Here's the thing... most people who scoff at Hull, have never even been. And I guess that's the way life works, if a bandwagon rumbles past us, we sometimes can't help but jump on it. If someone, or some place strives, we can't seem to wait to knock them.
The main exhibition is in the PM Gallery, a 1940s extension to Soane's building (he radically remodelled the original himself in 1800) and presents images of other museum spaces and the visitors who happen to be in them, interacting with art objects as diverse as Egyptian tombs and the most up to date contemporary art.
What were we dancing to back then? Talking Heads' Life During Wartime and Kraftwerk's Computer Love. It sums up a lot. What was I trying to do? To be a composer, musician, artist. To make records like a band or producer would, in the studio but also to be a composer like Stravinsky and Philip Glass - whatever that meant.
Did you know that amongst all the various theatre groups in London, there's only one dedicated to producing LGBT plays?
It's Christmas time, the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer and winter is on our doorstep. So what is a Muslim girl to do if she wants to find Mr Right?
Before you start reading this I had better issue a bit of a warning. By the time you get to the end of this blog post, there is a real danger that you could feel a severe case of wanderlust. Those of you who already suffer from pedes pruritus (Latin: itchy feet) best look away now.
I was in NYC recently and overheard a guy describe a girl he was seeing. He explained to his mate that she spoke five languages, was a medical student, had a good family and I swear he finished it off by saying she was also in the Peace Corps. it got me thinking about what people measure someone to be a good person
Not enough wassailing is done in this day and age, in my opinion. It's a lost talent, overdue a comeback, and this year I intend to get right back into it. There's no time to lose, either - wassailing is best enjoyed during the festive season, and come late January, a decent wassail is a hard thing to come by.
Without much justification we expect Generation Y to respect and trust us, they don't, and they are pretty suspicious of our motives. As the older, more wise, generation we need to show young people respect and trust, and then they will show it to us.
The six plays were a mixed bag. Most of them were guilty of not having enough conflict in them, or being one-note productions where the tone of the debate between the main characters never varied or turned. And there were too many clichés.
Instead of screaming bloody murder at your screen, maybe you should feel sorry for the gloaters. While you bask under the florescent lighting of your office, dreaming of greener grass, your travelling online-associates are raining on their own parade. They are wasting their time in #paradise by making sure that you at home know all about it.
It's a toughie. Famously tongue-tied in foreign languages, and notwithstanding the 200+ languages widely spoken in London and Manchester alone, the fact is the UK needs more people speaking more languages.
Alcohol isn't always a must on a date, but it helps. Not only can inebriation aid attraction and conversation or soothe disappointment, it is also handy to have something to sip during awkward silences. Will I really be able to fall in love without a glass of beer in my hand?
Brothers Anthony and Christopher Donnelly were raised in and amongst what was allegedly one the UK's most legendary and elusive crime families - Manchester's Quality Street Gang. How they found riches and fame with their fashion label Gio-Goi is one of the more unconventional and compelling stories in the history of the rag trade.
The notion of cultural Americanization begs a related question: is America an exceptional country? Clearly, the United States military can transport troops and resources at a scale and speed that no other country can match. Moreover, domestic crises at home, including bi-partnership disputes and financial instability, have repercussions all over the world.
I used to braid my great granny's Jamaican head of hair. That's when my daddy noticed I was queer. That's the time my big brother started to disappear. That's when the fear begun to be there for me. That's when the bullying begun. That's when he first pointed the gun.