ago, then congressman Anthony Weiner won our prat of the week award for the faux pas that was to cost him his place in the House of Representatives: the congressman from Queens […]

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#726: 1993, Wu-Tang Clan, Bring Da Ruckus

July 27, 2013

On Friday I went to see my first gig since returning from my honeymoon.  And what better to get me back into the mood for music an assuage my post-holiday blues than the Wu-Tang Clan’s 20th anniversary gig at Brixton Academy.  There was a huge sense of expectation before the Clan arrived on stage too […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #16: 1949, The Third Man (Carol Reed)

July 27, 2013

‘Nobody thinks in terms of human beings. Governments don’t. Why should we? They talk about the people and the proletariat, I talk about the suckers and the mugs – it’s the same thing. They have their five-year plans, so have I.’  (Harry Lime) The big day has arrived.  Cine-East is back.   I wanted to re-launch […]

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#725: 2013, Kurt Vile, Wakin on a Pretty Day

July 26, 2013

Against the odds, the hot summer continues. I’m hoping it lasts out tomorrow (I hope I’m waking on a pretty day): I’m going to my local free festival, nothing spectacular just a great little community event in a park in the shadows of the local council estate with a variety of (usually pretty good) bands […]

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All That’s Left is Heart of Darkness Politics

July 25, 2013

If you have foraged your way through the undergrowth of the internet jungle and found yourself at the All That’s Left destination – welcome to our Heart of Darkness. We hope you enjoy your stay. Welcome to our political Apocalypse Now. We disciples of the political left now take our orders from Colonel Kurtz, otherwise […]

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#724: 1981, The Passions, I’m In Love With A German Filmstar

July 24, 2013

In another time and another place – I am on my way to the third form school disco; I’m wearing a pencil thin, black leather tie, a pair of stretch jeans and my new brilliant white trainers. Me and my mates arrive and immediately stand by the wall bars of the school gym and ponder […]

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Breaking News: Cine-East Film Club to Re-launch on Saturday

July 24, 2013

It’s been a while since the Cine-East Film Club presented a film.   When I originally launched the feature way back in April 2012 my intention was to post on a film a week, but what with one thing and another, mostly work, things slipped and there have only been 15 presentations in total and none […]

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Six Reasons Why The Tories’ New Found Optimism May Be Misplaced

July 24, 2013

Ever since Labour made the monumentally stupid decision to accept Tory spending plans, thereby conceding austerity economics, they have been on the defensive.    Consistent ten point leads in the polls which have been a constant ever since George Osborne’s politically disastrous budget in 2012 have now shrunk to the mid-single fingers (or if ICM is to be […]

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The Royal Baby’s First Message to the World…

July 24, 2013

The royal baby is already proving to be a feisty little man. Perhaps he has just spotted Kay Burley?

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#723: 2010, The Courteeners, The Opener

July 23, 2013

For the past decade a group of old friends and myself have given each other an annual CD featuring our favourite songs of the year. We distribute the CDs at the end of the year and we listen to each chosen playlist and then give our critical reviews. The process of compiling our individual best […]

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The Politics of Porn

July 23, 2013

I welcome David Cameron’s announcement yesterday that he is going to make internet service providers put in place filters that will prevent pornography from being accessed unless someone opts into it. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not prudish or pious or indeed politically correct in my attitude towards porn, but, like many others I […]

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Rejoice a child is born

July 23, 2013

My old mate, Big Billy Hughes’ Mrs gave birth to a baby boy on Sunday. They’ve called him Kane. I rejoice in his birth. I know Billy from rugby and have been back in touch with him on facebook for the last couple of years. A fine second row in his day. He used to […]

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Week 29: Hero – Chris Froome

July 22, 2013

This weeks’s hero award goes to Chris Froome for winning the Tour de France, and becoming the second consecutive British cyclist to win the race. What a summer of sport. As previously pointed out within these four walls of the All That’s Left Sporting Club (a club in which female members are most definitely allowed […]

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Week 29: Villain – Nick Clegg

July 21, 2013

This week’s Villain is the Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg MP. As anyone who has read any of my pieces on this website will know – I feel a profound sadness at the way in which the Liberal Democrats have acted in coalition: the u-turns on supposedly important policies; […]

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#722: 2006, Belle and Sebastian, Another Sunny Day

July 21, 2013

I am back from three weeks of honeymooning in foreign parts,  and Charlie East-West, who strictly speaking is up next on the STLAS rota, is away for a couple of days.    Although I’m a little jet lagged I thought I’d get straight back into the spirit of things by posting the final song in our […]

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Week 29: Prat – George Osborne

July 21, 2013

Our weekly award for the biggest idiot of the last seen days goes to Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Gideon George Osborne What the frack? All the Conservatives and George Osborne have been going on about for the last four years is the size of the deficit and how the first and foremost […]

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UKIP targets #3: Castle Point

July 21, 2013

Our third post in our series looking at constituencies where UKIP could win based on May’s county council results takes us to south Essex. The May 2013 county council results showed strong support for UKIP along the east coast, with them topping the poll in three parliamentary seats from The Wash to the Thames and […]

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#721: 1968, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Summertime

July 19, 2013

Song six in our summer heatwave themed ‘week‘. We’ve already had one version of Summertime, a couple of years ago by Paul Robeson. Personally, I think the greatest version is the Louis Armstrong–Ella Fitzgerald classic 1957 recording, and the Billie Holiday 1936 version is pretty special too. But what makes this hippy era recasting of […]

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Who would be in your fantasy cabinet?

July 19, 2013

Politics is a dull old business these days. We have a bunch of humanoid politicians who offer absolutely nothing in the way of enlightenment, radical alternative policies, and charm. Bland, sanitised, machine politicians who deliver policy through talking in false rhetorical generalisations, sound bites delivered in threes, avoiding the questions set to them, and surrounded […]

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Sportsnight #16: 1986, Tour de France, L’Alpe d’Huez, LeMond v Hinault

July 17, 2013

Good evening, and welcome to Sportsnight. Tonight’s action comes from the French Alps and the fearsome L’Alpe d’Huez stage on the Tour de France. As Chris Froome attempts to move ever closer towards becoming the second consecutive British cyclist to win the Tour de France, he has one massive obstacle to overcome – L’Alpe d’Huez. […]

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