Monthly Archives: February 2006

This Aint Vegas, TFT Live at the Wheat Sheaf, Oxford (11/02/06)

Oxford is surprisingly easy and cheap to get to: The Oxford Tube coaches run all night and after about 3pm you can get a return for only eight quid. Given the line up of this gig at Oxford’s Wheat Sheaf I decided to make the effort to go up there. The venue turned out to be a good-sized little venue with an enormously loud PA and a bar that served a beer called ‘Old Tosser’ for the real ale buffs. Continue reading

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The Needles – Friday 10th Feb 2006 – Bedford Arms, Tufnell Park

The Needles are one of those bands whose travails have done so much to destroy my faith in the music industry. It’s an absolute crime that, despite the fêting of many of their musically similar contemporaries (most notably the Futureheads), after five years they remain resolutely unsigned. The only logical conclusion I can make is that the “industry” still remembers Mick Hucknall of Simply Red infamy all too clearly and refuse to endorse any other band with a ginger singer. Continue reading

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On Cartoon Riots

The hysteria surrounding the allegedly blasphemous depictions of the Muslim prophet does indeed constitute a provocation, but not exactly of the type we are led to believe. It constitutes a provocation on the part of a Western mainstream media determined to bring about a confrontation with a minority of radical Muslims, in order to represent that minority’s views as those of a wider Muslim constituency, and thus present to their respective nations the apocalyptic vision of the enemy within. Continue reading

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God is in the TV

My telly broke just after Christmas. First it made hissing noises when I switched it on, then the stench of burning plastic began to evaporate from its side. Alas, I have decided it can’t possibly be safe to use anymore. Remembering 80s health and safety adverts of ex- and imploding tellies all too well, my trusty old friend named Aiwa has now joined someone else’s trusty old friend named Hotpoint by the bins outside the house. Continue reading

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Newcastle Sack Souness, Everyone Shrugs Shoulders

After seventeen disastrous months in charge at St James’s Park, Graham Souness was finally put out of his increasingly apparent misery this week. It had been clear for some time that the former Liverpool stalwart had taken Newcastle United as far as he could take them. That is, not very far at all. The decision to sack him just two days after the close of the transfer window was just the sort of inexplicable buffoonery we have come to expect from this interminably poorly-managed club, which for some years appears to have had its head firmly lodged up its own sentimentalist, underachieving rectum. Continue reading

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