The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.

I didn't know what to expect with this film, whilst a great cast there may be, that does not necessarily mean the film will be good. With trepidation in place, compounded by the average age in the screen probably being twice my age. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. In a whirlwind of sounds, colours and sights, you are transported to India along with the retirees and are engrossed by everything that happens. 

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The Stranglers - Career Retrospective - Part 2

The Stranglers

Album by Album

Career Retrospective

Part Two

By Andrew Barclay


In 1978, The Stranglers were big news. The band’s first two albums had sold very well, and although they weren’t strictly punk, that movements supporters adopted the band with open arms. A big out door gig at Battersea power station was held in 1978, and the bands third album, ‘Black and White’ was released. This album showed some different sides to the band’s music not previously heard on the first two albums.

‘Black And White’ begins with a strong, pacey track called ‘Tank’. It was aggressive in tone, much like the bands earlier output, but was more accomplished musically, and was a fine introduction, to what would be a very fine album indeed.

‘Nice and Sleazy’ is next, and a bona fide Stranglers classic. The wonderful reggae tinged song harped back to the overall arrangement and sound of ‘Peaches’, and is certainly in league with that song quality wise, whilst not in any way being a copy of it. The irresistible chorus “nice and sleazy does it, does it, does it every time” is infectious, and the danceable music is note perfect. The band played this on Top Of the Pops, and they looked and sounded like a band at their peak.

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New Songwriter for a New Generation

Cavan Moran

Lustless Love/Loveless Lust EP

Review by Andrew Barclay



Cavan Moran, former front man with celebrated acoustic based outfit 'These Eyes Are Cameras' returns with his solo offering.

‘Until The End’ starts the EP off with some superb writing from Cavan, all wrapped inside a delicate melody. “I told you before, and I’ll tell you again, from the top of my lungs, to the tip of my pen” is a reaching lyric, and is just one example of how good a writer Cavan actually is.

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Going on The Stranglers

Album By Album

Career Retrospective

Part One

By Andrew Barclay

The Stranglers have long been one of the UK’s most respected bands, playing high octane punk rock in the late 70s, before dipping their toes into the New Wave, then settling into radio friendly pop in Hugh Cornwell’s latter period with the band.

Most groups call it a day when such charismatic leaders leave, The Stranglers kept on going, with a truly enigmatic replacement in the form of Paul Roberts, and then on his departure, changing the vocal duties yet again. In the first few parts of the Album By Album career retrospective I’m going to concentrate on the Hugh Cornwell years, yielding what many still say is the golden era of The Stranglers musical output.

This is purely a look at the bands studio albums, and not a peek into the band members private lives. If you're a Stranglers fan, I hope you enjoy reading this look back as much I did writing it

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Be Part of Manchester Pride Fringe

Organisers of Manchester Pride are calling for submissions to their Pride Fringe Grant Scheme and are seeking innovative, creative projects to form part of Pride Fringe 2012.

Open to local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organisations, promoters and individuals, the scheme gives applicants the opportunity to apply for up to £500, to assist with staging of events.
Applications from community and voluntary sector organisations, registered charities and individuals wishing to organise events for the festival are particularly welcome and funding can be used for a variety of expenses, such as performer or speaker fees, marketing, technical equipment and venue hire.

John Stewart, Chief Executive of Manchester Pride, said “Following the overwhelming success in previous years, we are delighted to continue the grant scheme for events taking place in 2012.

We are always looking for new and innovative projects that increase the creativity and diversity of our festival and hope to see a variety of events from arts and cultural activities to campaigning and political debate. It’s also great to get the chance to support individuals and organisations and help ensure their event is a success.”

Planned events must take place between Friday 17- Thursday 23 August 2012. The closing date for applications is Friday 23 March 2012. Enquiries should be directed to Darren Adams, Deputy Chief Executive on 0161 831 7700.

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