Motown The Musical: A technicolour, feel-good celebration of the Detroit label that just didn’t quite have me dancing in the streets

Motown The Musical
Shaftesbury Theatre

Motown The Musical is a joyful celebration of Motown’s first 25-years that oozes showmanship and panache from the sequin effect daubed on the ornate exterior of the Shaftesbury Theatre to the huge, glossy programme.

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The Andy Lewis Story

Six months ago today, an Instagram photo from Andy Crofts all but confirmed rumours that he was going to replace Andy Lewis on bass in Paul Weller’s band. Although I’ve now grown to love the new band setup with Tom van Heel taking Crofts’ place on keys and the Moons frontman on bass, Andy Lewis is the bassist I associate with my earliest memories of seeing Weller’s band.

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TEF: Terrible Education Failure


I was interested to read yesterday that the University of East Anglia has, following a successful appeal, been upgraded from silver to gold on the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Although it looks like a nice status for UEA to have achieved, there’s no point in being too jubilant.

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Nelson and Norfolk exhibition brings together important historical artefacts

At the end of July I was lucky enough to attend the press preview of the Nelson and Norfolk exhibition at Norwich’s Castle Museum, to write a feature for September’s edition of Concrete. The exhibition is home to a number of historically important items which chart Nelson’s life and career, with its most headline-grabbing being the musket ball which killed the British Admiral at the Battle of Trafalgar, loaned from the royal collection and normally on display at Windsor Castle.

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‘Graduates should look smaller for bigger chance of job hunting success’ – survey

Graduates searching for a job should prioritise their time towards looking for more niche vacancies with smaller businesses and writing specific applications for each post they apply to rather than sending out as many blanket applications as possible to market leaders, a recent survey of graduate employers has suggested.

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