So I went down to the Bike show on Friday at London’s Excel Arena, and this is a round up of some of the coolest stuff I laid my eyes upon.
Quintessentially English in style and sound, the simplistic sound of Penguin Café both impressed and reassured an affectionate audience in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.
Arthur Jeffes and his dandy companions add a touch of exuberance to traditional folk music whilst capturing the authenticity of the original works of the late Simon Jeffes, who formed the Penguin Café [...]
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The next few months are set to be big ones in the world of pop music. Most likely, if you’re an astute follower of the genre, you don’t need me to tell you as you’ve already been running excited laps around your bedroom for weeks to burn off all the nervous energy you’ve collected, salivating at the prospect of what you can almost – but not quite – reach out and grasp.
Many days I wake up in utter amazement at how good I feel even though I have lived with a life-limiting disease for almost half of my life now. In a few months, I will celebrate my 50th birthday, a milestone I was never supposed to aspire to, let alone reach. This year also marks 30 years since the first diagnosed case of AIDS in Los Angeles, California. A lot has happened since then, it is a good time to do some reflecting and I will start by sharing my personal story.
Would you rather swim in a pool powered by the crematorium next door or not swim at all?
In the last 24 hours, councils in Redditch and Manchester have announced controversial, yet very different plans to cut back on spending. Slashing budgets was always going to be inevitable, but communities are crumpling their noses dissapprovingly [...]
The third chapter to Rab Fulton’s novel ‘Marcus Marcus and the Hurting Heart’, a ghostly murder mystery set in the distant future. Inspired by Sophocles – with a nod to Erle Stanley Gardner and Douglas Adams – it is a tale of treachery and blood…We’ll be posting two chapters of his new novel on the Independent every week
Last week, ten youths attacked a member of our staff who was on his way home after delivering workshops for the National Youth Theatre’s social inclusion programme. It was a cruel twist of fate that after working with a young demographic that are at risk of offending, he became the innocent victim of youths carrying out a senseless act of violence, in what appeared to be a gang initiation ritual. He survived to tell the tale, and the ten youths were so well disguised they would escape any recourse and no doubt offend again.
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