ELECTION SELECTION

Like a lot of people, my default position when it comes to electoral politics is abject cynicism. This hasn’t been helped recently with the knowledge that the next decade is going to be completely screwed up, post- banking crisis. So it’s easy to say “don’t vote – it only encourages them” and in fact I …

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Letter to New Humanist magazine

Sent via email, 14th July 2009: Thank you for the latest issue of New Humanist which is a great read as ever, only slightly let down by Fiona Russell-Powell’s piece on Genesis P-Orridge. Whilst I’d be first in line to agree that Gen can be grumpy old sod, I don’t think he deserves a hatchet …

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my week in boxes

I’ve been neglecting the blog recently, but updates have been appearing regularly in the sidebar cos of my new twitter feed. Apologies to all the people who’ve left comments here, especially NagHammadiEye, for my lack of responses… My suspicion is that short updates and links will appear there from now on and bigger pieces will …

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Hackney Heckler issue 2 out now

Issue 2 of Hackney’s best (and only?) radical lefty rabble rousing free-sheet is out now. This time it includes: Top Ten Hackney novels Hackney’s unemployed standing up against the job centre Plus a load of smaller news pieces and a roundup of upcoming events. And a whole lot more! Copies will be available in various …

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searchin’ – lookin’ for love

I don’t look at my webstats too often, not least because the number of people who drop by here terrifies me slightly (um, hello!). The search stats are usually quite a depressing array of dysfunctionality (more of that below). But now we have a clear winner, which whilst depressing does suggest that a lot of …

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the fourteenth gig I can remember going to

Click here for a complete list of entries in the series  “the first 23 gigs I can remember going to”. 14. Alien Sex Fiend, Psychic TV, Steven Wells. Hackney Empire, 30 September 1987. Doing our bit for Biafra. Jello Biafra. This was a benefit for the Dead Kennedys’ No More Censorship Defence Fund – the group …

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The melancholy of hope: interview with King Midas Sound

FACT magazine: Interview: King Midas Sound I recently spoke to Kevin Martin, Roger Robinson and Hitomi about the superb new King Midas Sound album “Waiting For You” which is about to come out on Hyperdub. The interview is now up at FACT and is a great read, even if I say so myself. Topics covered …

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