A Short Spunge Bath: [Spunge] at The Railway, Winchester, 28th March – Reviewed by Aaron Myles

I love live music and I love ska from my childhood. When I found out that 90’s British ska legends [Spunge] were playing at The Railway in Winchester, I had a rush of sentimentality and the desperate urge to call up all my old school friends and convince them to fork out the £11 for …

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Hoy and Co deliver at World Championships – By Ben Stones

Prior to the Olympics in Beijing you would have struggled to find much coverage of track cycling on the BBC. Last week however saw the Beeb broadcast seemingly non-stop action from the Track Cycling World Championships in Copenhagen, presumably because of the recent success of Sir Chris Hoy and company. Viewing figures were not particularly …

Arabella Weir: Does my Bum Look Big in This? – Reviewed by Alison Harris

  The British comedy actor and writer Arabella Weir who made her name in The Fast Show performed recently at a local theatre and I went along with a few friends as this lady makes me chuckle.  Arabella Weir gave a talk, read extracts from her three novels and held a Q & A session, …

Facebook: a toxic addiction? – By Seb Farris

When I bring to discussion the topic of grumpy old women, while alluding to the monotonous television show aptly taking the name of this subject, many knocked-about names arise out of the open, fetid crypt filled with cackling old bats: Anne Widdecombe, Germaine Greer (shudders run up the spine) and among other darling feminine institutions, …

Albums that Changed My Life V: David Bowie, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972) – By Neil McCaw

‘What do you want for your birthday ?’ she asked. ‘The Ziggy Stardust; the Motion Picture LP,’ I rather patronisingly replied, as if the answer was THE most obvious thing in the world. God girlfriends could be dense sometimes. I’d seen the trailer for the album and was convinced it would be good just because …

Thank You – A Poem by Katie Russell

Thank you For your love That has always given me happiness Thank you For your kindness Always giving Expecting nothing Thank you for your expectations That have shaped my dreams And given me The ability to succeed. Thank you for your patience That never faltered When I didn’t appreciate All of your work. Thank you …