Six months after Lou Reed's passing, the inevitable musical tributes still pour in. In New York, there had been a bunch of concerts, and now the first recorded releases are available, including Joseph Arthur's simply put, Lou (Vanguard), which he performed in its entirety at Manhattan's City Winery, along with another dozen or so of his own songs.
We inhabit an odd country. A country happy to embrace people who strive for freedom and democracy abroad, even if they employ violent methods as well as peaceful ones. Britain has gleefully supported the Arab spring, the protests in Iran, Pussy Riot in Russia and detained Ukrainian ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
Making Ding Dong number one in the UK charts may seem childish, sure. But it also helps combat the revisionist narrative played across UK media. And it follows in proper punk tradition. It's a small, creative way to force the media to acknowledge Britons dislike for policies that have crushed the country.
On Saturday afternoon I, along with a couple of hundred other people, spent two hours sitting in the middle of the road at Oxford Circus. Why? To draw attention to the cruelty of the government's assault on disabled people in the Welfare Reform Bill, which finishes its journey through parliament this coming week.
It would seem to me, that if one could say that an endemic culture of utter disregard for fairness exists within the highest echelons of Topshop, and that women at home and abroad are disproportionately harmed by this endemic disregard, then women who care should vote with their purses and boycott Topshop with immediate effect.