BY ANDREW MOODY To many liberal Americans, Edward Snowden is a hero. To others (like Presidents Obama and Trump) he is a traitor who should be executed. In left wing auteur Oliver Stone’s weak film adaptation of the NSA whistle blower’s life and career, the very important and difficult job of National Security is treated like an all-powerful version of S.P.E.C.T.R.E and Snowden is portrayed … Continue reading Snowden
BY ANDREW MOODY William Burroughs, although an iconic figure who the Beats referred to as “The priest”, lived one of the most tragic lives of any major American artist. A heroin addict for the majority of his life, by his death in 1997 he still had not conquered his addiction and had lived only half a life. Kurt Cobain, also a brilliant artist and heroin … Continue reading The Devil Beneath My Feet
BY ANDREW MOODY Iconic Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, who once referred to himself as so famous and wealthy he was essentially “upper class”, called the anti-Semite psychopath (and potential UK Labour prime minister) Jeremy Corbyn “as the best of a bad bunch” in August 2017, shortly after the hung parliament. One of the most influential writers of the past twenty years, Welsh began life as the … Continue reading Welsh
BY SAM HOOPER “The People vs Democracy” goes further than many other books which claim to “explain” Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, showing that it takes both sides – outraged establishment centrists as well as populist insurgents – to successfully undermine liberal democracy. Political renewal depends on the former group finally accepting responsibility for some of the failings which brought us to this … Continue reading The People Versus Democracy
BY JON ALEXANDER So after 54 years (900 in the series) we finally have a female Dr Who. I know I’m a bit late to the party (I have been called a fluorescent light bulb in the past) but it got me thinking, a lot has been made of how it’ll be nice to have a female lead on a prime time TV show and … Continue reading Dr Whom?
BY CHRIS EGAN The successful BBC TV series The Great Pottery Throwdown has added to the current wave of popularity gripping the world of ceramics in the UK; underlining how clay is oozing back into contemporary art. As Hettie Judah wrote in the Independent last year, “the championing of clay as a sculptural medium by a younger generation of artists has brought with it a re-examination … Continue reading The Great British Pottery Revival
For one entire month in the summer of 2014, felt artist Lucy Sparrow took over a rundown corner shop in Bethnal Green, East London, and filled it with more than 4000 hand-stitched felt replicas of everyday items that you’d ordinarily find in a local shop. Even the ice lollies in the freezer were felt lollies. The show was a huge success and visitors from all … Continue reading Lucy Sparrow: Shoplifting
BY JAMES CAMPBELL The Great British Countryside is already missing the Land Rover Defender. Not only is there an emotional attachment between this rugged four-wheel drive workhorse and country dwellers, there is a practical side to the Defender that other car manufacturers have failed to cash in on. Yes, there are still plenty of Land Rover Defenders on the market but production did cease, after … Continue reading Listen Up, Land Rover!