2005 This album certainly isn’t bad, but I’ve listened to it about three times through and I can’t get into it. I don’t know what it is. The ingredients are good: well-constructed beats, an eclectic range of influences including jazz, hip-hop, rock and some Latin thrown in there, some solid enough vocal performances from guest... Continue Reading →
I’ve been playing Rocket League for a few years, so I know how toxic the community can be. You’re lucky if you miss a shot or a save and don’t get a derisive comment from your opponents or, as is more often the case, your teammates. Some people take issue with you for other reasons.... Continue Reading →
2007 “People talk so much shit about me at barber shops, they forget to get they hair cut,” raps Kanye West on “Everything I Am”. I can’t say I ever forgot to get my hair cut, even if you’d think so judging by the mop I was rocking in my teenage years. But I definitely... Continue Reading →
1968 My quest to discover a new album every (full) week of this year starts with Nancy & Lee. I've always liked Nancy Sinatra's voice but I was surprised how well Lee Hazelwood's complemented it. The two seem to have real chemistry despite the story that this album came about after Frank Sinatra asked Hazelwood... Continue Reading →
“One Euro one, six for six. Very, very tasty, very, very good!” So went the song of the samosa salesman. He was a youngish guy of South-Asian origin, and I wondered why he sang in English rather than Catalan or – heaven forbid around these parts – Spanish. I normally find these hawkers irritating when... Continue Reading →
The logic of the real world doesn't apply [to video games] ... In Age of Empires, a strategy game I played endlessly when I was younger, you can set castles ablaze by shooting them with arrows. In The Elder Scrolls, you can cure diseases through prayer.
After watching Netflix's The Queen's Gambit, Sophie and I found that we had much to discuss - and disagree about. I suggested we put our contrasting views into writing and publish them side-by-side. What follows is the result. Enjoy, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below. Alone, but... Continue Reading →
I often find that planes and airports can be interesting places. I've long felt that I do some of my best writing while flying. Being removed from my everyday life, having the time to think and being faced with so many people from all over the world put me in a reflective mood. But apart... Continue Reading →
J’avais un rêve interessant hier soir. J’étais avec ma famille dans notre maison en France. C’était la maison que nous avions jusqu’a 2013, quand mes parents l’ont vendu. La maison c’était la plupart le même que je me souviens, mais dehors, le village avait l’air un peu différent. Les rues étaient plus larges et il... Continue Reading →
Suddenly I was thinking about themes and symbols and social commentary, the kind of stuff academics and film critics get all horny about. I felt this was probably not the proper spirit in which to watch Family Guy but once you become used to analysing everything you can't really turn it off.
The closing off of public events has so far not been implemented in the UK, where the public has been panic-buying toilet paper and canned salmon yet is easy going about conglomerating by the thousands in closed venues.
Stakeholders and CEOs warn that benefits to the environment could severely damage quarterly profits Life forms around the world have expressed relief at the recent grounding of hundreds of international flights due to coronavirus. A statement from the International Committee of Non-Human Life Forms (ICNHLF), released Wednesday, said: “while we express our sympathies to the... Continue Reading →