Passion and Pure Energy: In Praise of a Passing Prince

There were flowers everywhere, from Scritti Politti’s Absolute to The Smiths and in addition book ending the central image of the man astride his bike on the cover of Purple Rain. It seemed strange that flowers, associated more so for the hippie movement of late sixties America, could become more prevalent as a dynamic visual […]

Cock Robin: My Childhood Crush Through a Middle Aged Windscreen

Like many of their eighties peers Cock Robin (and/or Peter Kingsbery) albums appear every five years or so. This one has taken a while to reach us via an aborted landing and continues in the vein of his 95-97 period plus Cock Robin’s post-millennial albums (see Analysis of a Reformation). In other words there’s something […]

Shekou: The New Monaco?

‘I’ve seen the future and it will be, I’ve seen the future and it will be…’ Prince In China ‘boomtown’ is most definitely a byword for Shenzhen. Whenever I return my time is habitually spent re-visiting places of interest. Trying to fit everything in is sometimes a logistical non-starter and usually something is omitted (this […]

Guangzhou: After Zaha

When the infamous row over her Cardiff Bay Opera House project was raging, I’d never heard of Zaha Hadid. Admittedly I wasn’t too enthralled with her design either. It was 1995 and Hadid’s prize winning work was poorly received and eventually shelved. It seemed insular of Wales to choose one of its own architects (Jonathan […]

Music: Keep Brand and Carry On

Recently events on opposite sides of the world have engulfed Facebook. Not a terrorist offence or a natural disaster but the old problems of the shock of the new, the band wreckers, and band brand. In short should bands continue under the same name with new singers? In Australia Boom Crash Opera have announced they […]