Brentford 2 Bristol City 2: Championship: 2017-2018

It was a great day for football yesterday. The start and the end of the season, with its fine weather and people in shorts and T-shirts sometimes makes me wonder about the value of perhaps changing the run of the season and playing over the summer. The Irish Republic and some Scandinavian countries shift their…

Just One View: ‘Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words’ (2015)

I’ve never seen ‘Casablanca’. I feel like a fake. I think that I’d seen bits, with my grandmother, when I was little and I’ve seen little bits within the great Herbert Ross/Woody Allen film ‘Play It Again, Sam‘ but watching the film as one movie is something that I’ve never done. My excuse? Sometimes you…

Top 10 Of The Velvet Underground

K-UTE Radio Yes, as Omar says to Brother Mouzone in ‘The Wire’, “….even if I miss, I can’t miss.”. Any ten of Velvet Underground is a top 10. My favourites: 1. ‘Guess I’m Falling In Love‘ (Instrumental Version). I think that John Cale was still on this: presaging The Stooges, whose first album he’d later…

Benjamin Dixon and H.A. Goodman Have At It But It Ends In A Tie

This is great fun. H.A. Goodman and Benjamin Dixon are stalwarts of YouTube who commentate, in the main, on United States politics. I gather that they’ve got a history of being friends, as fellow journalists, but there’s been some tension since the end of the 2016 Democratic primaries, due to Benjamin reluctantly feeling duty bound to…

Bristol City 3 Barnsley 1: 2017 – 2018 Championship

I hope that Barnsley manage to make their way back from the beach sometime soon due to the season already starting. I saw them at Ashton Gate at the end of April and, although City won, they impressed me greatly. Yesterday, Bristol City just bulldozed them in the first half. I don’t know what excuse…

Morricone In Pop Band Format

This man’s such a genius. Any concert or collection of his music would probably, understandably, focus on his best known work but I really love his 60s and 70s pieces that were made to the format of small rock band. Such funky, groovy stuff, sometimes, – fuzz bass, twangy guitar, juicy organ, horns – and…

On Randy Bryce’s Quest to Take Paul Ryan down

A good piece in the Guardian about Randy Bryce and whether he can put down a template for the Democratic party. “…His growing star power will help him, but sitting speakers don’t lose elections and Ryan’s district went for Trump by 11 points….”. House Majority Leaders don’t lose elections either….at least they didn’t for 115…

Michael Moore on Broadway: The Terms of My Surrender

Michael Moore’s a very interesting figure. His TV Nation series was a masterpiece and Roger & Me and Capitalism: A Love Story were just great too but, like some of the other posters, I fear that he gives the Democrats too much political cover when the Democrats’ inertia and Wall Street corruption probably beget Trump….