Nearly 50 years ago, in our very own Bar 1, a young lecturer started a gaming revolution. The owners of Games Workshop rate it the second best board game in the world, after only their own. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Classic Warlord.
Amour is, simply put, the best film ever made.
This French masterpiece revolves around the relationship between Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva), two retired old music teachers; how one copes with the other’s deteriorating mental condition. Their love is severely tested on many levels in this sweet yet starkly dark drama. It’s a story about how love prevails over all. Continue reading
The Birds Fly Low is relaxed and hypnotic; a mellow, easy listening album from Belgian alt. rock band Creature with the Atom Brain.
It contains a medley of distorted guitars and clean-cut basslines, which add a distinctive power to Aldo Struyf’s extraordinary vocal prowess. Creature use a wide range of instruments on top of their basic song formula, introducing synthesised keyboards and often a brass addition. Most of the songs blend well to create pleasant listening. Continue reading
Care standards for schizophrenia patients in the UK is declining.
Dan Lowe, 36, who first noticed psychotic symptoms 16 years ago, finds the hospital environment worsens his paranoia: “…they just put you in front of the telly and calm you down”.
Prof Sir Robin Murray, from King’s College London, said: “If you have psychosis and your mind is disturbed, you need a period of respite and calm.”
Paul Jenkins, head of Rethink Mental Illness, says “treatment [is] still nowhere good enough”
An investigation into the £12bn/year condition has begun to try to tackle the maltreatment of patients.
On Saturday night I was lucky enough to chat to Frank Carter and Jim Carroll, the British/American duo behind Pure Love. Pure Love are currently touring with We Are The Ocean and Welsh rockers LostProphets, after Pulled Apart By Horses unfortunately cancelled earlier this year.
To kick off our conversation, Jim explained first of all how long they’d known each other. Continue reading
Sheffield’s 02 Academy was buzzing on Saturday night, and rightly so. Before headliners LostProphets even got on stage, their crowd was suitably warmed up and ready to go.
Ex-Gallows frontman Frank Carter started the night off with his new band Pure Love, alongside American riff-lord, Jim Carroll. Frank stuck to his roots by jumping straight into the horde of emo teens and punk rockers, engaging with his fans and encouraging people to ride shoulders and sing along. Continue reading
“The darkness is coming. It’s safer to be inside”
Whether you’re a fan of the franchise or not, Silent Hill: Revelation is a visually spectacular movie, with thrills, chills and plenty of twists and turns along the way. Continue reading
If The Shining is “a film made by a bored genius,” Room 237 is a documentary made by bored film theorists with too much time on their hands.
It’s essentially a collaboration of theories and ideas from five Stanley Kubrick critics, who explore the esoteric storylines of Time’s best psychological horror movie – The Shining. Five very different professional points of view draw the audience into a new maze; one with endless detours and dead ends. Many ways in, but no way out. Continue reading
With thanks to Mark Lovegrove of Screen 7, I have had the pleasure of playing SummerBatch: Volume One. Some of the games have clearly had much more time and effort spent on their creation, but all five are a lot of fun, and I enjoyed playing each of them.