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Jake Hanrahan is a freelance writer focussing on lifestyle and entertainment. He also writes for MTV and Sabotage Times amongst others.

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Poster Boy and the Occupy Movement needs you! (To play truant on 1 May), Arts

Poster Boy and the Occupy Movement needs you! (To play truant on 1 May)

The streets of New York City are plastered with advertisements showing neon-toothed celebrities, airbrushed physiques and products we’re told we must have. It’s enough to make Tyler Durden heave, and for many these adverts have become an unwanted intrusion on the streets. So much so for one man, that you might come across a billboard [...]

By | Arts, Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 24 April 2012 at 4:00 am

Benny Banks: Music was a way out for me, Arts

Benny Banks: Music was a way out for me

With the infectious Bada Bing blaring out of speakers everywhere, Benny Banks discusses plans for his new album after signing to Warner, whether he’d sell out to the mainstream and why he quit crime for music.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 1 March 2012 at 12:00 am

Grime Outside the M25: Mr Snowman, Arts

Grime Outside the M25: Mr Snowman

Being one of the first producers outside of London to make a name for himself in the grime scene, Mr Snowman rose to notoriety with instrumentals like Lethal Procedure and Tetris Riddim in the early days grime. He’s now signed to the Sidewinder Raw label and making beats for some of the best in the genre.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 23 December 2011 at 5:00 am

We are many – protest documentary needs you, Notebook

We are many – protest documentary needs you

Since February 15 2003, when tens of millions of people lined the streets all over the world in protest against the Iraq war, to the recent Arab spring uprising and Occupy movements, director Amir Amirani has been documenting the events of the seemingly unstoppable force of public protest in modern times.

By | Notebook | Saturday, 10 December 2011 at 5:12 pm

Occupy London: The amenities, Notebook

Occupy London: The amenities

It looks as if the curtain is finally closing in on the Occupy London protest outside of St. Pauls, as the deadline of 17 November to pack up and move on was delivered by the high court.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 21 November 2011 at 4:59 pm

The Last Skeptik: My music sounds like a Wes Anderson film, Arts

The Last Skeptik: My music sounds like a Wes Anderson film

He’s opened shows for the Wu Tang Clan, toured the world with Lowkey, Jehst and Gangstarr, been deemed “awesome” by BBC Radio One’s Huw Stephens and a “legend” by 1xtra’s Charlie Sloth, and has shared the stage with Damon Albarn, Flea from The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Babyshambles. But you still probably haven’t heard of him. Here’s what The Last Skeptik had to say to about his disdain for the music industry, Wes Anderson films and his new video that depicts multiple train crashes.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 17 November 2011 at 4:00 am

A Flying Saucer for your front room, Notebook

A Flying Saucer for your front room

The self-titled “physicist” and tin foil hat enthusiast Bob Lazar has claimed many outlandish things in his time – most famously his involvement in a secret military base called S-4, where he claims to have reverse engineered extra-terrestrial aircraft for the US government.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 16 November 2011 at 11:44 am

The Cardboard Dream Machine, Games

The Cardboard Dream Machine

In these times of high polygon hypnotics and lucid dreamlike sprite animations, it’s refreshing when a game like The Dream Machine is winning awards with the most primitive of graphic environments. The Dream Machine is a new point-and-click adventure game made almost entirely out of clay and cardboard.

By | Games, Notebook | Monday, 10 October 2011 at 12:46 pm

Grime Outside the M25: Ill Murk, Arts

Grime Outside the M25: Ill Murk

Grime music has always been a genre naturally dominated by Londoners, it was of course born in the lesser privileged areas of the East end and has since thrived on the rapid fire lifestyle that the capital brings.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 12 September 2011 at 11:01 am

The Banksy deception, Arts

The Banksy deception

Whilst the migrants of Shoreditch and Dalton hold Banksy in the highest esteem, looking to him as the god-king of street art with his political sentiment and class mockery, other more hardened graffiti writers and street artists consider him a plagiarising vandal; painting over legendary graffiti pieces with his contrived stencils and allegedly stolen ideas. On the face of it, Banksy creates stunning propaganda depicting the state of the world’s affairs in large art pieces daubed illegally throughout the streets of Europe.

By | Arts | Friday, 26 August 2011 at 10:43 am

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