From the daily archives:

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

#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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