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Ben has seen… Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

While not quite the ‘you think you know the full story, think again’ experience promised by a lot of reviewers (most of this was in the news at the time) Fyre is worth a watch. The footage of Billy McFarland steaming headfirst toward such an almighty balls-up is the perfect illustration of his arrogance. What the film is missing is a deeper examination of whether he started out with actual criminal intent or just an excess of unearned frat boy bravado. Simplifying McFarland as the wax-moustached bad guy lets everyone… Read more Ben has seen… Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

February

Hello again. Right, I have bad news I’m afraid. I hate having bad news. I hate being negative. It’s not the best of the feelings. However, I read a book last night and it wasn’t good. You know how loads of white, male, literary fiction writers have suddenly decided they have a science fiction-y kind of thing in them? It was one of them. It doesn’t really matter which one. There is little to be gained from naming and shaming these guys. The others will carry on regardless. No lessons… Read more February

Three other big things I achieved in 2018

I got back into music Oh streaming, you beautiful beautiful thing. You have freed me from the shackles of 6Music (which, yes, fine, does have one or two decent djs and does play some good stuff but is, mostly, a retirement home for white men in their forties, fifties and sixties who really really like Magazine and New Order and are prepared to overlook whatever Morrissey has said that week because Girlfriend in a Coma still speaks to them on some spiritual level that they have never bothered to fully… Read more Three other big things I achieved in 2018