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Style – Seven striking Fisherman Coats for landlubbers – H&M, Stutterheim, Jack Wills and more

Who would have thought that Captain Birds Eye would ever be a style role model. Well not quite but fisherman coats and jackets, which started appearing in the ranges of high end brands last year have landed on the (virtual) high street and are here to stay for 2013. I guess many of these coats are being bought by outdoor …

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AshleyStyle – Seven striking Fisherman Coats for landlubbers – H&M, Stutterheim, Jack Wills and more
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Beatles, Led Zep, Pink Floyd. Ten Classic Albums on YouTube (and not Spotify) and how they got there

Over the past year or so there has been a significant trend of full albums showing up on YouTube. There is invariably no video content – just a still of the artist and the music. The interesting part is that there are now many classic albums on YouTube a good chunk of which aren’t available on Spotify or other streaming …

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AshleyBeatles, Led Zep, Pink Floyd. Ten Classic Albums on YouTube (and not Spotify) and how they got there
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Valentine’s Day – the stuff he actually wants. Gadgets, clothes and more

For her – It is Valentine’s Day in less than a week and your bloke is, as we speak, preparing an amazing day which involves chocolates, flowers, a candlelit meal and chapter seven of Fifty Shades of Grey. The last time this level of planning went into anything they called it D-Day.  So shouldn’t you show him how much you …

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AshleyValentine’s Day – the stuff he actually wants. Gadgets, clothes and more
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Scared To Get Happy – British 80s indie box set on its way (and it looks great)

There’s some serious excitement at Brandish Towers this morning about the upcoming release of a new compilation of British 80s indie bands called Scared To Get Happy. And it seems that the compilers at Cherry Red Records must have been working some serious over time for coming in June is a five CD boxed set which features pretty much anyone …

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AshleyScared To Get Happy – British 80s indie box set on its way (and it looks great)
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Style: Patterned Shirts – Uniqlo, Brutus, Paul Smith and more

Patterned shirts are everywhere at the moment from retro mod style polka dot long sleeved classic through to floral patterns in places like Uniqlo. In fact it seems like pretty much anything goes and the patterns on your shirt can be anything from golfers through to paintbrushes with all manner of floral, willow, dots and paisley in between. Here then …

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AshleyStyle: Patterned Shirts – Uniqlo, Brutus, Paul Smith and more
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Not just My Bloody Valentine – Eight original Shoegazing bands who need reviving

Like most music obsessives from time to time I have wondered what it must have been like to be there at a pivotal moment in music history. You know, like avoiding the sweat dripping off the ceiling while the Fab Four hone their post-Hamburg rock and roll in The Cavern. Or watching the light show and Syd Barrett in psychedelic …

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AshleyNot just My Bloody Valentine – Eight original Shoegazing bands who need reviving
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Is this the last word on Mod? Richard Weight’s MOD: A Very British Style on its way

And yes that cover looks great too. The images were taken by ace photographer Dean Chalkley who has lots of images of contemporary mods (and a film too – see the bottom of the page) on his site here. Anyway back to the book. There have been plenty of Mod books before, but this looks like being a fairly definitive …

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AshleyIs this the last word on Mod? Richard Weight’s MOD: A Very British Style on its way
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Out of the blue – Apple launches a brand new iPad

In today’s most surprising tech news Apple have launched, wait for it, a new iPad. But before we all get too carried away there’s no new design or extra features to tell you about. The new model, which is aimed at serious iPad users and businesses, comes with a whopping 128 Gigabytes of storage – that is twice the previous …

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AshleyOut of the blue – Apple launches a brand new iPad
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Five sad tales of musicians who went AWOL

On February 17th 1995 police found Richey Edwards’ Vauxhall Cavalier abandoned at the Severn View service station. They reported that there was evidence that The Manic Street Preachers’ guitarist had been living in the car. As for the car’s owner, well nothing has been heard from him since. There have been alleged sightings in Goa and Lanzarote, while there are …

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AshleyFive sad tales of musicians who went AWOL
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REVIEW: My Bloody Valentine @ Electric Brixton (27/01/13)

It’s been five years since I last saw My Bloody Valentine live, and I’ve only just managed to recover the last fragments of earplug mined from my brain after surviving their sonic assault at Camden’s Roundhouse back in 2008. Their 2013 return to the UK sees volume levels remain the same (watching MBV is like picking a fight with a …

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Gerald LynchREVIEW: My Bloody Valentine @ Electric Brixton (27/01/13)
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The US State with a Union Jack in its flag, the war in which we didn’t fight but grew vegetables and other weird episodes from British Imperial history

As everyone in the UK knows there was once a time when the Union Jack flew in many, many places across the world. Now, a website about style, football and gadgets isn’t really a  place for too many value judgements on the British Empire. Suffice to say that we did some good things, but we also inflicted an awful lot …

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AshleyThe US State with a Union Jack in its flag, the war in which we didn’t fight but grew vegetables and other weird episodes from British Imperial history
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All you need to know about big screen phones aka Phablets – and the seven models that have been released so far

In 2010 Dell released a new phone with a monster sized five inch screen called the Streak, and it went on to change the way we think about mobile phones. But not in the way that Dell had hoped. The early models were filled with glitches and consumers didn’t really seem ready for a phone with a screen that large. …

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AshleyAll you need to know about big screen phones aka Phablets – and the seven models that have been released so far
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The Premiership’s 15 best African players of all time – Drogba, Radebe, Mido (!?) and more

So here we go again. The African Cup Of Nations kicks off this week to the delight of football fans everywhere and the chagrin of a small group of managers who lose key players for a few weeks. Later this week we’ll asses which clubs are going to suffer the most during the month, but for now it is time …

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AshleyThe Premiership’s 15 best African players of all time – Drogba, Radebe, Mido (!?) and more
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The 12 gadgets that will shape the year – the very best of CES 2013

So CES, the world’s biggest consumer electronics show, has been and gone for another year. And what a blast it was too. In some respects it was the most interesting show in a while, largely because it saw a lot of new emerging technologies from smart watches through to high-end 4k TV sets. Along with our pals at Tech Digest …

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AshleyThe 12 gadgets that will shape the year – the very best of CES 2013
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12 of the most disastrous second albums of all time – Stone Roses, Duffy and more

Aaah the tricky second album syndrome, it catches a lot of bands on the hop doesn’t it? After all you have a decade or so to piece together the tunes for your first album, while the second is often flung together in a heartbeat after months of touring. If you are smart you have saved a few great songs from …

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Ashley12 of the most disastrous second albums of all time – Stone Roses, Duffy and more

The ten most popular Premiership players – the ones you admire and respect

If you were to do a poll to find out who is the most popular player in the Premiership Robin Van Persie would probably win at canter given the billions of United fans across the globe who would vote for him. But is he really the most popular player in the Premiership? Thought not. So I asked a highly cultured …

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AshleyThe ten most popular Premiership players – the ones you admire and respect

Why Spurs now have a stronger squad than Arsenal – and this from a Gooner

Up until this season if you had suggested to an Arsenal fan that their pals at the other end of the Seven Sisters Road had a stronger squad you would have probably been chased all the way back to Edmonton. However, as the season progresses and Arsenal’s results and performances get weirder and weirder, it has become painfully obvious to …

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AshleyWhy Spurs now have a stronger squad than Arsenal – and this from a Gooner
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10 things we changed our minds about in 2012 – from red trousers to big phones

We are British, and let’s face it we can be fickle. We might have a thing for an underdog one year, but the minute they start realising their potential and being successful we enjoy nothing more than taking them down a peg or two. Here then are ten things we changed our mind about in 2012. These are things that …

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Ashley10 things we changed our minds about in 2012 – from red trousers to big phones
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The five best ever kids TV shows (for adults) – Press Gang, Horrible Histories and more

So the BBC is finally pulling the plug on showing kids programmes on mainstream channels like BBC 1 and if you want to entertain your youngsters you’ll now have to plonk them in front of CBBC or any one of about a hundred US channels. In the general scheme of things this matters very little. It does however give me a cheesy hook to highlight five great kids programmes that quite frankly …

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AshleyThe five best ever kids TV shows (for adults) – Press Gang, Horrible Histories and more