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Ten great vinyl only albums – The Beatles, Velvet Underground, The Cleaners From Venus and more

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Not long to wait now. Record Store Day is coming a week on Saturday and I’ll be spending that day hunting down  obscure 80s indie singles and long lost psych albums. And to celebrate – well we have got in a tad early – here is a list of ten of the greatest albums that have are vinyl only and …

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The Stones at Glasto. The Roses on tour. Is rock and roll now an old man’s game?

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Well it wasn’t me who said it. The words actually came from the lips of one Robyn Hitchcock. But then again he has a new album to promote – which is very, very good – and it is his 60th birthday. But it does strike me that there might be a grain of truth in his words, what with those …

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Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon – masterpiece or over-rated prog rock noodlings?

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Simon Poulter of What Would David Bowie Do puts the case for the Floyd album which is 40 years old this week. Along with the ubiquity of fast food drive-throughs, questionable road surfaces and sparring with trucks large enough to have their own electorate, the essence of the American road trip lies in wading through the alphabet soup of radio …

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The return of the Stripey Jumper – and our favourites

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It’s usually around this time of year when we see the high street desperately trying to shift from gloomy winter warmers, to a lighter and brighter spring look. And typically this is usually cue for the humble stripe to make an entrance, often manifesting itself in the form of the classic nautical stripe, and not-forgetting the obligatory Breton stripy jumper …

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Fantastic images from the golden age of Airships – graceful, modern and doomed

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These days we associate Airships with football matches as the smooth flight of the ship enables camera crews to take long and steady overhead shots of stadiums. But there was a time in the 1930s when they were state of the art travel ships. If you wanted to get from Europe to the Americas you could either get a boat …

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Review: David Bowie is, Victoria and Albert Museum (March 23rd to August 11 2013)

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I’ve always loved David Bowie. From Ziggy Stardust via the Thin White Duke to the smartly dressed Hamlet-inspired creations of the Serious Moonlight Tour. Even the movie roles in The Man Who Fell To Earth and (very differently), Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence.  These ‘characters’ shaped the style and attitude of my teenage years, while Bowie’s music of the period touched …

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Early demos from The Smiths show up on YouTube

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Now this is amazing. Some early demo tapes of The Smiths, noted by Slicing Up Eyeballs, have just popped up on YouTube. They are called “The Pablo Cuckoo Tape” run for forty minutes and feature work in progress versions of songs that would eventually grace the band’s first album and early singles. The track to listen to first is Reel …

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Why the Samsung Galaxy S 4 leaves the Apple iPhone 5 eating dust?

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It is a huge night for Samsung as the Korean maker has unveiled what it hopes will become the hottest phone on the planet  – the Galaxy S4. The last few years have been an incredible ride for Samsung. It was one of the first makers to respond to the seismic sea change in the industry caused by the arrival …

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Airships, Hovercraft, Amphibious Caravans, Batmobiles – the weirdest vehicles for sale

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There is a fantastic story that dates from the turn of the century. Back then aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont would parade his new fangled Airship by hovering at roof level along the boulevards of Paris. Then when he’d utterly freaked the passing Parisians out he would tie the ship up and pop into his favourite restaurant for lunch. Hopefully one …

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