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Matthew Phillips (AKA Climate Gentleman) makes videos about sustainability and boldly blogs about related subjects.

Matthew and the team are currently producing their debut video: An Introduction to Climate Gentleman.

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Entries by Matthew Phillips

Will We Ever Win the Battle Against Climate Change When Fighting It Sounds So Boring? The Story of Climate Gentleman

(0) Comments | Posted 10 December 2013 | (17:53)

I am bored to tears with how climate change is being portrayed in the media. We - the public - are routinely subjected to commentary that is abstract, dull and, all too frequently, delivered by sandaled individuals who it would be unthinkable for me to introduce to my parents. And...

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The Death of Communication *Insert Sad Emoticon Here*

(0) Comments | Posted 19 September 2013 | (15:02)

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It is modern life's great irony that, in a world that is better connected than ever before, we have become more incapable of that central pillar of communication: conversation. If I want to talk to a co-worker or...

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I Might Be Pro-Sustainability, But If You Ever Call Me 'Green' I Will Chop You In Half

(0) Comments | Posted 11 September 2013 | (10:45)

I was recently in Caffé Nero - don't ask - with a group of environmentally-conscious friends when someone asked, "would you consider yourself a 'Green'?" Everyone raised their hands in agreement, but I could only look on, disgusted, before blurting out, "I am definitely NOT a 'Green'!" Not since watching...

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The Only Thing the Residents of Balcombe Hate More Than Fracking Is Anti-Fracking Demonstrators

(29) Comments | Posted 22 August 2013 | (01:00)

As protesters at Balcombe prepare to pack-up camp, we have to ask ourselves what is wrong with the pictures in the press of the demonstrations. As far as I can tell, quite a few things. Taken out of context, they look like the photographic record of a particularly unruly rave...

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Valentine's: The Most Insufferable Day of the Year, But Please Don't Tell My Girlfriend

(17) Comments | Posted 12 February 2013 | (00:00)

Yes, it's that time of year again: Valentine's Day is upon us. It is an anniversary that I have come to loathe with a passion that burns worse than a thousand suns.

On Thursday evening next week, hordes of canoodling couples will descend upon the nation's restaurants...

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Now That the Party is Over, Musical Reasons to Be Cheerful in 2013

(3) Comments | Posted 8 January 2013 | (18:07)

Be warned; this article was conceived on the 2 January and, as such, emanates from the mind of a gentleman whose insides then resembled the contents of a can of Pedigree Chum.

It all began when I decided to join a group of my most feckless and reckless chums on...

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Ho-Bloody-Ho! There Must Have Been More to 2012 Than Austerity, Censorship and the Mobot?

(0) Comments | Posted 19 December 2012 | (00:00)

"What a surprise," I hear you all sarcastically scoff - "Matthew has sought shelter in that most idle of journalistic refuges: the end of year review."

In December, we writers are not required to compose a genuine article. We simply need to organise a meaningless -...

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Don't Drink and Jive: Why Alcohol and Performance Do Not Make Cosy Bedfellows

(0) Comments | Posted 24 November 2012 | (00:00)

Most of us will be familiar with the magical properties of an espresso martini. It slides down the oesophagus with graceful conviction; your pupils flare and you feel suddenly buoyant. In summary, you are a god. Moments before you might have been lackadaisically prostrate atop a chaise-lounge, but one sip...

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You Might Be Able to Play the Viola, the Tuba and the Concertina, but I Can Play the iPad

(5) Comments | Posted 8 November 2012 | (00:00)

It causes consternation among 'real' musicians that, owing to recent advances in technology, every Tom, Dick and Harry can fashion themselves as a songwriter.

When I climb onto the tube each morning and begin tinkering with Garageband for the iPad, I can feel pairs of frosty eyes boring into...

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Music and the English Language: I Don't Mean to Sound Slutty, but Please use Me Whenever You Want. Sincerely, Grammar

(9) Comments | Posted 26 October 2012 | (01:00)

It was only a matter of time until I summoned the courage to discuss my favourite topic of conversation - music and English grammar - or, to be more accurate, the lack thereof.

Many have often repeated Zappa's truism with echolalic precision, "rock journalism is people who...

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Take Off Those Sunglasses Bono - You Look Ridiculous

(12) Comments | Posted 11 October 2012 | (01:00)

There are only two instances when it is acceptable to wear sunglasses: either because it is actually sunny - a moment of such rarity in Britain that I can remember more lunar eclipses than days of uninterrupted sunshine - or because one is hungover.

The second occurrence is a...

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The Music Industry is Dead But I Still Want a Record Deal

(7) Comments | Posted 3 October 2012 | (01:00)

I write this article whilst cogitating in a Dalston café, somewhat discombobulated, after another weekend of nocturnal excess. As I lick my wounds and prepare for a very serious session of feeling particularly sorry for myself, it strikes me that everyone around me must be an artist of some description....

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I am on Twitter and I Need to be Loved

(2) Comments | Posted 27 September 2012 | (01:00)

To date, I have 625 followers precisely. It is a feeble, impotent number and I blush crimson with embarrassment when I dwell on it too much. The figure leers out at me from my iPhone, a constant reminder of my crippling inability to make virtual friends, let alone real ones....

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I Am a Frontman and I Have a License to Offend

(1) Comments | Posted 20 September 2012 | (01:00)

It seems to me that frontmen principally fall into two categories: the cloyingly modest or the intolerably arrogant. Rarely is a perfect balance struck between these stereotypes and, more frequently, we find artists yo-yoing between the two like unhinged schizophrenics. Chris Martin seems to be particularly disposed to this tendency;...

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To Hell With Being Meaningful; Performance is About Presentation

(0) Comments | Posted 11 September 2012 | (01:00)

My band, Kites, once had a slogan, which read 'All style; no substance'. At the time, this mantra was designed to be facetious. You see, I have unveiled contempt for performers who are so consumed by their own highfalutin that they forget to create a show for their audience. They...

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I Think I Smell a Rat!

(8) Comments | Posted 3 September 2012 | (01:00)

I've lost count of the number of artists who loftily claim that they do not read their own reviews. Only last week Daniel Sloss (comedian) was asking why anyone should "care about what one bitter twat who gets paid to have an opinion...thinks?" Daniel is right, of course. Such an...

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