Freddie Matthews writes from London: Hopefully when you think of your favourite song by The Killers it would be their 2004 seminal classic, Mr. Brightside. That one song was voted ‘Song of The Decade’ on UK radio as well in the noughties. The intro to the song was also voted as one of the ‘Greatest Guitar Riffs of All Time’. Regardless of your opinion of the band and its overtly cool singer, Brandon Flowers, The Killers have sold over 16 million albums worldwide. Continue reading
The Arab Spring and rioting revolutions in Syria
Ted Obvious writes from Damascus: What did I know about popular uprisings and revolutions in the name of democracy and freedom until recently? Pretty much nothing. I even had this notion that most people would tolerate a bit of chaos and looting and indiscriminate killings, if they know that it will all end in freedom descending on their nation.
Adam Lovejoy writes from Manchester: As the comrades gather in the fine city of Manchester, to beat their drum and tell everyone they are fit to govern Britain again, the question that rises its ugly head is this: who the hell supports Labour and how can it be that they supposedly enjoy a huge lead in the opinion polls?
Some might say that the Tories have betrayed their supporters by siding with those left-wing marginal, the Liberal Democrats. Continue reading
Mario Ginelli writes from Rome: So, it really was the butler wot dunnit! The manservant in question (literally) is of course, Paolo Gabriele. The master, His Holiness and nice German, Pope Benedict.
Wot he wot dun (the butler , not the Holy Father) is to go through the most sensitive papers in the Pope’s office and pass them to an Italian hack, Gianluigi Nuzzi, who published them in a book last May. The papers showed there are treacherously bitter power struggles and ‘evil corruption’ in the Vatican.
Gu Suhua writes from Beijing: The Communist Party leadership have decided to make an example of Bo Xilai. The former Politburo member and Party leader of Chongqing, a self-governing municipality of 32 million people, is accused of corruption, abuse of power, taking bribes, sexual impropriety and being involved in the ‘intentional’ murder of Neil Heywood. The latter was found dead in a hotel room in Chongqing last November. Bo’s wife, Gu Kailai, was found guilty of his murder and received a suspended death sentence. Wang Lijun, Bo’s police chief, aided her to suppress evidence of the killing. He was sent to jail for 15 years earlier this month. Continue reading
Sanjay Bloomberg from the UN in New York: The pundits sneered at Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as he gave his speech during this first, and most important, week of the United Nations General Assembly. As ever, the pundits got it wrong. These are the pundits who sneered at him when he came to power in August 2005. The people we are meant to believe said that he would not last. They said the Supreme Leader with one flick of his little finger would have him dumbed into the trash can of Iranian political show-offs. Odd isn’t it that Ahmadinejad is still here?
The pundits dismissed them as predictable. Never trust a pundit’s judgment. Mostly they are charlatans. Continue reading
Freddie Matthews writes from London: Tula Paulinea Contostavlos, or just Tulisa as she’s more commonly known, has confirmed that her former UK Hip-Hop, R&B and Grime genre’d band N-Dubz will reunite in 2013.
Whether you’ve heard of N-Dubz or not, in actual fact they were together for 11 years. But it took them nine years for their first UK Top 10 single, in 2009, called I Need You. (sure you do, luv, sure you do.) This announcement isn’t the momentous musical occasion the band would like us to believe. Ridiculously, N-Dubz haven’t been apart for any longer than it takes most artists to create their next album, let alone take a step back from the industry and pursue totally different careers. Continue reading
Mario Lopez writes from Madrid: Well there you have it: the Spanish government announces 40 billion euros worth of cuts and the masses simply don’t want to accept it. And they are right, the masses. Because it is a scandal that the EU gives the Spanish banks that have gambled and stole hundreds of billions a huge bailout while the ordinary people are made to pay for this. In a normal environments all these Eurocrats should be held responsible for bankrupting Europe, along with the money men. Fat chance of this happening of course but it would be great to see European politicians sitting in the dock and receiving long sentences for their vile deeds. Would do wonders for the democracy, you know. Continue reading
R.F.Wilson writes from London: The English Football Association has scored a goal against common sense yesterday, finding Chelsea’s and former England’s captain John Terry guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand of QPR during a match last October. Despite a criminal court clearing Terry of these very same charges last July the grey suits at the FA decided that they can act as judges and banned Terry for four matches, slapping a fine of two hundred and twenty grand on him as well.