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(TRANSPORTATION) TALES OF (MY) TWO CITIES

1) LONDON "If you live anywhere near Crystal Palace, you’ll know that getting a black taxi home from the centre of London is not easy. The only time you’re likely...
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STEP DOWN

A big up to everyone who came to the Step On One Off Friday night at The Royale; history will recall that it was a roaring success. We had people...
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WAY TO PROMOTE YOUR SOLO ALBUM, DUDE

Billy Corgan celebrates the release of his debut solo album The Future Embrace by taking out a full page ad in home-town paper the Chicago Tribune, announcing that he’d sooner...
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THIS IS WHY WE HATE THE VOICE

As any long-suffering reader knows, Village Voice music critics are paid NOT to offer their actual opinions on an album, only to pontificate in ever-longer roundabout sentences that rarely reach...
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FOG OVER THE CHANNEL: CONTINENT CUT OFF

Talking of The Nation’s Favourite (that’s with an ‘ou’ for once), the same day I stick Radio 1 on my computer desktop, it’s announced that the BBC’s flagship station will...
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ON THE SUBJECT OF RELATIONSHIPS (AND BREAK-UPS)

This Sunday is my wedding anniversary. Hang on, OUR wedding anniversary. And yesterday, I was so busy explaining to my long-suffering wife why I have to spend it at Irving...
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ON THE SUBJECT OF JUNE 21st

…Then yesterday must have been the 20th Anniversary of The Longest Day, when U2 headlined Milton Keynes Bowl. Faith Brothers, whom I was managing at the time, were the opening...
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REASONS TO BE GRATEFUL: NOTES FROM A WEEKEND IN THE BOROUGH OF KINGS

Elizabeth Padilla will not be forgotten. Her bicycle (I’d like to believe it was her bicycle) has been spray painted white, like an angel, and chained to a parking sign...
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