Hail to the Cheif!

Friday, 30 December 2005, 14:48 | Category : Uncategorized
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Back in London after Christmas in Scotland with the folks. Yesterday was the first day back, and there’s apparently been a ‘big scandal’ about Bob Kiley and parties or something, but most of us probably ignored the story behind the headline as we laughed at the Standard’s headline writers’ inability to spell!

Sufjan tops the charts again!

Tuesday, 20 December 2005, 16:51 | Category : Uncategorized
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Sufjan Stevens has bagged the coveted #1 slot in Pitchfork’s top 50 albums of 2005. It’s hardly surprising, but still great to see him there. That follows his No.3 in the Observer Music Monthly list. It’s been a good year for the boy! And even better, No.1 in my (forthcoming) chart too!

The nightmare before Christmas

Monday, 19 December 2005, 0:13 | Category : Uncategorized
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Christmas shopping. The weekend before Christmas. What a nightmare. Well, this past weekend these caring people (somewhere) made it just that wee bit easier for us but blocking off Oxford street to made it a pedestrian paradise for one day only. So instead of watching our backs for oncoming buses as we nip into the [...]

New Jock Rock

Saturday, 17 December 2005, 10:07 | Category : Uncategorized
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I’m looking forward to some new tunes from my homeland in early 2006! OK, there were some Scottish bands doing some OK stuff in 2005, but honestly, my life favourites Teenage Fanclub’s return after 5 years left me just a wee bit disappointed, and although Franz Ferdinand’s new album was good, it didn’t quite have [...]

Everyone’s got a globe!

Thursday, 15 December 2005, 13:50 | Category : Uncategorized
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Hey! It’s Golden Globe nominations time again! Don’t you just love these Globes? It’s like the Oscars, except everyone gets an award! If your film doesn’t get nominated in one category - hey - it can get nominated in another. There are so many categories, that actors and directors who aren’t nominated must be feeling [...]

Little White Lies

Monday, 12 December 2005, 13:14 | Category : Uncategorized
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The new issue of Little White Lies is out now. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, it’s a (relatively) new movie magazine that comes out every couple of months.
The difference between LWL and other film magazines, is that apart from the lack of big-star interviews and slavish focus on the latest [...]

Last day of the Routemaster

Sunday, 11 December 2005, 23:32 | Category : Uncategorized
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So that was it. On Friday the last Routmaster made it’s last trip from Marble Arch to Brixton Garage, with a human cargo consisting entirely of Routemaster enthusiasts (as opposed to people who actually wanted to go to Streatham Hill) and with the road south well-lined with RM fans, clicking their cameras, whistling and cheering. [...]

Lists, Schmists

Friday, 9 December 2005, 13:59 | Category : Uncategorized
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OK, so the end of year best-of lists are pretty much all in now. I love lists, and I’m a real sucker for the best of ones. Is it just me, or they seem to get earlier each year? Uncut published its one in the December issue - which came out at the beginning of [...]

The 159 goes out with a bang…

Thursday, 8 December 2005, 17:31 | Category : Uncategorized
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Or should that be a flash? Well there was a lot of flashing going on today from the massed ranks of bus-spotters gathered at the junction of Kennington Road and Westminster Bridge Road, outside Lambeth North station today. It’s the penultimate day of the 159 Routemaster, and the penultimate day of the Routemaster- period! London [...]

Antony & The Johnsons - 6 December

Thursday, 8 December 2005, 13:18 | Category : Uncategorized
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I went to see Antony & The Johnsons at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Tuesday night. What a great gig. I was really looking forward to is after having just missed his two previous London shows earlier in the year. And he didn’t disappoint!
Despite complaints by some about the venue, I thought it was perfect. [...]