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The Good, The Bad and The Bubbly

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Just in case you’re wondering, these are pictures of me and my friends, lovingly rendered as Instagrams, and our less flattering South Park caricatures, complete with our pets. I’ll leave you to work out who’s who…

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Postcard From Bishop’s Stortford

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It’s funny going back to your place of birth, secretly hoping that it still looks like the place you left behind, and your house hasn’t been replaced by a Tesco or Starbucks. I was relieved to see that nothing much had changed when I returned to Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire after more than thirty years. Give or take the odd PVC window frame, and a rash of Ground Forced gardens, it was exactly how I remembered it. I have a lot of happy, hazy memories of growing up here, and we moved away ‘up north’ when I was eight. Relocating to Cheshire was like a cold shower compared to this sleepy, sunny market town in the Home Counties. We went from Cider With Rosie to Wuthering Heights on a one-way ticket. This short film is a tour of my childhood…

Press Quality for HD and watch in fullscreen.

The video features the track Since I left You by The Avalanches, my all time favourite song, which samples old soul band The Main Attraction and Rose Royce, amongst others. It’s a burst of sunshine, and makes me happy every time I hear it.

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Kate Bush – The New Album

Kate Bush

It’s been six years since Aerial. The new album, 50 Words For Snow is spellbinding. And if you’re quick, you can hear a preview of all seven tracks here…

NPR Music streaming 50 Words For Snow

It’s difficult to review something so layered and ethereal, particularly when you’re better listening with an open mind. You could say it’s sprawling and epic, but delicate and hypnotic at the same time, much the same as snow. For all the intricate detail dazzling on the surface, there is a dark undercurrent and a profound sense of loss. There is also the cosy embrace of warm humour, but don’t get too comfortable: there are frozen tears at the end…

The album comes out on the 21st of November, http://www.katebush.com/

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The Candle-Lit Vigil Against Hate Crime

It’s that time of year again. The days grow shorter and chill winds blow through the streets of London. On the last weekend in October, Trafalgar Square is illuminated with a blanket of candle-light as people flock in their thousands to remember the victims of hate crimes. To see so many people united against violence is a spiritual experience in the truest sense. Last year, as the choir sang, flames sparked into life across the square. I stood in silence in a sea of flickering points of light, moved by the open displays of emotion around me. Standing right before me was the net result – the actual aftermath of hatred: sadness and loss. To be amongst so much catharsis was ultimately uplifting, and I felt fortified by the solidarity of the people around me. Various speakers roused us with spirited speeches, and celebrities and prominent members of the Police and Parliament publicly voiced their support. Ultimately, it became a celebration of the human spirit, of defiance and dignity.

This year the vigil takes place on Friday 28th October 2011 in Trafalgar Square. For more information check the links below.

Candle-Lit Vigils Against Hate Crime

The 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign

As a footnote, this video contains a soundtrack by The Flaming Lips, It Overtakes Me / The Stars Are So Big… I Am So Small… Do I Stand a Chance? which I remixed exclusively for this project.

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