Artists @ The Crypt – St Martin in the Fields

Artists @ The Crypt brings together the work of Berry Birdsall, Feza Erkeller, Helen Lee and Helen Ryan. Although the exhibition explores both cityscapes and landscapes, there’s a particular focus on the city of London, which works as a strong theme running throughout the exhibition. Many of pieces take the summer of 2012 as their inspiration, with scenes from the Olympics such as the Olympic marathon. Continue reading

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Daft Punk – ‘Get Lucky’

I’m going to keep this post brief as, after an extremely extended winter, the sun is shining outside, and let’s be honest it could disappear at any moment so we’ve got to make the most of it. But before I go off galavanting in the sun I had to share my latest song of the moment – the new release from Daft Punk, Get Lucky.

The song features Pharrell Williams, whose voice sounds smooth as ever. Pharrell is backed by Nile Rodgers’ funky guitar riffs and the combo just makes you want to get up and dance immediately. We were playing it all day in my office yesterday and I have to admit I found it hard to remain in my seat – maybe that’s just me…

It’s the perfect soundtrack to your weekend (or any day of the week for that matter), so get outside in the sunshine, whack this on and enjoy.

Art from up North – an interview with Matthew Thompson

I recently returned to Manchester for a weekend, with the main intention of re-living my days as a student, having not been back since graduation. Amongst soaking up the student culture of Manchester – cheap drinks, 2 for 1 pizza deals in the early hours (you can’t argue with that kind of bargain), houses with no heating, and a distinct lack of sleep – I did manage to squeeze in a little bit of ‘real’ culture. Admittedly, I didn’t have to go very far to find it, as one of my friend’s housemates happened to be an artist.

Some of Matt’s art was up in the house – mainly urban scenes using mixed media. I was really drawn to it both for his slightly abstract style and the way he uses a range of media.

Matthew Thompson, Manchester Piccadilly

Naturally, I announced that I had a blog about popular culture, and decided to ask him a few questions about his work and what inspires him. Continue reading

‘Together’ – Girls, Season 2, Episode 10

In a nutshell:

  • Shosh and Ray call it a day (sob!)
  • Marnie and Charlie, on the other hand, get back together (meh)
  • Hannah reaches out to Adam, as she realises she needs help
  • Jessa is still off somewhere unknown, no doubt being kooky

The details:

Season 2 of Girls has been disappointing at times (and, let’s face it, a bit weird), but it’s been getting back on track in the last few episodes, and the season finale didn’t let me down. I admit, a small percentage of my enjoyment is down to it being another Jessa-free episode. Continue reading