From the category archives:

2010

King of the Mountains Award 2010

January 3, 2011

Our last award – the award for that person who has come from nowhere and soared to great heights during 2010. And, in a World Cup year  the awards goes to a forward who lit up the World Cup: he scored goals, he worked tirelessly for his country and he won and lost with dignity […]

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King of The Valleys Award 2010

January 3, 2011

And so to this year’s final two Awards. The King of the Valleys Award is awarded to the person or institution which has seen their reputation or status fall the most in the course of the year. In 2010 there could be only one winner, the Liberal Democrat MP for Twickenham the Comedy Count…Mister Vincent […]

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Villain of the Year Awards 2010

January 2, 2011

Can I just say how proud I am to have been asked to announce the winners of this years Allthatsleft Villain of the Year Awards. Without further ado, in reverse order: 4th equal: Labour’s Tribal Dinosaurs. By this we mean those stalwarts of New Labourism: David Blunkett, John Reid, John Prescott and others, they know […]

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Hero of the Year Awards 2010

January 2, 2011

So now we come to the First Annual Allthatsleft heroes of the year awards. If I can ask Bobby to pass me the envelope I can reveal the winners. Bobby, Bobby, BOBBY. My apologies ladies and gentlemen Bobby is still sleeping. Now, opening the envelope myself… 5th equal: Johnny Marr It is one thing having […]

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Prat of the Year Awards 2010

January 2, 2011

Now 2010 is over, the panel have counted the votes for our inaugural prestigious Prat of the Year awards. Without further a-do, in reverse order: 5th equal: Nicholas Sarkozy The French president is awarded this for the news in June that he has banned bodyguards that are taller than him. Not only does it display […]

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George East’s Top 10 Albums of 2010

January 1, 2011

Not a vintage year for music by any stretch of the imagination and British music in particular seems to be in a bit of a rut, but there were still plenty of fine albums released in 2010. Probably the most critically esteemed album of the year was Arcade Fire’s Suburbs – undoubtedly a good album […]

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George East’s Top 10 Films of 2010

December 31, 2010

I haven’t seen The Social Network which pretty much seems to be the critical film of the year, from Sight and Sound to the NME. I struggled to see how a film about an Ivy League nerd who becomes a billionaire at the age of 24 could have any dramatic interest at all. I cannot […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2010: Ari Up

December 31, 2010

On the 10th anniversary of punk, Radio 1 broadcast a documentary series called ‘From Punk To Present‘. It intoduced me to loads of the second tier punk and post punk bands. That is second tier in the sense of not having had huge chart success or wider popular appeal, rather than in musical quality terms. […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2010: Malcolm Allison

December 30, 2010

There was a time when giant dinosaurs bestrode the world of football, often wearing an unusual hat and smoking a top-notch Havana cigar. One of the biggest of all these beasts was Malcolm Allison – Big Mal, he of permanent Marbella suntan (no sunbeds for him!) and Fedora hat, a ‘dolly bird’ on both arms […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2010: Louise Bourgeois

December 30, 2010

Mostly known for her huge sculptures of spiders with egg sacs, Maman, Louise Bougeois was the last major artist with a connection to the hot bed of artistic innovation that was pre-war Paris. She moved to New York in 1938 and so was also immersed in the post-war New York scene which defined modern art […]

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George East’s Top Ten Gigs of 2010

December 30, 2010

Nothing goes better with the year’s end than a ‘best of…’ list. I will post my favourite films and albums of 2010 tomorrow, but first my 10 best gigs of the year. 1. Midlake/John Grant/Jason Lyttle – The Roundhouse Beardy folkie Texans, Midlake, are the kind of band that I think I would have hated […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2010: Eric Rohmer

December 28, 2010

  Between 1957 and 1960 a bunch of young French directors blew apart the world of European and later world film making. Instead of looking to the old European masters of art cinema they venerated directors working in the Hollywood studio system, directors who had before largely been seen as studio journeyman by more serious […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2010: Alex Higgins

December 27, 2010

Just about every boy in my secondary school played snooker and watched the tournaments on the telly, from BBC’s long gone Pot Black to the World Championship covered in hushed tones from the Crucible. It seems bizarre now that this game for bar room hustlers and middle aged men was the sporting sensation of the […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2010: Malcolm McLaren

December 27, 2010

Michael Foot helped introduce me to politics, but Malcolm McLaren had an equally important role in my youth. McLaren had many flaws, not least his manipulative streak that often treated his collaborators as pawns in his projects: most disturbingly in getting a fourteen year-old Annabella Lwin to pose naked for a recreation of Le Dejeuner […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2010: JD Salinger

December 26, 2010

I have two older sisters. When I was sixteen one of them lived above a pub with six other eighteen year old girls, the other introduced me to good music and literature – they both contributed to my education. When Renee North gave me a copy of The Catcher In The Rye back in the […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2010: Michael Foot

December 25, 2010

Sadly destined to be remembered by wider public opinion as the wild haired man who led the Labour Party to its worst defeat since the war in the general election of 1983 and (falsely) for turning up to the cenotaph in a donkey jacket, Michael Foot was both a poltical giant and a thoroughly decent […]

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