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On Joy Division’s Closer & Kraftwerk

It was my birthday yesterday. Happily, I got to spend it with my mum and my sisters, the first time I have seen these three ladies – as well as my stepdad and my sister Ria’s partner Al – since … Continue reading

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Ants To The National: Restart

Hello friend, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? Yes, perhaps you can tell that Jo and I have watched Sam Esmail’s brilliant, genuinely unlike any TV show I’ve ever seen, Mr Robot. We’ve even caught up with his follow up, … Continue reading

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Haelos @EartH: Live Review

Jo and I have been waiting to reacquaint ourselves with London’s Hælos for over three years now. We first came across them by accident, arriving early for a TV On The Radio gig at the Roundhouse in August 2015. I … Continue reading

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Mezzanine XXI: Massive Attack at the O2

On Friday night, Massive Attack took to the stage at London’s O2 arena to revisit their 1998 masterpiece, Mezzanine. One of my favourite bands of all time, performing perhaps my favourite album ever? I had to be there. So did … Continue reading

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Saturday is Bax-ter Day

Now, if you’ve already read my article about New Order at Ally Pally on Friday night, you’re probably thinking that was as good as my weekend got. You’d pretty much be right, but I gave my Saturday a bloody good … Continue reading

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New Order Live at Ally Pally 091118

I saw New Order at Alexandra Palace on Friday night. I saw New Order at Alexandra Palace on Friday night and, thrillingly, unexpectedly, they played one of my all time favourite New Order songs. More of which, later. It’s difficult … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on Halloween

I think I vaguely recall Jamie Lee Curtis tweeting a picture, around a year ago – on the 31st October most likely – telling the world that a new Halloween movie was on the way. If this blog post was … Continue reading

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All My Friends

This is an attempt to try and get back into a more regular rhythm of writing.. It occurred to me, as I ripped through a 1,000 words in an attempt not to describe the Chemical Brothers Ally Pally show so … Continue reading

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The Chemical Brothers live at Ally Pally 051018

I very nearly wasn’t there, you know. Wayne, one of my Leeds mates, had offered me a ticket about six months ago, or whenever they went on sale. I demurred initially, I had listened to a Chemical Brothers record in … Continue reading

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In memory of my Granddad

As some of you may know, my granddad Ronnie died earlier this year after a short illness. On what would have been his 97th birthday, the text below forms my half of the eulogy read by my Mum and myself. … Continue reading

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