GIITTV: PREMIERE: SPC ECO – Silent Maybe

SPC ECO (featuring the talents of Dean Garcia, famously of Curve, and singer Rose Berlin) released their new album Anomalies earlier this month. If last year’s long player Dark Matter was warmly received, then their new album journeys further into the heart of their dark alt pop universe.

As a teaser we have a premiere for the album track ‘Silent Maybe’, a bubbling beat, rippling reverb and glacial synths frame this sinister yet alluring melancholic pop gem. Its how Dubstar might sound if their songs were played by the Cocteau Twins, its ‘perfectly at home while destroying your day.’
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Here’s what Rose & Dean say about Silent Maybe
(Rose) It’s really interesting listening back to this album now to try and explain and give a bit of insight into these songs, as I can hear what I was going through at the time. With this song in particular it’s clear to me now that I was really sad. My life had changed a lot and it was exciting at first but I can hear in this song the moments when this new way of life became normal and every day. I can hear how reality had started to set in and cracks had started to appear. I think a “silent maybe” is an unspoken truth that you can’t quite admit to yourself yet, It builds up and the darkness runs out of places to go and you realise it’s just the same as before….DARK!!!! lol’

(Dean) ‘Poor Rose, brutally struck by the ordinary everyday grind of despair that life has a way of showing us. I’m convinced of the recurring theme as to the reason we make these songs, it is a therapy that we both need to understand and deal with things that gestate in the mind.

Sonically this track has a bite n kick to it, it’s also one of the most dense pieces we’ve done in a while, I went into the guitars a bit with this one, still leaning on the downbeat thing, I just got a bit wall of sound in the chorus which is always fun. Monti added some noisy old school Superblaster fills as well which is always good. This track stands on it’s own with the over scheme and setting of the record but we do enjoy a step into the big noisy band thing now and then.’

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GIITTV: FESTIVAL REPORT: ArcTanGent 2016

The shuttle bus to ArcTanGent weaved through dramatic cliffs and dense woodland just outside Bristol, a metaphor for the math and post-rock to come across the weekend. The site was tiny, with just four stages, and the bands programmed so that there’s never someone playing at the same time as someone on the stage next to them. Only ever having two bands playing at once can be a shortcoming, but it’s a real strength as well.  When combined with the small capacity, there was a genuine sense of community.  You could walk around the entire site in five minutes but the lineup showed a lifetime’s commitment, featuring big, if niche, names like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, American Football and Meet Me in St Louis’ playing their only UK festival gigs of the year. That sense of community also came from the bands. Various side projects were on display from some of the bigger bands of the weekend. There was a definite feeling that people were there for the music. It was less muscle vests and Native American headdresses, more band t-shirts and bobble hats.

Three Trapped Tigers’ glitchy electronic prog punk can’t be caged. The fact they were happy to throw away ‘Cramm’ early on showed confidence in a set heavy with tracks from this year’s Silent Earthling album. Chunky basslines got pulses racing and IDM drums made feet move as they went from sci-fi noise to psych rock in the flick of a tail. Before leaving they noted that ArcTanGent was the only festival where they get a singalong. It was a sign of things to come in a weekend of predominantly instrumental music.

Axes’ staccato party riffs were the perfect warm up for Mono‘s pummelling post rock.  It’s all very dramatic and impressive but whether it was fun is a different question.  When their meandering set was goo,  it was gripping but at times they were ponderous.  The first side project came from Three Trapped Tigers’ drummer Adam Betts.  He triggered video game drum machines and synths with live drumming, like his main band covering Crystal Castles, taking elements from electro and even grime in places. Tiny Fingers played to a sparse crowd but their psyched-out space rock made up for it in intensity. Swirling psychedelic synths and super-tight drums left their guitarist to riff Hendrix-style over the top.

Eugene Quell, the new(ish) band from Meet Me In St Louis frontman Toby Hayes, were a breath of fresh air, if only because they were the first band with actual songs.  The juxtaposition of the swooning, waltz-time ‘London Pollen’ and the scuffed up grunge of ‘That One Song’ showed what a versatile and underrated songwriter Hayes is. The bassist apologised to anyone he met the night before, before clambering into the crowd to play the last song while crowdsurfing.

Earlier in the day, someone offered me a swig of iced tea. When I declined, they said it was actually rum, and that I should definitely go and see Heck. She had come all the way from Austria for their messy hardcore punk and it proved to be a treat, all clambering over speaker stacks, crowdsurfing and lots of yelling. Travelling long distances was something of a theme; Exxasens came from Barcelona and described ArcTanGent as “the most important festival in Europe for this type of music.” I also met a reggae DJ from France who said he came with friends but was amazed by how everyone seemed to genuinely be there for the music.

A hell of a crowd gathered for Cleft’s final ever show. They really hit on a formula with their “turbo-prog,” which is basically math riffs done and dusted in four minutes. Tracks like ‘Hostage’ are the reason they’ve played every ArcTanGent and why the tent was packed. They ended, as is tradition, with friends on stage doing a medley of covers by David Bowie and Motorhead.

It’s difficult to know what to say about Godspeed You! Black Emperor that hasn’t already been said. Live, they play their most recent record as a rule and they had a colossal set, though it was more a series of crescendos than anything else. Each climax was more dramatic than the previous, a series of ever higher peaks. They began by all sitting in a circle, facing each other amidst stacks of amps. They ended by exiting the stage one by one, leaving behind a huge wall of noise.

Alma soothed tired hangovers with their looped plaintive vocals, spellbinding plucked guitar and washes of sound. At this point the heavens opened. Fortunately all the stages are covered, to a greater or lesser extent. However, the PX3 stage only has a small capacity, so half of Kusanagi‘s crowd sheltered in the bar next door. The main Arc stage had a high, arched canvas, so although the rain came horizontally through the sides it was nice to watch the main bands without getting soaked. It meant that the crowd was packed in closer to the front too, making it a better experience for the bands. Not that we find out if Errors think so, as they canceled 20 minutes after they were due onstage.  Space Blood made a solid alternative, with only bass, drums and silly masks giving them a Lightning Bolt feel. A party atmosphere developed with ‘Unintentional Manscaping’s jagged shards of white noise and a confetti cannon. The drummer echoed what seems to be a widely held feeling about the festival: “the weather’s shit but this is the most warm, inviting and accepting places I’ve ever been.”

A huge reception greeted American Football frontman Mike Kinsella’s solo set as Owen but you could hear a pin drop for his first song. A cheer went up for the distinctly jangly guitar patterns of ‘The Sad Waltzes of Pieto Crespi.’ He was in high spirits, wisecracking about his particular brand of emo, asking “does anyone have a lot of feelings?” and drinking beers passed to him from the crowd. He introduced ‘The Desperate Act’ from this year’s The King of Whys album simply with “does anyone have any jokes? This song’s pretty funny.”

It’s a testament to how far And So I Watch You From Afar have taken their party rock riffage that they seem born for a second headline slot. They played an unnamed new song which shows their determination not to lose their sense of fun. ’BEAUTIFULUNIVERSEMASTERCHAMPION’s thunderous klaxon of a riff was dedicated to the freaks and weirdos.  Ten years ago, Meet Me in St Louis released the incendiary Variations on Swing and promptly split up. They reunited for just four dates recently and their set at ArcTanGent was the final one; it was their first and last festival appearance. They played their songs with such passion, not to mention volume. ‘Right This Way, You Maverick Renegade’ was explosive, the time signatures twisting like Hayes’ dad-dancing. As the intro of “the tiny blond hairs on your arms keep me up at night” from ‘I Am Champagne, You Are Shit’ was bellowed back at him, it was as if they’d been playing the song for years. They ended with hugs and sincere thanks, but no mention of the fact that this is it, leaving the tantalising glimpse of hope that maybe, just maybe, it isn’t.

Similarly, there was no suggestion that American Football have any further plans after this ongoing reunion tour, making Monday’s announcement of  new LP doubly surprising. Beyond extended instrumental passages, there was no real hint of new material but with songs as wonderful as ‘Honestly’s cascading riffs, no-one here minds. The well-earned encore of ‘The Summer Ends’ and ‘Never Meant’  were greeted like the classics they should be. 17 years ago this band made an album as teenagers and then went their separate ways without giving it a second thought, but they mean so much to a small but not insignificant group of people. Their set felt like recognition of what ArcTanGent has achieved in just five short years. It’s one of the most distinctive festivals in the country and the dedication that’s gone into putting the lineup together is reflected by the people who attended.

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GIITTV: IN CONVERSATION: Kate Jackson

Until 2008, Kate Jackson was lead singer of The Long Blondes, a band from Sheffield who became something of a cult favourite thanks to such headrush-inducing indie pop gems as Once and Never Again and Giddy Stratospheres. The Blondes released two well-received albums – Someone to Drive You Home and “Couples” – but sadly split in October ’08 after guitarist Dorian Cox suffered a stroke.

Jackson left the music scene for a while after that, throwing herself into visual art instead. Earlier this year, however, she came back with a bang: her debut solo album, British Road Movies, was released in May, and it’s been very well-received indeed, both by longtime fans of The Long Blondes and by people who only discovered Kate more recently.

The record was made in collaboration with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, but while he certainly left his mark on British Road Movies (see the deliciously Suedey riffs upon which Homeward Bound and 16 Years are built), it’s Jackson’s songwriting and her instantly-recognisable voice that really make the album so enjoyable. Kate was kind enough to agree to a quick Q&A- her answers can be found below. Enjoy!

Congratulations on the new album – it’s a really good listen. How have people been responding to British Road Movies thus far?

Kate Jackson: Thanks! I’ve had such a lovely response to the record. I really couldn’t have asked for more considering it’s been 8 years since I last released anything with The Long Blondes. The response to the music, the lyrics, and the artwork has been great, and people seem genuinely pleased that I’ve finally released this album and that I’m back making music.

Many people – myself included – have fond memories of The Long Blondes. This is your first solo album; do you feel that British Road Movies is any more representative of the real you than, say, Someone to Drive You Home was?

KJ: It is. I wrote all the lyrics and they are much more personal to me than anything on Someone To Drive You Home. They are about real friendships and things that have actually happened in my life, framed by the British landscape. In The Long Blondes I was often playing a caricature of myself, an exaggerated version of the arch female, which was actually Dorian’s lyrical creation and my interpretation in performance. It was great, but not necessarily a true representation of me!

In addition to being the subjects of your wonderful paintings, Britain’s roads also serve as the backdrop for many of the songs on the album. Motorways and grimy flyovers aren’t the most obviously compelling subjects – what do you see in these things that drives you to use them in your work?

KJ: The normalcy of them. The fact that they are part of our everyday landscape and experience yet for the most part ignored as we pass by in our busy lives.
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The trace of people’s lives and experience in the everyday landscape is what interests me. Things change quite quickly in appearance, we change quite quickly in appearance, but these things are relatively constant. I see the same road sign on the A14 signalling that I’m home as I did in 1988. The road sign looks the same, I look very different.

TAW: ‘Britishness’ has been something of a hot topic lately, what with the EU referendum and all. You chose to call your album ‘British Road Movies’ – do you think these ten tracks paint an accurate picture of Britishness in 2016?

KJ: No, and that’s not the point of them. I wrote a lot of these songs back in 2009 and 2010. They are not topical in a political sense; they are more about the things that don’t change, the things we all see, experiences we all have, no matter what background we are from or what party is in power.

I recall watching a YouTube video of you and your band playing a song called The Westerlies. Why was that song not included on British Road Movies?

KJ: That’s a more recent song! We haven’t even recorded it yet.



When I hear The End of Reason (the first track on British Road Movies), I picture a pair of Bonnie and Clyde-esque fugitives who travel up and down the UK, staying one step ahead of the law and occasionally murdering people. However, I did see another reviewer who interpreted the song as a criticism of social media and the way it’s taken over our existence (“You’ve wasted another day/We’re taking your life away”). Are either of us even close?

KJ: It’s the latter. The ‘we’ in that song refers to state-controlled social media and reality television. It’s set in a future dystopia – not so far from reality, some might argue – where our lives are controlled by the desire to record everything we do and broadcast it to the world. By doing so, we are allowing ourselves to be watched and losing our freedom. The hero of the song is the ‘fugitive unpredictable’ trying to escape being monitored by digital technology.

I’m just as addicted to my phone as everyone else, by the way…

You’ve said that Bernard Butler is one of your “musical idols”. Was it difficult to take him off that pedestal and view him as a collaborator while you worked on this album together?

KJ: A little. I was really wanting to impress him, obviously, but he’s very good at making you feel at ease, and you forget the situation. Once we were working on the tracks it felt like a more equal partnership; he’s very encouraging if he likes something…

What were you listening to while making British Road Movies?

KJ: All sorts! Lots of Bowie (particularly Low and “Heroes”), Eno, Neil Young, Evie Sands, Pet Shop Boys, Nancy and Lee, The Smiths, The Fall, Blondie, Pulp. I was obsessing over Mass Production by Iggy Pop as I recall.

What’s your favourite track on the album?

KJ: It’s Homeward Bound. I just love Bernard’s guitar riff on that track. I think we’d been talking about Neil Young and he just started playing that riff over and over again, on a guitar that was once owned by Johnny Marr. Doesn’t get much cooler than that really.

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What are you planning to do next? Can we expect more Kate Jackson albums in the future?

KJ: I hope so! I have a new band called The Wrong Moves and we are starting to write together now. The plan is to record an EP in the not-too-distant future. So you can expect a Kate Jackson and The Wrong Moves EP.

Huge thanks to Kate Jackson for her illuminating answers. British Road Movies is out now – read my review of the album here.

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GIITTV: NEWS: Flamingods unveil new video for ‘Jungle Birds’

London-based psych-pop band Flamingods released their album Majesty earlier in the year.  They also unleashed their latest single ‘Jungle Birds’ recently, a real highlight of the LP.  The band’s Charles Prest described making the track: “All of us in the band had started to delve deep into exotica and Bollywood funk music from the 50s through to the 70s, and we had this idea of wanting to breathe new life into that sound, mixing it with modern day electronica.  The title was derived from one of our favourite Tito Puente tracks ‘Call of the Jungle Birds.’

The new clip for ‘Jungle Birds’ has been directed and produced by the band’s visual artist, Niall Trask, and takes influence from one of his previous jobs working within CBBC’s art department.  Thus, the video draws on the psychedelic tones of childrens’ TV; think Art Attack but more hallucinogenic.  As Trask explains of his experience there: “I heard an early version of ‘Jungle Birds’ around the same time, and thought it’s bouncy, colourful, playful nature could work well with these visual influences.”  Watch below.

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John Naughton: Why Tim Berners-Lee is no friend of Facebook | John Naughton

It’s hypocritical of Mark Zuckerberg to sing the praises of the web’s founder when he’s trying to monopolise the internet

I f there were a Nobel prize for hypocrisy, then its first recipient ought to be Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook boss. On 23 August, all his 1.7 billion users were greeted by this message: “Celebrating 25 years of connecting people. The web opened up to the world 25 years ago today! We thank Sir Tim Berners-Lee and other internet pioneers for making the world more open and connected.”

Aw, isn’t that nice? From one “pioneer” to another. What a pity, then, that it is a combination of bullshit and hypocrisy. In relation to the former, the guy who invented the web, Tim Berners-Lee, is as mystified by this “anniversary” as everyone else. “Who on earth made up 23 August?” he asked on Twitter. Good question. In fact, as the Guardian pointed out: “If Facebook had asked Berners-Lee, he’d probably have told them what he’s been telling people for years: the web’s 25th birthday already happened, two years ago.”

Facebook’s founder has no intention of allowing anyone to build anything on his platform that does not have his approval

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John Naughton: Forget ideology, liberal democracy’s newest threats come from technology and bioscience | John Naughton

A groundbreaking book by historian Yuval Harari claims that artificial intelligence and genetic enhancements will usher in a world of inequality and powerful elites. How real is the threat?

The BBC Reith Lectures in 1967 were given by Edmund Leach, a Cambridge social anthropologist. “Men have become like gods,” Leach began. “Isn’t it about time that we understood our divinity? Science offers us total mastery over our environment and over our destiny, yet instead of rejoicing we feel deeply afraid.”

That was nearly half a century ago, and yet Leach’s opening lines could easily apply to today. He was speaking before the internet had been built and long before the human genome had been decoded, and so his claim about men becoming “like gods” seems relatively modest compared with the capabilities that molecular biology and computing have subsequently bestowed upon us. Our science-based culture is the most powerful in history, and it is ceaselessly researching, exploring, developing and growing. But in recent times it seems to have also become plagued with existential angst as the implications of human ingenuity begin to be (dimly) glimpsed.

Those who ride the train of progress will acquire divine abilities. Those left behind face extinction

We require machines that are super-intelligent: intelligence is necessary; consciousness is an optional extra

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Owen Jones: Traingate, divorce laws and dodgy bakes – Guardian Social as it happened

Readers discussed the week’s top stories and comment articles, with views from inside the building also getting in on the action

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The last word today goes to Owen Jones, who looks forward to the weekend and asks what yours might have in store. Thank you for joining the discussion today!

It’s been quite the turbulent year, to say the least. From deaths of beloved celebrities to the Labour party turning in on itself to Britain leaving the EU, it’s been, um, quite the rollercoaster. So this Bank Holiday is a good chance to try and forget about it all. I’m off to Reading and Leeds Festival where I’ll be mostly wandering around feeling old. What are your plans?

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We delved into our archive to look at the stories that have made headlines around this time of the year. Here is a selection, tell us what you think below the line.

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With Edinburgh fringe festival nearing its end, we published an article including the great jokes from the Edinburgh fringe – what are your favourite jokes of all time? Share them in the comments.

Brexit is like Boris Johnson’s hair – very messy, but acceptable anywhere outside of London.
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Here are some more of your perspectives on the story about marriage and divorce laws from the comments.

Marriage is a business relationship from the moment people sign. It is however often the last thing that the two people think about. Divorce is all about that business partnership whether it is cojointly owned property, a shared rental agreement, superannuation, bank accounts, ownership of goods and chattels, life insurance, shared debt liabilities in business arrangements, taxation implications and this does not begin to look at shared parental responsibilities. Looking at the business/financial relationship is something two people in love are unlikely to seriously look at prior to marriage unless they are serious people and good friends to boot. They will probably have a better go at being happier together as it is known that the early romance fades at about 12-18 months – long enough to get through the wedding, to have a first baby and then to settle in to a comfortable oxytocin-infused cohabitation.

Better be good friends, good-humoured and sensible with money and managing and engaging with family and friends from then on.

It’s the marriage laws that need updating – the law should be kept out of marriage and relationships. Divorce has become such a normality that now is just a chance for solicitors to scavange off 2 people going through possibly the most upsetting time of their life.

I remember talking to gay protestors in the late 80s who hated the idea of gay marriage – they thought it as assimilation to society and that it is society who should come round to their marriage-free relationships. I couldn’t agree with that more.

I got engaged to my girlfriend on her birthday last year and through planning for a wedding decided to call it off and wait. The amount of pressure applied on young couples to engage in something so antiquated and archaic probably doesn’t help in the context of building a life together. We already have a one year old son so we’re more tied for life through that than any ceremony we could go through. The whole thing was just an exercise in people trying to rip us off for specially made jam jars to go on ‘re-conditioned’ tables in a room that cost a fortune because we wanted to get married. The whole wedding and marriage industry has become so vulgar and materialistic it’s no wonder that divorce has become so common. The causes of divorce need to be investigated further but yes of course divorce laws need overhauling. Why anybody would want to pay 5k for a wedding these days baffles me.

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This week Charlie, 23, from Wiltshire asked for advice on getting into journalism via our form (where we invite you to ask our journalists questions). Here’s the response we got from Polly Curtis, the Guardian’s digital editor, and Will Coldwell, a journalist who works on the travel section. These two journalists, at different points in their career, offer their tips below.

1. Work. Sounds simple but take every opportunity, in every context to be busy and learn. Don’t sit still and wait. Be hungry and go for it. You can get work alongside your degree and it will complement it. 2. Listen. The best journalists are thinking about what is being said to them, rather than what their next question is. 3. Put the blinkers up. It’s an incredibly competitive business, but don’t be distracted by that. In my experience of getting into journalism it is actually very meritocratic. Editors are hungry for talent and it tends to shine through in a newsroom.

My advice for getting into journalism at this stage is to, well, just do it. Sure, you could write for your student paper, but think beyond the institution – write for blogs, websites, mags and be led by the areas that interest you and the things that you have experience of that others may not.

Even better, while you’re working on getting those first commissions, just make your own publication. I started out making (probably quite crappy) DIY zines with my friends, which gave me an excuse to write about things I liked and interview people I thought were cool, but it was far more motivating than waiting for someone to tell me what I wanted to write was worth something.

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Our team of moderators highlighted this great discussion under an article on Caster Semenya, the women’s 800m gold medallist who has been the subject of controversy because of speculation surrounding her levels of testosterone.

The cruelty and inhumanity, whether deliberate or not, towards Caster Semenya is upsetting to me so how horrible it must have felt for her at the time doesn’t bear thinking. Seemed so immature of the losers.

Some people seem to have more disdain for Caster Semenya than athletes that have actually taken drugs.

It’s a difficult predicament. Firstly, let’s not pretend the Olympics is just a celebration of sport, it is at its base the most prestigious elite competition. Athletes spend four years of their life building up to it and probably another 10 or 20 learning their trade before they get anywhere near that level. They have a right to feel aggravated if they think someone has such an advantage that means thy will never be able to compete for the top prizes.

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You’re still sharing baking successes and failures via GuardianWitness – including some wedding related which really did seem to go well.

Made by me (dad), for our son’s wedding.

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24 August 2016, 21:39

My girlfriend and I (who are not professional bakers but had made a well received cake for my dad’s birthday a few months before) were asked to make cakes for my brothers wedding. Five in total. I think they went well. So did the children!

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By 5M3llyp4nt5

24 August 2016, 20:05

It looks ridiculous but it wasn’t actually all that bad. (Although, I think the sugar blast from the secret lemon curd centre helped – no one could string a sentence together for all the heart palpitations)

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By KatieLB

25 August 2016, 12:16

Not for a child, but a 33 year old colleague!

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By ID3700201

24 August 2016, 23:14

Rather over estimated my ability to create a caterpillar cake.

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25 August 2016, 11:56

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Sticking with the marriage theme. Last week we asked you for your wedding day disasters and boy, your stories did not disappoint.

Related: ‘I hated my dress and my husband was late’: when a wedding day goes wrong

Attended a wedding when during the evening meal the groom had to be excused as a piece of beef had become lodged in his throat. Groom made his way to local A&E accompanied by his father. Groom returned a few hours later just in time for the first dance. Unfortunately the beef remained lodged in his throat so around 10.30pm the groom and his wife headed back to A&E dressed in their finery not returning until 5.00am the next morning. Going to get them Beefeater vouchers for their 1st anniversary.

My mother made the bridesmaid dresses for my sister’s wedding 30 years ago. Lilac satin, cut on the bias and extremely unforgiving. They’d fitted alright before but each of the bridesmaids had filled out a bit. I was the worst and the big fry that morning that my mother insisted would sustain us didn’t help. I took my knickers off ( discreetly ) on the lawn of the hotel to avoid VPL and went commando. Small acts of rebellion sustain me still.

As someone else below has pointed out, there are SO many smug comments on this thread.
Marry or don’t, have a big party or a small one, have your family there or elope just the two of you – it really doesn’t matter as long as it is what works for your relationship.

I am getting married next year to the absolute love of my life.
I am desperately excited and can’t wait for the day to come – not because it will be “the best day of my life” (because as we can all see from these stories, there is so much to go wrong!) or because I get to wear a nice dress. I can’t wait because it will be the first day I get to be married to the best human I’ve ever met.

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I was cheered to catch up with Jim Halfens, who invented the “divorce hotel” in the Netherlands (for an article published this week), where soon-to-be former couples get a split finalised in a weekend. He’s getting married in a couple of weeks.

He wants to bring his divorce hotel concept to the UK, and thinks we’re in need of overhauling our divorce laws. He’s not the only one. Resolution, the organisation of family lawyers who favour a non-confrontational, mediating approach, has long been calling for the introduction of a no-fault divorce. At present, unless you have been living apart from your spouse for at least two years, the only way to get divorced quickly is by citing adultery or unreasonable behaviour. Often neither have occurred. Other countries have a no-fault system, but MPs seem to have no desire to introduce it here. A no-fault divorce, say those who oppose it, would undermine marriage. Do you agree?

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London filmmaker Mollie Mills explores what it is to be a young man in 2016. In a series of beautifully shot sequences, Mills allows today’s young men to talk about what is really going on below the surface.

Her poetic images reflect what one young man says it the only three options open to today’s men: you can either be happy, angry, or strong. It’s because of this rigid idea of masculinity that suicide is the biggest killer of young men under age 45 in this country.

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Quite the discussion point, this – you’ve been quick to defend some of the ‘worst words’ choices referenced in the news story, but have many of your own nominations …

I think it a bit harsh to condemn ‘hello’ as being one of the ‘worst’ words in the language, ‘moist’ does have unfortunate connotations particularly when in conjunction with ‘gusset’

Someone I went to school with was called Mona Flood, you can probably guess what her unfortunate nickname was

Are ‘moist’ and ‘hello’ the worst English words?

Definitely worse if you get a moist hello.

Depends who from I would assume.

I hate portmanteau words, they are just lazy.

emoji in general.

taken 4000 years to get back to hieroglyphics

Unpopluar choice amongst some I’d guess: entitled.

If anyone does things you don’t like, you can spring out the word “entitled” to ascribe the worst possible behaviour and motives, without having to prove them or even bother thinking about it too much.

‘So’ – at the start of every feckin sentence…what’s that all about?

Related: Oxford Dictionaries halts search for most disliked word after ‘severe misuse’

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Our readers wrote in to tell us about the articles they enjoyed this week (via this form here).

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Apropos of not much other than what time of day it is, as well as those baking successes and failures readers are sharing what they’ve been eating for lunch …

Well I’m having a bacon, egg and black pudding sandwich for lunch.

I’ve got pitta filled with hummus, carrot and cucumber. Swap?

I’ve got an Asparagus Cup-a-Soup I found in the cupboard, because I forgot my wallet. It’s horrible.

1.09pm BST

I came across a great piece on aeon by physicist Sabine Hossenfelder. Like me, Hossenfelder receives a lot of correspondence from amateur physicists. Usually they claim to have proved Einstein wrong, or that a recent breakthrough is a fraud; sometimes they are reporting a breakthrough of their own. All are frustrated that mainstream academics and media alike are ignoring their work. As someone who, unfortunately, does mostly hit delete, I was fascinated by Hossenfelder’s own decision to stop deleting and start engaging. She has opened a hotline, offering physics consultation, including theory development. There are, of course, arguments to be had about whether charging people to talk science is promoting a different type of insiderism. But it’s an interesting form of engagement and seems to be working – one of her clients is even preparing to publish a bona fide academic paper.

What have you been reading this week? Tell us below the line.

12.49pm BST

You’ve been following the story with interest below the line – here are some of your views so far, some in response to our question, “was it a fuss over nothing?”

I don’t think it was necessarily fuss over nothing – it was caught in an odd crossfire between Silly Season non-story and the Corbyn hype train (no pun intended) meaning that it grew into something more than that non-story while half the people commenting on it complained that it wasn’t a story. Erm…are you keeping up?

What I mainly took from traingate was the impression that Jeremy Corbyn’s entourage are too incompetent to reserve seats. My late mum travelled the East Coast main line well into her eighties and she never forgot to reserve her seat.

Mind, she knew who Ant & Dec are, too.

A few sulking Blairites are making the Labour party look a shambles. My issue of the week and previous months is – where is the public outrage at what the Conservative Government is doing and saying. A Tory dominated media including the BBC is focussing solely on Jeremy Corbyn and how best to ridicule him and his supporters. The Guardian and C4 seem to be the only media outlets attempting some perspective but it’s not enough

Traingate would have been at least a single day news story, or should have been news, if any politician was caught in a dispute with a major company as Corbyn and his team were..

What made it last more than a day were the Confused stories about it from his team, and momentum members.
If A spokesperson of Corbyn’s team straight away said “OK there were a few seats, but we wanted to sit together and like other people sat on the floor for part of the journey, apologies for exaggerating slightly with “Ram-packed”, but we were attempting to highlight the terrible train service.”

12.39pm BST

I spent Wednesday going from London to York and back, trying to recreate the fateful #traingate trip that Jeremy Corbyn had made. Was it a ridiculous gimmick? Well, of course. Doing it live perhaps added more of an air of ridiculousness to the proceedings than just quietly popping up there and back and interviewing people. But it also generated huge interest. We had over 5,500 comments on the live blog – not all of them calling me an idiot – and after I’d got off the train I settled down into a place with wifi where I could carry on joining in the debate below the line, and also try and reflect some of the discussion that was going on above the line.

12.22pm BST

Alongside our hectic Bake Off live blog this week we asked you to share your baking successes and failures via GuardianWitness. As you’ll see below, the results were, as we’d hoped, mixed …

Made it to celebrate a new series of Doctor Who. It didn’t turn out like the picture in the recipe.

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By bimblingbike

24 August 2016, 21:35

The yummy Cookie Monster Cake!

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By Marionsteer

25 August 2016, 16:20

Made for my friend Fiona’s birthday. Turned out to be the first of many themed cakes for friends and family.

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By angela congedo

24 August 2016, 23:41

Our one and only attempt at making a giant jaffacake cake.. Never again..

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By SHLGH16

24 August 2016, 21:35

12.17pm BST

Caroline Bannock from our community team writes:

At the Guardian we have dedicated engagement and community teams who work with our readers, involving them in projects and participatory journalism. Two members – Sarah and Matt – are running the Social today. Our readers’ experience enriches our journalism, and can at times have huge impact. One project in our US office, The Counted, has influenced US justice department policy on the reporting of fatal incidents involving police officers. This could not have been achieved without the help of our readers there. Today we’re asking you to help with reporting on NHS cuts.

There are myriad ways to get involved with reader projects at the Guardian. GuardianWitness, for example, is the space for reader photos, videos and stories. If you’re baking – brilliantly or (like me) disastrously – do share with us by clicking on the blue “Contribute” button at the top of this article. You may also know about Ewen MacAskill’s series about Labour and Liverpool for Guardian membership, which was guided by readers.

12.02pm BST

Among our most-read this week was the tragic news of Italy’s earthquake. GCSE results also featured heavily, with news of a dramatic decline in grades. Elsewhere, the burkini ban in France has got a lot of you talking, as has news of Jeremy Corbyn and #traingate.

11.58am BST

Hello everyone. Welcome, once again, to our weekly social where we come together to discuss the week’s news and comment, share ideas and projects etc. We will be updating the blog over the course of the afternoon with journalists’ views (including their favourite articles and videos of the week), and encourage you to share your thoughts with us below the line. This is your space, so get in touch to tell us how you want it to evolve (sarah.marsh@theguardian.com). Lots of great stuff lined up today, look forward to getting started.

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GIITTV: NEWS: HMS Morris announce debut album and UK tour

Welsh alt-pop trio HMS Morris have revealed that their first LP Interior Design will be coming out on 18th November.  The Cardiff-based group (made up of Will and Sam Roberts, as well as Heledd Watkins) make off-kilter pop tunes in the vein of Syd Barrett or their fellow countrymen Super Furry Animals.

To coincide with the announcement, the band have shared a new video for the title track, ‘Interior Design.’  Directed by Eilir Pierce, it’s a fun little clip that’s particularly colourful and offers up a very garish and kitsch look at the tedium of domesticity.  Watkins explained: “This video was mainly conceived by curious North-Walian buddhist day-dreamer Eilir Pierce.  It’s fun but with a note of ickiness, which is pretty much how the song was conceived too.”  Watch below.

The band are also heading out on a UK tour in October, following an appearance at Festival No. 6 on 4th September. Details below.

7th October – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
13th October – Mr Wolfs, Bristol
14th October – Ryan’s Bar, London (free gig)
21st October – The Parrot, Carmarthen
22nd October – Telford’s Warehouse, Chester

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