GIITTV: NEWS: OhBoy! reveal new video for ‘Dirt’

Northampton five piece indie outfit OhBoy! unveiled their latest single ‘Dirt’ recently, which is now out officially on Alcopop.  The track follows hot on the heels of their recent single ‘Hey Princess,’ which was picked up by the likes of Huw Stephens, it’s another slice of fuzzed up pop that’s got a slightly melancholic edge.

They’ve now just revealed the single’s video, which has been directed by Tim Halliday.  The clip follows an elephant as he goes about his daily life, including making tea, having breakfast, and going to work.  The band explained more about the clip:  “We follow the daily life of a stoic elephant, trapped in the meat grinding 9-5 life – a cubicle native in search of relief.  Wandering into the local pub for an open-mic, he musters up the courage (with a little help from a few pints) to pour out his heart to despondent drunks.  It’s catchy and inspirational as hell.”  Watch below.

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GIITTV: NEWS: Agnes Obel announces new London Roundhouse show

Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel released her latest album Citizen of Glass back in October.  Dealing with the German concept that deals with a person’s level of privacy.  From it she released the singles ‘Golden Green’ and ‘It’s Happening Again,’ both of which had mesmerising videos which played with the central concept of the album as a whole.

Last month she also finished off a tour of the UK, but not one to rest on her laurels, Obel has already announced a new series of dates for 2017.  The new tour dates will see her travelling across Europe, including two dates in Paris, before heading to Utrecht, Cologne, Frankfurt and more cities.

On 4th June she’ll finish off her tour at London’s Roundhouse, which so far is her only date in the country next year.  Tickets for the event go on sale at 10am on Tuesday 6th December.

Watch the video for ‘It’s Happening Again’ below.

Photo credit: Alex Bruel Flagstad

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Dave Hill | The Guardian: Barking and Dagenham: Darren Rodwell’s ‘aspirational working class’

The leader of a remarkable yet much-derided east London borough has his own, distinctive ideas about social progress and change

When visiting Barking and Dagenham it is possible for Londoners from different parts of town to imagine that they have slipped back in time. That’s partly about architecture, because this piece of the eastern suburb mosaic, slotted between Newham, Redbridge, Essex-minded Havering and the north side of the Thames, is still so visually synonymous with the 30,000 homes of the famous Becontree estate, a huge public housing development, conceived, in the words of Municipal Dreams, “in the brief, post-Great War coupling of hope and fear. Homes fit for heroes and the concern that those very heroes might succumb to Bolshevism in 1919”.

It’s also about accents: the London style of speech cemented in national sentiment by apples, pears and the spirit of the Blitz, but now getting scarce in Shoreditch, still greets the ear pretty often round here, including in the Town Hall. And then there’s attitude, which is where Barking and Dagenham can be misunderstood. I asked council leader Darren Rodwell if he thinks the borough has an image problem. “Absolutely,” he says. “It’s that we’re white racists who work at Fords. But that is snobbery. The reality is, we’ve got one of the best communities in London – if not the best.”

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John Naughton: How do you throw the book at an algorithm? | John Naughton

Policing the internet in the face of big data is proving to be an almost insurmountable problem

W hen, in the mid-1990s, the world wide web transformed the internet from a geek playground into a global marketplace, I once had an image of seeing two elderly gentlemen dancing delightedly in that part of heaven reserved for political philosophers. Their names: Adam Smith and Friedrich Hayek.

Why were they celebrating? Because they saw in the internet a technology that would validate their most treasured beliefs. Smith saw vigorous competition as the benevolent “invisible hand” that ensured individuals’ efforts to pursue their own interests could benefit society more than if they were actually trying to achieve that end. Hayek foresaw the potential of the internet to turn almost any set of transactions into a marketplace as a way of corroborating his belief that price signals communicated via open markets were the optimum way for individuals to co-ordinate their activities.

In the analogue world, competition law was ferociously complicated. Online, it will be orders of magnitude more complex

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Dave Hill | The Guardian: Cycling on Vauxhall Bridge: a return visit and some new statistics

One year since opening more cyclists seem to be using one of London’s “superhighway” routes, although not all its goals have yet been met

On Monday I stood on Vauxhall Bridge counting cyclists. Sad but true. I did the same thing almost exactly a year ago following a startling radio station row about how many people were using the newly-opened, two-way cycle superhighway, CS5, to cross the bridge and how many weren’t bothering. My return last week was in order to see what might have changed in the ensuing 12 months. Was CS5 being used more or less? Had the overall number of cyclists crossing the bridge increased or reduced? Were cyclists behaving differently?

The cycle superhighway (CS) in question is on the eastern side of the bridge. During the first bitterly cold half hour I spent on the bridge on a Tuesday morning last November, I counted 98 cyclists – a rate of 196 per hour – crossing the bridge on its western side. Almost all were heading north into central London, as you would expect during the morning peak travel period, and made their way through the motorised traffic into the bus lane. During that half hour, hardly any cyclists took advantage of the signalised crossing provided for them on the southern approach to the bridge to get over to CS5 and make use of that bespoke facility for crossing the bridge.

More people travelling by bike. Cycling across London will double in the next 10 years. We will “normalise” cycling, making it something anyone feels comfortable doing. Hundreds of thousands more people, of all ages, races and backgrounds, and in all parts of London, will discover that the bike has changed their lives.

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