Category Archives: Culture

The Art of The Automobile

For many people the car is a status symbol: an indicator of wealth, success, social standing or identity. For many more, it is simply a workhorse: a tool to get from A to B. Often neglected, even maligned, it is … Continue reading

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Retrospective: On The Road – Jack Kerouac

On The Road was, as the title suggests a road novel and a thinly veiled autobiographical account of Kerouac’s own journeys across America and the characters he met on his travels. Over the years it has become an iconic touchstone … Continue reading

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Review: Bruce Springsteen at the Stadium of Light – still ‘The Boss’

The North-East rain has been falling steadily and relentlessly all day; pretty typical for early British ‘summer’ with an outdoor event planned. Fortunately it has eased a little in the early evening as the Stadium of Light in Sunderland gradually … Continue reading

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Review: Prometheus (IMAX 3D)

  I went to see Prometheus at the Odeon with high hopes, if not expectations: I’m a huge fan of Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi films Alien (1979) and Bladerunner (1982), and the Alien franchise in general – particularly James Cameron’s … Continue reading

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Interview: Kyle Eastwood

For well over twenty years Kyle Eastwood has built up an admirable reputation for his albums and his live music, regularly touring both the USA and Europe and playing to a growing number of jazz music fans.  Born to a … Continue reading

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Retrospective: John Boorman

1972 is perhaps remembered by many film historians as the year that Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather won the Academy Award for best picture, securing with it its place near the top of the list of great American cinema forevermore. … Continue reading

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Romance is Dead

By Anthony Laverty Romance is dead. Well if not dead then it does, at least, reside in one of the most famous graveyards in the world. The Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris’s 20th arrondissement has become one of the most … Continue reading

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Bettany Hughes

We talk Socrates and ancient civilisations with eminent historian, author and broadcaster Bettany Hughes: why history is rich, vibrant, exciting and relevant; and where you can go to explore it for yourself. . . TBU: Hi Bettany. Thanks for taking … Continue reading

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Alan Clark

Many music fans may know him best as the keyboard player from 1980s rock giants Dire Straits; but of course this is only half the story. We talk to Alan Clark about Dire Straits, The Straits, and a lifelong career … Continue reading

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Frank Horvat: Photographer Extraordinaire

Frank Horvat is the walking, talking epitome of the master photographer, as he stands like a colossus bestriding the history of modern photography; and for anyone interested in the art form he represents everything that is great about it. He … Continue reading

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