Blog : Top 10 Crap Number One hits

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When the news reached me I just shook my head in despair: Ant and Dec had grabbed the number 1 spot in the UK charts with ‘Let’s Get Ready to Rumble’. The track wasn’t good in 1994 when it only climbed to number 9 in the UK charts and it still isn’t good now some nineteen years later. All this aside, the duo sold an incredible 84,000 copies of the single in just a week, out selling other chart toppers The Saturdays, P!nk and Justin Timberlake. Continue reading “Blog : Top 10 Crap Number One hits”

Blog: The Gig – An Introduction

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As a regular gig-goer with the observational skills of a complete creep, I think I am fairly qualified in giving my personal low-down on the interesting breeds you are likely to encounter at your local music venue. Maybe you could print this out and play The Gig bingo next time you go to see that mediocre band that you support purely because they share your postcode. I can ensure a night of intoxication. Continue reading “Blog: The Gig – An Introduction”

Blog: “Retailer’s don’t offer a level playing field” – Why Online Trading Will Be The End Of The Independent Record Store

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The concerns for the record store have been rekindled with the collapse of HMV. Continue reading “Blog: “Retailer’s don’t offer a level playing field” – Why Online Trading Will Be The End Of The Independent Record Store”

Opinion piece: Tweet others as you want to be tweeted

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Everyone in Britain during 1993 knew of the James Bulger murder – a two-year-old Merseyside toddler who was abducted from the New Strand Shopping Centre, Liverpool, by two ten-year-old boys who tortured him, murdered him, and then dumped him on a railway line for his body to be severed in half, making it appear as an accident. Continue reading “Opinion piece: Tweet others as you want to be tweeted”

Blog: See You Later, Graduator

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The only way I can describe what it feels like to be graduating in five months time is this; staring off the edge of a cliff. You see the sun rise and fall. You can hear the ocean. Sometimes you hear people playing on the beach below. The sun is the opportunities, the failings, the great news, the knockbacks and the ocean is ‘the real world’. The people building sandcastles are your family and
friends, those already established; your peers.

I’m romanticising the sheer pressure and desperation faced by those who are about to leave a system which has carried them since they were four years old. Hey, what are you doing on Monday? I have no idea. Nothing. No class, no meetings, no lecture, no interview. The world is your oyster. You can do anything! If you have a degree/rich parents/access to contacts in a fabulous industry where you did a fabulous internship/a car. Or even a clue about what on earth you want to do. Continue reading “Blog: See You Later, Graduator”

Blog: My battle to avoid ‘Gangnam Style’

This latest dance-pop song craze Gangnam Style has just become the most watched video on Youtube, surpassing Justin Bieber’s Baby. Yes, almost a fifth of the world’s population has watched these two awful excuses for ‘music’ which are apparently “forces for change”. I’m proud to say I’m not in that statistic.

Gangnam Style’ – sounds like a form of martial arts to me, or some kind of tantric sex repertoire. Continue reading “Blog: My battle to avoid ‘Gangnam Style’”

Blog – I’m an Instagrouch, and I don’t care who knows it

A tall, dark pine forest blocks out light from the bright sun, allowing odd glimmers through the branches. A flowing river crashes wildly among scattered rocks, splashing white foam across the glimmering, water-shined banks. A coffee cup trembles gently alone on an uneven table in a dimly lit café. Continue reading “Blog – I’m an Instagrouch, and I don’t care who knows it”

Comment: Criminalising social media is criminalising freedom of speech

I’m confused by the news of late.

Matthew Woods – 12-weeks in prison for posting grossly offensive posts relating to the missing April Jones. Azhar Ahmed – a two-year community order, including 240-hours community service, for posting on Facebook that ‘troops will die in hell’. Continue reading “Comment: Criminalising social media is criminalising freedom of speech”