Posts from 5th January 2007

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Jan 07

What is love? mashed and mashed and mashed

FT3 comments • 560 views

One of those things you get e-mailed to you or find on digg or whatever and it’s too weird for words. Try all the play buttons, but start with the one on the far left.

This Is The Dawning Of A New Era

FT6 comments • 2,117 views

Hardened chart nerds – and as you might imagine the FT staff includes a few of them – are in a mighty froth over this week’s Top 40 revolution, with download-only tracks (i.e. with no physical presence in, or planned to be in, the shops) eligible for the first time. In practise this probably means that the middle bits of the Top 40 will be clogged up with old pop – supposedly the Proclaimers and Snow Patrol are set to benefit most from the new format come Sunday.

The BBC’s coverage of the change strikes a familiar note towards the end – ‘it is hoped’, apparently, that the new rules will see a return to singles rising slowly up the charts.

The desirability of this has been a party line ever since the singles chart (or its radio and TV vehicles) began to decline in influence. Why is it a good thing?

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FancyAZone7Pint?

FT + Pumpkin Publog13 comments • 564 views

My heart sinks when I see pub links sent to me via Beerintheevening.com. The whole name seems both derivative of the much more friendly Fancyapint, whilst wholly misunderstanding what makes a phrase like Fancy a Pint so friendly. More importantly I sometimes like beer at other parts of the day. On top of all of this, the Beerintheevening website is stupendously ugly, and cluttered up with punter reviews which might have come right out of a BBC website Talking Point. You get the drift, i don’t like Beerintheevening.com, and the only use of it I eve rhave is directing people to pubs not covered by Fancyapint. Which up until now has been pubs in Zone 7.

Well all of this may well change as Fancyapint, who previously have restricted their geographical bent to London, is embarking on a brave project to go outside of London (Fancyapint UK). At the moment they seem to have four in Glasgow, two pubs in Edinburgh and five in Brighton – which is not exactly expanding their stock. But they are looking for reviewers who can help: and whilst Fancyapint reviews have often been idiosyncratic, their ethos of what makes a good pub is closer to ours (and Pete Brown’s) than, say, CAMRA’s. Something to watch in 2007.