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The Quiet Loner’s guide to the top ten Quiet Loners

Quiet Loner is in fact the hugely talented Matt Hill who has released a series of excellent albums the latest of which, The Greedy Magicians is a passionate, politically charged suite of songs that has already got many incredible reviews. Here is his list of other Quiet Loners “He was a quiet loner who kept himself to himself”. So goes …

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Library prank puts Lance Armstrong’s fitness guide in “Fiction” section

Forget the shame of his Oprah Winfrey Show tell-all last week, Lance Armstrong’s biggest blow must surely be this snipe from one of the kings of geekdom, the humble librarian. At Manly Library in Sidney, a cheeky librarian posted the following notice: “ALL NON-FICTION LANCE ARMSTRONG BOOKS, INCLUDING ‘Lance Armstrong: Images of a Champion’, ‘The Lance Armstrong Performance Program’ and …

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Gerald LynchLibrary prank puts Lance Armstrong’s fitness guide in “Fiction” section
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Brian Eno models for Alfred Dunhill as part of 2013 “Voice” campaign

Brian Eno is keeping himself busy at the moment. As well as releasing a brand new album called Lux on Warp Records (his 25th studio album) the long-time Bowie collaborator, ex Roxy Music synth wizard and producer extraordinaire is now one of the faces of Alfred Dunhill’s spring/summer 2013 “Voice” campaign. Joining mountaineer Geordie Stewart and war photographer Don McCullin in this year’s campaign, and …

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Gerald LynchBrian Eno models for Alfred Dunhill as part of 2013 “Voice” campaign
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Paul Costelloe Man reveal pastel shade SS13 blazer collection

Looking for something a little lighter with Spring around the corner? Paul Costelloe’s menswear arm has just launched a new capsule collection of Blazers in time for the seasonal change. Focussing on chirpier shades (pastel blues, soft and salmon pinks), the line looks to champion softer fabrics, with keen attention played to trimmings such as slightly angled pockets and lipped …

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Gerald LynchPaul Costelloe Man reveal pastel shade SS13 blazer collection
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Skyfall suffers Oscar nominations “Best Picture” snub in favour of Django Unchained and Lincoln

It seems both critical acclaim and box office record breaking isn’t enough to get a Best Picture Oscar nomination these days, as Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond film released in the series’ 50th anniversary year failed to be considered alongside the year’s best films. This morning’s announcement of the 85th Academy Awards nominations instead saw Armour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Misérables, …

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Gerald LynchSkyfall suffers Oscar nominations “Best Picture” snub in favour of Django Unchained and Lincoln
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Bowie is back! David’s top 5 overlooked songs revisited

Ziggy Stardust. The Thin White Duke. David Robert Jones. Whatever you call him, David Bowie, the chameleon of pop, is back! Celebrating today his 66th birthday, the enigmatic icon marked the occasion with the release of a new single ‘Where Are We Now’ and news of a new album called ‘The Next Day’ touching down in March. You can listen …

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Gerald LynchBowie is back! David’s top 5 overlooked songs revisited

Haim top BBC Sound of 2013 list (we told you so…)

Haim have topped the BBC Sound of 2013 list, lining up the Californian power-pop trio for a stellar year. The list (now in its eleventh year), aims to showcase the top bands and artists to keep an eye out for in the year ahead, with previous winners including Adele, Jessie J and Brandish favourite Michael Kiwanuka. Haim, comprised of three …

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Gerald LynchHaim top BBC Sound of 2013 list (we told you so…)
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Primark SS13 Menswear range revealed for the shoestring fashionista

After giving your wallet a post-Christmas womping, updating your wardrobe for Spring/Summer 2013 can often take a backseat while waiting for that January pay packet to land.  Thankfully, cheap-as-chips high street chain Primark are on hand to deliver some on-trend staples at pocket-money prices, revealing their SS13 menswear lookbook. Scroll down for a sneak peak at what’s set to hit …

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Gerald LynchPrimark SS13 Menswear range revealed for the shoestring fashionista
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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

Hot stuff – today’s top stories from Brandish and our pals – top pics of 2012, iPhone 5s (!?) pics and more

Today’s hottest stories from Brandish, Tech Digest and our pals Brilliant video of Hamster climbing the stairs The World’s hottest burger sauce arrives in the UK The most dramatic news pics of 2012 Your ultimate Christmas gift guide for blokes – gadgets, scarves, weird stuff Bombsight shows you where the bombs fell on London in WW2 Why Arsenal’s number one …

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AshleyHot stuff – today’s top stories from Brandish and our pals – top pics of 2012, iPhone 5s (!?) pics and more
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H&M teaming up with Brick Lane Bikes for cycling-in-style range

H&M are getting set to partner with the uber-trendy London cycling experts at Brick Lane Bikes for a new Spring range aimed at cyclists. Taking design advice from the custom bike specialists, H&M are putting together an 11-piece capsule collection, with the aim being to design a range that cyclists can comfortably and safely wear while riding, and not look …

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Gerald LynchH&M teaming up with Brick Lane Bikes for cycling-in-style range
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Is Everton’s Leighton Baines the footballer with the best music taste? His top albums of 2012 revealed – Tame Impala, Richard Hawley and more!

Everton and England footballer Leighton Baines may have just revealed himself as the player with the best taste in music, after revealing his top albums of 2012 on the club’s website. The defender picked Dr John’s “Locked Down” as his album of the year, saying he was impressed by The Black Key’s Dan Auerbach who had produced the album. Baines …

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Gerald LynchIs Everton’s Leighton Baines the footballer with the best music taste? His top albums of 2012 revealed – Tame Impala, Richard Hawley and more!
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Gotye dominates Spotify’s most-played streaming lists for 2012

Spotify have revealed the artists making waves through their music streaming service in 2012, publishing the lists of most streamed albums, tracks, and artists, both globally and in the UK, as well as the most used apps in the desktop Spotify application. Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ is by far this year’s most popular song on Spotify, topping …

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Gerald LynchGotye dominates Spotify’s most-played streaming lists for 2012
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Yoko Ono’s John Lennon inspired menswear debut looks like a Nathan Barley joke

  We’re not sure what we should have expected from Yoko Ono’s debut menswear collection for Opening Ceremony, revealed today. But had we thought about it logically, it’d probably have been something as barmy as what she’s indeed delivered. Featuring neon pink shades, arse-exposing mesh trousers and the sort of abstract cock-and-balls motif that’d make Alan Partridge blush, it’s like …

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Gerald LynchYoko Ono’s John Lennon inspired menswear debut looks like a Nathan Barley joke
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Androgyny is in as Men’s Saint Laurent Paris Spring/Summer 2013 range fronted by female model

Ever found yourself wandering around your favourite boutique, uncertain which rail was menswear and which was aimed at the fairer sex? That shouldn’t be a problem come next Spring as, if Saint Laurent Paris’s New Year menswear range is anything to go by, androgyny is in. The newly rebranded ready-to-wear arm of the legendary Yves Saint Laurent fashion house has …

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Gerald LynchAndrogyny is in as Men’s Saint Laurent Paris Spring/Summer 2013 range fronted by female model
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Toni&Guy: Tweet back and sides as hairdressing salons get free Wi-Fi

Would you rather be sending a tweet or checking your email than be telling your hairdresser about your holiday plans? Hairstyling chain Toni&Guy get this and have teamed up with O2 to offer all their customers free in-store Wi-Fi across every branch. Toni&Guy’s 1.5million UK customers will be able to browse the web, watch videos and access social networking sites …

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Gerald LynchToni&Guy: Tweet back and sides as hairdressing salons get free Wi-Fi
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Eric Clapton’s ultra-rare Patek Philippe 2499 wristwatch is up for auction

The Patek Philippe 2499 is like the Holy Grail of wristwatches, the sort of timepiece enthusiasts would happily dive in-front of marauding boulder, Indiana Jones style, in order to acquire. Perhaps the rarest wristwatch in the world, and also regarded by many experts as the finest ever made too, it’s about to go up for sale at Christies in Geneva on November 12th, something …

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Gerald LynchEric Clapton’s ultra-rare Patek Philippe 2499 wristwatch is up for auction
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Lacoste bought up by Swiss Maus Freres Group

  Sportswear brand Lacoste have been bought out by the Maus Freres Group. The Swiss investors already held a 35% stake in the brand, and are now majority holders by buying up an additional 30.3% stake. The move values the French fashion line at somewhere between  1.0 billion and 1.25 billion euros ($1.29-$1.62 billion). The sale comes courtesy of a group …

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Gerald LynchLacoste bought up by Swiss Maus Freres Group
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Arnold Schwarzenegger sports hipster crew cut for new action flick “Ten”

What do you think of when someone says to you “Arnold Schwarzenegger?” I think of a man fist-fighting with the Predator, an amnesiac on Mars on a mission to “give this people der air” (sic), a time travelling robot assassin who knows now why you cry, though it’s something he can never do. What definitely does not spring to mind …

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Gerald LynchArnold Schwarzenegger sports hipster crew cut for new action flick “Ten”
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Levi’s go green with WasteLess S/S13 jeans collection

Green is the new black over at Levi’s, who’ve just revealed the WasteLess jeans range for Spring/Summer 2013. Revealed at a slick launch bash at London’s Farmiloe Building in Farringdon, Brandish went down for a sneak peak at the new eco-freindly denims. Each pair of Levi’s WasteLess jeans is made from a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled content, roughly 12 to …

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Gerald LynchLevi’s go green with WasteLess S/S13 jeans collection