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67 entries posted in 2010

BRMC 1000

Wednesday, 22 December 2010 9:07 pm
tags: blackrebelmotorcycleclub livemusic

On Saturday 11th December at Brixton Academy, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club performed their 1000th show since forming in 2001. And they were flawless.

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Ratatat

Wednesday, 8 December 2010 11:20 pm
tags: guitar livemusic music ratatat vampireweekend

I saw Ratatat at the weekend, and, like a lot of artists in my music collection, they are a band I know due to a couple of songs I discovered by them years back. Ratatat were supporting Vampire Weekend at the Brighton Centre last week (who I'll get onto shortly), and as much as I enjoyed Vampire Weekend, it was Ratatat who left me yearning for me. Luckily, I managed to get hold of last minute tickets to see the twosome performing again a few days later at a much more intimate venue. I was not disappointed.

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A Tourist in the Big City

Wednesday, 24 November 2010 12:09 am
tags: newyorkcity travel

In the second of tonight's posts, I want to get down a few more of my experiences from New York City. Something you can't really avoid when travelling - unless you are an extremely clued up type - is being a tourist; especially in a city the size of New York. In the post I describe what it's like being a tourist in NYC. I've also included another of my photographic favourites taken in the city - you can check it out below.

On an entirely unrelated note, this is my 100th blog post!

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NYC

Tuesday, 23 November 2010 8:07 pm
tags: newyorkcity photography travel

I've decided to break my 20-day lull with a double-post. The posts are related, yet contradictory (I will explain). The first post for tonight will explain my absence. Or rather, the following photo will. I am proud to say I have now visited the place I consider to be the city of all cities; the big daddy of them all, New York City. In the second post I cover the topic of tourism, or rather, being a tourist in the big city.

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The Black Keys

Thursday, 4 November 2010 12:16 am
tags: blackkeys livemusic

I write this on the train back to Brighton from London after an evening being entertained by funky blues rockers The Black Keys. I can't say I was overly keen on the duo before tonight, having only heard a handful of songs. And even now, with their latest album Brothers sounding in my ears, on record I can't say I'm particularly enamoured with them. Live, on the other hand they're a different ballgame.

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The Event & Logo Design

Sunday, 31 October 2010 12:36 am
tags: design television theevent

It would be quite easy to lump NBC's new show 'The Event' into the fairly standard FBI 'big secret' American format of television show, à la Flash Forward. It may be a little too early to judge how this programme will play out, although similarly to Flash Forward, 3 episodes in and it has left me hungry for more.

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The Social Network

Thursday, 21 October 2010 10:28 pm
tags: facebook movies review

I haven't been looking forward to a film as I have The Social Network for quite some time. From the moment I first saw the familiar white lettering on the blue background I was intrigued. Don't get me wrong, I'm no Facebook junkie; sure I blog about it now and again and I'm on it every day (but who isn't these days). But I think it's more the awe-inspiring story of the 26-year old billionaire that had the idea that gets me.

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(Not so) Hidden iPhone Feature

Sunday, 10 October 2010 11:20 pm
tags: iphone

If, like me, you often find yourself reading an article on your iPhone in bed, it can be a little annoying when you're on your side and the iPhone's accelerometer tries to compensate by changing the orientation and going into horizontal mode. For about 2 months now I've put up with it, assuming it was a feature Apple have chosen to lock down, with Jailbreaking being the only option. And after 5 minutes of Googling, it looked to be so.

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Quick Timeline Fix - MySQL Error

Wednesday, 6 October 2010 12:41 am
tags: coding mysql

It's taken me far too long to figure this bug out, but I'm pleased to announce I've finally nipped it in the bud. For as long as version 2 of this blog has been in place, the timeline hasn't always worked as it should. To summarise, for those who haven't noticed, clicking on a date in the timeline that should show the blog(s) posted on that day, often came up with "0 entries posted on..." - when clearly the timeline shows otherwise.

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Canned Laughter

Tuesday, 5 October 2010 12:24 am
tags: comedy television theinbetweeners

I love comedy, it's all I really tune into on TV these days, with the possible exception of True Blood. And after catching up with How I Met Your Mother last night and catching the inexplicable Inbetweeners tonight, there is something that puzzles me when it comes to comedy, especially when comparing shows either side of the Atlantic: why is "canned laughter" so often used?

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