Monthly Archives: July 2007

On Journalistic Integrity

“It is a beautiful thing, the destruction of words” (1984)

Over the past fortnight, the mainstream press in the UK have carried out a lengthy and typically vacuous appraisal of journalistic standards at the BBC, in response to a number of recent minor scandals on the subject. The controversy was prompted in part by a furore over misleading footage of our esteemed head of state. The attention it received was perhaps a more significant indicator of a decline in standards than the substance of the controversy itself, which concerned footage apparently showing the Queen looking upset when in fact she hadn’t been upset – not a story of any great importance or, indeed, any importance at all, and certainly one which ought to have been of no interest to any serious journalist. Continue reading

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"Wiped off the Map" – The Rumour of the Century

by Arash Norouzi


Across the world, a dangerous rumor has spread that could have catastrophic implications. According to legend, Iran’s President has threatened to destroy Israel, or, to quote the misquote, "Israel must be wiped off the map". Contrary to popular belief, this statement was never made, as the following article will prove.  

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Cove: Sun 8th July 2007 @ The Grosvenor

The Notorious Hi-Fi Killers are first up tonight. Due to some strange acoustic phenomenon, the sound travels up perfectly from the back room without losing volume so we are pleasantly surprised not to be utterly deafened when we get in there…for once. The NHFK feature the Noisestar boys on bass and drums and Notorious Hi-Fi Killin’ John on guitar and they play what can be best described as really loud Hendrix-like blues. This isn’t really my sort of music but watching NHFK always makes me re-evaluate this position. Tonight they sound fantastic, maybe in part because they’ve dispensed with the stage and set up everything in front of the PA. Continue reading

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About Chavs

A study of the current usage of the derogatory term “Chav”, with its origins in working class culture but now very much in favour in respectable middle class circles, presents a sad indictment on the retrograde currents prevailing within respectable society and, by extension, the political discourse which that society controls.

In the first place, it ought to be clearly understood that there is nothing funny about the circumstances in which many low-income families find themselves, and that to laugh at someone merely for being poor is a sign of backwardness and decadence. However, there is furthermore a class dimension to this issue, as is noticeable from the fact that, among middle class circles, the word “chav” is no longer simply used to refer to a particular type of young person, but is now extended to apply to any person who shows the outward signs of being from a low-income background, perhaps most easily identified if they are not well spoken, or dressed in a particular way. Thus the clientele of a shop, or of a whole pub might by dismissed as being too “chavvy”. So we have a return, of a sort, to Victorian values, and perhaps it is only the logical and natural consequence of the changes which have been taking place in our society, economically and culturally, since the early 1980s. Nevertheless the shameless cruelty of this particular type of hate, in an otherwise politically correct culture and climate, is remarkable. Continue reading

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