Archive for January, 2006

The Blue Aeroplanes

Thank God they did not disappoint. Gerard Langley has lost none of his insouciance. Clad in Armani black and serious shades he could have been a businessman not a poet, but the mischievous smile that flickered across his face gave the game away. This was a night about poetry, rock and the heartbursting joy of Swagger, an album guaranteed to raise the lowest spirits from torpor.

Chris Humphreys: Absolute proof

Like Jack, there is no front about him, just a genuine enthusiasm for life as “one of the luckiest men on earth” able to indulge his passion for history and gift for writing by creating a vivid world of blood and battles, bad girls and blackguards that leaps off the page

Good Night, And Good Luck

This is a story from a time when “investigative journalist” was tortology. As such it should be shown on media studies courses to reporters whose only interest in journalism is as a route to celebrity.

Albums of the year 2005 Danuta Kean – Associate Editor: 1. The National – Alligator Best album of the year. Dark, emotionally spare lyricism married to melodies that raise the spirits sunwards only to drop you crashing like a stone to the ground, bitter and angry, whether raging at estranged lovers or failed politicians
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