Posts by Rich Lock

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Big Day Out, Out, in reply to Samuel Scott,

    all the other festivals in an English summer. The Hyde Park concerts are like a string of Big Day Outs, V festival is huge, Reading and Leeds festivals is a giant cheese fest. There are soooo many beyond that. Niche festivals for every genre (Green Man a folkish fest hosts 20k people and runs for 7 days!)

    The Guardian puts out a UK festival supplement in around April/May every year that lists most but probably not all of them. It's generally around 40-50 A5 pages.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Big Day Out, Out, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Maybe the people in charge of Vodafone are the same ones in charge of Glastonbury?

    Well, if the BBC coverage is anything to go by, they seem to be going over reasonably well with the crowd.

    I always thought that going to Glasto purely or mainly for the bands on the main stages was kinda missing the point - most of the interesting stuff happened over in the corners or on the quaternary, quinary, senary, septenary, etc. etc. stages. Mind you, I never paid for a ticket so couldn't really complain about the headliners not being to my taste....

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  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to BenWilson,

    No, just that they were formed from older existing parties. Also I should correct that Labour was not born in the 30s.

    Whigs fo' life, yo. Things haven't been the same since George 3 let the Tories back in.

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  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to BenWilson,

    Another time, another thread.

    I'll finish the e-mail I've been drafting for...erm....some months....You can reply to that.

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  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to BenWilson,

    Labour’s trouble is much deeper than any lack of talent. I think it’s just an old, worn out idea.

    You might have to expand on that one a bit.

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  • Hard News: The Big Chill,

    The end product of the two activities is specifically provided for in the definition: articles and programmes. Investigative journalism takes its form in long, detailed articles, which are covered by the Act’s definition. Books, however, are not.

    This for me is the nub of it, as Russell has pointed out. There doesn’t seem to be any basis for differentiating between a ‘long, detailed article’, and ‘a book’, except that one has a cover and is independently published, and the other (presumably) appears in a mainstream news medium.

    But it raises a whole bunch of ‘what ifs’, as mpledger and Lucy have pointed out. What if it’s serialised (partly or wholly) in, say, Metro? (for example/comparison purposes, in copyright law, there can be infringement if ‘a substantial part’ has been copied. Could a significant extract, published by a mainstream news organisation, become a ‘substantial part’ worthy of journalistic protection? How would thhat effect the remaining material?) What if, by virue of it’s own publication, it becomes newsworthy and mainstream news sites publish extracts? What if the ‘book’ is an expanded version of a shorter, already published ‘long, detailed article’?

    ETA: Also, 'spycatcher'. Suppressed in the UK, published in NZ, IIRC. My Aunt bought the teenage me a copy back to the UK from her hols. Rather dull, not enough dragons or robots.

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  • Hard News: The People's Poet is dead!, in reply to Bevan Shortridge,

    Yeah, all the 'tube ones are geoblocked where I am for some reason.

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  • Hard News: The People's Poet is dead!,

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  • Hard News: The Ides of Epsom, in reply to BenWilson,

    Banks has now completed all of them apart from the rom-com.

    There's probably some Dotcom/Banks slashfic lurking in the murkier corners of the internet.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Original Beats, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Many Americans don’t get the connection there. It’s as if EDM is seen as something that came out of a void, rather than being the nth echo of a dance music revolution that came out of New York and Chicago and found its form(s) in Europe.

    What I find wierdest is that (dubstep aside), the stuff being played in the US by the big house DJs sounds exactly the same as the stuff being played in the big UK clubs 20 years ago. If you listen to Chicago house from the mid-80's you can hear the difference between that and the homegrown house music being played in Manchester from '88 onwards in the UK, which then mutated again going into the 90's with the Criminal Justice Act and the Big Club boom. They're sonically distinct eras, but stuff being played today sounds indistinguishable from stuff 10-20 years ago. it's possible I might just be being an old fart, but I don't think so.

    It was also wierd back in the '90's when E was the big party drug watching US music and popular culture react to it. Or rather, not. The closest they got was D12's 'purple pills'. It's like they suddenly discovered 'molly' 20 years after the rest of the world.

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