From the monthly archives:

October 2014

Cine-East Film Club Presents #56: 1949, She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (John Ford)

October 30, 2014

Sergeant Quincannon: ‘The army will never be the same after we retire Captain Nathan Brittles: ‘The army is always the same. The sun and the moon change, but the army knows no seasons.’ After taking an absurd two and a half years for the Cine-East Film Club to present a John Ford western, this week […]

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Sportsnight #40: 1982, “The Catch”

October 29, 2014

Good evening and welcome to Sportnight. Tonight’s action comes from Candlestick Park, San Francisco on January 10th 1982 and the 1981 season NFL NFC Championship Game between the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers. The match is widely regarded as as one of the most memorable events in NFL history. The game represented the end […]

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#948: 2014, Allo Darlin’, Romance and Adventure

October 29, 2014

Time for something contemporary, I think. Allo Darlin’ are one of those bands that remind me of all those jingly jangly guitar based melodic indie bands I grew up with – there is something refreshingly old fashioned about them, if you know what I mean. Female vocalist, wry lyrics about love and loss.   What’s not […]

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Is the Minimum Wage everything we hoped it would be?

October 28, 2014

In the last few months the Tories have been boasting about the Minimum Wage. Hmmm. They now see it is as something they are proud of; David Cameron even mentioned it at length in his leaders speech about howthey’ve increased it to £6.50 per hour, and how they intend to keep it, and even increase […]

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Songs to Learn and Sing Golden Years #14: 1972

October 28, 2014

This post is long long overdue.   With the posting by Jackie South of his Bobby Womack tribute song, the great Across 110th Street all the way back at #907, 1972 became the 14th year to have had 20 songs posted in our Songs To Learn and Sing feature and thereby enter our Golden Years pantheon.  The […]

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EU Money and Bullshit

October 28, 2014

Although you have to admire the mischief-making timing of the demand from the EU for a further £1.7 billion from the UK, David Cameron’s foot-stomping red in the face outrage is so overdone as to be laughable. If only we had a less credulous press. Let’s take a run through the process. Contributions to EU […]

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#947: 1967, Prince Buster, This Is A Hold Up

October 27, 2014

Tonight I have a little treat for you. I am going take you way back. Right back to Jamaica in 1967. Right back to the birth of Reggae Ska and the Godfather of Ska music – Prince Buster. The featured track is called This Is A Hold Up. It has also been previously titled as […]

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Week 43: Hero – Gough Whitlam

October 27, 2014

This Week’s Hero of the Week is the former Australian Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, who sadly died last week. Gough Whitlam has been called the Australian Clement Attlee. That comparison is fully justified, both in his political importance and in terms of the radical policies he was responsible for introducing. Whitlam, led the Australian […]

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Week 43: Villain – UKIP

October 26, 2014

This week, the United Kingdom Independence Party receive our Villain of the Week award as their mask slips in the European Parliament For anyone tempted to vote for UKIP in forthcoming elections, a salutary lesson was delivered by their Members of the European Parliament. They proved both that they are markedly less principled than any […]

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Week 43: Prat – Mike Read

October 26, 2014

This Week’s Prat is the former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read. 80′s breakfast and daytime Radio 1 – ah the names come flooding back, Dave Lee Travis, Tony Blackburn, Jimmy Saville, Simon Bates, Ooh Gary Davies, Diddy David Hamilton, the names, the jingles, the terrible quiz shows the cheesy mock American accents, the often shite […]

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#946: 1963, The Kingsmen, Louie Louie

October 25, 2014

When George posted a song by Paul Revere and The Raiders last week, he mentioned this brilliant track of garage rock. Then during week, Eighties DJ/ Smashie and Nicie inspiration Mike Read released his imbecilic/racist “UKIP Calypso“, reminding us about how he propelled Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Relax to number one in the charts by banning […]

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Sportsnight #39: 1981, When Liverpool Ruled Europe – Liverpool v Real Madrid, European Cup Final

October 22, 2014

Good evening, and welcome to Sportsnight. Tonight’s action comes from the Parc des Princes, Paris, France and the 1981 European Cup Final between Liverpool and Real Madrid. As Liverpool and Real Madrid prepare meet in the Champions League tonight, Liverpool go into the game as huge underdogs. Real Madrid are currently the Champions League holders, […]

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The Debates Debate

October 22, 2014

Last week the broadcasters collectively put together a proposal for leader debates for next May’s general election.   The proposal is for three debates.  The first is to involve David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage.  The second a debate (along the lines of those in 2010) between Cameron, Miliband and Clegg and finally […]

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#945: 1979, The Dickies, Banana Splits (Tra-La-La Song)

October 20, 2014

“….Meanwhile, back in North Towers, Ray was still making his way through his friend’s record collection. And after two very satisfying Toyah filled weeks, he was now on to the 7 inch singles. He leafed through them with barely concealed glee. There they were, Hand In Glove by Sandie Shaw and The Smiths, The Valley […]

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Week 42: Villain – Lord Freud

October 20, 2014

This week’s winner of the Villain of the Week award is the Tory Minister, Lord Freud. Lord Freud symbolises everything that is odious about modern political life. He is a public school, Cambirdge educated banker, a multi-millionaire who was first called into government and ennobled by Labour, who asked this rich, privileged man to oversee […]

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Week 42: Prat – David Treddinick MP

October 19, 2014

This Week’s Prat of the Week Award goes to Conservative MP for Bosworth and (extraordinarily) member of the Health Select Committee and the Science and Technology Committee, for his suggestions this week as to how the NHS should save money on Channel 4 news In a rational world David Tredinnick would have been laughed out […]

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Week 42: Hero – John Lydon

October 19, 2014

Singer John Lydon wins our ‘Hero’ award this week The recent publication of Lydon‘s autobiography, Anger is an Energy, have spurred a series of interviews by TV and the press. And what a delight they have been. First, last week there was the polite and pleasantly chatty interview on BBC Breakfast that took a sudden […]

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Cine-East Film Club Presents #55: 1962, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford)

October 18, 2014

Train Guard: ‘Nothing’s too good for the man who shot Liberty Valance’ Except that’s not true. For the man who shot Liberty Valance doesn’t get the girl, sees the home he was building for her burn down in a fire and dies in such obscurity that only a few old timers remember who he even […]

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#944: 1966, Paul Revere and The Raiders, Kicks

October 17, 2014

As befitting the name, they wore silly American Revolution era costumes.   As this clip shows they did really silly dances.   They were, then, a bit of a novelty band with a pretty crap gimmick, but hey this was the 1960s and this kind of stuff didn’t seem quite as naff then – look at any […]

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Why Ched Evans should be allowed back to work

October 17, 2014

I have stood up in the Courtroom in which Ched Evans was convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for rape, on many hundreds of occasions, and on many of those occasions, I have told a judge that my client accepts that he will lose his liberty for his crime, but understands that he must use his […]

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‘Growth, growth, everywhere, but why are we so skint?’

October 16, 2014

By we, I mean those of us who are not earning massive salaries, and by skint, I mean, having the very services that we all rely upon devalued and diminished. This week we have seen the publication of a number of interesting economic statistics: unemployment is down, inflation is down, growth continues (though not it […]

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#943: 1980, The Clash, Something About England

October 15, 2014

The first verse sends shivers down my spine… They say immigrants steal the hubcaps Of the respected gentlemen They say it would be wine an’ roses If England were for Englishmen again The Clash wrote these lyrics to Something About England back in 1980. They could apply to the borderline fascist ideology from UKIP that […]

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Sportsnight #38: 2005, The Genius of Kevin Pietersen, The Ashes, 5th Test, The Oval

October 15, 2014

Good evening and welcome to Sportsnight. Tonight we feature a previously shown edition of our Sportsnight action, as we really need to talk about Kevin. Tonight’s action therefore once again comes from The Oval Cricket Ground, on the final afternoon the fifth test of quite possibly the greatest ever five-match Ashes series. It was an […]

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Allthatsleft Book Club #13: Pig Iron by Ben Myers

October 14, 2014

In my teens I read the Northern kitchen sink literature of Alan Sillitoe, Keith Waterhouse, Stan Barstow and John Braine. They were angry young men, usually Northern; grammar school boys who had been plucked from their working class roots and thrust socially upwards with the assistance of post-war free University education. They wrote with often […]

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#942: 1979, Public Image Ltd, Poptones

October 14, 2014

It really is autumn now: miserable, wet, dank, leaf-strewn autumn, heralding ever shortening days and months of cold. That most British of seasons. No song conjures up British autumn for me better than Poptones (released on Metal Box in November 1979). The combination of Jah Wobble‘s bass and Keith Levine‘s guitar somehow sounds like a wet […]

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Week 41: Villain – Nigel Farage

October 13, 2014

Yet again, the UKIP leader wins our Villain of the Week award In the week UKIP had its first Member of Parliament elected, and came within a whisker of a second, their leader yet again showed what a vile piece of work he is. No sooner had the polls closed than Farage let loose his ill-thought […]

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Week 41: Hero – Malala Yousafzai

October 13, 2014

This week’s hero is the Pakistani schoolgirl and campaigner for the rights of children and young girls, Malala Yousafzai. Malala has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace – fantastic! The good people who hand out the Nobel gongs don’t always get it right – Henry Kissinger, Barack Obama anyone? But, this time, fair play, […]

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Week 41: Prat(s) – Labour’s UKippy MPs

October 12, 2014

This Week’s Prats of the Week are those Labour MPs who have reacted to the UKIP surge of support in Thursday’s by-election by calling on Labour to adopt more UKIP-like policies There is no doubt about which political party won the political battle last week, and it was not the Lib Dems whose conference in […]

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The Album Collection #25: 1980, The Clash, Sandinista!

October 9, 2014

I recently spent an enjoyable evening listening to The Clash, London Calling and proceeded to made an impulse purchase of their follow up album from 1980, Sandinista! on iTunes. The last time I listened to Sandinista! was probably around 1992, as a student. I think I listened to the album twice, and eventually gave up […]

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By-Election Special: Heywood and Middleton

October 9, 2014

Today’s by-election in Heywood and Middleton should be won by Labour. But it might have been a different story if the election had been held on a different day. Of today’s by-elections, the media will focus most on Clacton, where most (including us) predict that UKIP will win its first parliamentary election. But Labour’s decision […]

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