From the monthly archives:

August 2014

Week 32: Villain – ISIS

August 10, 2014

This Week’s Villains of the Week are the self-declared Islamic caliphate, ISIS for bringing medieval religious insanity back to the middle east As I write this a new horrendous story is breaking that the Iraqi Minister for Human Rights has announced that ISIS has killed another 500 members of the Yezedi people, burying many women […]

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#918: 2004, Jello Biafra and the Melvins, Caped Crusader

August 10, 2014

What a bloody brilliant song this is – Jello at his absolute angriest, cleverest and most controversial. This is no acoustic guitar strumming, round a camp fire, ‘give peace a chance’ anti-war song, this is an in your face, no really in your face, have some of this stomper. The guitars and drums provided by […]

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Week 32: Hero – Baroness Warsi

August 10, 2014
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Songs To Learn and Sing: The First 900

August 9, 2014

This post is very late, for which I apologise.   We reached our 900th song, This Mortal Coil’s incomparably beautiful cover of Song to The Siren, posted on allthatsleft’s Songs To Learn and Sing feature as long ago as 29 May.  Fortunately things have been (as you may have noticed) a little slow on the blog […]

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#917: 2006, Neil Young, Living With War

August 8, 2014

Jackie South’s post of The Dropkick Murphys‘ version of Eric Bogle’s first world war lament, The Green Fields of France marked the start of the latest theme week here at Songs to Learn and Sing (the first for a good long while):  anti-war songs. It is an apposite theme week given not just the current […]

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Iraq and ISIS: A testament to the failure of the West

August 8, 2014

Is it me, or is the world a particularly depressing place upon which to exist at the moment? Palestine implodes under the ferocity of the Israeli bombardment; the Ukraine teeters on a knife-edge between being just a nasty civil war, to something altogether more catastrophic; a deadly virus rampages through North Africa, whilst everyone tries […]

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#916: 2005, Dropkick Murphys, The Green Fields of France

August 7, 2014

This week saw the centenary of the First World War – as George wrote earlier this week, it is a fitting time to reflect on war and the tragedy of the ‘Great War’ in particular. On Monday night, I took part in a vigil on the hour of the declaration of war to do just […]

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Week 31: Villain – Oliver Letwin

August 5, 2014

This week, our panel have bestowed our Villain of the Week award on Tory Minister, the Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP There is something a little unworldly about Oliver Letwin: he certainly beats Ed Miliband hands down in the weird geeky stakes. Letwin is the classic example of privileged, brainy bloke with absolutely fuck all […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #48: 1993, The War Room (Chris Hegedus and DA Pannebaker)

August 5, 2014

‘Change vs more of the same The economy, stupid Don’t forget healthcare’ (Clinton/Gore ’92 Campaign HQ Whiteboard, Little Rock, Arkansas)   The idea for this week’s Cine-East Film Club presentation came from a couple of recent posts here at allthatsleft.  Following the European elections in May I wrote a post which seemed to strike a […]

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Week 31: Hero – Moeen Ali

August 5, 2014

This week’s hero is the England and Worcestershire All-rounder Moeen Ali It’s true that if you ask most sportsmen and women what they think of the Gaza Strip and they’ll think you’re talking about Paul Gascoigne (copyright Scottish Dave c.1994) – that is why the stance taken by new cricket star and ace beard wearer, […]

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Baroness Warsi: That Rare Thing A Resignation On A Point of Principle

August 5, 2014

It is the kind of thing that is so out of fashion that it almost seems quaint.  Some of us even thought that we wouldn’t see it again, given the professional political class who now dominate all the major political classes.  But yes, this morning Baroness Warsi actually resigned from the government on a point […]

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The First World War Centenary

August 4, 2014

Three years ago I took my parents to Belgium to find the war grave of my great grandfather, Thomas Cakett.  My father is an only child of two only children.  His mother’s mother died of influenza in the great outbreak after the end of the Great War.  His mother’s father was Thomas.  We don’t, as […]

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Week 31: Prat – David Cameron

August 3, 2014

This week’s Prat of the Week Award goes to the Prime Minister, David Cameron for another mind-numbingly cringeworthy PR stunt This week David Cameron decided he needed to show that he is tough on immigration.    He did this because he is scared shitless of UKIP, who have risen in the polls on the  back of […]

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#915: 1969, Tim Buckley, The River

August 1, 2014

Love Tim Buckley. One of the great rock and roll voices, songwriters, and, tragically, one of the great rock and roll deaths as well. As I’ve said on this blog the other day, I recently took a week’s holiday in which I left behind my phone and computer, and eschewed as much as I could, […]

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Abandoned by the Coalition – Part 1: Those involved in the Criminal Justice System

August 1, 2014

‘It’s the economy stupid’ has gone down in the annals of political lore as being some kind of absolute and sacred rule – it’s all about the economy, it’s all about the money in people’s pockets, it’s all about the ability to purchase stuff – that is what we are told politics has come down […]

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