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First listen: Grinderman remixed by Barry Adamson, Arts

First listen: Grinderman remixed by Barry Adamson

Nick Cave’s Grinderman have a new single out on 14 March, the third to come from their well-received 2010 LP, Grinderman 2, Palaces of Montezuma.
The digital and vinyl formats of the single – called “Palaces of Montezuma” – come with a new mix of the track along with the original album version. There’s also a cover [...]

By | Arts | Tuesday, 1 February 2011 at 3:42 pm

Chapter 1: ‘Marcus Marcus and the Hurting Heart’, Notebook

Chapter 1: ‘Marcus Marcus and the Hurting Heart’

The first 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 each chapter of his new novel on the Independent

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 1 February 2011 at 3:39 pm

Counter-Baiting the Haters, Eagle Eye

Counter-Baiting the Haters

Grateful to Benedict Brogan, deputy editor of The Daily Telegraph, for publicising the Ban Blair Baiting petition, and for attributing its inauguration to me. In fact, that accolade belongs to Stan Rosenthal, who also placed a half-page advert for the campaign in the New Statesman this week.
Brogan notes that the latest Iraq Inquiry hearings have [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 1 February 2011 at 1:05 pm

The trouble with all the bank lending stats, Chunomics

The trouble with all the bank lending stats

It’s worth taking a long, cool look at the Bank of England’s latest numbers, which are comprehensive, and are especially awful for a couple of reasons.

By | Chunomics | Tuesday, 1 February 2011 at 12:26 pm

Transatlantic Sessions, South Bank Centre, Arts

Transatlantic Sessions, South Bank Centre

Mixing bluegrass with Irish emigration tunes, Cajun music with Gaelic folk and gospel songs with Celtic pipes could be a recipe for screeching, wailing and warbling. But in the hands of the fifteen pre-eminent musicians at last night’s Transatlantic Sessions in London, the result was a dense tapestry of sound, sentiment and roots.
A shining jewel [...]

By | Arts | Tuesday, 1 February 2011 at 12:09 pm

Will the Republicans pick a Mormon?, Eagle Eye

Will the Republicans pick a Mormon?

Jonathan Freedland asks number 495 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, after it appeared that Jon Huntsman, despite having been appointed by Barack Obama as ambassador to China, is preparing to run.
Freedland seems to think that Mitt Romney (right) has a serious chance of the GOP nomination, when they didn’t [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 1 February 2011 at 12:00 pm

Digital Digest, Digital Digest

Digital Digest

Links to the best of the web

By | Digital Digest | Tuesday, 1 February 2011 at 11:15 am

Egypt: Is the social network taking up arms?, Notebook

Egypt: Is the social network taking up arms?

Mark Zuckerberg claims on his Facebook page that he is motivated by the desire to “make the world a more open place”. Likewise, Twitter boasts the best way to immediately get “what’s new in your world.” I doubt either of them would have suspected this though. It seems they are getting their wish, but with surprisingly powerful and violent consequences; we have moved into the era of the socially networked revolution, and we are all the better for it.

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 1 February 2011 at 11:09 am

iBet: Expect a low scoring game at the Stadium of Light, Sport

iBet: Expect a low scoring game at the Stadium of Light

Sunderland play things pretty tight most of the time and in fact have been involved in fewer games featuring three goals or more than anyone else in the Premiership. In fact 67% of their games have gone under the 2.5 goals line.

By | Sport | Tuesday, 1 February 2011 at 1:00 am

Swapping unwanted pregnancies for Chlamydia, Notebook

Swapping unwanted pregnancies for Chlamydia

We’re a nation of binge-drinking, foul mouthed, lazy-arsed chavs who spend your money on widescreen televisions, booze, fags and McDonalds. We are also very good at producing offspring long before we are supposed to. What do we do to stop the breeding? A magic pill.
The morning-after pill. To some, it’s a saviour, to others, [...]

By | Notebook | Monday, 31 January 2011 at 10:26 pm

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