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Brandish’s fifteen men to watch in 2013 – who is going to be influential in tech, style, sport and politics?

So 2012, a year that promised much, and in the case of the odd sporting event at least delivered in spades, is heading for the exit door. What then will 2013 bring? Who are going to be the key people that we will be talking about in tech, sport and style? Our rather small panel of Brandish writers got together …

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AshleyBrandish’s fifteen men to watch in 2013 – who is going to be influential in tech, style, sport and politics?
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Happy Birthday Keith Richards – a tribute (and some cool photos)

Simon Poulter of the always excellent – What Would David Bowie Do? blog on the human riff. Britain’s Daily Mail, a newspaper you can regard with varying degrees of editorial pointlessness, surmised in June that Keith Richards – the Human Riff, the Human Lab, and a dozen other nicknames reflecting both guitar prowess and indestructibility – was now so broken, …

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AshleyHappy Birthday Keith Richards – a tribute (and some cool photos)
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7 Awesome Alternative Christmas Movies – Die Hard, Gremlins and more!

What’s your favourite Christmas movie? Miracle on 34th Street? It’s A Wonderful Life? Bah! humbug! I laugh at your sentimentality! Where are the guns? The explosions? The sex!? I need more drama from my festive flicks! Here Brandish recommend 7 awesome alternative Christmas movies, each set during the Yuletide period but each often overlooked as a holiday film. Die Hard …

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Gerald Lynch7 Awesome Alternative Christmas Movies – Die Hard, Gremlins and more!
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Great pictures from The Golden Age of Formula One – the 60s and 70s

So F1 fans chin up! The new season starts four months today in Australia. Time will fly by. So to help fill the void in your life caused by lack of racing here is a quick trip back to the golden early days of Formula One in the 60s and 70s. In some ways it is a bitter sweet journey …

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AshleyGreat pictures from The Golden Age of Formula One – the 60s and 70s
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The best Christmas gifts for her: gadgets, fashion, accessories and beauty

Let’s talk Christmas guys. Have you started thinking about presents for the missus yet, or will you do a mad dash around the shops the last weekend, picking up things

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Elisabeth EdvardsenThe best Christmas gifts for her: gadgets, fashion, accessories and beauty
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Top 5 bands to watch in 2013: Haim, Cheatahs, Palma Violets, Savages, Daughter

A new year, a new start, a new favourite band to devote your life to! With 2013 almost upon us, we’ve hand picked 5 ace new bands to put you ahead of the cool curve next year. Haim, Cheatahs, Palma Violets, Savages and Daughter are all destined for big things in the coming months. Namedrop ‘em now and you’ll look …

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Gerald LynchTop 5 bands to watch in 2013: Haim, Cheatahs, Palma Violets, Savages, Daughter
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2012′s 21 hottest gadgets – iPad mini, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, I’m Watch and more

Our pals over at Tech Digest have seen an awful lot of gadgets this year. They have checked out the latest Smart TVs, weighed up whether the iPad mini is worth the extra dosh over the Google Nexus 7 and snapped away on the latest cameras. So we asked them to help us come up with the year’s 21 best …

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Ashley2012′s 21 hottest gadgets – iPad mini, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, I’m Watch and more
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The most under-rated British Indie bands of the 90s – Marion, Rialto and more

I have a theory that it takes a decade or two before we can properly appreciate the popular culture from an earlier decade. Much of what we love about the 60s, from The Beatles to Peter Blake, was hideously unfashionable in the 70s and didn’t really return to the mainstream until the mid 90s. Similarly the shoulder pads and wonky keyboard bands of the 80s were held in high disdain for decades and it wasn’t until …

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AshleyThe most under-rated British Indie bands of the 90s – Marion, Rialto and more
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Christmas shopping for men; your complete guide – gadgets, jumpers, scarves, randoms…

Over the last few weeks we have been ultra busy putting together a series of guides which may prove very useful if you are buying presents. Here then is the full list Gadgets Top weirdest gadgets and gifts Best gadgets for under £200 The ultimate tech Xmas present Retro gadgets that are actually very cool Best Android phones Best PC …

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AshleyChristmas shopping for men; your complete guide – gadgets, jumpers, scarves, randoms…
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The Nordic invasion: Why Scandinavian brands are rising in popularity among British men

Menswear has traditionally taken a background role in the world of fashion, letting women mode reign the catwalks, column inches and shopping baskets. But over the last couple

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Elisabeth EdvardsenThe Nordic invasion: Why Scandinavian brands are rising in popularity among British men
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There’s more to The Pogues than just Fairytale of New York

Let’s set the record straight first of all. The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York is without a doubt the best Christmas song there’s ever been, and likely ever will be. The 1987 classic is often highlighted for its dry, humorously dark take on Christmas, full of alcoholism and drug addiction, and features the most fractious relationship in pop duet history. “Happy …

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Gerald LynchThere’s more to The Pogues than just Fairytale of New York
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Is Apple gunning for your wrist? How the iWatch could revolutionise smart watches

As a gentleman of discerning taste and impeccable grooming you are probably wearing a watch. It is likely to have been made by a high-end Swiss company and quite possibly cost you a fair bit of money. If that is you the you are in fact part of a dying breed. Male watch wearers have been on the decline for …

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AshleyIs Apple gunning for your wrist? How the iWatch could revolutionise smart watches
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The Unmissables – the top 15 Psychedelic albums of 2012 – Tame Impala, Mmoss, Alfa 9 and more

Here at Brandish Towers we are huge psych fans. From the bonkers nursery rhymes on acid tunes of early Floyd through to the dream pop melange that is The Horrors we can’t get enough of it. Here then are our favourite Psychedelic albums of 2012. It does of course  beg the question what exactly is Psychedelia? Literally it is mind expanding music which over time has come to be associated with bands …

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AshleyThe Unmissables – the top 15 Psychedelic albums of 2012 – Tame Impala, Mmoss, Alfa 9 and more
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Stocking fillers – 2012′s 20 weirdest gadgets and gifts

Ever wanted a pair of sunglasses that can shoot video? A USB based hand warming system? Or even a cushion that can moonlight as a remote control? Nope me neither. But I sure love reading about them. Here then are 2012′s weirdest gadgets. Some are actually quite cool, others are borderline useful, but all are just plain weird. Stockists under …

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AshleyStocking fillers – 2012′s 20 weirdest gadgets and gifts
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The Unmissables – 2012′s top 12 under the radar singer songwriter albums

Today’s Spotify playlist brings together tracks from twelve songwriters whose 2012 albums might have passed you by. It’s actually been a pretty good year for one man and his guitar type troubadours with stunning albums from Richard Hawley, Paul Weller and the young pretender Jake Bugg. Monday also sees the release of Scott Walker’s Bish Bosch, which is likely to …

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AshleyThe Unmissables – 2012′s top 12 under the radar singer songwriter albums
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Stocking fillers – five jumpers for under £30

We haven’t had a jumper post on this website for a day or two now, which is odd because as John Lewis email pointed out this morning it is only 29 sleeps until Christmas. Round about now the great jumper sale begins with high street brands traditionally slashing prices in a bid to piss off people who did their Christmas …

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AshleyStocking fillers – five jumpers for under £30
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Mick Jagger’s top 10 crimes against fashion (and there are some corkers)

There was a point somewhere in the 1960s when The Rolling Stones were arguably the best dressed band on the planet. They mixed traditional Saville Row threads with flamboyant shirts, cravats and scarves better than anyone. They were the epitome of pop art cool. Check here for evidence. But then the coolest of the lot of them, Brian, went swimming, …

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AshleyMick Jagger’s top 10 crimes against fashion (and there are some corkers)
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21 of the best gadgets for under £200

We talked to the gadget experts at TechDigest and Shiny Shiny as well as a few of our techy chums on Facebook and Twitter and have puled together what we think is the ultimate list of gadgets for under £200. All are on sale in the UK at the moment. There’s no phones included, but we have plenty of tablets, …

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Ashley21 of the best gadgets for under £200
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Want to earn more money and be more attractive to women? Then get a pink shirt

I must admit that I have never been too fond of pink shirts but this, just in from The Daily Mail ,could change all that. According to research by Cotton USA Pink shirt – which surveyed 1500 shirt wearers –  those who favour pink, as opposed to the usual staples of blue and white, are likely to be more confident, …

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AshleyWant to earn more money and be more attractive to women? Then get a pink shirt
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The 12 most iconic rock and roll band t shirts of all time

There was a time when the only people who would wear band T shirts were metal heads still loyal to their ageing rocker heroes, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin fans, who a decade on hadn’t bought any other new items of clothes, and Teenage Fanclub fans who’d give them a quick iron and pop them on each time their favourite Glaswegians hit …

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AshleyThe 12 most iconic rock and roll band t shirts of all time