The Week in Radio: Williams was quick on his feet, and willing to cover mishaps with self-deprecating humour
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Friday 25 July 2008
Ida Maria grew up in Norway with little to do but wish she was Iggy Pop and act mildly antisocial.
Friday 13 June 2008
Perhaps heartened by the (artistic) success of 2006's One More Drifter in the Snow – the only serious addition to the ranks of Christmas albums since Low's Christmas – Aimee Mann and her producer Paul Bryan continue its vein of artful, elegant melancholia into an album that attempts to counterbalance on its own the vast, overbearing weight of empty cheer habitually pumped out by the entertainment industry.
Sunday 27 April 2008
Friday 07 March 2008
The first record I bought was…
The Wurzels’ “Combine Harvester” from Natland Village Hall jumble sale, in Kendal. Strange how fate works as British Sea Power had a lovely tug of war behind Shepherds Bush Empire with The Wurzels a few years later.
Monday 28 January 2008
Hans Teeuwen's absurdist approach is much more literal than the cartoon surrealism of Eddie Izzard or the ludicrous ham-antics of a Chris Lynam. An unholy mix of Nick Cave, Chris Morris, Jim Carrey and Iggy Pop (and probably a few more besides), the Dutch comedian is hard to take your eyes off. His opening gambit for this show is to appear crippled with nerves until he tweaks his nipples for relief. The awkward energy is maintained throughout and personifies the erratic narratives of his "anti-anecdotes", which feel improvised (though they are not), as if he was compiling a story by taking each line from a different person.
Thursday 25 May 2006
Secret plans to protect Tony Blair from a terrorist attack were left in a hotel, it was claimed today.
Saturday 22 October 2005
Thursday 01 September 2005
Thursday 14 July 2005
Thursday 05 May 2005
Monday 07 February 2005
Henry Rollins left his audience tonight with a quote from Iggy Pop about having to work to keep up your hate. That the former Punk frontman turned spoken word artist did not exit to one of his own numerous quotes on the subject (for example: "When you hate someone, hate them until it hurts" or "To hate is to show you care...") was a telling summation of the evening. The Rollins diet of hate, physical and mental discipline and social change has itself remained constant throughout a quarter of a century and expressed via numerous books and albums. Under a second term of his nemesis George Bush Jr, his appetite is still healthy, but what he served up did not get the juices flowing.
Friday 13 August 2004
Friday 16 January 2004
Saturday 16 August 2003
Wednesday 17 July 2002
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
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- 1 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 2 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan
- 3 Bob Geldof offers to take four refugee families into his home 'immediately' as he condemns humanitarian crisis as a ‘f**king disgrace'
- 4 Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
- 5 Bryan Cranston speaks candidly about wealth