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Having had a few weeks off writing this column and watching as the world slips further and further into chaos, hatred and meaningless mayhem without comment it is now time to step into the breech once more and ponder as to how we have arrived at such a tortuous and desperate state.
Personally my theory that the fabric of the universe was torn with David Bowie’s passing in January- it still feels as if we have lost some crucial element, almost like there is a colour missing-makes as much sense as anything that has happened since: Brexit, an unelected Prime Minister, not even voted for by her own party, a rise in hate crimes and the horrifying rise of Donald Trump across the Atlantic.
Meanwhile the pound is at its lowest level in living memory- I purchased something online recently and the cost was almost the same in pounds as it was in dollars and was aware there was a time this would have been unimaginable- and the cost of basic living about to rise inexorably. Somehow the government insists nothing major has changed while the media focus on Tesco unable to stock Marmite due to a fall out with Unilever and the arrival of fourteen children from Calais and whether they are actually children at all whips up more frenzied xenophobia
However it turns out that racism was not the main cause for the Brexit vote after all but the austerity measures the Tories –along with the Lib-Dems it must be said- imposed on the nation for five gruelling years harbouring resentment deep in the under-classes whose only means of protest was voting against the establishment imposing them. Well done David Cameron if anyone ever made a pig’s ear-why do pigs always come into it when discussing Cameron- out of being a Prime Minister then it was you.
Meanwhile Theresa May shakes her head and says no more money for the NHS and meets with little opposition or argument.
However what is happening here is nothing compared to the rise of The Trump in America. Unfortunately like Boris Johnson and Brexit before him I have a sincerely bad feeling about this one. The only thing I can say about this Presidential campaign is that it resembles a hate campaign more than a political one. Hillary Clinton would normally not be anyone’s choice as President- in many ways she is as loathsome as Trump- but in this election she is definitely the preferred winner. The whole thing has descended into cheap mudslinging barely worthy of the playground while common courtesies and good manners have been abandoned wholesale.
How did things get this bad?
Meanwhile the dark nights continue to get darker as does BBC2’s excellent crime thriller The Fall with Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan.
Constantly understated and underplayed the tension builds weekly until as viewers we become absorbed in the chilling two-step the lead characters are dancing around each other. Often it feels as if little has happened at the end of an episode until the complexities hit home and you realise how sinuous and compelling the writing and acting both are. Last night Dornan’s character, Paul Spector, basically handed his defence team his get out of jail card whilst still not revealing whether he is faking the amnesia at the core of his defence. By far and away the best thing on TV at the moment- not particularly hard to be honest- The Fall is a lesson in how it should be done.
Certainly the lack of any decent TV has necessitated mpre nights out and tonight is no exception as The Fini Tribe unveil new material at the Neu Reekie Sullivan’s Ascent show in Leith St. Andrew’s Church tonight. This is a fine way to kick off any weekend.
There are also the upcoming PJ Harvey and Primal Scream gigs which promise to give a usually barren and dark filled November some much needed colour and light.
Something else which certainly needs some light shed on it is the reason Inverleith House, deep in the heart of the Botanic Gardens, is being forced to close as an art gallery.
I have been going here for decades and seen many impressive exhibitions including a recent retrospective pop art guru Richard Hamilton. As much a feature of any visit as looking at foliage, plants or flowers to lose this would be a major blow for both the gardens and the art community. I am unclear what will arise in its stead but the last thing needed is yet another café or bric a brac shop. I am doing something I normally never do but adding a link to a petition against its closure that I would kindly ask you to peruse and sign if you agree.
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/prevent-the-closure-of-inverleith-house-edinburgh-as-a-public-art-space
Thank you!

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I think someone forgot to send the weather the memo that it is now summer!
With the yearly Meadows Festival taking place tomorrow it has almost become tradition that rain and grey skies are obligatory. Although it is always a blessing when the Bongo Players are rained off- this won’t bother me so much personally this year as I am no longer a resident in the area- it is unfortunate that such an event is nearly always marred by the weather. Hopefully the weather forecasts are all proved wrong and it is a glorious day with beaming glorious sunshine and we are all complaining of heatstroke and sunburn but at the moment that seems unlikely. There are some good stalls however among them the Iconic stall which is making an appearance before its Grassmarket base closes down later in the year.
This may be a final chance to see Iconic’s wares in such an informal environment as it is moving into online sales due to problems many shops in the Grassmarket are having at the moment so it would seem it is not just our high streets which are suffering at the moment. It is a shame to see such a great shop go-it will remain open until year’s end- but it would seem Edinburgh Council are not too interested in helping out small creative businesses in their endeavours when it is more profitable to them to encourage stag and hen parties to drunkenly commandeer areas such the Grassmarket with little regard for residents or shop-owners. This is progress apparently.
Tuesday night, of all nights, sees a flurry of activity in the social strata with two major events on opposing sides of the Scottish coastlines. Edinburgh will be alive to the sound of the Fini Tribe, Young Fathers and a myriad cast of others including Andrew Weatherall at Central Hall as part of Neu Reekie’s summer extravaganza. Meanwhile over in Glasgow Patti Smith is performing her seminal debut and all time classic, as well as perennially personal favourite, album ‘Horses’ in its splendiferous entirety. Who would ever have thought boring old Tuesdays could throw up such delights and temptations? Now this really is progress.
The Neu Reekie night looks like being a major Edinburgh event which it would seem anyone who is anyone is attending. Nights of this standard don’t come around very often and it would be a shame to miss it which unfortunately I will as I shall be in Glasgow watching Patti Smith strut her very impressive stuff!
It is unfortunate a choice had to be made but for me it was no choice at all really as seeing her perform this record, which was among a handful which assisted in refashioning rock and roll from its bloated corpulent state in the mid seventies, is a must see. It always never ceases to amaze me the amount of passion, adrenaline and sheer electricity Smith manages to draw from within herself and transmit to her audience. I am expecting big things of this night and don’t expect to be disappointed!
Less than a month on from the General Election it would seem the Tories are only just beginning to show how awful the next five years will be under their rule. Plans to censor all media broadcasts containing all ‘extremist’ views are already afoot despite arguments that this contravenes the freedom of speech act.
Taking away any freedom of expression seems to be a major part of their manifesto and somehow the irony that this is in itself extremist is lost on them. Or perhaps it isn’t at all. Certainly the fact that George Osborne plans to sell off RBS to his city pals at a loss of £13 billion to the tax payers who paid to save it is beyond despicable. In many ways he and David Cameron are worse to me than Margaret Thatcher who although misguided, slightly insane and unhinged seemed to actually believe that she was actually right in what she was doing. These two however are fully aware that what they are doing is wrong and corrupt but don’t seem to care. It is almost as if they are laughing in our faces!
At least Scotland has the voice of 56 SNP MP’s to oppose them at every turn but whether even that is enough to make a whole lot of difference is unfortunately debateable.
Off now to find myself some suitable rainwear for the Meadows Festival although I am also looking out t-shirts and flip flops in case there is a total turnaround in the weather. Here’s hoping!

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Whilst it is disappointing that summer seems to be delayed, seemingly in no hurry to get here anytime soon, it is even more frustrating that Simon Cowell and his merry band of annoying Britain’s got Delusions cohorts seem to have moved on from taking over the weekend TV schedules to occupying every night of the week virtually uncontested.
I know it is a pointless question but who actually watches this shit and why is it so popular?
Are we really that vacuous a nation or have we just surrendered ourselves to hours and hours of mundane offerings with little relevance or meaning and why are there so few alternatives? Almost as smug –possibly even more powerful- as David Cameron, Simon Cowell holds court over the proceedings like some latter-day pimped up Nero in Raybans with bog brush hair. Has there ever been anyone more naff and more challenged than challenging?
It really is a sad state of affairs for British television that whole schedules are arranged around this sort of thing simply to find an act for that other TV ‘highlight’ the Royal Variety Show!
A few weekends ago I looked at the TV listings guide and wondered what decade or even century we were living in when I noticed that Sunday night viewing consisted of the sixties stalwart ‘Sunday Night at The Palladium’ on one channel whilst the BBC were showing that bastion of seventies Sunday fare ‘Poldark’ on the other. I managed ten minutes of the latter before realising that French and Saunders weren’t going to suddenly appear and it was a serious attempt at drama.
It is not all bad however and there is a lone piece of genius in the shape of ‘Peter Kay’s Car Share’ which if you haven’t seen then I recommend you catch on BBC iPlayer while you still can. It isn’t often I laugh out loud at comedy but I did to this which although brilliantly observed and well written it was the two main performances and chemistry between Kay and Sian Gibson which really took it to another level.
Things are hotting up-hopefully literally- around this year’s Film Festival which starts on June 17th and runs until the 28th. Attracting most of the interest and attention is a documentary by Grant McPhee Big Gold Dream: Scottish Post Punk and Infiltrating the Mainstream about an especially vibrant and exciting time in Edinburgh’s musical history which precipitated a cultural shift in the city’s landscape which resonates even today. It was a time when many teenage lives, including mine, exploded from drab black and white into vibrant colour even if said colours were more often than not drab black and grey! Rules were broken and rethought about this time and it was probably the first time-in many ways it was also possibly the last- a generation took matters into their own hands and shaped their own futures!
This is a particularly interesting film for me as it is a scene I fell into in my mid-teens and met many of the participants, several of which I am proud to call friends even to this day. From the cast of thousands expect insights, humour mixed with colourful anecdotes and hopefully obligatory bitching from the likes of Davy Henderson, Robert King, Fay Fife. Jo Callis, Edwyn Collins, Allan Campbell and Alan Mc Gee. Also expect some excellent and previously unseen footage from the likes of The Fire Engines and The Scars. It is also good to see the Edinburgh musical scene at last getting the recognition it wholly deserves as usually documentaries focussing on this time and location are more Glasgow-centric. Premiering on the 19th of June at The Filmhouse this is definitely a hot ticket although there is a further showing at the Odeon on Lothian Road the following Saturday 27th.
Other highlights of the festival look to be Amy a documentary about the tragic short life of Amy Winehouse and Imagine Waking up Tomorrow and All Music Has Disappeared which is a fascinating insight into the mind of true musical maverick Bill Drummond. Of course there are bound to be many more films of interest but I will need to study the programme a little closer and give recommendations nearer the time.
This weekend’s highlights include The Design Market at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Market Street which features many talented teams and individuals from the city’s creative hub including the fabulous Tessuti, Workhorse Press, A Pair of Blue Eyes and many others. Tomorrow night sees the Fini Tribe return to Paradise Palms with guests including Scott Ferguson (Robot 84). This a sort of warm up for their big night as part of Neu Reekie’s extravaganza on June the 9th also featuring The Young Fathers, at Central Hall which I am unfortunately going to miss as I am attending Patti Smith’s performance of her seminal album Horses in Glasgow that night. However I will be back in town for the obligatory after party! Can’t miss that now! Can I ?

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With a hint of spring in the air-just a whispered hint as north of the border hasn’t been basking in the same heat-wave as the one down south- it is time to pack the winter blues away. This weekend sees Record Store Day which has been growing in stature and popularity over the least few years make its biggest dent in our consciousness yet. Events all over the country remind us just how important these musical emporiums are to our heritage and why, despite all the devaluation of music by subsequent generations, music is still a valid and potent force to so many.
Having grown up in an era where the record store was more than just another shop but a destination where a cornucopia of delights might just be waiting it is encouraging to see so much effort being put into this year’s event. It is even more encouraging to see so many people actually interested in it .
To me it is not even about the snobbery of vinyl versus CD’S or downloading versus streaming, what really counts is the music and the value it has in any form. Unfortunately in recent years this is something which has been declining probably faster than the amount of record shops in our cities. It has become akin to electricity just hanging in the air and in our environment without us even noticing. Every shop or mall we enter has piped music and it has become so relevant to our every day experiences it has almost become irrelevant in the process thus devaluing its real currency.
This is an extremely depressing state of affairs as music is one of the most emotionally explicit of the art forms and it is tragic that it has become something people are less and less willing to pay for as they feel they don’t have to. Similarly many artists feel they have to give it away free online just so it can simply be heard. The chances of becoming successful and making money out of a musical career become more and more slender and unlikely as big business takes over and moguls such as Simon Cowell dominate an industry by taking over our TV screens for a large section of the year, cornering a younger market at home with their families. Don’t even start me on the content of these musical market places as the soundtrack served up is usually beyond drivel!
It is good then to see Record Store Day standing up for itself and reminding us of a time when a visit to a record store actually meant something; the days when a feverish hand clutched money, either saved, earned or given as a gift and a decision made as to what would actually be purchased. Then there was always the next object of desire which caught your eye, wooing you as you perused and the whole seduction routine was set off into motion again. I would often find myself gazing longingly at a record sleeve losing myself in the universe I thought it might just inhabit; a universe very different from my day to day reality.
Along with the actual record purchased there was also the whole social element to the process. The checking out of the various styles of other record shop habitués and how their style defined them- splitting us into tribes or creating a sense of camaraderie- was almost as important as buying the music.
On my agenda for the event are The Cathode Ray album launch at Elvis Shakespeare on Leith Walk then a wander up to Undrground Solu’shn In Cockburn Street where The Fini Tribe are celebrating the re-release, in a variety of new mixes, of their classic ‘101’ track. It is a busy day for The Fini boys as they are also in Glasgow at Love Music early doors-about 1pm- and then later on holding a party at Paradise Palms.
At the cinema the Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck is showing at the moment. Checking it out later today and it fits in with the rest of the weekend’s schedule as Nirvana were probably the last band to galvanise a generation and remind them of the potent poignancy, danger and relevance that music actually holds. It would seem the machinations of the industry and its corporate nature were always at odds with Cobain’s sensibilities and this is what is assumed to have contributed to his suicide although other factors were also apparent. A full review will be posted after viewing.
Also the final cut of one of my all time favourite films ‘Blade Runner’ is out this weekend and if anyone hasn’t seen this on the big screen then I strongly suggest you do. It is an experience very worth experiencing!
On the election trail last night’s debate once again showed that Nicola Sturgeon really can kick some ass. Challenging Ed Milliband to join forces to lock the Tories out of Downing Street she made an open and truthful offer which, as she correctly surmised, if he turns his back on then the public will never forgive him. She also brought Nigel Farage to heel-this man is actually becoming a caricature of what was a caricature in the first place and would be funny if it wasn’t so frightening that people are falling for it- after he yet again blamed everything on immigration before he actually went ahead and insulted the audience present.
It is certainly an interesting time in British politics and it is fascinating to see the whole political landscape changing visibly before our eyes. Whilst it will still be the case of a Tory or Labour Prime Minister it is also apparent that neither will be able to win outright so collaborations, of whatever nature, are the real important issue here. On that note the Lib-Dems were not present last night-along with David Cameron and this is a decision which may have backfired on him- and they didn’t even warrant a mention throughout the whole debate. That in itself should be a lesson to anyone thinking of jumping into bed with the Tories.
At the moment there are no clear cut winners and this in itself is highly unusual at this late stage so there is still everything to play for. It was touching and encouraging however to see the three women leaders-Sturgeon along with Natale Bennett and Leanne Wood- give each other a group hug at the end of the debate as this is a side of politics we have never seen before.

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Anyone who tells you there is nothing going on in Edinburgh obviously doesn’t have my invites list and is just as obviously not even bothering to look. Tonight is a perfect example of this with two very different events taking place and overlapping neatly with each other so that a select and well co-ordinated few are able to attend both. First up is that bastion of literary delights and exquisite musical outings that is Neu Reekie at its regular Summerhall base which tonight features, amongst notable others, Momus and The Band of Holy Joy.
At roughly the same time in the town centre-The Voodoo Rooms in West Register Street-the Fini Tribe Soudsystem will be kicking up a storm on the flashing dancefloor in the venue’s French Quarter in the latest instalment of Rammed. A lot of talk has surrounded this event and it will be followed up by a live date to be announced very soon. A fabulous collaboration between several creative types with musical style chopping and changing almost randomly but somehow all sewn together seamlessly, Rammed aims to drag clubbing from its past and into the future.
Certainly not a night to be staying in re-arranging your wardrobe, washing your hair or praying for something decent on the television as it would be more than a shame to miss either or both of these events. Go on treat yourselves!
Not that great nights out are exclusive to the weekend. Tuesday night saw a great solo performance and gig by Sterling Roswell-formerly of legendary space rockers Spaceman 3- at the Parlour Bar in Leith. A totally outstanding performance which the only criticism I have is that it did not go on for longer. The extremely pleasurable and charming Mr. Roswell also gave me a vinyl copy of his band Rosco’s album ‘The Call of the Cosmos’ to review which I shall endeavour to do over the weekend post Rammed and in recovery mode. Certainly the tracks I have heard online seem like just the ticket to assuage my Friday night debauchery as an aural decompression chamber complete with massage.
This coming Tuesday March 4th- Tuesdays are the new Saturdays it would seem- sees a one night showing of a film inspired by Goldfrapp’s beautiful new album ‘Tales of Us’ at the Cameo. This film is followed by a satellite link up to a live show which will be shown simultaneously around the world. This is a worthwhile night not just for fans of the group but for anyone who recognises how important they were for diverting their own, as well as that of others, musical direction in the first ten years of this century, even if their influence has diminished slightly since those halcyon days. ‘Tales of Us’ does see a return to form, of sorts, after their first disappointing album 2010’s ‘Head First’, so seeing how this band who has one of the most strikingly visual performers in the business will interpret their new music visually will be very interesting.
Elsewhere whilst there is serious carnage in the Ukraine there is also carnage here as big businesses, politicians and the like -this week the BBC and Standard Life are the main culprits- all keep throwing their toys out the pram every time the Yes vote for Independence seems to take an upward swing. What none of them seem to realise is that this upward swing is directly related to all the threats, bullying and scaremongering tactics of the naysayers as the Scots are quite rightly sick and tired of these sort of tactics and underhand practices which really only galvanise them into seeing Independence as their only means of escaping them.
Right it is never too early to start getting ready to go out-mentally prepared I mean, although the physical act will not be too far behind- so am off to get ready for a night of mayhem and dancing. Let the weekend begin!
The below link is the visual Rammed Fini Tribe flyer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwBPslg0nHw

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Whilst much of the country has been battered senseless by storms, rain and flood the east coast of Scotland has remained relatively unscathed until this last week when we were battered senseless not by the weather but by February’s never ending round of award ceremonies. Both the Baftas and the Brits had their embarrassing moments. The former had the future King high-fiving the rapper Tinie Tempah and the latter had James Corden and his particularly unfunny and irritating style of presenting not to mention a revered rock star unnecessarily intervening in the Independence Debate by exhorting us to vote No via a speech delivered in absentia by model Kate Moss in an outfit which dated from the last time he actually lived in the UK: that would be forty years ago.
Whilst it is fair to say the issue of who looked better in said outfit from Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust era was never up for debate- David won it hands down- or whether it was one of his better outfits in the first place-definitely not- it is fair to debate whether Bowie was right to offer his opinion from such a platform on a matter which many agree is none of his business. It is not as if he is going to looking for Fife on Mars is it? It certainly felt unnecessary from someone who, apart from a cocaine induced flirtation with fascism in the seventies, has remained apolitical throughout his career.
Whilst there are those who claim he is entitled to his opinion this is always something I contest. Entitlement can never just be assumed and coming from a man who fled this island as soon as the coffers started rolling in and has never returned to live here ever since I feel his sense of entitlement is something he has awarded himself. It is also one which comes from a lifetime of high living-admittedly hard worked for- in comfortable surroundings with the day to day rigours of mundane problems more than likely taken care of by staff and employees.
Perhaps from his Manhattan penthouse it seemed like a relevant bandwagon to jump on and matters were certainly fuelled by his son Duncan Jones, who has a very Scottish sounding name and did actually attend Gordonstoun so can claim his slice of entitlement, who took it upon himself to launch an aggravated attack on Alex Salmond via Twitter. Very good at pontificating and opinion offering form a distance both father and son it would seem. Perhaps he, like so many others, believes that a vote for independence is a vote for Alex Salmond: it isn’t.
Whatever the reasons for Bowie’s misplaced instructions-instructions and being told what to do by others is one thing the Scots have certainly had enough of- he somehow contrived to appear on several front pages the next day which may have been the point all along.
Despite all this I am hardly likely to start burning all my Bowie albums in a misguided form of protest and will continue to enjoy his great works as much as ever and put it down to a misinformed, misguided and indulged rock star overstretching his credibility and importance. He is hardly the first to do that now is he?
Quite a quiet weekend this week but next weekend sees Friday night host two outstanding nights which actually overlap each other. There is the latest Neu Reekie instalment with Momus and the Band of Holy Joy at Summerhall whilst down at the Voodooo Rooms the third instalment of Rammed takes place with the Fini Tribe Soundsystem guesting in what looks like will be an absolute belter of a night.
Already a buzz surrounding the event it also acts as the launch of a variety of remixes of the Fini’s ‘De Testimony’ single with a very limited edition available for purchase on the night itself. Advisable to get there early for this one-it starts at 8- as it looks like living up to its name and being totally Rammed from early doors. Here to whet your appetites is the full length video flyer for Rammed and new mix of the aforementioned Fini Tribe single for the night.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/zvi7eydsywvxqzk/RAMMED%20FINI.mov

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For those who indulge in such frivolity I would just like to say ‘Happy Valentines Day’ and to the rest of you I simply say ‘Welcome to the weekend’. For those who want to combine both Valentines day and the weekend then I can think of no better place to start than Lux Lives at Henry’s Cellar Bar in Edinburgh tonight and at McChuills in Glasgow tomorrow. Certainly I will be there swinging my carcass around to the primal beats of the various Cramps celebratory acts on show and if this doesn’t make your weekend swing then probably your weekend ain’t got no swing!
Also happening tonight is Woodland Creatures first birthday party from 7pm onwards. In a week that an article appeared claiming Leith Walk as the best high street in Scotland-even though technically it isn’t a high street- it is fitting that this bar situated halfway down is celebrated as part of that achievement as it has done a lot in providing a bar with integrity and style for those who are seeking these things. Especially in an area which has not always been renowned for such qualities. Although I am not an ardent pub goer I have found myself in Woodland Creatures on several occasions since it opened- every time has been a most pleasurable experience- and I don’t even live in the locale.
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It is not alone in the renaissance of Leith Walk however as it would appear that quite a burgeoning underground scene is occurring in the area whilst the city centre is busy pandering to tourists and stag and hen parties. It certainly says something about uptown when I body swerve the mundane offerings there and head down to Leith to catch up with some really interesting folk and worthwhile events.
Another venue which is well worth checking out this week is Summerhall and its Spring shows. Lat week saw the opening of this event and Colin Jarvie’s In Praise of Shadows retrospective which turned out to be a great night where anyone who was anyone involved in creating a youthful vibrant scene in Edinburgh, so many years ago, turned out in force looking more glamorous and healthy than many of us deserved to.
Another highlight-there are many so give yourselves a good few hours and get along there to check them all out- was definitely Kevin Williamson’s Love to Love You Baby installation which is a Donna Summer tribute and also the best dance you will have in a disco complete with strobes and flashing lights. I certainly spent the best Tuesday afternoon I have had in years there this week and I have the photos and videos to prove it. I did wonder however if there was a secret camera filming each person’s reaction whilst they were in there but I didn’t let this stop or trouble me too much. Obviously!
Things are even looking up on the television front this week with the return of ‘Line of Duty’ for a second series. I know it is yet another police drama but the interesting thing about this one is the fact it is police investigating themselves, or at least the corruption that exists in the force. From the opening sequence the tension was ratcheted up to full whilst the drama never let up and at the denouement of the first episode I was on the edge of my seat, literally gagging for more.
It is reassuring to see the BBC provide some decent drama for a change-last years ‘The Fall’ was another series of note-and something to fill the void left by the departure of Nordic Noir-such as ‘The Bridge’ and ‘The Killing’- though I still feel they need to rethink their scheduling as one hour every week is simply an outdated mode of showing dramas such as these especially in a culture of box sets. The BBC are probably the only station who have not recognised this –even ITV with its two hour ‘Midsomer Murders’ have cottoned onto this although I feel that these are often at least one hour fifty nine minutes too long- and also seem to consign their highest quality dramas to BBC2. Again, I feel they underestimate their audience and this is always a grave mistake.
Out at the cinema Dallas Buyers Club is yet another great film released so far in the early stages of 2014. Both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto are up for nominations for their performances and, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, I think they are the most deserving of all the contenders in their categories. A full review of the film can be found here.
There has been a lot of healthy-and some not so- debating concerning the Scottish independence vote over the last week. A supposed major cog in the wheel reared its head concerning the currency debate with the three major Westminster parties saying that if Scotland does vote for independence then it will no longer allowed to use the pound as its chosen currency.
Whilst I am not in possession of the full details of the issue I must admit that it does sound suspiciously like the bullying and intimidating tactics of those who are running scared. That it comes in the week after it was announced that the ‘Yes’ vote is gaining momentum faster than the ‘No’ vote is even more suspect to me. Surely even if Scotland does vote for independence it is in the best interests of the rest of the UK to allow them to continue to use the pound as this will preserve at least some of the union they insist is so important to them. Or is it only important to them on their terms alone?
Right, if this weekend is beginning then I better make a move and try and locate that dark heart of mine in time to get Cramped later. It is also the two week countdown to the next Rammed featuring the Fini Tribe Soundsytem and this is another night which promises to be something special so clear a date for February 28th in your diaries and there will be more details about this next week.

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