From the monthly archives:

May 2014

Back of the net with Ray North: The Final Whistle

May 12, 2014

Well, what a season. What a bloody season. We’ve seen it all: the chosen one was ill chosen, the special one parked the bus, the professor flattered to deceive, the reds rose and rose then stumbled and fell and Yaya and Vincent had enough class at the end of the day to steer themselves over […]

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Top of the Pops 2010s Special: Songs To Learn and Sing Readers ‘ Chart

May 12, 2014

This one has been in the pipeline for a while.  These posts take bleedin’ ages to put together because of the links, and I’ve had one or two other things on my plate of recent weeks.    However with the posting by Ray North of The Orwells’ The Righteous One, the first song from 2014 to […]

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Week 19: Villain – Boko Haram

May 12, 2014

This week’s villains are the Nigerian ‘Islamic’ group Boko Haram. I’ve put the word Islamic in inverted commas because this group of villainous bastards are an affront to every good Muslim who ever lived. Normally in our award for villainy we steer clear of religious nut cases and criminals – religious nut cases, because there […]

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Week 19: Prat – Chris Huhne

May 11, 2014

This Week’s Prat of the Week Award goes to disgraced former Environment Secretary, Chris Huhne for the most whiney ass newspaper column of recent memory Constance Briscoe is a prat, of that there is no doubt.  To sacrifice a leading career at the Bar and as a part time judge by lying over her role […]

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Week 19: Hero – Wilko Johnson

May 11, 2014

This week, our regular Hero award goes to guitarist Wilko Johnson The legendary Wilko Johnson, the former Dr Feelgood guitarist and sometime Game of Thrones actor, was told by his doctor that he should have been dead by now. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the end of 2012 and told he had about […]

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Why Nick Clegg is Wrong About Knives

May 11, 2014

Here at All That’s Left, we are split in our views on whether Nick Clegg was right to frustrate legislation to introduce mandatory prison sentences for second offences involving knives. This is the case in favour of the proposed change. All 17 year old Dogan Ismael wanted to do was get his brother’s stolen phone […]

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Benghazi, Hillary Clinton and the Republicans

May 11, 2014

Last week saw the Republican controlled House of Representatives sent up a Select Committee to investigate the Obama administration’s response to the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya in 2012, which killed the US ambassador to Libya and one his aides. ‘Benghazi’ has become in the Second Obama administration what ‘Whitewater’ was in […]

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#894: 1990, Aztec Camera and Mick Jones, Good Morning Britain

May 8, 2014

I wasn’t sure what song to go for today – then George sent me a link to a copy of NME from 1977 which featured Mick Jones’ typically succinct reply when asked if ‘Punk was dead.’ It reminded me how, in a world of decreasing heroes Mick Jones remains one of mine. Co-Frontman of The […]

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Hunt, Healthcare and Homeopathy

May 8, 2014

Homeopathy is bollocks.   Total and utter bollocks.  It rests on the bizarre theory that if you take homeopathic remedies at extreme levels of dilution then they will have a medically curative effect.  The levels of dilution are so extreme that there won’t even be a molecule left of the so-called remedy in the water solution.  […]

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11 Questions for YOU the reader (and 1 scary thought).

May 8, 2014

Ok – let’s start with the scary thought. By my calculations, and I am no Nostradarmus, we are exactly one year away from the general election. Ouch. What a day that’s going to be. I can already feel my heart sinking. Anyway, I thought it was time to gauge some opinions from you dear reader […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #45: 1980, The Long Good Friday (John MacKenzie)

May 6, 2014

Harold: “Alan found him dying. He’d been nailed to the floor. Jeff: When was this, then? Harold: Well, it must’ve been just after you saw him and just before Alan saw him. Otherwise, you’d have noticed, wouldn’t you? I mean, a geezer nailed to the floor. A man of your education would definitely have spotted […]

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#893: 2013, Courtney Barnett, History Eraser

May 6, 2014

I’m a little bit behind the curve with this, but my best musical discovery of the year so far is Australian singer song writer, Courtney Barnett.   She has only released a couple of EPs so far, one in 2012 and one last year, both to critical acclaim (her song Avant Gardener was named track of […]

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Allthatsleft Book Club #10 – Alone In Berlin by Hans Fallada

May 6, 2014

This is a book that every should read. In fact it should be compulsory – such is the lesson that resonates within its pages: a lesson about totalitarianism, and the breakdown of social, judicial and moral norms under fascism. It is brilliant. Hans Fallada, real name Rudolf Ditzen was a drunk a drug addict a […]

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Local Election Briefing – Trafford

May 6, 2014

We are just over a fortnight way from the 2014 local elections: a third of councillors for some authorities and all-out elections in London. There are also elections for every seat for the shadow bodies for the new Northern Ireland district councils that come in to existence next year, when the current 26 will be […]

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Week 18: Villain – Chris Grayling

May 5, 2014

This Week’s Villain of the Week is Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling for making it all but impossible to prosecute serious fraudsters Chris Grayling is the worst Lord Chancellor of modern times.   He is wholly unsuited to the office.   He is, of course, the first non-lawyer to hold the position.  These two things, I think, are […]

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#892: 1972, America, A Horse With No Name

May 4, 2014

One of the odd things about country rock band America is that they didn’t form in the US, but in Hertfordshire. Singer Dewey Bunnell was born in Harrogate. The name is perhaps the give away: three US airforce brats emphasising their nationality in the band name so that no-one thought they were Brits trying to […]

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Week 18: Hero – Ed Miliband

May 4, 2014

This week, our regular Hero award goes to the leader of the Labour Party We don’t always praise Ed Miliband, although on the whole we think he is a good thing, if at times a little frustrating: when he is good he is very good, but then he seems to go off the boil for […]

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Week 18: Prat – Jeremy Clarkson

May 4, 2014

This week’s Prat of the Week Award goes to Top Gear Presenter and friend of the Chipping Norton Set – Jeremy Clarkson What a prat. Jeremy Clarkson is a bit of mystery to me – this man, who has no great talent, and is a presenter of a middling programme about cars on BBC2 with […]

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#891: 2014, Lux Lisbon, The Bullingdon Club

May 2, 2014

These group appeared to me out of the depths of Twitter – for some reason, they’ve decided to follow Allthatsleft on Twitter and were good enough to send me this link for their video. I played it. I liked it. Good old fashioned indie music by a group of people who are clearly and properly […]

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Mr East Goes To The Movies 2014: The Grand Budapest Hotel

May 1, 2014

Regular commentator Geoff Elliott remarked in his comment on Ray North’s recent Songs To Learn and Sing post of Neil Young’s glorious Cinnamon Girl, that Mrs East and I now have a young baby, I won’t be getting to the cinema so much.  That is no doubt very true.  The one upside of that for me […]

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#890: 1978, The Jam, English Rose

May 1, 2014

‘No matter where I roam  I will return to my English Rose‘ What more can I say….

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Oklahoma Execution: A Cruel and Unusual Punishment

May 1, 2014

Back in January, the state of Ohio won our Villain of the Week Award for the extraordinarily botched execution of Dennis McGuire.  The condemned was the unfortunate guinea pig of a new cocktail of lethal drugs that resulted in his death taking a hideous 24 minutes.  A witness described how McGuire choked to death making […]

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Why Grayling should resign following the collapse of Operation Cotton

May 1, 2014

Operation Cotton is a massive investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority into an allegation of the miss-selling of millions of pounds of worthless assets by various individuals – don’t ask me to go into too much detail about the case, because I can’t. And there’s a good reason I can’t – I haven’t read a […]

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World Cup Special #3: GROUP C

May 1, 2014

It’s getting closer, and as the domestic season draws to an exhilarating conclusion (I will soon be reminding Eddie K of our bet!), thoughts are starting to turn more tangibly to the World Cup – so, I’m turning to Group C – not so much the group of death, more the group of slow and […]

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