From the category archives:

2014

George East’s Top Ten Films of 2014

March 2, 2015

Finally, we reach the last of my 2014 review posts.   Traditionally I have posted my review of the year in cinema together with my top 10 films on Oscar weekend, which took place the weekend before last.  However, because I still hadn’t completed my top 50 albums posts, it got pushed back by a week […]

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George East’s Top 50 Albums of 2014: #10-#1

February 26, 2015

This has been a very long time coming. Last year I posted my top 10 albums of 2013 on 16 January 2014 and I thought that was a bit slack. This year it has taken me until nearly the end of February (at times I thought it might be 2016 before I finished it). It […]

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George East’s Top 50 Albums of 2014: #20-#11

January 21, 2015

After an enforced work-induced break we now reach the business end of my top 50 albums of 2014 with the penultimate post, the albums just outside the all important top 10. To see what you’ve missed so far follow the links for #50-#41, #40-#31 and #30-#21. Before we get back to it though, firstly my […]

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George East’s Top 50 Albums of 2014: #30-#21

January 10, 2015

So we have now reached the half way mark in the count down of the best 50 album of 2014. The lower reaches can be found here (#50-#41) and here (#31-#40). However before we get back to the list a few other categories in my musical review of the year. Biggest music PR disaster of […]

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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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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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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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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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Sad To See You Leaving 2014: Richard Attenborough

December 31, 2014

We came to see him as the luvvie of all luvvies.  Like Melvyn Bragg but only more affected.  And that is a sad thing because Dickie Attenborough was an extraordinary man.  It is hard to imagine British cinema without him. He started out with a reputation as far from the establishment figure he became as […]

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Sports Review / Sporting Hero of 2014

December 31, 2014

Farewell to 2014. After two of the most glorious years of sport, 2014 was a rather subdued affair. This year could hardly compete with 2012 (London Olympics, Wiggins et al) and 2013 (Froome and Murray et al). My predictions at the start of 2014 have proved to be a mixed bag. I have been proven […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2014: Tony Benn

December 31, 2014

“If one meets a powerful person one can ask five questions: what power do you have; where did you get it; in whose interests do you exercise it; to whom are you accountable; and, how can we get rid of you?” Whilst many Labour politicians have started off on the left and drifted rightwards after […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2014: Bob Hoskins

December 30, 2014

After his death, the daughter of Bob Hoskins revealed the 11 life lessons that her father taught his family before he died. Writing on her website, Rosa Hoskins said: “These are the lessons he taught me, I will keep them close to my heart and remind myself of them whenever I stumble or falter. They […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2014: Eusebio

December 30, 2014

Goodison Park, Liverpool, July 23rd 1966 Portugal v North Korea in the World Cup Quarter Final – unbelievably after 25 minutes, North Korea are ahead, and not just by the odd goal, not just noses in front, they are emphatically beating the favourites from Europe – it is 3-0. This would have been one of […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2014: James Alexander Gordon

December 29, 2014

‘Now it’s time for Sports Report…but first the classified results with James Alexander Gordon’. 2014 saw the passing of an institution;  the death of the radio voice of the football results.  Every Saturday, on Radio 2 when I was growing up, but latterly on Radio 5, James Alexander Gordon would read the classified football results.  […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2014: Bob Crow

December 27, 2014

‘If you fight, you might lose.  If you don’t, you will lose’. He was one of the last authentic working class  voices to get an airing on the telly on political issues.  The media were almost relentlessly hostile to this principled old school trade union leader and were somewhat successful in portraying him as a dinosaur […]

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Sad To See You Leaving 2014: Philip Seymour Hoffman

December 27, 2014

On one view it is hard to believe that Philip Seymour Hoffman is no longer with us.  Film releases, trailing as they do film production often by some considerable time, have made him feel a very real presence this year.  Not only in the latest Hunger Games  film but also in God’s Pocket and Anton […]

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