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The End Of Motörhead

By Alexander Baron

In November, former Motörhead drummer Phil Taylor died at the age of 61. Now, the band’s bass player and lead vocalist has died at the age of 70. As he was the main man, this is surely the end of a chapter in rock history. Ian Fraser Kilmister, known universally as Lemmy, was born at […]

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Deke Leonard – From Axeman To Author

By Alexander Baron

If you haven’t heard of Deke Leonard, that’s because you didn’t grow up in the golden age of heavy metal and melodic rock. Only a few of us had that privilege. Deke started out as a starstruck teenager in the Welsh town of Llanelli, and describes himself as serving a life sentence in the music […]

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Sara Pascoe – Battersea Arts Centre

By Mark Taha

Sara Pascoe is blonde, good loing and a talented comedienne. Her Christmas assembly was both funny and different, with the British Humanist Choir providing carols like O Come All Ye Faithless. “Headmistress” Mrs Pascoe says that her Sixth formers are “good boys, they rejected my sexual advances” after Mrs Hammick sings I’m a Vegan, and […]

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Clapton Is No Longer God

By Alexander Baron

As rock guitarists go, Eric Clapton is up there with the best of them, and has been since the 1960s. His contemporaries include Ritchie Black, George Kooymans, Carlos Santana, Ted Turner, Andy Powell and Tony Iommi. All these men are still around, and still making great music, especially Ritchie, although Ted is keeping a low […]

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Who Else Was Born Today?

By Alexander Baron

We all know the Great JC was born on December 25, even though he didn’t exist, but who in the real world was born today? Quite a lot of people! If you walk down a moderately busy high street, the chances are you will pass at least one person who was born on Christmas Day. […]

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Nutcracker! – The Musical (Pleasance Theatre, London)

By Mark Taha

The ballet was turned into a cartoon in 1990, now it’s become a stage musical with Nancy Holson adding words to the music. It goes from the present day – Marie and Uncle Drosselmeir reading the story on Christmas Eve – to the story itself, then back and forth. Princess Pirlipat (also Marie) is born, […]

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How We Googled In 2015

By Tim Sandle

At the end of the year, Google publishes several ‘top ten’ lists of the most popular search terms. Taking out the obvious and non-family friendly ones (like ‘sex’ and ‘porn’), what do we have? Here are the top ten general searches: Lamar Odom Jurassic World American Sniper Caitlyn Jenner Ronda Rousey Paris Agario Chris Kyle […]

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Oh No, Not Another Christmas Song

By Alexander Baron

The Xmas season brings with it, inevitably, rampant commercialism, including in music; sadly this year is no different, except for the startling lack of originality. In 1994, Mariah Carey co-wrote and produced All I Want For Christmas Is You, which for some strange reason has remained popular for the past two decades. This year though […]

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Christmas – A Time for Retro?

By Mark Taha

This is the time of year when we tend to lo back with nostalgia and wish for the way things were; rose-tinted glasses or not, but the evidence is clear that the annuals of days gone by were a lot better than today’s. The Schoolboys’ Annuals and old Eagle Annuals from the 1960s tried to […]

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Crytek Announced The Climb for the Oculus Rift

By Matthew Adams

Virtual Reality could be the future of gaming, even though it has been around since the ’90s. VR headsets have never really taken off as of yet, but both Sony and Oculus VR have unveiled new virtual reality platforms for next year with the PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift. A variety of game publishers are […]

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