The Best Songs: TV Adverts

The other day I was thinking about how much of my music comes from adverts these days. With uni work and whatnot, it becomes a bit dull to read through Q or the NME looking for bands to listen to, yet adverts are forced upon us daily. So, rather than despise them as I’m sure we all do, I’ve decided to embrace the good in them and broadcast some of my favourite tracks from adverts in recent years.

10. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Can’t Hold Us:

Although only just gaining popularity, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have been around for a while. Their track, ‘Can’t Hold Us’, which features on their recent album, can be found in the 2012 Miller Coors advert. A nice upbeat place to start my top 10 and a highly enjoyable song.

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The Ups (and a Few Downs) of Michael Owen

michael-owen-05Before saying anything else on this post, I just want to put it out there that I really admire Owen. He’s a talented player, who’s career was severely hampered by injury, for sure. However, along with the good times, there were some lows. This is a short, picture-based biography of Owen’s incredible, and thoroughly individual, career.  Continue reading

A Music Update

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some new music. This is partially due to other work and also due to a lull in particularly good music. Hopefully there’s some tracks in here for everyone, enjoy!


Bastille – The Weight Of Living Part II:

Bastille’s debut album, Bad Blood is a decent album, not amazing, but decent. A couple of songs stand out though, one being the popular single, ‘Pompei’, and the other being this, ‘The Weight Of Living Part II’. As always with my lists, there is some catchy music; this track is arguably the most catchy of them all.

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Women In Victorian Britain: Separate Spheres

As with my post a few weeks ago, this is a piece I produced for my history degree. This one gained a mark of a 2:1, feel free to use it for information, but don’t just plagiarize! Feel free to comment below on your opinions. The topic: Why did the notion of separate spheres prove so popular in Victorian Britain? So, here goes:

Queen Victoria (1819-1901)

Queen Victoria (1819-1901)

The notion of separate spheres reoccurs throughout the Victorian period. From political ideology to breakthroughs in science, all aspects of life were adapted to fit the idea that men were powerful and inventive and should thus be out in the workplace, progressing the world forward, whilst women held a vital role as a domestic controller, keeping the home as a haven and rearing well-educated and socially aware children.[1] This concept was not new to the Victorian period and can be tracked to prehistoric times, where men were seen as the hunters and women the devices and minders of the home. However, it is interesting to consider what made the notion of separate spheres so appealing to a rather modern  and largely revolutionary Victorian society. Continue reading

The 2013/14 Arsenal First XI… As it should be

So, Arsenal are one of the most successful teams in English history. Yet it looks that at the start of next season, it’ll be eight years since they last won a trophy. So, what’s wrong? To put it simply, they have a lack of money for two reasons, one much more forgiving than the other: 1) The club injected money into creating one of the country’s greatest stadiums, which is fair enough. 2) Fringe players such as Chamakh, Santos, Squillaci, Djourou, Bendtner and Ju-Young Park take up vast amount of wages, so much so that they are unable to be offloaded in anything more than a loan deal. Thus, Arsenal have recently fallen behind other top flight teams due to being unable to offer high wages to the top players (in the past they have lost out on Mata, Hazard and Bale, amongst others).

Wenger hasn't had much to be cheery about in recent years.

Wenger hasn’t had much to be cheery about in recent years.

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Book Review: The Invention of Murder

This is a new type of post for me. We were asked to do a book review for my history degree. It was a pretty casual piece of work, so don’t judge me too much, but hopefully this will be useful for some people looking for a bit of insight on either Flanders’ book or the period as a whole. Enjoy!


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What’s Wrong In Football?

Being the likely date of ‘Cashley’ Cole’s 100th cap for England, I feel today is a fitting day to discuss all the problems with modern football. It’s still the largest sport in the world, but there are so many flaws and in many respects, other sports are leaving it behind as they advance and evolve in the modern world.

At least he's happy with himself.

At least he’s happy with himself.

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