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Joe Rivers

Music and media writer

Joe Rivers is a freelance writer and features editor of independent music and film website, No Ripcord. As well as The Huffington Post, his work has appeared in Sabotage Times, Clash magazine, NME and New Statesman. He also once wrote an article about One Direction for The Guardian, which led to the tousle-haired scamps fielding questions on national radio on whether their lyrics were too sexually suggestive for young fans. He doesn't trust anyone who claims to dislike disco music and his favourite member of Girls Aloud is Nicola.

Great British Bake Off 2015 - Week Ten

All three look to have pulled it out of the bag when it really mattered, but there can only be one winner. Who is going to claim the most sought-after tent-based accolade in television?
07/10/2015 23:47 BST

Great British Bake Off 2015 - Week Nine

When it comes to the judging, Paul Hollywood suggests that Ian hasn't done enough with the time, it seemingly having slipped his mind that - let me repeat this - Ian's MADE A FULLY-FUNCTIONING WELL. FROM CHOCOLATE.
30/09/2015 23:01 BST

Great British Bake Off 2015 - Week Eight

<strong>Innuendo of the week:</strong> "It's important that you fill the horn right to the bottom so that you enjoy every mouthful" I can't help but think Mary Berry is just trolling us now.
23/09/2015 23:39 BST

Great British Bake Off 2015 - Week Seven

Whilst no-one has gone quite as outré as Ian with the decorations, everyone's still making the most of the time available to perfect the presentation. Everyone, that is, except Mat, who sits calmly drinking a cup of tea and picking at his leftover ingredients while the others sweat over the intricacies of their showstoppers.
17/09/2015 09:35 BST

Great British Bake Off 2015 - Week Six

Despite being the only person in the tent (and, probably, the country) who knows what mahlepi is, dreamboat Tamal is having a crisis of confidence, and seems to spend half the challenge looking round at everyone else to try and get a better idea of what's going on.
10/09/2015 09:42 BST

Great British Bake Off 2015 - Week Five

Paul Hollywood sets a technical challenge of a dozen gluten-free pitta breads. In fact, it's as if he doesn't realise that a prime-time television show needs a bit more spectacle than some amateur bakers staring at a proving draw before turning out some dull, oval flatbreads.
03/09/2015 10:03 BST

Great British Bake Off 2015 - Week Four

<strong>Innuendo of the week:</strong> "Right, let's get into the bottom!" Judge Paul is <em>VERY </em>keen to taste contestant Paul's cheesecake. I told you there was a bromance.
27/08/2015 09:05 BST

Great British Bake Off 2015 - Week Three

Bread week starts with plenty of shots of our intrepid tensome looking all kinds of worried, and it's no surprise. The prospect of a weekend of yeast-based fun means Paul Hollywood gets the opportunity do what he loves the most: prowl around Britain's most famous tent and judge amateurs while his smug-o-meter goes off the scale.
20/08/2015 08:03 BST

Great British Bake Off 2015 - Week Two

For the showstopper round, the contestants must bake 36 biscuits and put them in a biscuit box. No, not a biscuit box, but a biscuit box, that is, a box made of biscuit. Oh, and the biscuit box must be made of different biscuit to the biscuits that are inside the biscuit box. Clear as mud.
13/08/2015 13:15 BST

Great British Bake Off 2015 - Week One

After nearly 10 months away from our screens, Britain's premier televised baking competition is back, and all the old gang are here. Mel and Sue! Mezza Bezza! Animatronic, dead-eyed dough-bot Paul Hollywood!
06/08/2015 00:24 BST

Russell Brand: An Imagined Riposte

It's not a task you throw yourself into light-heartedly, this revolution lark, but I've been preparing for it since birth. The moment I sprang from my mother's loins, I gave the midwife a sly wink (she was a bit of a sort) and immediately set about learning the ways of the world and Mother Nature (another sort).
13/11/2014 00:28 GMT

'Great British Bake Off 2014' Episode Blog - Week Nine

It's semi-final time, with just three challenges standing between Richard, Chetna, Luis and Nancy, and a place in the final. However, as well as three challenges, there are also only three places available in next week's show.
02/10/2014 10:19 BST

Great British Bake Off 2014 Episode Blog - Week 8

Making a sweet fruit loaf may not initially seem like the hardest task in the world, but we're at the quarter-final stage of this year's Great British Bake Off, and things aren't as simple as they first seem. So, not only do our five bakers have to make their loaves with enriched dough - notoriously tricky to work with - but also have only two and a half hours in which to complete the task...
26/09/2014 14:15 BST

Great British Bake Off 2014 Episode Blog - Week Seven

For the showstopper, or should I say, choux-stopper (totally copyrighting that pun), our brave, baking adventurers must make two dozen éclairs; twelve of one flavour and twelve of another. Kate, Luis and Chetna all decide to flavour their choux pastry, with Kate adding Greek basil to the dough that will form the base to her lemon meringue éclairs.
19/09/2014 11:32 BST

Great British Bake Off 2014 Episode Blog - Week 6

Do you ever think that the people behind The Great British Bake Off might be running out of episode ideas? I only ask because episode six of the 2014 incarnation has as its theme 'European cakes', which sounds very much like a 5pm-on-a-Friday idea to me. Anyway, I can't be too concerned about that because my main concern is who is going to be my new baking hero following Norman's ignominious sortie last week.
12/09/2014 15:56 BST

Great British Bake Off 2014 - Week Five

It's frantic at the end - some pies are burnt, some pies are under-done, and Norman's apparently put an entire field of lavender into his meringue, but who's going home? In fact, with Diana out of the picture, is <em>anyone </em>going home?
05/09/2014 11:19 BST

Why the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' Goes Against the True Needs of Charity

It's incredibly difficult to express a negative opinion about charitable activity without coming across as a cold-hearted, mean-spirited cynic. With the majority of fund-raising initiatives, the end will justify the means but that said, I can't be the only person sick to the back teeth of their Facebook news feed being full of self-satisfied people tipping buckets of iced water over their heads.
29/08/2014 08:26 BST

Great British Bake Off 2014 Episode Blog - Week 4

Now, a man throwing a cake in the bin and walking out of a tent may not seem particularly momentous, but in the bunting-clad, cosy world of <em>Great British Bake Off</em>, this is big news. To us, this is our equivalent of Eric Cantona karate kicking a racist supporter at Selhurst Park in the mid-90s.
28/08/2014 11:04 BST

Great British Bake Off 2014 Episode Blog - Week 3

Bread week in the Bake Off tent means an array of yawnsome "rise to the challenge" puns and half the episode spent fretting over proving draws. The third episode of season five begins with the signature challenge of a dozen identical rye rolls (not "wry rolls", as I originally thought).
21/08/2014 13:42 BST

Great British Bake Off 2014 Week 2

Manly Richard (he's a <em>BUILDER!</em>) wins the technical thanks to Mary telling him his biscuits "have got a nice forking". Inexplicably, no-one collapses into giggles at this comment.
15/08/2014 14:02 BST