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The Fan  •  February 8, 2014

Footballer Has Opinion

I’d been largely bored of Adolf Anelka-gate despite how the outrage spun over from the terraces to the media, to politicians and back again like a disapproving whirlwind. Now the French comedian involved, Dieudonné M’bala M’bala is banned from entering the UK. What exactly are we being protected from? Am sure most football fans had no idea…


The Arbiter  •  January 10, 2014

Vampires, Jews And Goldman Sachs

Monsters in popular culture embody the fears of contemporary society. Nowhere is this more prevalent then the horror/supernatural genre. In the US, and in the world, Vampires have come back in a huge way. What does that mean for society? Contemporary Vampire films, of which there are very many, are unconscious to the fact that…


The Arbiter  •  December 22, 2013

Waiting For Blade Runner

In just six years it will be 2019; the year Ridley Scott’s 1982 future noir epic, Blade Runner is set. There is a lot to look forward to over the next six years and the path by which we will inevitably travel to realise the film’s staggering attention to detail and unbelievable foresight will be strewn…


Music  •  December 3, 2013

Swinging Musical Bricks

Between the real ale, the homemade cakes and the regular clientele there’s always a good mix of smells to enjoy when you first enter Mello Mello. It would be hard not to overstate the venues importance within Liverpool’s creative community, the Baltic triangle may be its self-proclaimed heart but Mello Mello has been around longer…


The Arbiter  •  November 16, 2013

The Not So Livercool Awards 2013

By the time I arrived at the Crown Plaza the red carpet lain outside was already well trodden. The cardinal event in Liverpool’s business calendar was promised to be a grand, self-congratulatory affair. Liverpool’s “biggest business party of the year” is hosted by Downtown in Business, whose Chief Executive Frank McKenna is the Billy Butler to Liverpool’s Music Awards ceremony minus the plums….


Music  •  November 4, 2013

Voodoo Ball

The Kazimier’s Halloween offering started with a precession by Batala, the Liverpool percussion group that drummed its way along Seel Street to Wolstenholme Square.  Once inside my lack of effort had left me feeling underdressed and not for the first time at Liverpool’s amphitheatre of alternatively. The large fire projection being the stage and the…


The Arbiter  •  October 19, 2013

Jay-Z’s Scant Font Appropriation

Jay-Z is one of the most successful hip hop artists of all time, turned entrepreneur his business empire stretches out across the music, retail and sports industry’s with less subtly than America’s foreign policy over the last fifty years. Brash, ruthless and expansion without impunity. I imagine his success extends far beyond the dreams of a young…


Music  •  August 3, 2013

Nozstock 2013

My attendance at Nozstock was confirmed under the strict predication that such a show existed that involved men wanking over each other to a soundtrack of, You’ll Never Walk Alone. Funny in itself, this was the ONLY reason I found myself in a cramped car on the way down to Staffordshire. It’s a steep site, which…

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Art  •  June 10, 2013

The Art Of Pop

The Art of Pop Video exhibition at FACT claims to explore the transformative power of the pop video on popular culture. Indeed, popular culture is often stigmatised as being the bastard child of ‘high’ culture spurned by the upper classes arrogance but championed by those who seek to defy the contemporary agents of cultural hegemony….