Morrissey review – aloof, obnoxious and proudly provocative

For someone who often seems determined to alienate his fanbase, Morrissey has a knack for intuiting exactly what they want [ . . . ]

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10 Best British Gangster Movies Ever

The Hobbledehoy notes the omission of 1997’s absolutely marvelous  gangster flick I Went Down directed by Paddy Breathnach and starring Brendan Gleeson, Peter McDonald and Michael McElhatton.

True, I Went Down is Irish not British, but the same can be said for In Bruges, which is on this Top 10 list. But who cares about rules anyway? Certainly not gangsters!

Nobody does gangster movies quite like the Brits, eh? The origins of the British crime thriller go back almost 75 years, though the genre truly picked up speed in the late 1960s, with the following three decades in particular serving up a slew of quintessential British gangster romps.

From comedy-laced capers to more serious, unexpectedly character-driven thrillers, these are the ten most influential genre entries that have been copied, parodied and homaged over the years – often successfully, but more often not – and set the groundwork for an entire film industry in of itself.

See all 10 movies at: 10 Best British Gangster Movies Ever

 

The Bookshop Band “Room for Three”

 

In May last year we got a phone call from a publisher asking us if we’d be interested in writing a couple of songs for the launch of Philip Pullman’s trilogy The Book Of Dust, set in Lyra’s Oxford. Now, we rarely take commissions directly from publishers – preferring to keep the books that inspire our songs as a curated list from Mr B’s Emporium.  Having a curated list from an amazing bookshop who choose books they love means we get an amazing unbiased book.  | Read More