From the monthly archives:

November 2013

#802: 1972, Stevie Wonder, Tuesday Heartbreak

November 19, 2013

Happy Tuesday everyone. Welcome to the next in our series of musical theme weeks on All That’s Left. This week (if the committee decide to accept the challenge) we will be providing a song that features the relevant day of the week in the song title. Good luck to fellow All That’s Left team members, […]

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The Album Collection #21: 1975, Bob Dylan, Blood On The Tracks

November 18, 2013

I’m not even a massive Bob Dylan fan. I have appreciation for him rather than devotion, if I had to choose it would be Neil Young every day of the week for me, indeed, if others were predicting what I might choose for my greatest album of all time, then they would probably and understandably […]

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#801: 1977, Swell Maps, Read About Seymour

November 18, 2013

So there I was perusing Jackie South’s post on Allthatsleft’s  800th Song To Learn and Sing  with its reference to the band who would become Blur’s first gig at the East Anglian Railway Museum in 1989, when this piece of minor punk genius came to mind.  It was after all what I had just done.  The […]

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Top of The Pops Special: Songs To Learn and Sing Readers Top 50

November 18, 2013

Friday was our three year anniversary – which means it is time for our sixth 6 monthly top 50 Songs to Learn and Sing Readers’ chart.  Which are the Top 50 most popular songs we have posted amongst you, our readers.  There were 798 songs posted by Friday, which is a further 107 since the […]

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#800: 1997, Blur, Song 2

November 18, 2013

Three years of All That’s Left, 800 songs. Time for a biggie. Woo-hoo! My last song choice was inspired by a wedding last week, and so is this, but because of the venue where the reception was held rather than a song that was played. You see, it took place in the East Anglian Railway […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #31: 1976, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (John Cassavetes)

November 18, 2013

Flo: ‘That jerk Karl Marx said opium is the religion of the people.  I got news for him.  It’s money’. There are some films that you just know are going to be great from their title.   How could Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia or The Good, The Bad and The Ugly or The […]

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Week 46: Prat: Conservative Party Central Office

November 17, 2013

This week’s prat of the week award goes to the Conservative Party Central Office for deleting all their speeches and press releases on their website within a 10 year period leading up to the 2010 General Election. So much for David Cameron’s promise of a new, clean, transparent politics. This old promise is amongst the […]

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Week 46: Hero – Sachin Tendulkar

November 17, 2013

This Week’s Hero of the Week is Indian Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar. Each year my mate Big Chrissy Norman gets me a ticket for the Lords Test Match – for me it is a day of utter indulgence – it is always sunny (funnily enough never rains at Lords), the sparkling wine and beer flows […]

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Week 46: Villain – David Cameron

November 17, 2013

This Week’s Villain of the Week is the Prime Minister David Cameron for his shrink the state speech at the Guildhall They all came.  The city bankers, lawyers, financiers and hedge fund gazillionaires.  They came in their white tie and tails for dinner at the Guildhall and to listen to the Prime Minister.  He was […]

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#799: 1968, The Beatles, Revolution

November 16, 2013

Yes, we are three years old, and as any parent knows, three years old means tantrums, and, as we limp through the next year towards the general election, I expect us at Allthatsleft to have more and more tantrums as we reach laptop bashing levels of exasperation. I know that in the next year I […]

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Happy Birthday To Us: Allthatsleft is 3 Today!

November 15, 2013

Well despite the death of one of the big beasts of political blogging in the form of Sunny Hundal’s Liberal Conspiracy earlier this year, Allthatsleft today reaches its third birthday in rude health, we would hope you agree.  2013 did not start auspiciously for us here at Allthatsleft, when the entire blog went down for […]

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#798: 2013, Robbie Williams, Go Gentle

November 15, 2013

I have a confession to make. I like Robbie Williams. I really like Robbie Williams. He is the sort of pop star that seems to have almost disappeared these days. He provides endless copy for the press, seems like a bit of a laugh and is an old school light entertainment showman. I bet he […]

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The A-Z of World Politics #H: Hong Kong

November 15, 2013

Hello world. Welcome to the next destination in our political round the world busman’s holiday. The globe has spun round and stopped at Hong Kong. Lucky old me. I am off to visit the “Pearl of the Orient“. But, I think that I deserve a spot of retail therapy after my recent visits to Albania […]

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Are the Tories actually killing off Capitalism?

November 14, 2013

A couple of things have impinged themselves on my consciousness this week and left me scratching my head: first, came the news that a Francis Bacon painting has been sold at auction for $142million and an Andy Warhol painting for $105million; after that, I heard the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney declare […]

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Tory website screenwipe

November 14, 2013

The Conservative Party have apparently wiped all their pre-election pledges from their website. The Conservatives have deleted every article, speech and press release released before the last election from their website. They can run, but they can’t hide. Here is a reminder of what they pledged…

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Top of The Pops 1980s Special: Songs To Learn and Sing Readers’ Chart

November 14, 2013

When I posted The Smiths’ Cemetery Gates a few weeks back, the 1980s became the second decade (after the 1970s) to have had 150 Songs To Learn and Sing.   For most of the lifetime of our daily songs feature the 1980s has been the most popular decade, with the 1970s trailing only very slightly behind.  […]

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What on Earth is Going on with Bill Clinton?

November 14, 2013

Just like John Major’s curious interventions over the last couple of weeks, the Big Dog has decided to get involved in the issue of health care in the US.   To say his intervention is not helpful to Barack Obama would be to put to mildly.    I’ll come back to that intervention in a bit, but […]

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#797: 2004, Arcade Fire, Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)

November 14, 2013

Monday and Tuesday night saw Arcade Fire play two not-very-secret secret gigs at The Roundhouse in Camden.   The band played under the moniker of The Reflektors.  These were (so far at least) the only dates in the UK to support their new double album, Reflektor.   The tickets were like gold dust, but by some kind […]

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Bedroom Tax vote: What is the point of parliament?

November 14, 2013

The government defeated Labour’s motion to challenge the Tories Bedroom Tax by 252 votes to 226, a majority of 26. Labour MPs have been strongly criticised after the analysis of voting lists revealed that 47 were absent from the Commons at the time of the vote. Labour Party whips have since responsed by stating: “We […]

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Sportsnight #26: Sachin Tendulkar: A tribute to the little master

November 13, 2013

Good evening and welcome to Sportsnight. Tonight we have a special feature on Sachin Tendulkar – India’s ultimate sporting icon, who begins his 200th and final Test against West Indies in his hometown of Mumbai this week. Sachin Tendulkar is held in such high esteem in India that tickets to witness his last hurrah are […]

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#796: 1976, Max Romeo, Chase the Devil

November 12, 2013

This seems to be a year with a lot of weddings for some reason. Most importantly, we had the nuptials of Mr and Mrs East in June. Then last month, I was at a reception with the most awesome wedding playlist I’ve heard. This month, another wedding with great music that’s inspired the pick of […]

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David Cameron: starving the state and feeding the fat cats

November 12, 2013

Every picture tells a story. “Shrink the state!” – David Cameron makes speech about having to make do with less. Dressed in a tuxedo and white tie. At a massive banquet. Next to a golden throne. The whole thing is dripping in foie gras soaked irony. Last night, David Cameron delivered a speech at the […]

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Week 45: Hero – Bill de Blasio

November 11, 2013

This week, our award for the greatest hero of the last seven days goes to New York’s mayor-elect, Bill de Blasio I wrote last week about the result of the Virginia governorship election, one of  number of US local elections held on Tuesday. Our hero award goes to another of the victors on that day, […]

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Should we condemn or condone ‘Marine A’?

November 11, 2013

Marine ‘A’ to give him his courtroom moniker has been convicted by a military court of murder. The case against him was that he pulled a Taliban combatant from the battlefield and shot him in the stomach, knowing full well that he was (a) still alive, (b) unarmed and not offering any threat. As soon […]

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#795: 1991, Richard Thompson, 1952 Vincent Black Lightning

November 11, 2013

By Guest Blogger Mike ‘Smooth’ Killingworth. First of all, many many thanks to Ray and the rest of the gang for offering me the chance to make a guest appearance on STPL. I started to get into what I think of as “off-beat” music (the industry calls it folk, Americana and so forth) in the […]

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What On Earth Is Going on With John Major?

November 11, 2013

A couple of weeks back we here at Allthatsleft found ourselves in the surprising position of awarding our Hero of the Week Award to former Conservative Prime Minister, John Major. That Award was for his intervention on energy prices, in which he pointed out that for some people the choice was now between ‘heating and […]

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The Album Collection #20: 1975, Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run

November 11, 2013

Recently we published our list of the All That’s Left top 20 albums in response to the NME top 500 album list and my esteemed colleague Captain George East has since written about his favourite album of all time, and the overall winner of our greatest album – The Clash, London Calling. I think this […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #30: 1957, Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick)

November 11, 2013

General Paul Mireau: ‘If those little sweethearts won’t face German bullets they will face French ones’ As I finalise this post Remembrance Sunday has just become Armistice Day.  As Ray North wrote yesterday in his piece on Remembrance Sunday, it is a day which gives rise to mixed emotions.  On the one hand there is […]

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#794: 2012, Kristina Train, Dark Black

November 11, 2013

I love it when I accidentally stumble across a wonderful new song. An example of this occurred last year when I was half-cut after a party and half heartedly watching Later with Jools Holland. As I was about to start dozing on the sofa, a singer by the name of Kristina Train started singing a […]

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Week 45: Prat – Simon Hughes

November 10, 2013

This week’s prat award goes to Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes for not telling parliament about six business related donations worth over £30,000, that were given to his local party – and linked to him. The Standards and Privileges Committee said it had found no evidence of attempts to conceal the six donations because they […]

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