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Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling is fast becoming one of my favourite actors. The folks over at Lovefilm keep putting his work through my letterbox, and neither myself or Lucy have been disappointed so far. I found his portrayal of crack addict schoolteacher Dan Dunne in Half Nelson particularly inspirational, despite the apparent desperation of his situation throughout […]

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Fast & Furious

Having just returned from a fortnight of perfect sunshine, to the sobering oppression of the British rain, I needed something to cheer me up… My favourite scene from the original…

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Speaking of Linkin Park

I do love this track.  It’s just so damned effective…

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Song Structure

Here’s a very interesting article from Hometracked regarding the structure of [lastfm:Linkin Park]’s songs. A simple analysis does indeed indicate what I might call a ‘consistent’ approach to production… All Linkin Park songs look the same

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Chevron in Ecuador

http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/07/29/10677/ This story about Chevron is just outrageous.  Even in context the “little countries” quote is just crazy.  It’s a shame a man in Obama’s position can’t take more of a stand on these issues than allowing a spokesperson to reiterate a vanilla statement.  I guess once he’s done campaigning he will be able to […]

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Jay Electronica

http://www.last.fm/music/Jay+Electronica/_/Act+1:+Eternal+Sunshine+(the+pledge)?autostart I’m loving this.  Jay is in the process of being corrupted by E. Badu, but it’s no reason to hate on him (until he turns to Kanye for beats – Common, some advice, Dilla, Poyser, ?uest, they helped you find forever long before Kanye turned up…)

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John Pilger – Martha Gellhorn Prize

John made mention of this prestigious prize and its deserving winners during the Q&A session after yesterday’s showing of The War on Democracy. http://www.johnpilger.com/page.asp?partid=488 “In the spirit of the great war reporter Martha Gellhorn, these two extraordinary journalists – Dahr Jamail is American and Mohammed Omer is Palestinian – share the Prize for their courageous, […]

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Commentary Political

David Fleming – Energy & Anarchy

7pm, Room 8, Lambeth Town Hall Talk by David Fleming – Energy and Anarchy “The market is not the solution; it is part of the problem”. David proposes an alternative. Anarchy Leo Tolstoy drew comparisons with religion, christianity in particular. Pierre-Joseph Proudhon described the power of small local groups and self-organization. Matthew Arnold wrote “Culture […]

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John Pilger – The War on Democracy

A special screening and Q&A session with John Pilger at the Clapham Picturehouse cinema. http://www.johnpilger.com The War on Democracy was very thought provoking. Pilger covered huge political events from the past century in Latin America, where the USA has pursued it’s usual selfish goals at the expense of others. During the questions and answers session […]

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Frankie

Lucy and I have bought a cat! Yep. His name is Frankie, and he’s a jet black moggy. Some heartless people in Frankie’s past left him without home or love, and he turned up at the ‘Battersea Dogs and Cats Home’ where the right kind of people helped him find a home. With us! Frankie […]