Thoughts on … finally seeing Tom Bailey playing the whole Into The Gap album live

Thoughts on … finally seeing Tom Bailey playing the whole Into The Gap album live

At the weekend I went to a very special gig in Aylesbury, where Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins was performing the whole of their 1984 Into The Gap album live for the first time. He rarely does solo shows…

My view of Robin Vincent at the Rumsey Wells while I was setting up

A one-line review of every gig I’ve been to in August 2022

Nobody has asked for this. It is more for my benefit than yours, I guess. It’s a monthly series now. Links go to the artist website. Maybe your interest will be piqued by one of the reviews. Maybe you’ll scroll…

Tears For Fears at Shepherd's Bush Empire

A one-line review of every gig I’ve been to in July 2022

Nobody has asked for this. It is more for my benefit than yours, I guess. It’s a monthly series now. Links go to the artist website. Maybe your interest will be piqued by one of the reviews. Maybe you’ll scroll…

Not Friday Reading

You probably figured that this season of Friday Reading has crashed and burned out. It will be back at some point, in some format. In the meantime, yesterday was my last day of work this month as I go off…

A one-line review of every #TimsTwitterListeningParty I joined in July 2022

A one-line review of every #TimsTwitterListeningParty I joined in July 2022

It is different for me at the moment. I am on a Twitter break. So I just play the albums at the right time and then idly scroll through what people are saying without adding anything. It’s much more boring…

It’s only gone and bloody come home, ain’t it?

It’s only gone and bloody come home, ain’t it?

The fact of the matter is that unless you support one of the oligarch sports-washing projects – or Germany – you hardly ever actually see your team win anything at all. So I feel tremendously lucky that in recent years…

Friday Reading S13E27

Friday Reading S13E27

Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from the Guardian’s Martin Belam, covering journalism, media and technology, and other interesting nerdy things he found on the internet this week. It is now in its thirteenth season. Sign up…

Bernard Cribbins (1928-2022)

Bernard Cribbins (1928-2022)

Other people will write more eloquently than me and from more personal experience of working with him, and 93 was a fine old age and he was working until a few weeks ago, but what a sad loss Bernard Cribbins…

Friday Reading (but on a Sunday) S13E26

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Friday Reading S13E25

Friday Reading S13E25

Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from the Guardian’s Martin Belam, covering journalism, media and technology, and other interesting nerdy things he found on the internet this week. It is now in its thirteenth season. Sign up…