Folky dokey

20 04 2007

Northern Sky by Mark Radcliffe

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Mildly diverting but really pretty predictable yarn about folk club, its core denizens, their history and inter-relations and ultimate fracture. Held together primarily by the passion for the music and the author’s general warmth but, ultimately, rather slight.

A levels are really nasty

19 04 2007

Entertaining over-reaction to youthful rebelliousness…

According to the Grauniad:

Five Turkish punk rockers and their agent face up to 18 months in jail for insult after a bureaucrat took offence at their song criticising the country’s unpopular university entrance exam. The head of Turkey’s central examination board, OSYM, Unal Yarimagan reportedly smiled when he first saw a clip of OSYM, Kiss My Arse by Deli (mad), a group from the western city of Bursa.

Turkey’s understanding of freedom of expression surfaced again last month when a judge ordered the website YouTube to be blocked. YouTube has a central role to play in Deli’s story. Until last June, few had heard of the band. It was then that a fan uploaded a clip of himself lip-synching his way through OSYM. “Let me tell you something:/ screw your exam system,” Hako mouthed over a sound track reminiscent of the Sex Pistols. Posted days before 1.5 million Turkish teenagers took the much-criticised university entrance exam, Hako was an overnight sensation.

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