Paul Weller: True Meanings Teasers

Today’s the day! Paul Weller’s new album True Meanings is out now, with the Modfather releasing his fourteenth solo effort in the first year of his sixth decade. After the pomp and intricate effects of his experimental last three albums and the arena tours to match, here Weller takes it back to basics on his first wholly acoustic studio album, which will feature a number of other collaborators and instruments, including an orchestra on some tracks.

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An ode to the Ceefax match report

When the history of great sports journalism is written, perhaps the BBC’s shortform English league match reports might get a footnote or honourable mention. A product of the Ceefax revolution, these four-paragraph, c.80 word summaries lived on after the platform’s loss of popularity, surviving the transition to BBCi and, for a while, the BBC Sport website.

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More thoughts on Votes at 16

So, the Tories have given Votes at 16 the red light, for now…

Needless to say, I was pretty upset on Friday when the Conservatives succeeded in filibustering Jim McMahon’s Private Member’s Bill for Votes at 16 out of Parliament before a vote could take place. However, the positive reaction to the idea in the lead up to the vote confirmed that it is a matter of when, rather than if, a bill will be successful and Votes at 16 will become a reality.

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Why I’m Rooting for Votes at 16 Today

The time has come.

Later today, Jim McMahon MP presents his Private Member’s Bill to the Commons for its second reading, urging the house to support for votes for sixteen year-olds after years of campaigning by the NUS and British Youth Council’s Votes at 16 Coalition. The bill is supported by many notable MPs including Jeremy Corbyn and Caroline Lucas. Chuka Umunna, Clive Lewis and Hilary Benn are also among the MPs who will be voting in favour after the debate. Here’s the story of why I’m desperate to see it passed…

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Steve Brookes, Hoodoo Zoo – Review

Out now, 8/10

I’ll be honest, like many Paul Weller fans, I’ve known who original Jam guitarist Steve Brookes is for some time but have never quite got round to seeking out his solo work. All that changed with the release at the start of the month of his fourth album Hoodoo Zoo, recorded at Weller’s Black Barn studios, featuring the Modfather on two tracks, plus Ben Gordelier who plays percussion on most and Black Barn resident producer Charles Rees behind the desk.

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