Monthly Archives: May 2015

“Play it! Play it!”

Coming to the UK in the next few days: Bhi Bhiman. I love his Whiplash parody: HT @RhiannonGiddens

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Everything has its price

In the week that FIFA finally seems on the verge of imploding, the FA announces the imminent arrival of “The Emirates FA Cup”.  Sigh.

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Before American Idol. Before Britain’s Got Talent

The ultimate showbiz hopeful: Robert De Niro as Rupert Pupkin in “The King of Comedy”. HT: @OnePerfectShot

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Labour vs the electorate

A word of warning from David Goodhart, author of “The British Dream”, one of the most interesting state-of-the-nation books I’ve read in the last couple of years: Also worth reading: Jon Cruddas’s review of “The British Dream”, from the New Statesman, … Continue reading

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Is folk music too white?

MOWOs anyone? The editor of one of the country’s leading music magazines looks around and doesn’t like what he sees.

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Dodging cows in Cookham

Minor cycling hazard.

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Confessions of a conservative comedian

Geoff Norcott comes out on the comedy blog Beyond the Joke: Apparently one of the reasons you can’t be a Tory stand-up is good comedy involves “kicking up”. I don’t like this metaphor. In reality, kicking upwards demands flexibility and … Continue reading

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The phantom punch

On this day fifty years ago. Ali vs Liston in Lewiston, Maine. (Photo by Neil Leifer) I just watched  the fight again – all one round of it — and still couldn’t figure out what happened. Richard Williams looks back on … Continue reading

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Perfect way to spend a Sunday

An at-home jam session in New Orleans, courtesy of  Leyla McCalla and her pals.  Life-affirming, to say the least.

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Toughest comedy gig ever?

Definitely an uphill battle. From Steve Martin’s superb memoir, “Born Standing Up”.

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