From the monthly archives:

September 2013

Mr East Goes To The Movies 2013: Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

September 19, 2013

If you have read any reviews of David Lowery’s debut, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, you might be under the impression that this is another in that tradition of murderous lovers on the run from the law films such as Arthur Penn’s iconic Bonnie & Clyde or more recently Oliver Stone’s bombastic Natural Born Killers.  In […]

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Greece: Those Who Fail To Learn The Lessons Of History Are Condemned To Repeat It

September 19, 2013

This week’s awful murder of Greek anti-fascist rapper, Pavlos Fyssas, by a gang of 30 Golden Dawn members, in militia uniform has underlined the horrendous consequences of the brutal austerity regime imposed on Greece by the EU and IMF. Golden Dawn remember are an unashamedly neo-Nazi organisation, going to places that even the BNP will […]

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#761: 1975, John Fogerty, Rockin’ All Over the World

September 19, 2013

My esteemed colleague Jackie South mentioned on his last Songs To Learn And Sing posting that he could not add Status Quo’s Rockin’ All Over the World to the pantheon of songs on our list because “it would not pass the pub test.” I beg to differ. It is the ultimate guilty pleasure song. I […]

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The Alternative Lib Dem Conference Speech by Nick Clegg

September 19, 2013

“Fellow Liberal Democrats, I have in my hands two conference speeches. In my right hand, I have my official speech that has just been issued under embargo to the media. In my left hand, I have another speech – and this is the speech that I am going to give today. First of all. I […]

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#760: 2013, Joanna Gruesome, Sugarcrush

September 18, 2013

Fuck me is this a terrible name for a band. Up there with the very worst I have ever encountered. What in God’s name were this new five piece from Cardiff thinking?   But then they are, apparently, still in their teens – and what do teenagers know about the importance of a decent name […]

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Dreams and Realities ahead of the Labour Party Conference

September 18, 2013

I’m listening to Nick Clegg, but I’m thinking about Ed Miliband. Like Charlie East-West, I’ve totally given up on the prospect of the Lib-Dems winning back my vote. As I listen to Nick Clegg I am uninspired and confused in equally measures – no actually, I’m more uninspired than confused, which means I’m not that […]

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Scottish Independence: How the Yes Campaign can win

September 18, 2013

Today marks a significant moment in British politics. It is exactly one year until the historic vote on Scottish Independence. The polls may currently point towards a No vote in the referendum, though they have narrowed in the past year. They narrow even further to the point of favourable polling for the Yes vote if […]

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#759: 2006, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gold Lion

September 17, 2013

This evening, I’ve been down The Den for the first time this season. I went with some trepidation: it has been an awful start for Millwall, bottom of the table and going down 5-1 at the weekend. Given that Blackpool were at the top of the league, it did not auger well. (Now, tell me […]

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The Curse of Modern Living (Part 6) – Hipsters

September 17, 2013

Hipsters are everywhere. Walk down any street in Britain and you will spot a hipster. They are easy to distinguish: Facial hair: beard or five day stubble Clothing: preppy look / skinny jeans / cardigans / bomber jackets / 80′s retro-wear / plaid shirts / ironic t-shirts / retro trainers / vintage clothes / hoodies […]

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#758: 2008, Lady Gaga, Poker Face

September 16, 2013

Lady Gaga kind of passed me by. I don’t have any of her records, I don’t really relate to all that malarkey about dressing up like a cream cake or a Yorkshire Pudding or whatever it is she dresses up as – but I do appreciate it, albeit it in a old fart kind of […]

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The Inherent Sexism in Benefit Fraud Prosecutions

September 16, 2013

Head of the DPP, Keir Starmer has declared that benefit fraudsters are not being punished enough and has urged the CPS lawyers who make the decisions about what charges to bring against those who fiddle their benefits, to charge them under the Fraud Act, rather than Social Security Act as this will allow Courts to […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #22: 1944, Hail The Conquering Hero (Preston Sturges)

September 15, 2013

“They say opportunity’s only got one hair on his head and you gotta grab it while it’s going by and dog it down or you mightn’t get another chance.” (Sgt Julius Heppelfinger) In my Cine-East Film Club Re-launch Preview post of a month or so back, I mentioned that there were some major gaps in […]

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Week 37: Villain – Michael Gove

September 15, 2013

This week, our award for greatest villain of the last seven days goes to the Education Secretary, Michael Gove Imagine, if you will, Her Majesty’s Secretary of State for Education caked in white foundation, with a towering beehive white wig, a pearl choker around his neck and a billowing white dress displaying a generous bosom. […]

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Week 37: Hero – Raquel Rolnik

September 15, 2013

This Week’s Hero of the Week is the UN Rapporteur on Human Rights, Raquel Rolnik for exposing to the world the disgrace that is the bedroom tax Sometimes you can tell that someone has done the right thing by the nature of the reaction to it.   In the case this week of the report of […]

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Week 37: Prat – Sarah Teather

September 15, 2013

This week’s prat award goes to former Children’s Minister, and Lib Dem MP, Sarah Teather for announcing that she is to step down as an MP at the 2015 general election because of “some aspects of government policy”. Surely anyone who resigns because of current government policy should be given a hero award? In the […]

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#757: 2013, Arcade Fire, Reflektor

September 15, 2013

I have been banging on about this song all week. Arcade Fire have recently embarked on a subliminal graffiti campaign across New York to build awareness towards the release date of their new song – Reflektor. The anticipation and speculation for their new song has gradually grown into a social media frenzy, culminating with the […]

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On Being A Victim of Crime

September 14, 2013

As I mentioned in my Song To Learn and Sing last night, I was burgled yesterday.  The burglar got into the house by literally kicking the front door in.  The door was not a thin new B&Q type door – but the original thick oak Victorian door.  It was hard enough to shut it properly […]

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#756: 2013, Caitlin Rose, Dallas

September 13, 2013

What a contrast between two days.  Today, some wanker of a burglar kicked my front door in, while I was at work.  This happened mid-morning in broad daylight, in an overlooked residential road.  The door was an original thick oak Victorian door from when the house was built in the 1890s.   It must have taken […]

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Something for the Weekend: #4: Buy Vinyl

September 13, 2013

Something for the weekend? Buy vinyl. But, I do not practice what I am about to preach. George East recently claimed that the sound quality of music is better on vinyl than on MP3. He is probably right. I could not argue back as I have not bought a vinyl record for 20 years. There […]

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Beyond the Lib Dems…Who do I vote for?

September 13, 2013

Over the past week I have written at length about the Lib Dems. Firstly, I discussed their unilateral parliamentary support for the Gagging Bill – which was the straw that finally broke the camel’s back in terms of my loyalty towards a party that I have always supported and previously worked for. Secondly, I discussed […]

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George Osborne – economic genius?

September 13, 2013

No. No and no again. George Osborne is no more an economic genius than I am an exponent of quantum physics. Should he be thanked for saving the economy? No, he bloody shouldn’t – he’s saved the economy in the same way colonising mariners saved the dodo. Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m not […]

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The Lib Dems: Enough is enough

September 12, 2013

“Don’t settle for low politics and broken promises” – Nick Clegg, 2010 Yes, he fucking well did say that. And yes, he fucking well settled for it. As always with Nick Clegg – Do as I say, not as I do. It has been well documented within the panic rooms of the All That’s Left […]

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#755: 2008, Sheryl Crow, God Bless This Mess

September 11, 2013

It was twelve years ago today that two planes flew into the Twin Towers: an event that has defined the century and whose repercussions still feel bitterly fresh a dozen years on as the debate on Syria continues. For our generation, it was the single event that everyone can recall precisely what they were doing […]

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Sportsnight #20: 1976, George Foreman v Ron Lyle

September 11, 2013

Good evening and welcome to Sportsnight. Tonight’s action comes from Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, and a heavyweight boxing slugfest between former World Heavyweight Champion George Foreman and Ron Lyle. George Foreman was attempting to get his boxing career back on track after his devastating Rumble in the Jungle defeat to Muhammad Ali. Foreman had been […]

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Gagging Bill: It is time to gag the Lib Dems

September 11, 2013

The Liberal Democrats: I worked for them. I have always voted for them. I now want to gag them. No Liberal Democrat MP has rebelled against the massively illiberal and undemocratic Gagging Bill. Not even the self styled “principled” Sarah Teather. Not even the self styled doyen of liberalism Simon Hughes. None of them. Absolutely […]

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#754: 1998, The Manic Street Preachers, If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next

September 9, 2013

I wanted very much to find a song from the 1990′s. Because we’ve not posted many songs from a period, where, in theory, we should have been very receptive to the music that was providing the backdrop to some of the most important and exciting times in our lives – yet, funnily enough, we’ve put […]

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George Osborne’s Economic Bunkum

September 9, 2013

George Osborne is claiming that critics of his economic policy have now decisively lost the argument. He claims that the economy has “turned a corner” and that a sustainable recovery is under way. He is now pointing towards evidence that shows in his view, “the last few months have decisively ended [the] controversy” about fiscal […]

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Week 36: Prat – Ed Miliband

September 8, 2013

This Week’s Prat of the Week is Labour leader Ed Miliband for his apparent determination to de-fund his own party by making a fuss about absolutely nothing Ed Miliband has had a curious couple of weeks.  He has, since the vote on Syria, been the subject of the worst media demonisation of a leader of […]

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Week 36: Villain – Rupert Murdoch

September 8, 2013

This Week’s Villain is the Australian Press Baron and all round World Class Villain – Rupert Murdoch. We hate this bloke. I mean, really hate him. His record as media mogul or press baron or whatever you want to call him is scandalous. In this country he has helped to drag down the press with […]

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Week 36: Hero – Noel Gallagher

September 8, 2013

This week, our hero award goes to Noel Gallagher for putting William Hague in his place – or at least reminding him where his place is We have often moaned about how little of today’s music reflects austerity Britain (with a few exceptions), whereas our youth was full of music railing against Thatcher. As if […]

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