Archive for April, 2012

Screen

Goodbye, my Shepard

Goodbye, my Shepard

The Mass Effect videos games are works of rare emotional intricacy. Here, our resident Xbox expert, Elisabeth Rappe, bids them a tearful farewell. Any gamers among you be warned: there be spoilers ahead. I always knew Shepard and I weren’t going to make it. We were soldiers – old soldiers now, [...]

by × April 26, 2012 × 0 comments

Spotify Sunday

The essential Bob Marley

The essential Bob Marley

I first became aware of Bob Marley when I heard ‘Put It On’ by the Wailers, and their version of Tom Jones’s ‘What’s New Pussycat’, in 1967. These tracks in turn led me to discover the ska songs recorded at Studio One, such as the blueprint of Bob’s all-time world [...]

by × April 22, 2012 × 0 comments

Screen

Jammin’ for Jamaica

Jammin’ for Jamaica

2012 is set to be a very important year for Jamaica. This summer, the island’s freakish number of perfect human specimens will power to Olympic glory in London. And, after that, the Caribbean Island will celebrate its 50th anniversary of independence from British colonial rule, alongside the 50th anniversary of the [...]

by × April 20, 2012 × 0 comments

Art

A mystery made of paper

A mystery made of paper

When Georges Simenon visited Edinburgh and saw the great gothic monument to Sir Walter Scott that rises from Princes Street Gardens, he is reputed to have said in astonishment, ‘They built that to a writer — to one of us!’ But Edinburgh, which has a fair claim to being the cradle [...]

by × April 1, 2012 × 0 comments