Dressed in black and protected by fifties-style shades, Richard Hawley explains the inspiration behind 'Don't Stare At The Sun': the mundane act of taking his youngest son kite flying. “What made it interesting was I was off me head on fucking acid”.
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Friday 31 May 2013
With Mercury-nominated 2011 debut Peanut Blues & Melancholy Jam, Ghostpoet rewired something very British into his own bleak, bruised sound.
Monday 20 May 2013
When Dominic Cooke took over at the Royal Court, he said he wanted to stage more plays about “what it means to be middle class”. Now, as the reins of artistic director pass to Vicky Featherstone, comes possibly the most middle-class play of his era - and very funny on the topic it is too.
Tuesday 19 March 2013
Sir Mike Rake, the chairman of BT, is to become president of the employers' organisation the CBI, taking over from Sir Roger Carr.
Friday 15 February 2013
“Most of the songs I write are about the sort of things that every teenage girl is thinking of. I guess not everyone turns these thoughts into pop songs.”
Sunday 21 October 2012
You may be wondering, with his former protégé Plan B at the top of his game, why we still need Mike Skinner, a previous generation's white British social-realist rapper. The fact is that, while Ben Drew's forte is surveying the bigger political picture, few songwriters around can zoom in and focus on fine detail as skilfully as Skinner.
Saturday 06 October 2012
A thrilling story of deprivation that shows off the bravura versatility of its author
Sunday 01 April 2012
Anything but middle of the road
The Barometer: Best Coast; SpaceGhostPurrp; Azealia Banks; The Streets; Björk; Odd Future; Usher; Danny Brown; The Men
Friday 30 March 2012
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Wednesday 24 August 2011
Monday 27 June 2011
"What's wrong with this bloke?" The Streets' bare-chested Mike Skinner berates the burly, naked Croatian man he's cajoled on to the stage who is taking perverse pleasure in refusing to crowd surf during the heart-rending "Dry Your Eyes".
Sunday 08 May 2011
- 1 Mountain goats' miraculous escape from avalanche captured in dramatic video footage
- 2 It’s shameful that our universities have accepted gender segregation under pressure from the most oppressive religious fanatics
- 3 Sir Ian McKellen hits back at Damian Lewis' 'fruity actor' claims
- 4 Kenyan politician Mike Sonko left red-faced after photoshopping himself next to Nelson Mandela
- 5 Selfie at funeral: Cameron squeezes in on Obama snap at Mandela memorial