Flying solo, in a commercial airplane of course, means one thing to me: handling a single point of failure... Tired, strung out on sleep aids, carrying everything I own of current use and value in 3 extremely heavy bags, and on my own with nobody to check behind me for droppings, I find myself again, beautifully aligned for disaster.
There have been some mixed messages from the George Michael camp this week. The weekend was full of reports of friends' 'concern' for the reclusive star as he was, according to them, tucked up in his beautiful North London mansion, refusing to see anyone, embarrassed by apparent weight gain, and scars on his head sustained by his tumble onto the M1 last year.
Live music makes me emotional, it always has done, but with a band like 'No Devotion' it's hard not to get emotional. For those of you that don't know the back story, here is a very, very brief write up, the band is comprised of the remaining 5 ex members of Lostprophets and Geoff Rickly, formerly of Thursday.
This is the week that the Annie Get Your Gun girls have been anticipating/dreading for the past couple of months. Ever since the delightful Lorna Want asked during rehearsals if anyone would join her for the Race For Life, we've been sweating our backsides off in training during our spare time in preparation for today's 10k race around Hyde Park for Cancer Research UK.
The media is on fire with questions about whether Nicki Minaj went "too far" with the artwork for her next single, Anaconda... Amazingly, what nobody is discussing is the wider issues of the historical roots, cultural resonance and contemporary implications of a mass circulated image that arguably reduces black women to just "big butts" and little more.
When I'm not onstage, I co-produce the independent Noodle Palace and Midlandia venues during Western Australia's Fringe World festival, so I'm out seeing a lot of shows come Australia's festival season from February through April. A lot of these end up at Edinburgh come August. Here are ten of my favourites. OK, eleven.
In this first ever retrospective of Kazimir Malevich's work for almost 25 years, the Tate Modern has brought together a stunning collection of his work that offers not just an expansive view of this influential Russian artist's career - but also puts into context how radical and revolutionary Malevich was.
This is the second in a series of New Breed blogs introducing some of my favourite breaking bands that have captured my ears in 2014. Every summer hails the emergence of a new breed of young, up and coming bands heading out on festival season opening up muddy fields and tents across the country ready to make their name known to the world. Here are 3 of the best new bands destined to make big waves through the end of 2014.
What is it about rock stars that won't make them quit while they're ahead? ... I mean, just think of some of the more hedonistic behaviour - eating bats (Ozzy Osbourne), the shark episode (Led Zepellin), urinating on the Alamo (Osbourne again) - if any of them behaved like that in a nursing home then they'd be dosed up and diagnosed with senile dementia.
If there were a competition for false advertising, the much-talked-about trailer for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie would walk away with first prize... If we move from the trailer to the book, the sex isn't so much hot as violent and dehumanizing. Christian has a thing for what is generally called sadomasochism in the popular press, but in the book what we see is pure sadism carried out by a sophisticated predator who knows how to groom vulnerable girls. The most likely real-world ending of Fifty Shades of Grey is fifty shades of black and blue.