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Emily Atack. The star of "The Inbetweeners" attended the Brit Awards last night and subsequently faced a barrage of unpleasant comments from people on Twitter. You will be surprised to learn that those unpleasant comments were not in response to some awful views that Atack had expressed on an important social or moral issue. No. [...]

100 Words On…

100 Words On…

  Social media. Ant-social media. Echo chambers. Bullying. Public shaming. Thoughtlessness. In so many ways platforms like Twitter and Facebook are a good thing. Whatever good is. A chance to connect. A chance to share. A chance to discover. But in so many other ways those same platforms are, undeniably, a bad thing. Under the [...]

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles #5

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles #5

After the horror of "Country House" it was difficult to see how Blur could worm their way back into my affections. Not that they cared. They had bagged their first number one single, crushed Oasis in the Battle of Britpop and found favour with the record buying public in ways that they could hardly have [...]

Heartaches by the Number – The Midnight Highs of Kevin Rowland (part #1 “Searching for the Young Soul Rebels”)

Heartaches by the Number – The Midnight Highs of Kevin Rowland (part #1 “Searching for the Young Soul Rebels”)

  From Lucy and the Lovers to The Killjoys. From Dexys Midnight Runners to Dexys. From Roxy Music to punk. From the young soul rebels to Celtic soul brothers. From the occasional flicker to his beauty. From projected passion and the look of New York dockers to the gypsy chic of too-rye-ay. From classic men's [...]

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles #4

There’s No Other Way – The Blur Singles #4

Following the astonishing success of "Parklife" Blur had positioned themselves as that rarest of beasts...a pop group who enjoyed the support of the indie crowd.  It had been a long time since a band like them had featured so frequently in the charts, in the pages of the "serious" music papers, in Smash Hits and [...]