Monthly Archives: January 2005

Don't Call Me "Comrade" – A Short Critique of 6th-Form Socialism

Over the recent Christmas period, iShotTheDeputy.com gave permission for the Communist Party of Great Britain to use one of our articles (the Band Aid 20 review) for their Christmas publication (“Weekly Worker”) and their website. We stress that this is not out of any strong ideological identification with that particular Party, with its quasi-vanguardist approach to societal change. Rather, we simply wanted as many people as possible to read the article*, and I in particular felt that this represented a more progressive approach than the usual dogmatic bickering that has for so long undermined hopes for a progressive dialogue between people with broadly left-wing sensibilities. There are a million and one “left wing” parties, most of whose indulgent squabbling and name-calling recalls the ill-fated Popular Front of Judea in the famous “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” feature film. The urgency of the times calls for a more mature, progressive outlook that should pander neither to nostalgia nor petty partisanship. Continue reading

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Demo Review: The Robot vs.

The CD arrives with an interesting little black and white photocopy biography and the single silver CDR, a green permanent pen having been used to mark it, slipped into a plastic case with lyrics and all the necessary contact information: in short, a neat clean little package.

Reading the biography we are told: “The robot vs. is a project that sprung to life after the collapse of the bright-burning but short lived ‘synth rock trash’ outfit [i]psirens[/i]. The members reside in Fleet, Hampshire… we are middle class and don’t pretend otherwise. We have yet to commit the cardinal sin of writing a song about capitalism, but hey, its early days yet.” Already I like them so I stick the CD on and what I hear can best be explained as exactly what I want. Continue reading

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My review of the Cardiff Tsumani Relief concert

Tsunami Relief Cardiff
Saturday 22nd January 2005
Millennium stadium

The welsh help the world!

Let me be honest about this from the start, this was not a festival, it was not an event the stadium wanted to host, it was however something the stadium felt it had to do after seeing the Boxing day tsunami that hit south east Asia and also something that 60,000 people, mostly Welsh, agreed they had to attend to raise money for the survivors and remind people to donate to the long term rebuilding effort. Continue reading

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Review of the Cardiff Tsumani Relief concert

Tsunami Relief Cardiff
Saturday 22nd January 2005
Millennium stadium

The welsh help the world!

Let me be honest about this from the start, this was not a festival, it was not an event the stadium wanted to host, it was however something the stadium felt it had to do after seeing the Boxing day tsunami that hit south east Asia and also something that 60,000 people, mostly Welsh, agreed they had to attend to raise money for the survivors and remind people to donate to the long term rebuilding effort. Continue reading

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Live Review: The Others + The Rakes +The Ludes, At The Charlotte, Leicester, Thursday 27th January 2005.

Getting to a gig late isn’t usually something i do, but on this occasion it happened, the buses ain’t what they used to be. Walking into the historic Princess Charlotte, I was greeted with a wave of noise which almost ripped out my ear drums, it was so loud. it was the “punk-tastic :o” sound of The Ludes. As the main floor was rammed, watching from the bar was the best and most safe option, but their performance didn’t lose any of it’s power. Vocalist David Ashby scaled the dizzy heights of the charlotte stage (and added scaffolding), whilst spitting out the punchy lyrics, which the sweaty mound of people willfully soaked up. A decent set, including the single ‘Radio’, which was good enough to warm the waiting crowd up. Continue reading

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We Need First Class Rail Seating, Apparently

According to The Metro and The Scotsman, Tory Transport spokesman, Christopher Chope, is concerned that the government wishes to scrap ‘First Class’ on the railways in an attempt to reduce overcrowding. Personally I’m all for this. My few experiences of ‘First Class’ have been slightly larger seats, a suggestion of pampering but not actually enough to justify the cost, and listening to the odd rich twat spout off bollocks, either to a mobile phone or similarly narrowminded, clueless companions. Continue reading

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More Pimping…

Hi,

I’ve just finished doing an album in a month. I decided to write all new stuff and record it all myself rather than bother with band stuff, just to get myself writing again. It’s freely available here: http://www.snaregirl.com/1101010

Comments welcome.

Cheers
TheoGB Continue reading

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