What a road trip looks like in the UK right now: socially distanced tourism?

August 3, 2020

If there are two things I’ve missed most during months of lockdown in London, it’s pubs and the sea. Fortunately, the former – along with restaurants, cafes and self-contained accommodation – reopened their doors to customers on Saturday 4th July across most of the country, with a return to business caveated by strict health measures. […]

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Track of the Day: AJ Tracey Feat. Mabel “West Ten” (2020)

July 8, 2020

Garage may have taken a backseat in the UK music scene, but whenever the seminal sound emerges it always hits hard. With “West Ten”, emcee AJ Tracey has reunited with singer Mabel to swiftly blend the iconic sound with an irresistible pop melody. Despite its saccharine sound, Tracey’s charisma and Mabel’s summery vocals reiterate how […]

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London now has luxury steam train services to Surrey Hills and Windsor

April 29, 2019

For the first time in 50 years, two regular steam train services will introduced at London Waterloo, giving locals and visitors the chance to navigate the famed English countryside in true vintage luxury. The Steam Dreams Rail Co. will launch two services later this year, revealing elegant 1950’s Pullman Style Dining carriages which guests will […]

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Review: Hotel Indigo’s brand new 1 Leicester Square location brings the West End to life (London)

September 21, 2018

Having an address as iconic as 1 Leicester Square might lead one to expect to find another overpriced London Hotel, resting on the laurels of its location rather than on the experience it could provide its guests. Rest assured, Hotel Indigo‘s newest residence, which opened earlier this year, goes above and beyond to present one […]

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Music Matters Interview: Ben Catley (Perth) talks UK tour and his new EP Hectic Heart

September 19, 2018

Fresh off the back of a UK tour, Ben Catley found himself in Singapore for Music Matters 2018. Hailing from England but living in Perth for the last seven years, Ben is quickly becoming renowned for his high-energy, feel good style. In the midst of his tour of the UK, he released his latest single […]

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Aussies Abroad: Skegss announce November UK and Ireland Tour

September 10, 2018

After recently tearing up London’s Moth Club with their punk and garage sound, Sydney outfit Skegss are set to return to the UK and Ireland. Starting from the 20th of November, they will be hitting several cites across the island. And with a brand new debut album My Own Mess in their luggage, the Byron Bay […]

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DVD Review: Spike Island (UK, 2012)

November 10, 2014

Imagine The Inbetweeners if they were an aspiring jangly rock quintet living in Manchester in 1990. The result would be Spike Island.The film tells the story of a gang of lads who just want to get off with girls, be in a band and meet their idols, The Stone Roses at the latter band’s Spike […]

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DVD Review: The Wipers Times (UK, 2013)

October 20, 2014

“Do you suffer from optimism?”  The Wipers Times asks in its distinctly and irreverently British portrayal of the First World War and ‘The Wipers Times’, a satirical newspaper created in the trenches.  Contrasting the humour of the paper with the ugly reality of fighting in Ypres and the Somme, this unique BBC film captures the […]

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Environmental Film Festival Review: Unravel (UK & India, 2012)

August 26, 2014

Unravel is a short film that lifts the veil on the recycled garment industry. It is produced and directed by Meghna Gupta and travels to the Northern Indian town of Panipat. It is here that over 100,000 tonnes of discarded clothes from the West wind up each year and are subsequently recycled. The film mainly […]

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Melbourne International Film Festival: God Help The Girl (UK, 2014)

August 13, 2014

Written and directed by Belle and Sebastian’s lead singer Stuart Murdoch, God Help The Girl is an indie musical that follows three twenty-somethings in their attempt to form a pop band. The talented, young cast are a delight to watch as they sing and perform quirkily choreographed dance routines. The film switches between a musical […]

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Film Review: Belle (UK, 2013)

May 4, 2014

The name, Belle brings to mind a beautiful, English rose. But Dido Elizabeth Belle, the real-life woman and beauty at the heart of Amma Asante’s second feature is a little more complicated than that. The illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is sent to live with her distant, aristocratic family at their estate, […]

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British Film Festival Review: Private Peaceful (M) (UK, 2012)

December 16, 2013

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, it is good for us to be reminded of the terrible and destructive nature of war. The most effective war films are able to give their audiences a tiny taste of what it might have been like to live through those times, as […]

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Film Review: How I Live Now (MA15+) (UK, 2013)

December 2, 2013

Note: This Review May Contain Spoilers How I Live Now is at once strange and intriguing. Set in the 21st century, How I Live Now tells the story of a young, American girl who is sent to live with her cousins in the English countryside, when a world war breaks out across the country. Daisy, the American, and […]

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Film Review: About Time (M) (UK, 2013)

October 15, 2013

Have you ever wished that you could go back in time to stop yourself from saying something stupid? Or to return to a moment when you should have kissed someone but didn’t? Of course you have. One of the great frustrations of life is that you cannot re-live moments that have passed. But what if you […]

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the AU interview at Culture Collide: Patrick Wolf (UK)

October 9, 2012

A recent visitor to our shores, Patrick Wolf talked to Larry Heath before a show at Culture Collide in Los Angeles about the new record, the pressure of Major Labels, and wanting to thank every fan who covers his songs…

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