Tag: 2014

Rolling Stones Top Fifty Albums… of the last ten months

With four weeks still to go, Rolling Stone shows its hand for the Top 50 Albums of the Year. The lower reaches are rather interesting, but there’s a discomforting amount of mainstream label-drive choices in the Top Ten. And no sign at all of Peroxide. You know what though? I hope all of these end of year lists (likely drafted in September and October) are all put out of joint when Adele rolls out ’25’ onto Soundcloud on Christmas Eve.

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Would you prefer the Nokia 2014 or BlackBerry 2014 solution

Following on from Reuters report that BlackBerry’s potential buyers would prefer an asset stripping exercise to turn a profit while shutting down BlackBerry, I wonder if the fate of Nokia is preferable to BlackBerry. Yes, Nokia will be out of the phone making business (contractually until at least 2016), but it still has a viable business plan, with income generating divisions, and the opportunity to reinvent itself and provide ongoing shareholder value. Faced with tough choices, the romantic in me prefers the solution the Nokia board has found.

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Welcome to Eurovision Island, where everything is douze points

The 2014 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in a MacGyvered hall, which is part of a refurbished shipyard, on an island just off the coast of Denmark, relativly near to Copenhagen Honestly, the jokes write themselves. What will the Eurovision circus do when trapped on our own Charlie Brooker-esque Daily Mail Island? Daily Mail Island, a reality TV show where several normal people are deposited on an island and not allowed access to any media other than the strongly right-wing and conservative Daily Mail newspaper, leading to them becoming progressively more irrational and brutal as the series progresses – for

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Die Grosse Entscheidungs Show will be in the same year as Eurovision, for once.

Just like that, the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 inches ever closer. Switzerland confirm the format and the dates for their National Final (February 1st 2014, Kreuzlingen), and I grab the usual hotel through Booking.com and get the flights lined up. (…and if this had said ‘Football club gets draw announced for European game, I’ve bought tickets’, it would be socially acceptable).

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