The shipyard painter, political activist and razor-sharp cartoonist Bob Starrett has just written a new book The Way I See It on his eventful life and times. Below we reprint one of his stories and review an essential read
ENO's production of La Boheme is a triumph,
Remember when the critics went gaga over Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips in 2002?
If you liked that you'll find much to saviour and enjoy on Fog Electric.
Like The Flaming Lips, the Scottish prog rockers North Atlantic Oscillation write big songs about big themes.
According to lead singer Sam Healy this album's about "searching for meaning in a scientific, post-religious world."
Even the band's name, a climatic phenomenon caused by the relationship between the Icelandic low and the Azores high, suggests lofty pretensions.
It's a busy and intense record, from the dense, drum-heavy single Soft Coda to the frenetic Kid A-style Empire Waste, ending with the spaced-out Theory Of Tides.
There is almost too much going on.
Inventive and ambitious, this is about as far away from the Arctic Monkeys' tales of everyday urban minutiae as you can get.