God’s Own Country

24 February 2009 // Books

Kevin Sampson reviews ‘God’s Own Country‘ by Ross Raisin, one of our favourite books of last year, out now in paperback: When Ross Raisin burst onto the literary scene with this unusual and strangely compelling debut last year, he was immediately and favourably compared to many a great author. In the popular shorthand of our […]

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Free Soul…notes from a different dancefloor

23 February 2009 // Books //Music

The latest issue of … your heart out is now available. Download it – for free – here: featuring Jorge Ben, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Y Records, Alice Clark, Mo-Dettes, Samia Farah, Catherine Ribeiro, Fay Hallam, Chicca & Intrigo, Ahu/Dolly, Bullion, Paul White ……. Read it on screen. Print it off. Read it on the move. […]

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Laugharne Festival

20 February 2009 // Books

The third Laugharne Weekend Festival takes place on April 3rd – 5th. Laugharne is best known as the West Wales town that Dylan Thomas based “Under Milk Wood” on, and this is what Dylan called Laugharne “a legendary lazy little black-magical bedllam by the sea”. Festival highlights include Ray Davies, Irvine Welsh, Alexei Sayle, Mark […]

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West End Woodcock

19 February 2009 // Miscellany

We here at the Five Dials/Hamish Hamilton HQ on London’s Strand are wildly excited about the recent sighting of a woodcock in the vicinity. According to a letter in this week’s Country Life, the woodcock flew into the kitchens of our neighbours at Simpsons-in-the-Strand (highly recommended as one of the last vestiges of pre-war London […]

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The Whitewater Pike Takes The Worm

19 February 2009 // Caught By...

Hi Jeff, Duly attached a Pike and a chub. Both caught Monday afternoon on the River Whitewater. The Pike weighed 15lbs and was caught on a freelined lobworm on a barbless size 2 hook and 3.5lb line. My Ghillie, John Andrews of Arcadia landed the pike. The chub was about 3lb 4ozs caught by the […]

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