From the monthly archives:

October 2013

#788: 1994, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Red Right Hand

October 31, 2013

There are two reasons for my pick for tonight’s Song To Learn and Sing. First and foremost I had the pleasure of seeing Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds live at the Hammersmith Apollo on Sunday night.   Mrs East had bought me tickets as a birthday present, but sadly she was not well enough to […]

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Sportsnight #24: 1968, Rugby League Challenge Cup Final, Leeds v Wakefield Trinity

October 31, 2013

Good Evening and welcome to Sportsnight. Tonight we’re at Wembley Stadium for the final of the Rugby League Challenge Cup, where 87,000 fans had converged to watch Leeds, nine times cup-winners who finished top of the Championship and five times winners Wakefield. A real clash of the giants – but who would prevail? Back in […]

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US Elections: Virginia Governor

October 31, 2013

In the US, next Tuesday sees the election of two governors and 31 city mayors. Whilst a number of these elections will be significant, some of those are significant because of who will almost certainly be elected rather than because the result is in any doubt. Normally safely Democrat New Jersey is almost certain to […]

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#787: 1972, Lou Reed, Hangin’ Round

October 30, 2013

Following on from Ray a couple of days ago, and my piece on The Velvet Underground & Nico, it is my turn to post a song to mark the passing of Lou Reed. I ummed and arred, but after writing about the dark side of the Velvet Underground, I decided I wanted a Reed solo […]

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Mr East Goes To The Movies 2013: The Selfish Giant

October 29, 2013

Clio Barnard’s second feature, The Selfish Giant, got rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival in May, and it has been one of the films in that festival that I have been most looking forward to seeing.   Based loosely on an Oscar Wilde story of the same name, it is a film which focuses on […]

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Tory myth busting: “Cleaning up Labour’s mess”

October 29, 2013

“The mess we inherited” “We’re having to clean up Labour’s mess” “We are making tough decisions to fix the country” “We’re all in this together” This Tory-led and Lib Dem nodding dog soundbite tactic has been in place since they have been in government and has continued, unbroken and to the point of listening to […]

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The Tory Party by Charlie Brooker

October 29, 2013
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The Album Collection #18: 1967, The Velvet Underground and Nico, The Velvet Underground & Nico

October 28, 2013

Last week, NME published its Top 500 albums of all time, and on Friday we tried to come up with our own list. The Velvet Underground & Nico appeared prominently in both. Then yesterday, we had the shocking and awful news of Lou Reed’s death. ‘Groundbreaking’ is a much-overused term, but it is one that […]

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The Death of the Political Blog?

October 28, 2013

On Friday Sunny Hundal announced that the Liberal Conspiracy blog was coming to an end.  This is pretty significant news in the British political blogosphere, as it is one of the longest running political blogs (established as it was in 2005) and one of the most influential (it is currently ranked at No 5 in the […]

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#786: 1979, The Clash, Clampdown

October 28, 2013

So did you survive the super-storm? Bit of a damp squib wasn’t it? The crumbs on my toaster offer more collateral damage this morning. Anyway, here is a fantastic song to really blow the Monday morning cobwebs away. George East recently opened up an All That’s Left survey to list our own 20 greatest albums […]

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Week 43: Hero – John Major

October 28, 2013

Strange. During the 1992 General Election when we all lived together, we used to watch the ten o’clock news and award Prat of the Day, and the serial winner was John Major – there he was on his soap box, there he was getting egged, there he was whining on that awful comedic voice about […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #28: 1957, 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet)

October 28, 2013

Juror #6: ‘Well I’m not used to supposing.  I’m just a working man.  My boss does all the supposing, but I’ll try one.  Supposing you talk us all out of this, and the kid really did knife his father’ Talking of fathers.  It’s my Dad’s birthday today and he is responsible for so much of […]

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Week 43: Prat – Grant Shapps

October 27, 2013

This week’s prat award goes to Conservative party chairman, Grant Shapps for saying that the BBC could face a cut in the TV licence fee or have to share it with other broadcasters unless it rebuilds public trust. Grant Shapps stated that the BBC must become “more transparent” and change its “culture of secrecy“. Seriously […]

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#785: 1967, The Velvet Underground, Heroin

October 27, 2013

There you are, you’re 17- you don’t know much, you don’t know anything really – but, you know this: you know that you want to wear black Ray Ban sunglasses (the plastic ones, not the shite, aviator ones); you know you want to wear a black leather jacket with a black turtle neck jumper underneath […]

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Week 43: Villain – Michael Gove

October 27, 2013

For the third time this year, Education Secretary Michael Gove wins our panel’s award for the most significant villain of the last week The Conservative Party has managed to provide our hero, villain and prat for this week. Moreover, our prat has villainous intent whilst our villain has a marked prattish streak. So step forward […]

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US Elections: New Jersey senate result

October 26, 2013

Last week’s senate election in New Jersey will bolster the hopes of two potential future presidential candidates from the Garden State. The most obvious beneficiary is the election’s victor, Cory Booker. Young, dynamic, principled and charismatic (and black), he could be the next Obama. And unlike Obama, he has a prior track record of executive […]

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The A -Z of World Politics #F: France

October 25, 2013

Bonjour mes amis! We’ve reached the letter F in our globe–trotting series, so I waited eagerly for the tickets in the post to see where I’d be flying off to: given the weather, I was hoping for Fiji, and rather dreading Finland or the Faroe Islands. Rather predictably, Mr East-West decided instead to send me […]

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#784: 1994, Elliott Smith, Roman Candle

October 25, 2013

Monday was the 10th anniversary of the death of, for me, the greatest singer songwriter of the 1990s: Elliott Smith.  The circumstances of his death remain controversial – officially suicide by  the extraordinary method of stabbing himself in the heart, but many of his fans do not accept this explanation, seeing the cause of his […]

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NME’s Top 500 Albums of All Time

October 25, 2013

As regular readers know we are partial to a list here at Allthatsleft.    They are always great fodder for debate, particularly if you are with your mates down the pub and it is accompanied by a few beers. Last summer saw the publication of Sight & Sound magazine’s ten yearly, top 10 films of all […]

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The Economy: London 1 v The Rest of Britain 0

October 24, 2013

Here are today’s classified results from the UK economy regional league: London and The South East 1 V The Rest of Britain (excluding Scotland) 0 Regional economic findings published in today’s Guardian now show that London and the South-East England economies are booming, whilst the rest of the UK remains stuck in the rut of […]

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#783: 1969, The Stooges, No Fun

October 23, 2013

Things seem like a hell of a lot of hard work at the moment: working sixty hour plus weeks and feeling like I’m getting little back except stress, angst and a fair bit of antagonism. Plus a nagging sense of guilt about not doing enough on this blog for a while. So, I’m turning to […]

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Sportsnight #23: 1972, Chess, The Match of the Century – Spassky vs Fischer

October 23, 2013

Good evening and welcome to Sportsnight from Reykjavik, Iceland where challenger Bobby Fischer is seeking to become the first American Chess World Champion since 1888. It is odd to think of it now – but there was hardly anything in the 45 years after the Second World War that was not seen through the prism […]

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Free Schools: A gimmick for parents and politicians who don’t understand education

October 22, 2013

I have always been angry about education. I loved my school you see. A proper comprehensive, complete with weirdos and bullies and rituals and the odd star and its own particular ethos. There was a Private School a few miles away – we’d play rugby against them. You had to drive up a long tree-lined […]

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The Curse of Modern Living (Part 7) – Pushy Parents

October 22, 2013

I blame the parents. “They fuck you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had and add some extra, just for you.” Philip Larkin A recent study by Utrecht University highlighted that pushy parents who go to obsessive lengths to make their […]

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The Sad State Of Our Courts

October 21, 2013

A colleague of mine recently said to me words along the lines of, ‘I don’t know why you keep banging on about austerity, no one is suffering, everything is just the same as it was.’ Well, clearly, I can’t give first hand evidence about every sector of public life and the way in which the […]

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#782: 2013, Kacey Musgraves, Merry Go Round

October 21, 2013

After reading a lot of great reviews about new country singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves’ debut album Same Trailer, Different Park – I finally took the plunge and bought the album. I was worried that it would sound like Taylor Swift and fall towards that awful place to be – middle of the road pointlessness. But, I […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #27: 1937, Shall We Dance (Mark Sandrich)

October 20, 2013

Petrov: ‘We’re the only people in New York who think we’re not married’ There are some images that are so indelibly bound up with cinema that they have become part of our common visual language. Hollywood Golden Age cinema, is what I am talking about here.  Think of Gene Kelly singin’ and dancin’ in the […]

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#781: 2013, Goldfrapp, Annabel

October 20, 2013

I go to sleep to music. It’s something I’ve done since I was about 14, when I would wake up with my Walkman earphones wrapped around my neck and the sound of the John Peel show or whatever album I was listening to at the time still giving it large. Now, and partly because I […]

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Week 42: Prats – The Congressional Republicans

October 20, 2013

This Week’s Prats of the Week are the Congressional Republicans who shut down the US government and brought the US to the point of default on its debt, before backing down for precisely nothing in the game of political chicken they played with Barack Obama and the Democrats Sometimes there are few things scarier to […]

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Week 42: Villains – The ‘Big Six’ Energy Companies

October 20, 2013

This Week’s Villains of the Week are the ‘Big Six’ energy companies. They, and companies like them are the reason why many of us are so skint, so disaffected and so bloody angry. A brief history lesson – once upon a time we had nationalised utilities – we had British Gas and the Electricity Board, […]

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