Issue №34 | 2 March 2020 | ‘British’
Issue №34 | 2 March 2020 | ‘British’
Welcome one, welcome all. Another fortnight has come and gone, and we still haven’t succumbed to coronavirus. That said, we did experience one of life’s worst hangovers this weekend, which felt nearly as bad. Swings and roundabouts, eh.
We’ve decided to dedicate this issue to all things British, because if we’re destined for a future of isolation from the rest of the world, we may as well make the most of what we’ve got. So join us in revelling in the fact that outside the walls of Parliament, Brits are doing some brilliant stuff. Freya and Alex
What Alex has been up to this week: Saw the most incredible Japanese hardcore punk band. Mind blown. Everyone check out Otoboke Beaver!
What Freya has been up to this week: Been enveloped by work deadlines, so has therefore spent a huge amount of time procrastisearching on Spotify. Discovered an unbelievable didgeridoo album you all need to get around.
In a group chat this week, I made the churlish assumption that Jilly Cooper was someone everyone knew, like, say, David Attenborough or that guy from the GoCompare adverts. It turns out I was wrong, so I’m here to introduce you to a British icon: Jilly, the original — and best — writer of the bonkbuster novel.
In Riders, we are invited into the elite world of professional showjumping, with an enormous cast of fabulous characters, from gypsy-born underdog Jake Lovell, who knows his way around a woman’s body as well as he does a horse, to the roguish cad and all round bad boi Rupert Campbell-Black.
The characters are expertly painted, and will stay with you long after you’ve left their world of gymkhanas and rolling around in haybales. There’s a whole lot of good old-fashioned rumpy-pumpy, but beyond that, it’s a cracking story. It makes Fifty Shades of Grey seem as interesting as Bargain Hunt. Freya
A TV show…
Edgar Wright is the director of classic British cult films such as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, whose cinematic footprint is just as distinct as it is genius.
In this new show from the BBC (TV license money well spent), he talks through the many films that have inspired him as a film maker, revealing a fascinating insight into how he works as a director.
You’ll also discover some new films to add to your watch list. Alex
After Chancellor Rishi Sunak posted a photo while doing a tea round for his team last week, Yorkshire Tea received a pile-on of abuse on Twitter. Despite having nothing to do with the story besides having their product photographed unwillingly by politicians trying to seem down to earth, the Yorkshire Tea social media team spent the weekend putting out fires all over the internet.
Come Monday morning, they’d posted this: a salient reminder to us all that at the end of a major brand’s social media channels is a person. As social media representatives for the brands we work for (Pioneer DJ and BBC Music Magazine) and having received similar pile-ons on Twitter, this really resonated. The abuse people on the internet think is acceptable to send to a seemingly faceless organisation needs to stop, because most often, there’s a junior member of the team receiving barrages of hate-filled messages on their weekends.
Think about the language you use on the internet, because a human will be at the receiving end. Freya and Alex
We’re briefly diverting from the British theme for this album by Japanese band called Gezan — because it’s too good not to share. They often say rock is dead, especially with the likes of pop, hip-hop and dance music in the charts.
Hit play and let this album take you an an absolute journey. It’s a fine example of a 43-minute jam session that has gone oh so right. Alex
New month, new tunes. Join us and hear the next big thing before everyone else.
The new COS Spring collection has arrived. This t-shirt is getting Alex in the mood.
If anyone needed an excuse to go into Liberty, this coat is it.
Odds and Ends
Find us a cuter video of a sleeping kitten.