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Ed Sheeran’s Secret Gig at Latitude Festival

Bury Spy, 18th July 2015

We’re standing in the crushed frenzy of Alt-J’s headline set. It’s coming to the end of their last song – ‘Breezeblocks’ – and we hear some murmuring and jostling behind us. People are leaving. A man next to us receives a text, which he excitedly discusses with his friend in another language. Our Finnish friend interprets for us, and the text is simply a time and a place. The i Arena, 11 o’clock. Continue reading Ed Sheeran’s Secret Gig at Latitude Festival

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Owen Jones and the New Statesman’s ‘Politics of Hope’ at Latitude Festival

Bury Spy, 17th July 2015

If you’re looking for somewhere to run an event on the future of the Labour, an exploration into intellectual socialism and a cushy middle-class-but-left-wing debate, Latitude is the place to pitch your tent.

Little wonder, then, that Thursday night of the festival was dominated by one particular event. The New Statesman’s ‘Politics of Hope’ was a panel of columnists discussing Labour’s future. Chaired by Caroline Crampton – the magazine’s web editor – the bench included Suzanne Moore, Georgia Gould and political big fish Owen Jones. Continue reading Owen Jones and the New Statesman’s ‘Politics of Hope’ at Latitude Festival

The Battle for Number 10: a Clash of the Titans (sort of)

The Indiependent, March 27th 2015

Like gun-slingers gearing up for a race to their triggers, the leaders’ speeches have focussed on the Channel 4 Battle for Number 10 for weeks. Despite Cameron’s sly attempts to wangle his way out of the showdown, he and Miliband finally met in front of the public.

Well, almost. Continue reading The Battle for Number 10: a Clash of the Titans (sort of)

Live Review: The Living Room

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BurySpy, 5th March 2015

This piece was written for BurySpy.com, and the original online copy can be found here.

 As venues go, the Living Room is an odd one. Placed in a back room of Bury St Edmunds’ Hunter Club, it replaces standing room with a mix of vintage chairs, tables and comfy sofas, the stage is covered with a Persian rug and next to the speakers stands an upright lamp with a tassel-covered lampshade. I’m not sure if I’ve come to a gig, or if my grandmother is hosting a live music event. Continue reading Live Review: The Living Room

TV Review: Wolf Hall Episode 2

The Indiependent

Given the media furore over Wolf Hall over the last two weeks, one hardly needed to watch the show. Each second of film has been analysed, re-analysed and debated by pundits from various walks of journalism, history, and television. It’s made an impact bigger than Henry himself.

After the character introductions and “oh, God, it’s Mark Gatiss” of the first episode, the second hour of Wolf Hall brought with it some juicy developments worthy of discussion. Like a slightly awkward autobiographical film, some major future plot-points were gestured to in a somewhat forced way by the dialogue. Suffolk, most notably, confides in Cromwell that a “world where Wolsey falls can be a world where Cromwell can be the king’s right hand”. Given the obvious trajectory of the story and Cromwell’s own political nouse, Suffolk left characters and audience alike consistent in their reaction: well, duh. 

Jane Seymour, the future Queen…

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The Theory of Everything

The Sixth Form Journal

Redmayne as Hawking (Universal Pictures 2015) Redmayne as Hawking (Universal Pictures 2015)

In many ways, The Theory of Everything is a misleading title for the biopic of Stephen Hawking. Not least because his theory, which primarily concerns itself with the nature of black holes and ‘space-time singularities’, is not about ‘everything’. Academically, the film tracks Hawking’s study of cosmology – starting with his PhD thesis and culminating in his world-famous book, A Brief History of Time. It shows how he thought about the world, how he discussed the world, how he wrote about the world, and how he changed the world.

But there is another reason. The film is not really about his theory. It is not a screen adaptation of the pioneering theoretical physics that Hawking produced. It is the story of a man, his wife, and his lifelong struggle with motor neurone disease. It is told not from the perspective of the maths…

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