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Pollination launch compilation and print campaign to support UK-based refugees and asylum seekers In response to the Nationality and Borders Bill – known as the Anti-Refugee Bill – which is being presented in October to parliament, music collective Pollination have launched a cross-arts campaign to help provide support to UK-based refugees and asylum seekers.
 
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This Week… Stab In The Dark! ‘Got any moderna mate?’ The lights flickered and flashed relentlessly – the music pounded from the speakers and echoed in the large lofty warehouse. The smoke was thick and foggy as he cast a glance through the shadows and watched as the dancers moved back and forth all around him. Then out of the corner […]
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This Week… What Goes Up Must Come Down? I’m unsure of myself, unsure of my new found freedom. Should I dance? Is it safe? Am I ready? What happens if they only play piano house now? Will I like it? Has dance music changed? Have I changed?  All sorts of existential questions have been floating through the minds of ravers this week. The […]
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This Week… The Boris Ultimatum! It’s been a funny sort of week, we were all supposed to be oh so very happy about the grand reopening of society. By and large we are… However, there have been some dark and ominous undertones to proceedings, what with Boris effectively giving young people a mandate to take up the vaccine in order […]
 
 
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This Week… It’s not quite Braveheart but Freedom Day is here! On Monday we will all be free. At least for a little while anyway until we all get locked back up again or the test and trace application texts us all in some sort of weird dystopian neverending self isolation loop. Let the good times roll! I jest… However I’m very happy to see that nightclubs […]
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This Week… Embrace the Culture! “Vindaloo” I can’t recall a moment as staunchly British in my lifetime as is now. We got our country back, Brexit was a resounding success and now Harry and the lads have only gone and gotten us into a bloody final eh?
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This Week… It Was Only A Kiss! Ah, what a week it has been. First Matt Hancock was caught red handed kissing his assistant in breach of covid social distancing protocol. He kisses like he’s in The Sims by the way….  Then Matt Hancock got some moral support from serial shagger Boris. Then Matt Hancock resigned because his position was deemed untenable […]
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This Week… Is It Home Yet? “Football crazy, football mad – Euro 2020 is here so let’s get tanked up with the lads. Or something like that…”  This time it is definitely coming home, it has to, surely… Today marks the start of Euro 2020 in 2021, I’m not quite sure how that works but it does. A summer of non […]
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This Week… Time for an Inquisition! “In a well run entity what would have happened here is essentially, in my opinion, you would have had a dictator.”  Few things have been as entertaining of late as Dominic Cummings explosive hearing. This week the former adviser to Boris Johnson told tall tales about squabbling politicians and their reckless abandon on live television. […]
 
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This Week… Puffa Jackets & Priti Kicks!   It’s bloody freezing isn’t it! You could be mistaken for thinking that it’s some point in mid Autumn but no, here we are, the Great British summertime in full bloody bloom! Ah well, at least it gives me a nice opportunity to wrap up warm in a big cosy jacket…. Speaking of which… Priti […]
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“Imagine what we once had”: Commodifying nostalgia for nostalgia Reflecting on the how and why behind our musical perspectives.
 
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This Week… Rogue Raids and Rainy Days! I tell you what, this weather is not cool. This time last year was the hottest May on record but here we are stuck inside because the p*ssing rain won’t stop falling.
 
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This Week… A Rocket Crashes Back to Earth! Who knows where it will land? Will we all be wiped out in one fell swoop? Will it crash beneath the sea only to be found millions of years later amidst some sort of underwater utopia? Will it get shot down and explode like some sort of mad firework? The tension is unbearable…  Anyway, back […]
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This Week… Hotline Bling – the Boris Edition! So let's get straight to it then. This week it was discovered that bumbling Boris, our Prime Minister, had been using the same mobile phone number for a couple of decades. This in itself is not a problem except for the fact that said number had been publicly available and published by himself in a press release free to all on the internet for over fifteen years....
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This Week… Do The Humpty Hump! Did St George kill the dragon or was that a different saint? I forget. Anyway, today is St George’s day which generally means that in little England some will get their finest three lions shirts on for a few tins of Carling with the boys. Songs will be sung, mostly about colonial times, ships and […]
 
 
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This Week… Sweet Nectar, I Have Missed Thee! It’s funny, this week things have felt kind of normal. I say this with a degree of hesitancy because we’ve been here a few times before haven’t we? However, it does feel slightly different. Perhaps it’s been the militant barrage of ‘club ready’ promos to my inbox as opposed to the ambient sofa king material […]
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This Week… Post Easter Comedown! Isn’t it just wonderful when the sun is shining and the weather is sweet. You’ve found yourself lost in a maze of chocolate eggs and roast dinners – then BOOM! Reality strikes…. The working week resumes and you find yourself sad, alone eating chocolate straight from the foil, your fifth creme egg of the day […]
 
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Gerry Read’s 8 Head Guide To Easter Since the eggs went on parade shortly after boxing day the anticipation for Easter has been gently throbbing. As we near the official start of “British Summer Time” Easter begins its ascent towards climax, it’s been slowly edging since late December and that chocolate explosion finale is inevitable. It was decided by Jesus and the […]
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This Week…. Grow Your Own Food! No, really, you probably should. At least if the upcoming ‘Festival Of Brexit’ is anything to go by then we should probably all expect to be eating nothing but beans and potatoes by 2022. That’s right, the Government announced plans for a special celebration of Britain next year, complete with a ‘dedication to Great British […]
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This Week… Patrol the Dance! When Mike Skinner asked “has it come to this?” I’m pretty sure that even he didn’t think it would get this bad. This week it was announced that the Government wants to send undercover coppers into clubs, raves, bars and pubs to police the nighttime economy. We wrote a piece on why this is highly […]
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This Week… Royals, Racists and Wrong’uns! It’s about time someone called out the monarchy. I was wholeheartedly impressed by Meghan’s interview this week. She spoke openly and honestly about a family of wrong’uns who quite frankly don’t deserve a penny from the taxpayer whilst spouting racist rhetoric and protecting paedophiles. I’m sorry if that seems like a blunt and angry way […]
 
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This Week… Happiness & Loneliness! Once upon a time there was a great dance record which summed up the sentiment of life in a few beautiful words. There are days in which I feel happy, there are days in which I feel lonely – lockdown does that to a man. However, we must all keep the faith that one day […]
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This Week… A Taste of Freedom! And then… a magnificent miracle! The sun rose in the distance, beaming down upon the good people of the world and God said: “to a festival you may go!” Well, sort of. We aren’t entirely getting our hopes up of being plastered in a portaloo this summer quite yet but there does appear to be […]
 
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