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About merlinlondon

Cynical but loveable wannabe journalist with a keen interest in music and the arts in general. Ignorant yet highly opinionated about most things. Mostly liberal with occasional fascist tendencies, usually concerning Coldplay, Crocs or other crimes against the developed world. Amateur photographer and even more amateur singer/songwriter.

Kuma’s Corner almost killed me… (also, got a haircut)

Imagine a bed of fries. A literal bed, so substantial you could happily curl up and snooze on its greasy potato goodness. Now imagine the biggest beef patty you’ve ever seen. It’s like two fists intertwined, but made of ground … Continue reading

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Why my week was probably more fun than yours.

Pretty good week for gigs. Friday saw Queens of the Stone Age performing their first album in its entirety, followed by two encores of fan favourites and general awesomeness. Josh Homme is one of the finest live performers I’ve ever … Continue reading

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Godspeed You! Jetlagged Traveler

After many hours waiting at Heathrow, followed by many hours sitting on a plane eating peculiar airline food (Belgian waffle, jam and a sausage?) and then a good hour and a half wait in line while about two customs officers … Continue reading

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How dubstep gets made.

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A belated review of True Grit (and a very English complaint)

I hated Brokeback Mountain. It wasn’t the storyline, or the cinematography, or the vast majority of the acting. My major gripe with the film was the ENDLESS MUMBLING. I can cope with accents, trust me – I’ll gladly sit through … Continue reading

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Reasons why awards are totally irrelevant in 2011…

So we’ve had the Grammys, the Brits, and now the Oscars. One can only pray that this is the end of the major awards seasons. 1. Half the awards were clearly made up on the spot, and most importantly, nobody … Continue reading

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Chapel Club Interview

In a backstage littered with suspiciously healthy snacks (bar for the enormous bottles of Jack Daniel’s and Gordon’s), I talk to Chapel Club’s Mike and Rich about Bruce Forsyth, drinking in church graveyards, and how the Turkish kids are way … Continue reading

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