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Who was The Fifth Beatle? We look at the Top 10 contenders including Brian Epstein and George Martin #BeatlesWeek

With the movie, The Fifth Beatle, based on the life of Brian Epstein, set for release later this year we look at the Top 10 contenders for the coveted title.  1. Brian Epstein (1934 – 1967) If anyone has a claim to the Fifth Beatle tag it is probably Epstein. The Beatles’ first manager and music Entrepreneur/Svengali, he was unwavering …

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shinychrisWho was The Fifth Beatle? We look at the Top 10 contenders including Brian Epstein and George Martin #BeatlesWeek
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From Grannies-Only Nostalgia-fest to a Fast ‘n’ Fun Night Out: How Jackpotjoy Turned Bingo’s Image Around

Promotional feature You don’t need to be a bingo fan to have noticed that Britain’s bingo-ing mad. It seems that whenever you turn on the telly or get online there’s a ladylike pink or purple-backdropped ad out there espousing the virtues of the nation’s latest favourite online game. It’s no small thanks to Jackpotjoy, now the UK’s favourite online bingo …

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shinychrisFrom Grannies-Only Nostalgia-fest to a Fast ‘n’ Fun Night Out: How Jackpotjoy Turned Bingo’s Image Around
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Opening bands of the greatest music festivals of all time – Glastonbury, Woodstock

Ever wondered who were the very first band to play your favourite music festival? Who kicked off the shenanigans at Glastonbury back in 1970, or who preceded all the greats at Monterey and Woodstock? And what ever happened to them? Did they achieve greatness or become a musical footnote just dragged out in features like this? Here are your answers. …

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AshleyOpening bands of the greatest music festivals of all time – Glastonbury, Woodstock
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One of 2013’s most influential bands – The Status Quo – yes really

I have been listening a fair bit to the new album Inventions from the ultra cool Nashville psych band The Sufis and been scratching my head to work out what their key influences are. Sure there’s plenty of Revolver era Beatles, and they have obviously mastered all the key elements of the Syd Barrett songbook. There’s also a whiff of …

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AshleyOne of 2013’s most influential bands – The Status Quo – yes really
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The ten best Psych albums of 2013 – so far… Sufis, Hidden Masters, Foxygen

If you like a Beatley melody, some twangy guitar, a smidgen of sitar and the odd bonkers middle eight 2013 has been a vintage year so far. The rush of new psych bands that emerged in 2012 has blossomed into a worldwide movement. And it isn’t all about 60 re-treads. Some of the new bands are clearly inspired by this …

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AshleyThe ten best Psych albums of 2013 – so far… Sufis, Hidden Masters, Foxygen
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Summer is here! Here are our top Loafers and Deck Shoes for men

With temperatures nudging the early 20s – exciting I know – it finally seems like summer time has arrived. Actually the weather needs to get on the case as we are now less then sixty days until September. Anyhow it is time to slip yourself into what are the ultimate stylish, classic, always cool summer shoes – Loafers. Here is …

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AshleySummer is here! Here are our top Loafers and Deck Shoes for men
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Style – Cricket Chic – how to look good when watching The Ashes

We are now just a month away from the first game in The Ashes series as the under achieving Aussies face the mighty England team at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. If all goes to plan it will be business as usual with the England team notching up their third Ashes series win in a row. But then again when has …

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AshleyStyle – Cricket Chic – how to look good when watching The Ashes
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The best parody of The Smiths ever – from, err, Horrible Histories

The BBC’s Horrible Histories has had some wonderful musical parodies in the past (the theory of evolution set to Bowie’s Changes springs to mind) but this one is something else. A chronological account of the life of Charles Dickens set to the music of The Smiths. It is spot on too. The level of detail is superb, the Morrissey style …

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AshleyThe best parody of The Smiths ever – from, err, Horrible Histories

From Paisley to Geometric – this season’s best Patterned Shirts

Don’t be a wallflower when it comes to choosing what shirt to wear this season, as patterned shirts are this summers de rigueur wardrobe staple (so we’re told by those that know such important things..). There’s an infinite amount of patterns to choose no matter how bold you want to be, from: Birds to flowers; Geometrics to computer abstract; And …

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AshleyFrom Paisley to Geometric – this season’s best Patterned Shirts

The 11 hottest new psych bands – Hidden Masters, Hounds Tooth, Magnetic Mind…

Barely a day seems to go by at the moment without some great new psych music arriving on Spotify, Bandcamp, YouTube or (gosh) vinyl. So I have rounded up 10 of the best recent releases (plus one bonus one) and included videos, embeds or links if they exist. So without further ado – here you go. The Sudden Death Of …

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AshleyThe 11 hottest new psych bands – Hidden Masters, Hounds Tooth, Magnetic Mind…

Style – Summer Hats round up – Zara, Fred Perry, Ted Baker and more

In case you hadn’t noticed the sun has suddenly decide to grace us with its presence which is great news for everyone, except for those of us who are folically challenged. It is now the time of year when hat wearing shifts from begin a quirky affectation to a necessity. Fortunately there’s a pretty good selection in the stores at …

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AshleyStyle – Summer Hats round up – Zara, Fred Perry, Ted Baker and more
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Style Safari – Retro Sunglasses guide

With summer fast approaching (- or due to make an appearance any time now) your look is not complete without a set of shades. With so many different styles to choose from and plenty of good High Street versions at a fraction of the cost, some of the coolest ones right now have got to be retro inspired ones. Sunglasses …

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AshleyStyle Safari – Retro Sunglasses guide
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Eurovision Psych Contest – vote for the continent’s best space rockers

** UPDATE Well I think I can safely declare Spain and The Chemistry Set as winners of the inagural Eurovision Psych Contest. They finished well clear of Beaulieu Porch – flying the Union Jack – in second and The Sudden Death of Stars from France who finished third just ahead of Switzerland’s Balduin. Thanks to everyone who voted. All the …

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AshleyEurovision Psych Contest – vote for the continent’s best space rockers
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Why Blur’s Modern Life Is Rubbish is one of the most special albums ever

Today we are celebrating Blur’s Modern life Is Rubbish – you’ll find out why in mo – one of the most brilliant and influential albums of the 90s. Here’s ten reasons why you should give it a spin tonight (and every night). 1 It has the most amazing image on the cover That’s The Mallard, the art deco-esque train, coughs, …

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AshleyWhy Blur’s Modern Life Is Rubbish is one of the most special albums ever
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10 reasons why you should stop being so cynical about U2

Ok, so I know that some of you rate Bono as the most annoying man on the planet, that you thought that U2’s Glasto performance sucked and that their last few albums have been a little on the dull side. Here though are 10 reasons why you should stop being so cynical about U2. 1 The debut album Boy is brilliant It is …

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Ashley10 reasons why you should stop being so cynical about U2
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10 things we love/hate about the new Star Trek Into Darkness movie….

With the new Star Trek Into Darkness movie out in UK cinemas today, we look at what’s great and what’s not so great about the latest Trek saga (warning contains mild spoilers)….. 5 things we love about Star Trek Into Darkness  1)    Sparkling performances It’s difficult to pick out a stand alone performance (apart from, perhaps, Benedict Cumberbatch’s – see …

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shinychris10 things we love/hate about the new Star Trek Into Darkness movie….
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10 reasons why The Beatles were better than The Stones

1 Without The Beatles The Stones would still be playing in back street pubs in Kent The Fabs even gifted The Stones their first hit single 2 The Beatles had an amazingly consistent run of brilliant albums   The Stones’ 60s albums were a bit hit and miss. There is a reason why they got a reputation as a singles …

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10 reasons why The Rolling Stones are better than The Beatles

1 They have the coolest member of both bands Brian Jones or Ringo? There’s no contest there. 2 The Stones had an edgy dark side. The Beatles would never have released an album called Their Satanic Majesties would they? The Beatles dabbled with the counter culture in the 60s. The Stones were the counter culture 3 The Beatles gave up …

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Ashley10 reasons why The Rolling Stones are better than The Beatles

Henry? Laudrup? Klopp? Who will be the next Arsenal manager?

Ok, so he might not go this summer (but then he might) but Arsene Wenger can’t go on forever and Arsenal will soon have to address the issue of finding a new manager. On one level Arsenal are still a pretty attractive club to manage – nice stadium, stable-ish board, probability of Champions League football – they tick a lot …

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AshleyHenry? Laudrup? Klopp? Who will be the next Arsenal manager?
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A2B announces 6 new Electric Bikes

Unless you are a big aficionado of electric bikes, A2B is probably not a brand you’ve ever heard of. But they actually launched one of the first electric bikes, or e-bikes, nearly four years ago. Dubbed the A2B Metro it was quite well received at the time but at £2500 was quite pricey as well as fairly bulky, tipping the …

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shinychrisA2B announces 6 new Electric Bikes