From the monthly archives:

January 2015

George East’s Top 50 Albums of 2014: #40-#31

January 7, 2015

Before getting back to my list of best albums from 2014 (see #50-#41 here), there are a couple of other categories that I want to mention, as many of the best records that were released last year (as with every year) were in fact re-issues or compilation albums that would otherwise be excluded from the […]

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Week 1: Villain – Rt Hon Tony Blair

January 7, 2015

The honour of being the first Villain of 2015 goes to former Prime Minister and now serial yacht lounger – Tony Blair. Tony Blair has a fucking lot to answer for. Elected in 1997 with a massive majority – he had a chance to re-shape our society. He had the chance, indeed he had the […]

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Week 1: Prat – The Conservative Party

January 5, 2015

After depressing ourselves by awarding Ed Miliband our Prat of the Year award, it is the Tories that win our first Prat of the Week award of 2015. (Ah, much more satisfying!) So, here we are: 2015 – general election year. Expect the parties to release poster after poster, most of which you will only […]

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Week 1: Hero – Angela Merkel

January 5, 2015

The first Hero of the Week Award for 2015 goes to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel One of the most depressing things to watch in British politics over the last couple of years has been the increasing pandering to the UKIP agenda on immigration.  Although David Cameron’s Tories have been most guilty of this, it […]

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Prat of the Year Award 2014

January 4, 2015

We’ve had the Heroes of the Year, and the Villains of the Year. But who were 2014′s top prats? Who will be following in the footsteps of Vince Cable (2010), Nick Clegg twice (2011) (2012), and Grant Shapps (2013)? Our panel have voted, the results are in… But first, some of those who, despite their […]

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Villain of the Year Award 2014

January 4, 2015

It is now time to announce the hotly contested Allthatsleft Villain of the Year Award for 2014. Previous winners are David Cameron (2010), Bashar Assad (2011), Benjamin Netanyahu (2012) and Iain Duncan Smith (2013). It has been another prime year for villainy not least from this odious government, ever willing to do everything it can […]

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Hero of the Year Award 2014

January 4, 2015

I can say with a certain amount of confidence that the awards for Hero of 2014, which comprises of five heroes, is by far the most controversial of our annual awards ceremony. The list of previous winners is an interesting one, demonstrating as it does the events and individuals of that particular year that interested […]

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George East’s Top 50 Albums of 2014: #50-#41

January 3, 2015

The time has come. The time for the definitive countdown of the best 50 albums of the year (or at least my top 50). Although 2014 had plenty of good albums it was I think overall an inferior year to 2013 in that it did not have as many truly outstanding albums. Yet I found […]

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King of the Mountains Award 2014

January 3, 2015

Our annual end of year King of the Mountains prize is awarded to whoever has seen their reputation make 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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King of the Valleys Award 2014

January 2, 2015

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 unworthy winner(s) receive our infamous jersey sponsored by dog shit. In the pantheon of previous King of the Valleys we have a motley crew:- 2010 […]

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#976: 1985, Talking Heads, Road To Nowhere

January 2, 2015

The Tories launched their first election poster today, which immediately (and justifiably) unleashed a torrent of twitter abuse and parodies. The poster depicts a road disappearing into the distance to no discernible destination with no markings or signs on it.  Over which are some claims in writing including the straight out lie that the deficit […]

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Ray North’s Crystal Ball: Some Predictions For 2015

January 1, 2015

With the hangover now subsided, the turkey eaten and the new years resolutions already broken, I am left considering the new year – what will it bring? Last year, I predicted further problems in the middle-east (suppose it didn’t take Nostradarmus for that one), a Facebook backlash (sort of) the sacking of David Moyes (definitely […]

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#975: 1978, The Clash, Safe European Home

January 1, 2015

Happy New Year to you and yours. As I am still struggling to grapple with a brutal hangover from our Hogmanay party, I will keep this posting short and sweet. As a little tradition with myself, the first song I now play immediately after the bells at New Year is The Clash, Safe European Home, […]

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George East’s Top Ten Gigs of 2014

January 1, 2015

Ah, end of the year list time (albums to follow, films at the end of February to coincide with Oscar weekend as is traditional).   Marvelous.   At the half way point of the year I was far from sure that I would be able to compile a top ten list of gigs by the end of […]

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