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Interview with Jammer: A chat about Lord of the Mics with grime’s elder statesman, Arts

Interview with Jammer: A chat about Lord of the Mics with grime’s elder statesman

Big H, who was due to appear on Lord of the Mics 4 until his opponent, Scratchy, pulled out. “H was going to do it but then Wiley paid Scratchy 10 grand not to clash,” he tells me.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 15 January 2014 at 6:30 am

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the Agent, Arts

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the Agent

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and, like me, managed to devour as many children’s books as you did chocolates over the festive season. For my first post of 2014 I thought I’d put up a little something for any aspiring children’s book writers out there.

By | Arts | Tuesday, 14 January 2014 at 4:00 am

Interview with Jon Rundell, Arts

Interview with Jon Rundell

Best known as one half of house and techno’s most formidable double acts, Jon Rundell has come a long way since delivering papers to save up for his first set of decks. Almost seven years after legend Carl Cox described him as ‘better than most top DJs’, Jon has since held residencies at the biggest clubs in the world, remixed countless hits, spearheaded Pure Intec’s label re-launch and helped push the musical boundaries of the genre.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 14 January 2014 at 2:00 am

Friday Book Design Blog: The Academy of British Cover Design is looking for the best British covers of 2013, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: The Academy of British Cover Design is looking for the best British covers of 2013

This blog being obviously all about great book cover design, how could I not give a shout out to this new award, inaugurated this year, for the best in British book cover design?@
The nattily named Academy of British Cover Design are looking for nominations for the best covers for books published during 2013 by British [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 10 January 2014 at 4:43 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: My Struggle… the evolution of a proof cover, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: My Struggle… the evolution of a proof cover

What is the job of a proof, or ARC (Advanced Reading Copy)? Well, traditionally, it’s to get the words of a forthcoming book before the eyes of literary editors and reviewers, so they can plan their coverage ahead of time.

By | Arts | Friday, 3 January 2014 at 3:44 pm

Sherlock – ‘The Empty Hearse’ – Series 3, Episode 1, Arts

Sherlock – ‘The Empty Hearse’ – Series 3, Episode 1

Within the first two minutes of the episode, the question that left the nation on tenterhooks back in 2012 was finally answered.

By | Arts | Thursday, 2 January 2014 at 11:59 pm

All Rapped Up: The best US hip-hop of 2013, Arts

All Rapped Up: The best US hip-hop of 2013

The past 12 months felt somewhat low key for US hip-hop. In sharp contrast with 2012, which yielded a sizeable stack of truly excellent records and, in Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city, one bonafide classic, 2013 seemed just, well, a bit quiet.

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 1 January 2014 at 9:08 pm

Glimpse: “There’s no going back now”, Arts

Glimpse: “There’s no going back now”

Glimpse is a house and techno producer who has been involved with the music for well over a decade now, maintaining a fruitful and productive career – meandering between styles, dipping into live performance, DJing and forming creative partnerships with numerous artists, including the late Martin Dawson. More recently he has been working on the Dense & Pika techno project with his friend, and fellow musician, Alex Jones. I caught up with him a few days ago to speak about what his career…

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 30 December 2013 at 9:54 pm

Death Comes to Pemberley – Episode 3, Arts

Death Comes to Pemberley – Episode 3

A fine conclusion to this Austen crime mashup – if not a morally satisfying one.

By | Arts | Saturday, 28 December 2013 at 10:07 pm

Death Comes to Pemberley – Episode 2, Arts

Death Comes to Pemberley – Episode 2

It’s all about honour as Darcy fights to save his, Wickham pretends he has none and the Colonel is assumed to have been born with it.

By | Arts | Friday, 27 December 2013 at 11:59 pm

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