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    It often strikes me that a good way to collect money for charity would be to stand outside Starbucks or Caffè Nero and invite people to donate the £2 or so that they were going to spend on a latte on people and causes that needed that £2 much more than you really need a ...
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    Skimming through an article on masculinities, sports and popular music, I had to read one sentence four times before I could believe my eyes. Yes, there really is an album called Golfs Greatest Hits (punctuation evidently wasn’t one of them), and a label (Teed Off) dedicated to, er, Golf Music. Please don’t buy this for ...
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    An old one this, but still one of my favourite photographs – from Malta, November 2008.
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    It’s always bugged me that you see the term ‘music industry’ referred to in the press (usually by a representative of it) as if it were a single phenomenon.  If you work in music, you’re acutely aware of the fact that it is a complex, unruly, changeable mess of organizations, activities, markets, opportunities and legal ...
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    One of the excitements of this year is being able to afford a volume of The Oxford History of Western Music. I snapped it up in Blackwells the other day, when I noticed that there was an entire chapter devoted to ballet music. I always glance through the index of music history books to see ...
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    Out from Stonewall, FIT, a movie for schools to help combat homophobic bullying.  And from me, a related rant. To help with an essay on gender, music & ballet, a friend helpfully passed on a link to a short  film called Boys in Ballet.  I couldn’t have wished for anything better.  My favourite part (from ...