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Riots Debate: Vicky Wong

In Vicky Wong on August 19, 2011 at 6:19 am

In the latest of the pieces on the riots, East London-dwelling Vicky Wong provides her take on the events of the past week. Read the rest of this entry »

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Riots Debate: Alex Gabriel

In Alex Gabriel on August 16, 2011 at 8:23 pm

In the second in our debate on the riots, Alex Gabriel asks can we talk about the violence? He believes that we can say what we like, these riots were political in every sense. Read the rest of this entry »

Riots Debate: Archie Manners

In Archie Manners on August 16, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Two very different perspectives on last week’s riots, Archie Manners believes the “lost generation” is a trap many fall into for no reason. Like this blog, he believes that the media have no right to use this as an excuse to cast Britain’s youth in a bad light. Read the rest of this entry »

Minister Criticises Afghan-Theme Video Game

In Uncategorized on September 1, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox has called out for a ban on the upcoming video game Medal of Honor. Is he right? Scott Murphy finds out. Read the rest of this entry »

The Bandwagon needs an MOT

In Richard Cunningham on August 11, 2010 at 8:43 am

By Richard Cunningham

British music ‘scenes’, as today they are so often described, are literally the band wagons on which young music makers are getting aboard. The path that these schools of thought on good music lead to are varying in their results and respective successes, whether the band or artists idea of success is the respect of those around them, or the recognition of the whole demographic. Read the rest of this entry »

DEBATE: Are the Olympics a complete waste of money?

In Charlie Edwards, Matt Gardner on July 29, 2010 at 10:13 am

Matt Gardner says YES, Charlie Edwards says NO

Two of Political Promise’s founders go head-to-head on the Olympics. Read the rest of this entry »

Ju Shardlow On… Lots of things about the ‘football’

In Ju Shardlow on June 21, 2010 at 8:25 am

This is in response to Vicky’s article yesterday

Well unlike Vicky, I do know about football. The only thing I can’t claim to know about the World Cup is the supporters’ mood in England (but thankfully I’ve got John Motson’s blog for that). My life has become CONSUMED by football. I believe that if you’re a real fan, you don’t phone up the BBC complaining about the 24/7 coverage as soon as we start losing. You don’t become ‘fed up’ because Terry et al go onto the pitch without passion, as Vicky suggested.

So why don’t I feel the despair of 90 minutes of poor passing and dehydration? Because I never believed we could win. The key is going into the tournament with the lowest expectations possible. Look at South Korea. The Asian fans have a wonderful tradition of sticking with their sport through thick and thin, never booing or complaining- hell, they even let off fireworks after losing 4-1 to Argentina. Everyone here is praying to get through to the second round, as that’s as far as they’ll get. Capello’s stripped-down campaign this year only increased the pressure on the players and we started genuinely believing we could win it. No, Galloway. No, Corden. Just no. Read the rest of this entry »

Simply Sore Losers

In Vicky Wong on June 20, 2010 at 3:59 pm

By Vicky Wong

Unlike many females, I am willing to admit that I don’t know the first thing about football (a male friend of mines told me whilst watching the US-England match, a girl in their company in the final stages of the match went “if it continues at this rate it will go to penalties”). I would be open to anyone who can explain the offside rule.

The South Africa World Cup has been one in which England fans pre-empted victory on the cards. But after two games and high expectations, that support has turned into bitter disappointment and anger.

An article in the Economist a few weeks ago had a rather bleak forecast of England’s performance in their first match and the rest of the tournament (note that the June 12th-18th edition was sent out in the morning of the match, which took place at 1930 GMT). The Bagehot article in question stated that in the previous world cup tournaments, the England squad were at the top of their game, with the glitz and glamour of the footballing lifestyle, a time where WAGS were the belles and first ladies of the country, and a time where English footballers were seen as the national heroes and came to personify the underdog success stories of a generation. English football never had it so good. Read the rest of this entry »

Ju Shardlow On… The Demise of “FOOTBALL”

In Ju Shardlow on June 7, 2010 at 3:16 pm

As part of my annual sticky summer madness, I like to sit on my roof drinking punch and shouting at the Today program. It only takes a brief ill-tuning of the radio to bring up 5 live, though. “Rio Ferdinand hobbles into the ambulance”. Football? The world just got too hot…where’s the punch? PUNCH! Oh my god…football…FOOTBALL! I hastily call Chris. “FOOTBALL!” “Football?” “Yes, Football!”

I immediately look directly into the sun so I don’t have to work for the next 4 weeks.

Where has football been? Our build-up has been surprisingly mellow this year. Perhaps the Election, Gaza or BP have been keeping it out of the news. Sky’s enraged subtitle ejaculation at the Rio news was the closest we got to a ‘wave’ of soccer headlines. I can only pray that the FA’s done a scaled-down send off this year due to our bad international showings in the past, erm, 40 odd years. Take soccer jerseys for example, I haven’t seen a single person wearing one, and that’s normally the tattoo de jour in E2. To be fair, I tried to buy one and nearly melted again at the online price. $79.99? For a t-shirt? It’s not like it wasn’t made by teeny tiny England fans in Bangladesh. Read the rest of this entry »

Ju Shardlow On… Jeremy Hunt and the Inevitable Cuts

In Ju Shardlow on May 18, 2010 at 8:35 am

By Juliet Shardlow

Since the coalition agreement, media worries over Tory spending cuts have centered mainly on Jeremy Hunt’s plans for arts expenditure. The Guardian this week lamented the “putting down” of the lucrative arts cash cow- pointing to the13-year “enlightenment” of arts sector funding by Labour.

I can see the anti-Tory demonstrations now: picket-signs with “2 mil kids in UK Youth Music schemes”, “Don’t destroy our local theatre” and “Here comes the bankruptcy of ‘97”. There’ll be some jugglers and lots of youngsters from the local youth choir singing ‘Ave Maria’ whilst holding candles.

Yes, it’s understandable to fear a total back-track on the impressive record Labour has set. Many people will remember the abysmal state of the UK arts scene in the early ‘90s. I’ll say this: UK tourism  is better off now that London museum entry is largely free. It’s good to hear classical music ringing from the community centre 3 times a week. Even the low-culture zones of the 80’s such as Birmingham and Liverpool have spring up as major cultural centers. A close friend of mine is taking free circus classes in Brixton. Circus classes. Contrast this with the underground statement music of ’91, the lamentable state of regional television, and the lack of media traineeships and you’ve got a clear winner.

Jeremy Hunt on his plans to cut ballet funding

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