Archive | January, 2014

Re-enactments: It’s all gone Andy Warhol at Shoreditch Town Hall

30 Jan

50 Great Things That Came Out Of The Midlands – 22: Arthur Seaton

30 Jan

Nottingham novelist Alan Sillitoe created the ultimate modern Midland folk hero when he penned his classic Angry Young Man novel Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958). Anti-hero Arthur Seaton is a fount of thrillingly rebellious quotations. Sheffield musical darlings Arctic Monkeys used one of Seaton’s most resonant phrases as the basis for the title of their album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, while Manc miserabilist Morrissey drew on the novel for his finest lyric, ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’. Which neatly illustrates a general truth: whenever (if ever) you think of something good about the North, it’s usually the Midlands you’re really thinking about. 


50 Great Things That Came Out Of The Midlands – The Sistine Chapel

29 Jan

Did you know that the Midlands is home to what archaeologists have recently dubbed ‘the Sistine Chapel of the Ice Age’? Creswell Crags, an unassuming-looking limestone gorge on the Nottinghamshire-Derbyshire border, contains the most extensive cache of prehistoric bas-reliefs anywhere in the world. The subject matter of the engraved images – created by modifying the natural limestone topography of the caves – includes animals as well as what appear to be the earliest human nudes in the history of British art. That’s right: Ice Age Midlanders invented BritArt.

Rapture, Blister, Burn, Hampstead Theatre: An engrossing tale of gender politics

27 Jan

You Me At Six’s Cavalier Youth: Bigger guitars, bigger choruses and bigger production

24 Jan

The Body Of An American is an intense two-hander that repays the viewer’s commitment

22 Jan

50 Great Things That Came Out Of The Midlands – 49. Gravity

20 Jan

Midlanders are very grounded people, so it should come as little surprise that it was a Midlander who discovered gravity. Former Grantham schoolboy Sir Isaac Newton first hypothesized the inverse-square law of universal gravitation in his 1687 page-turner Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica. As the noted versifier Alexander Pope wrote: ‘Nature and nature’s laws lay hid in night; / God said “Let Newton be” and all was light.’ The Royal Society recently named humble Midlander Newton as the most influential scientist of all time (Einstein came second). Beat that, smarty-pants London!