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Review: Still Breathing: The True Adventures of the Donnelly Brothers – by Anthony and Christopher Donnelly (and Simon Spence)

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Chris and Anthony Donnelly are two likely lads from Wythenshawe, Manchester. Growing up to a backdrop of crime, allegedly part of the the notorious Quality Street Gang, these entrepreneurs became leading figures in the birth of Manchester’s Acid House scene, initiating illegal raves and forging bonds and networks across music from the Hacienda to the launch of their own short-lived crime-ridden Parliament Club, at the peak of The Gunchester headlines when Guns and gangs took hold in Manchester. After heading out of music they entered the world of fashion, launching Gio-Goi. Using a mixture of guerrilla marketing, incorporating their music friends and street buddies, they became a necessity of fashionistas. The brand ultimately became corporate turning over £40 million a year at its height. This tale, interview-style, arranged by Stone Roses biographer, Simon Spence, is a true journey of life’s ups and downs, for a most colourful family. From drug busts, media headlines and jail sentences to filming videos with Pete Doherty and Deadmau5. I especially enjoyed the reminiscences of Old Skool Hacienda DJs, Mike Pickering, Jon Dasilva and Graeme Park. This book has it all. I’m sure that no party is complete without the Donnelly brothers influencing it in some way.

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Thatcher Thatcher, Freedom Snatcher

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This article is inspired by a bad dream that has just woken me up at 0740am. ‘Without a doubt, princes become great when they overcome difficulties and obstacles that are imposed upon them; and therefore fortune, especially when she wishes to increase the reputation of a new prince, who has a greater need to acquire prestige than a hereditary prince does, creates enemies for him and has them take action against him so that he will have the chance to overcome them and to climb higher up the ladder his enemies have brought him. Therefore many judge that a wise prince must, whenever he has the occasion, foster with cunning some hostility so that in stamping it out his greatness will increase as a result.’ Niccolò Machiavelli (in The Prince) Politics according to Machiavelli is an evil and ruthless game of cunning and to be honest is something which I do not relish. I find it boring and full of wicked people. Every so often in life, however, we are dealt a strange twist of fate and end up staring straight down the barrel at the perils of the political system created by our masters. I write this article as a moment of inspiration, though with a touch of antecedent clairvoyance and inevitability. The time is now and while the IRON LADY still lives on and is yet to draw her last breath I thought I’d pencil some thoughts into print. Margaret Thatcher is a name one associates with British politics at the very least. A striking figure who cut the world stage at an exciting time of history, of that there is no doubt, but here are some of my words that I wish to get published to my blog all ready to be posted at the time of her death as the world readies itself for public outpourings of grief, mingled with images of torn bodies of victims of the Falklands conflict and the strikes of brutalised South Wales miners. I grew up in South Wales though was too young to appreciate what was happening during the miners’ strike. However, my earliest memories of politics came to me at playgroup when a woman announced that free milk was being stopped for all children and that when we went onto infants school we would no longer qualify for a nice cold jar of white midmorning. The Korovo Milkbar’s playground…

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Fever February Funk

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Listen to Wez G – Fever February Funk byWez G on hearthis.at    Funkier than usual mix for February, though it progs out by the end…A nice blend of old and new with some real belters in there! Toe-tappingly gorgeous! :::TRACKLISTING::: 1. Siedah Garrett – K.I.S.S.I.N.G. (Dub) [Qwest Records] 2. Julien Jabre – Swimming Places (Sebastian Ingrosso Re-edit) [Defected] 3. Lee Cabrera – Voodoo Love (Steve Angello Remix) [White] 4. Scott Grooves feat. Parliament/Funkadelic – Mothership Reconnection ( Daft Punk Remix) [Soma Recordings] 5. Meeker – Save Me (Futureshock Mix) [Underwater] 6. Shafunkers – Lose Control [Fantastic House] 7. SIA – The Girl You Lost to Cocaine (Sander Van Doorn Remix) [Doorn Records] 8. Trafik – Indestructible (Stel Remix) [Global Underground] 9. Big Top – Sub [Organized Nature] 10. Winc – Thoughts of a Tranced Love [Limbo Records] 11. Sasha – Who Killed Sparky? [emFire] 12. Grace – Not Over Yet (B.T.’s Spirit of Grace) [Perfecto] 13. The Beloved – The Sun Rising (Danny’s Love is Mix) [EastWest] Wez G – Fever February Funk by Wezg on Mixcloud

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