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Is This The BEST Marriage Proposal Ever?

Marriage Proposal On The Radio

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Whilst it’s not uncommon for people ask for their partner’s hand in marriage on the radio, the story of Keith and Pieter’s engagement had a little help from one of their favourite celebrities.
Keith and Pieter are regular listeners to Elaine Paige’s radio show on BBC Radio 2 – tuning in every Sunday. Pieter wrote to Elaine Paige asking her to help him propose to his partner live on air.
Elaine keeps the proposal secret from her listeners saying only “I received a great email from Pieter in West London about his partner Keith. Now I don’t usually do this, but I had a word with my producer to ask if we could phone Keith to read out the letter to him.” The producer had obviously agreed and Keith was waiting on the line.
Elaine takes the call to Keith and says that she understands that he rather likes listening to the show, to which Keith agrees and says that he listens every week and sometimes listens to the repeat in the week.
Elaine then explains the reason for her chat. “I have a wonderful letter from Pieter that I want to read out loud. “Hi Elaine, I am writing to tell you how much my partner Keith and I love your show. It has become a Sunday ritual for us and on the rare occasions that we miss it we listen to it on the app during the week. I have to hold my hands up that it is only since I met Keith that I have become re-introduced to you and the amazing music you play. And for us your word is gospel when it comes to theatre recommendations.”
“Every day with Keith is better then watching our favourite musical – Priscilla Queen of the Desert. And life can be a bit of a musical with highs and lows, dramas and tantrums, divas and understudies, but ultimately it gives you joy and happiness when you’re with someone you love. Being with Keith means that silence can be just as comfortable as a full-on debate as to whether Imelda Staunton will win an Olivier award for her performance in “Gypsy”, ‘or how we would write the sequel to ‘Sex and the City 3’ or ‘The Devil Wears Prada’. Elaine’s welling-up at this point, but continues…love_you
“Happiness is seeing Keith giving me a wink across the room with his piercing blue eyes. Or belly laughs when we arrive at a theatre production that’s been cancelled days ago. It’s coming home discussing the day over a glass of champagne. Watching ‘Long Lost Families’ and not feeling embarrassed for crying. That is love. And for me love is life with Keith. I love walking hand-in-hand with Keith, planning our next holiday, planning the future and living life to its max as life isn’t a dress rehearsal – This is it.”
Elaine and Keith agree that the letter is lovely. With theatrical flair, Elaine then announces “Guess what – Pieter is on the other line.” Keith laughs nervously. “I think he has something he would like to add.” says Elaine before taking up the call with Pieter who thanks her for reading his letter so well. Elaine states “I think you have something to add?” and immediately Pieter says “Keith, in the presence of EP, I would like you to marry me please.” and gets an immediate reply “Yes I will Pieter”
Cue the music, the first 10 seconds of ‘Chapel of Love’ by the Dixie Cups
When we get back to the studio Keith is telling Elaine Paige to get her hat ready and Pieter says “Please come if you can”. Elaine says “If I’m free I will be there.”
The beautifully heartfelt letter is a brilliant surprise. This has to be the best marriage proposal ever! Many happy years together guys.

A Place to Bury Strangers

Posted by Matt 

Caught these guys last night for the second time in my life (first outside NYC) and even though there was an abysmal turnout, they completely destroyed. There should be a massive buzz around this band – if you don’t know them, imagine The Jesus and Mary Chain bred with Joy Division and fed through a feedback loop. I know, sexy.

Some photos…

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Parallax Error Beheads You

Posted by Matt

I’ve been proper addicted to the new Max Tundra album for days now. His third album and first in six years, “Parallax Error Beheads You” is quite simply divine listening and incorporates more themes and ideas that 100 of the modern radio bands put together. This album should be on the radio. This album should be the theme to your walk to work. Actually, make that a priority point of your life in the next few days – take to your feet with this doozy in your ears and let the circling beats, joyous synth and twisted backlines make that short walk in the autumn leaves something to enjoy. Pick the album up now on Domino. The video for the single is below and go below that to get a wee listen to one of the tracks from the album.

New Podcasts

Posted by Matt

Two new instalments of The Attic and Psychoactive for all your crazy kids.

Find them on the podcast page.

Psychoactive playlists…

Posted by Si 

It took us a while to get our fingers out, but myself and Matt have finally got round to getting the latest editions of our respective podcasty radio shows up on the site.

In case y’listen to some Psychoactive ackshun and wonder what that track was, then find below the playlists for the latest podcasts to be uploaded.

Oww and, if they tickle your fancy then remember to tune in live at 9pm on Wednesday for Psychoactive #5 where, again, we’ll jump aboard the crazy mind-train and see where it takes us…

Si

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Psychoactive #3 Playlist (22nd October)

Phonat – Learn to Recycle [5:43]
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Static X – Destroy All [2:18]
Passion Pit – Sleepyhead [2:58]
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MGMT – Kids (Soulwax remix) [4:43]
Slayer – Bloodline [3:37]
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Mad Capsule Markets – Scary [3:58]
Lights Out Asia – Psiu! Puxa! [5:33]
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My Bloody Valentine – Lose my Breath [3:38]
Amusement Parks on Fire – In Flight [5:39]
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Milanese – Double Face [4:54]
Silverchair – If You Keep Losing Sleep [3:21]
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Matthew Good – Tripoli (Acoustic) [4:52]

Psychoative #4 Playlist (29th October)

Depche Mode – Policy of Truth [5:15]
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Team sleep – Ever (Foreign Flag) [2:51]
Xela – You Are In the Stars
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My Vitriol – Always Your Way [3:50]
And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Another Morning Stoner [4:34]
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Miwon – Pale Glitter [7:48]
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Vex Red – Can’t Smile [4:49]
Deftones – Digital Bath [4:15]
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Boards of Canada – Dayvan Cowboy [5:00]
Imogen Heap – Just for Now [3:01]

Horseocolism : The True Cost of the Economic Troubles

Posted by Si 

So, I sat down to my Tesco own-brand Crunchy Nut Corn Flakes this morning (which I’ve now taken to calling “Credit Crunch”) and happened across a story which really put into perspective the sheer magnitude and pervasiveness of the global downturn in the world economy. If I could’ve afforded to allow one flake leave my mouth in disbelief I would’ve, but that would’ve cut my breakfest in half, and God knows when I’ll next be able to cough up Tesco’s £12.98 asking fee for a mid-sized box of toasted corn shavings…

It’s oft said that when hard times hit then many hoomans try to forget their troubles momentarily by layering their brain and body with alcohol, furthering slumping themselves into poverty in the process, yet paradoxically emancipating themselves from their immediate finanacial worries.

A typically human phenomenon, y’might think; imagine my disbelief this morning when I learned that it now appears the implications of the credit deathchoke have transcended into the animal world :

“Fat Boy” fails at suicide (Link, btw…)

I don’t know what breaks my heart most about this story; the fact that this tragic horseling took to eating fermented forbidden fruit in an effort to lace himself with enough hooch-juice to buffer his intention to wing himself into next door’s pool and end it all, or the fact he was found and rescued before he could escape his own impoverishment. These tears are real.

I decided to do some follow up on this story and investigate the extent to which horses, in particular, are turning to moonshine in light of recent economic developments. I warn you now, what you will witness below are several recorded examples of horses in mental decay at the hands of the Devil’s Drink, and all because they can no longer afford to pay an Italian semi-midget to sit atop their backs and beat them into running in a line.

Example # 1

This horse was found by it’s owner after having gone on a 6 hour bender and demolishing a 200 square foot patch of the local juniper berry crop, boozing itself into an aneurysm.

Example # 2

In a similar state of affairs; this brute apparently went on a juiced-up rampage at his local Sainsbury’s, accosting an inocent bystander in the spirit’s aisle and refusing to free them until he was allowed his way with the supermarket’s vodka supply. He promtply drank their Russian butcher into a coma, and was left not much better himself as can be seen. The video shows how the horse lost the use of it’s hind legs, instead trying to drunkenly “swim” along the ground in an effort to simulate meaningful movement. The horse regained use of it’s legs 4 months later.

Example # 3

What’s worse than a drunk man in charge of a motorcar? A drunk man in command of an even drunker horse. See below.
The pair were subsequently arrested and given 8 penalty points each.

Example # 4

In an infuriating display of mistreatment; the owners of this horse have trapped it inside their now empty family brandy shed. With no cash-money to replenish the supply, the horse is left to stir in the scent of it’s preferred poison. Despicable.