From the monthly archives:

December 2013

#828: 2013, The Civil Wars, Devil’s Backbone

December 31, 2013

The last song posted in 2013 falls to me, one last chance to post a 2013 song during 2013. In this case, also a last chance to (almost certainly futilely) lobby for the inclusion of an albums for George East’s best albums of the year post, likely to get posted tomorrow. For whatever George’s verdict, […]

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Prat of the Year Awards 2013

December 31, 2013

Another vintage year of prattish behaviour comes to a close. But, you ask, who were 2013′s greatest prats of all? This is the verdict of our panel of judges. But before we do the run down, here are some that didn’t quite make it into the final cut. First off, in some pretty spectacular prattery […]

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George East’s Top Ten Gigs of 2013

December 31, 2013

It is that time of the year again.  A time for reflection on the year just gone and more importantly a time for lists.  Lots of lists.  First up is my favourite  live music experiences of 2013.   It was a truly magnificent year for live music, I think, possibly the best I have had since […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2013: Joan Fontaine

December 31, 2013

There aren’t many of them left now.  Links back to the golden age of Hollywood from the 1920s to the early 1950s.  Stars who made their name when the studio system was king and the big 6 studios turned out perfectly crafted films that were fit for purpose like Henry Ford did cars.  The glamour, […]

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King of the Valleys Award 2013

December 30, 2013

Our King of the Valleys Award is awarded to the person or persons who have seen their reputation plummet the furthest over the course of the last 12 months. The worthy winner(s) receive our infamous dog shit jersey. This prestigious award has a historic backstory on All That’s Left. In 2010 Vince Cable won the […]

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King of the Mountains Award 2013

December 30, 2013

Our annual end of year King of the Mountains prize is awarded to the person whose reputation has made the most significant climb upwards over the past year. In 2010, this went to Uruguayan footballer Diego Forlan, for transforming himself from a bit part Manchester United footballer to one of the stars of the 2010 […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2013: David Coleman

December 30, 2013

David Coleman was one of those doyens of broadcasters that opened up the world of sport to our living rooms. Men such as Coleman, Bill McClaren, Cliff Morgan, Peter O’Sullivan, Ted Lowe, Murray Walker, Dan Maskell, Sid Waddell and the last remaining giants – John Motson and Peter Alliss all became broadcasting legends through the […]

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Andy Murray: Bang Goes the Knighthood

December 30, 2013

In 2013, Andy Murray became the first British man to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon for 77 years. It was one of the all time great British sporting achievements. Murray has now won Wimbledon, the US Open and the Olympics. Soon after winning Wimbledon, Downing Street stated that it was a ‘safe bet’ […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2013: Iain Banks

December 30, 2013

Iain Banks was one of the finest writers of his generation. In the mid 1990′s he hit the literary jackpot – as his books received both popular appeal and critical praise. Books such as The Wasp Factory, The Crow Road and Complicity became bestsellers. When combined with his science fiction alter ego – Iain M […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #36 (Christmas Special): 1944, Meet Me In St Louis (Vincente Minnelli)

December 30, 2013

Esther Smith: ‘Have yourself a merry little Christmas Let your heart be light From now on your troubles Will be out of sight’ Last year’s Cine-East Film Club Christmas presentation was, as it had to be in the Club’s debut year, Frank Capra’s wonderful but darker than sometimes appreciated, It’s A Wonderful Life. This year […]

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Week 52: Prat – David Cameron

December 30, 2013

Our final Prat of the Week award goes to Prime Minister, David Cameron With much of the country left in chaos by the wind and rain, David Cameron thought to himself “My, what a good opportunity to show I care! I’ll pop down to Kent to show a bit of support. Jolly good chaps in […]

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#827: 1990, Ride, Like A Daydream

December 29, 2013

Ah, Ride – with your lovely floppy fringes, and high cheekbones and nervous, shy, shoe gazing style and pleasant jangling guitars. We liked Ride back in the days when we lived above a kebab shop in Hackney, we played them a lot (I still love the covers of their EP’s) and indeed when we had […]

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Week 52: Villain – Vincent Tan

December 29, 2013

The final villain of 2013 is the manager of Cardiff City – Vincent Tan. Who the fuck is Vincent Tan anyway? Well, I’ll tell you what he is, he is the epitome of everything that is wrong about modern football. Football is at it’s best, when it matters to all those involved – not because […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2013: Elmore Leonard

December 29, 2013

When Reservoir Dogs came out in 1992 one of the unusual things about the film  that both critics and audiences immediately latched onto was that chunks of the dialogue had nothing whatever to do with the plot – the characters just chewed the fat about stuff, like the ethics of tipping or the meaning of […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2013: Eddie McGrady & Inez McCormack

December 29, 2013

2013 saw the death of two important figures in Northern Ireland, both born in County Down but in very different parts of that county. *** Eddie McGrady was very much the political embodiment of the south of the county, a rural part of Northern Ireland that is majority Catholic but, unlike similarly Catholic areas in […]

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Week 52: Hero – Erica Olivares

December 29, 2013

The final Hero of the Week Award for 2013 goes to Erica Olivares for speaking truth to power and ruining David Cameron’s photo opportunity The Christmas period has seen some dreadful weather – heavy rain, high winds.   This has resulted in flooding and transport chaos. On my way back to the in-laws on Christmas Eve […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2013: Cliff Morgan

December 28, 2013

There is a certain type of Welshman, who certain types of Welshmen aspire to be – working class, but highly educated, preferably in the arts; a superb rugby player, preferably as an elusive half-back; a teller of tales, preferably with a lilting voice and twinkling eye and a decent and honourable man who is respected […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2013: Lou Reed

December 28, 2013

Two men who helped shape my view of the world took their leave of it this year. I wrote about Nelson Mandela three weeks ago: he inspired me with his fortitude, wisdom and forgiveness and taught me about the evils of racism and apartheid, and of the importance of staying true to your beliefs no […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2013: David Frost

December 28, 2013

By the time that those who write for this blog were getting into politics  David Frost was a light entertainment figure.  As part of the launch team of the decidedly fluffy TV-AM and as the host of Through The Keyhole he represented something cosy and establishment.     A glimpse of what had been would occasionally be […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2013: Stéphane Hessel

December 27, 2013

Of all the deaths in 2013, Nelson Mandela deserves the largest volume of coverage, tributes and recognition. But, there is a lesser known death in 2013, that deserves to be recognised – probably much more so than was actually recognised. Stéphane Hessel died in February this year and if someone was thinking about drafting an […]

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#826: 2013, Bill Callahan, Javelin Unlanding

December 27, 2013

If you ever wondered what the actor Donald Sutherland would sound like if he tried impersonate Leonard Cohen at a Karaoke evening – then this is it. Welcome to the wonderful world of Bill Callahan. Bill Callahan’s recently released Dream River album has won a lot of friends. It has also made many of the […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2013: Peter O’Toole

December 26, 2013

Peter O’Toole was one of the great film stars of all time. He was also one of the greatest hedonists of all time. He achieved global superstar status from playing T. E. Lawrence in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) for which he received his first Academy Award nomination. He received a further seven Oscar nominations – […]

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Uruguay, cannabis and a lesson to the world

December 26, 2013

On the 23rd December 2013, President Jose Mujica of Uruguay signed off on the legislation allowing for the complete decriminalisation of the use, production of and sale of cannabis in his country – thus making Uruguay the most liberal nation on earth in terms of its drug laws. In short, in Uruguay, the government can […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2013: Ray Harryhausen

December 26, 2013

I bloody well hate CGI.  It is the bane of virtually all blockbuster films these days, making many of them all but unwatchable.  Tired and obvious computer generated realities that have no soul, no art and no style.   You only have to look at the number of CGI artists, compositors and other geeks on the […]

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#825: 2011, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects

December 25, 2013

For the third year out of the four Christmases that Allthatsleft has been in existence it has fallen on me to post our Christmas song. It has become something of a tradition on this blog for our Christmas Day song to be something a little outside the usual Christmas classics.     The more obvious stuff has […]

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The Queen, The Pope, Christmas and Me

December 25, 2013

One of the things I studiously avoid on Christmas Day is the Queen’s speech – it brings out the angry republican in me and that doesn’t always go down well in the company I am with.   I always absent myself and make calls to family members who I know won’t be watching it. It is […]

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#824: 1983, The Pretenders, 2000 Miles

December 24, 2013

Charlie East-West pretty much exhausted the list of possible Christmas songs in his Top Ten last week. George and I were lucky enough to get to see The Pogues perform Charlie’s #6 (and still my number 1) last week at Brixton Academy, and even if we couldn’t understand a word Shane McGowan said between songs, […]

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Mr East Goes To The Movies 2013: The Patience Stone

December 24, 2013

In ancient Persian mythology a patience stone is a  jewel which acts as a kind of confessor – you can tell it all of your fears, thoughts and secrets.   In Atiq Rahimi’s film of the same name, Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani (who was so good  as Sepideh in Asghar Farhadi’s brilliant About Elly) plays an […]

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Alan Turing: It Is Ok to be Gay Provided You Helped to Defeat the Nazis

December 24, 2013

Today has brought the news that the brilliant mathematician and father of computer science, Alan Turing is to be granted a royal pardon some 59 years after his suspected suicide at the age of 41.   Chris Grayling in announcing the pardon described it as a ‘fitting tribute to an exceptional man’, citing his extraordinary work […]

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#823: 1985, Echo And The Bunnymen, Bring On The Dancing Horses

December 23, 2013

It’s been a strange few days. My roommate at Chambers collapsed and died, he was only 51. 51! That’s no fucking age at all. I spoke to him every day, but I didn’t really know him. Not closely, not in a way that I could tell you with any certainty about the things that made […]

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