Albums of 2011 (a corked vintage)

To say I was underwhelmed by music in 2011 is an understatement. Last year I managed to write a blog about 50 albums before the year was out with ease. This year it’s taken me until the end of January just to write about 20. Maybe I listened to a lot less, maybe I’ve become…

Films of 2011 (or how a Cineworld pass created a monster)

Hankering after a movie as effortlessly aesthetically cool as those bastions of 90s cinema Pulp Fiction, Trainspotting and Reservoir Dogs with a soundtrack to die for and career defining turns from a plethora of previously under-appreciated actors? Drive is just that slab of celluloid. Featuring Ryan Gosling’s Travis Bickle-esque anti-hero who is that rarest of…