Monthly Archives: March 2008

Editor’s blog: A trip down musical memory lane

As the owner of a vintage green vinyl copy of the ‘Hotel California’ album, it was inevitable I’d wind up watching The Eagles at the O2 Arena over the Easter weekend. And as I sat for an hour afterwards trying to extricate myself from the car park, I had plenty of time to reflect on how the music business has changed since 1977, when I donned my Brutus flares and took the steam train up to Oxford Street to pay my 2.99 for the precious LP.

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Editor’s blog: Poles, don’t go home

I’m not surprised to read this morning that British Poles have had it up to here with the Daily Mail. The Federation of Poles in Great Britain has ‘reluctantly’ filed a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission accusing the newspaper of defaming Polish residents in the UK. In its letter of complaint to the PCC, the federation accused the Mail of printing articles that gave rise to ‘negative emotions and tensions between the new EU immigrants and local communities’.

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Editor’s blog: Big Motor in the slow lane

The chancellor stated in his budget that we’re well prepared for economic slowdown. Well, one of the industries already dawdling along in neutral, occupying the slow lane, is Big Motor – and it will not have heard Darling out with much pleasure. There is huge global over-supply at the moment and the pain, especially in the States, is already acute as Motown downsizes.

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Editor’s blog: Welcome to transport hell

Excuse my metropolitan rant, but I have a few thoughts on transport. One of the many joys of living and working in London is actually trying to get from A to B within this city. Those of you who toil wretchedly each day with our public transport system in the capital will be quite familiar with the broken, useless, stroppy disaster that is Transport for London. Or TfL as it’s known to its mates. It’s now ten to ten and currently half of MT’s staff aren’t here because of failures in the system. And it’s hardly the first time. I’ve just spent half an hour down the tube in conditions that were I a young bullock or lamb, would have had the RSPCA down on the carrier like a ton of barnyard manure. And it’s now virtually the most expensive system to travel on in the world. But I mustn’t grumble – at least the train turned up and didn’t break down for four hours in a tunnel.

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