Apple Is ‘A Digital Vampire’

Vampire bit in the Apple logo

Is Apple a 'Digital Vampire'?

Apple a ‘digital vampire’ says Pete Townshend

The Who’s Pete Townshend has taken Apple to task in a strongly worded attack at the 2011 Radio Festival in Salford.

The legendary songwriter and guitarist called on the company, who run digital music retailing giant iTunes, to take more responsibility for developing artists, referring to the computer giants as ‘digital vampires’.
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Gil Scott-Heron RIP

Gil Scott-Heron performing

Gil Scott-Heron

I was really sad to read about the death of Gil Scott-Heron at the weekend, a true great and pioneer in music and, in my opinion, an absolute legend. It’s just over a year ago that I was excitedly blogging about the release of his last album, I’m New Here. Unfortunately it’ll be his last but he leaves behind a large and brilliant catalogue of music.
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Tax Is Big Business

To us, it’s an obscure shift of tax law. To the City, it’s the heist of the century

…At the moment tax law ensures that companies based here, with branches in other countries, don’t get taxed twice on the same money. They have to pay only the difference between our rate and that of the other country. If, for example, Dirty Oil plc pays 10% corporation tax on its profits in Oblivia, then shifts the money over here, it should pay a further 18% in the UK, to match our rate of 28%. But under the new proposals, companies will pay nothing at all in this country on money made by their foreign branches…

Great article by George Monbiot, I knew nothing of these plans until I read this.

Fela! The Musical

Sahr Ngaujah as Fela Kuti

Sahr Ngaujah as Fela Kuti in the musical Fela! at the NT

I’d normally run a mile, actually I’d probably run a marathon, at the thought of going to see a musical. Perhaps the most painful two hours of ‘entertainment’ of my life was watching the musical Chicago, I could’ve really thrown some chairs after that one.
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