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Finding Vivian Maier: documentary released in UK

We were very excited back in 2012 to bring you the fascinating story of Vivian Maier, the reclusive street photographer whose previously unseen work was discovered in a Chicago auctionhouse by John Maloof. The lifetime's worth of stunning pictures are these days celebrated the world over and now a brilliant new documentary made by Maloof charts Maier's life and work as well as his own journey of discovery. ...

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Twenty One Pilots and Catfish: new for T in the Park this weekend

It's T in the Park this weekend and to celebrate here are tunes from two bands making their debut at the festival this year. First up is a gentle offering from Ohio's Twenty One Pilots. Below that we have the new single from Avocado Sweet favourites Catfish and the Bottlemen. Enjoy and see you at Balado! [video width="600" id="eCeBNwBUkcI" type="youtube"] [video width="600" id="cyLTRjMSX6k" type="youtube"] ...

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From Scotland with Love featuring King Creosote

Highly recommended viewing is From Scotland with Love, a brilliant and inventive film project made by Virginia Heath using only Scottish film archive. The film, which was commissioned to mark the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow  this summer,  features an orginal - and stunningly evocative - soundtrack by Fife's Kenny Anderson, aka King Creosote. With neither voiceover nor subtitles, the perfectly edited foota ...

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First Aid Kit – sumptuous summer sounds from Sweden

Lurking behind the ungainly name of First Aid Kit are beautiful Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg who have just brought out the perfect summer soundtrack. Stay Gold, the band's third album, is packed with great tunes and gorgeous harmonies. Neither so dreary as Haim, nor so noodly and wistful as many current female singers, First Aid Kit are recommended summer listening with or without sunshine. [ ...

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Ainslie Henderson is Moving On with heartbreaking music video…

Do you remember Ainslie Henderson from the first series of Fame Academy? He was the slightly intense, jumpy Scottish singer songwriter who was tipped the win the contest but ended up finishing 4th. He went on to enjoy a mildy successful music career throughout his twenties before deciding that the life of a pop star was not for him. He then studied animation at Edinburgh College of Art and has obviously fou ...

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It’s Friday – let’s go Bahamas

Something lovely for a Friday morning. Canadian Alfie Jurvanen, otherwise known as Bahamas, does his gentle thing with this great track  Lost in the Light from 2012. You might also want to check out this version which features the mighty kd lang on backing vocals. [video width="600" id="jPJNt1eTVNY" type="youtube"] ...

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Enter our competition to win a beautiful new book!

Win a copy of Robert the Bruce! Recently we featured the publication of a stunning new book about Robert the Bruce as told by award winning author James Robertson and illustrated by the brilliant Jill Calder. We are delighted that the publishers Birlinn Books have offered us a copy of the 64 page hardback book as a prize in our competition. All you need to do is answer a simple question by email or by leavi ...

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The Curious Incident of the Odeon Culture Programme

Have you discovered the Odeon Culture Programme yet? This brilliant initiative is bringing the best in live theatre, opera, ballet, entertainment and sport to Odeon cinemas around the country making some of the top cultural experiences available to people for whom the west end is too expensive and too far. As well top theatre productions such as Warhorse and - coming up next week - The Curious Incident of t ...

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Tom Hanks: ‘Damn You All to Hell’

In 2012 Chris Hardwick sent a beautiful 1934 Smith Corona to noted typewriter collector Tom Hanks as in ingenious way of asking him to give an interview on Nerdist Podcast. Within days, Hanks responded with the charming letter seen below, typed on the Corona. Via Letters of Note, published by Shaun Usher. ...

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Avocado Sweet Book Club: Longbourn by Jo Baker

It's about time someone took a fresh look at the whole Darcy and Pemberley set up. He, his grand house and the Bennett sisters all appear as secondary characters in Longbourn, Jo Baker's brilliant dissection of Pride and Prejudice from the point of the view of the servants, and we form a subtly different impression of them, different in particular from the fawning portrayals of film and television adaptatio ...

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