Leaving the UK shadow-cabinet earlier this year, Labour MP Tom Watson confused many
by unexpectedly tipping a two-piece garage rock band from the Peak District called Drenge
in his resignation letter. Drenge (rhymes with grunge), comprising Eion (b. 1991) and Rory Loveless (b. 1993), a band who cite
England's heartbreaking loss on penalties
to Argentina in 1998 and Anti-Social Behaviour Orders
among their influences, were "not totally overjoyed"
about this. Their response has been a series of feral
, vaguely disturbing
videos that highlight the oddly crap
aspects of modern British life
, some festival appearances
, and a number of droll interviews
. Is British music finally climbing out of what Dorian Lynskey
calls its deadeningly conservative, R&B-goes-to-Ibiza
period? Probably not, but Drenge's debut album, released today and currently streaming on the Guardian
, at least provides something loud to play at the neighbours.
posted by Sonny Jim
on Aug 19, 2013 -
"During that trip I even had a leech stuck to my eyeball for a couple of days. We tried coaxing it off with some raw meat and salt."
Robbie Shone takes eye-popping
posted by unSane
on Nov 1, 2012 -
is an attempt by Kate Mclean to chart the Taste, Views and Touch of Edinburgh. More details in this post on Edible Geography
In the Victorian era, Edinburgh earned the nickname “Auld Reekie,”for its smog. Now, according to McClean’s map, it “emits a plethora of scents and smells; some particular to Edinburgh, some ubiquitous city aromas.” Among the latter are fish and chip shops and vomit, while the peculiar smell of the Macfarlan Smith opiate factory, the fishy pong of the penguin enclosure at the zoo, and the ammoniac stench of the boys’ toilets at South Morningside primary school are more city-specific, as is the way that the prevailing south-westerly winds distribute these smell combinations.
Also related, the Sheffield Smellwalk
posted by vacapinta
on Jan 7, 2012 -
During the first world war, thousands of horses
were drafted into the War Effort and sent to the Front.
Faced with a horse shortage, the Thomas Ward steelworks in Sheffield acquired an elephant
and her handler from a passing circus. Lizzie Ward worked
at Thomas Ward's
for a number of years, getting up to various pranks
before she retired with sore feet.
posted by emilyw
on Dec 8, 2010 -
Christmas Caped Crusader
Tis the season for heartwarming news filler, perhaps, but the video of this guy at the children's hospice makes me think he's the real deal.
When the cameras stop rolling, though, do stunts like this make people give more deeply or more often to charity?
posted by Grrlscout
on Dec 13, 2008 -
Gunson looked up to see a breach appearing in the top of the dam. Feeling a sudden, violent, vibrating of the ground beneath his feet, he quickly scampered up the side of the embankment, luckily just in time, as a few seconds later there was a total collapse of a large section of the dam, unleashing a colossal mountain of water which thundered down the valley and on to the unsuspecting population below. For two hundred and fifty people who lived in Sheffield and the hamlets in the valley below the dam, this was to be their last night on Earth. Six hundred and fifty million gallons of water roared down the Loxley valley and into Sheffield, wreaking death and destruction on a horrific scale. [more inside]
posted by xchmp
on Dec 9, 2008 -