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picture of X-Ray Spex live gig.

Marianne Joan Elliott-Said was one of the most influential musicians and artists of the late 1970s. After watching an early Sex Pistols gig on Hastings pier, she put an advert in Melody Maker looking for ‘young punx who want to stick it together’. She became Poly Styrene and they became the X-Ray Spex. As a …

Men of an older generation were often brought up to believe in certain things. Taught they had to be a ‘real man’. Which usually meant something along the lines of being the breadwinner, never showing emotion and bringing up your children in your own image. As society progressed and increasingly became more liberally minded in …

Whilst she might not be instantly recognisable to many, Andrea Riseborough is one of the most talented young British actors working in films and television today. Indeed, she seems to look different in just about every role she takes on. Her versatility is her strength, from playing Maggie Thatcher to brilliant performances in Shadow Dancer, …

The state of politics across the world is probably at its most lamentable levels since World War II. To say that it’s a profession which is currently attracting intellectuals would be like saying that fish have dire need of more hats. However, not far behind is the noble journalist; a mix of untalented grafter and …

As students of art history have been taught for generations, the first (truly) abstract art was created by Wassily Kandinsky in 1911. The European painter was generally accepted as being the movement’s first pioneer. Whilst there’s an argument that the form has its roots further back in history, the Russian was almost adamant about his …

Recent events in America have been eye-opening for those watching from afar. 2020 has seen the rise of the Black Lives Matter organisation in response to the institutional racism in the US, particularly within police departments. Echoes of which have reverberated across the world. Whilst it would be simplistic to feel in some way morally …

Whilst the Academy Awards may claim to consider cinema from all around the world, in reality only English-language films usually get a look in outside of ‘best foreign language’ category. Back in 1983, Das Boot was nominated for six Oscars. Although perversely, not in the most obvious category. This year, Never Look Away became only …

One of the most insidious and insipid phenomena to creep into British society over the last decade has been acid attacks. Due to a sharp rise in incidents from the start of 2017, press and politicians have begun taking notice and calling for action. It’s up there with knife crime as one of the greatest …

Consensus has it that the golden era of men’s tennis began with the emergence of Roger Federer around the middle of last decade. Whilst the athleticism and technical ability of Nadal, Murray and Djokovic and the Swiss is beyond doubt, it’s hard to shake the feeling that the sport has lost something in its constant …

Unfortunately, we live in a world where fame and fortune often have precious little to do with ability, intelligence or hard work. This vacuous throw-away culture has led to a cult of personality which has allowed the likes of Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian to succeed. Today, pop stars, musicians and footballers have more sway …