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Charming, funny, handsome and almost famous. Not me, that's someone else. Journalist to the magic stars, Simpsons fanatic, sporty spice and Grimbarian gob.


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The power of self-belief: my journey…
When we look at ourselves and our lives, what do we see? Honestly. If, like me, you have a history of thinking in a negative manner and seeing results reflect the thought process, then I invite you to follow me on this journey. Self-discovery is a big, scary notion that a lot of people never...
The Lasting Effect of Football Management Gaming
If you’ve ever spent the best part of a week taking Chester City from the Conference to the Champions League, then you’ll know just what a cultural giant Football Manager has become. I still regularly play the 2001/2002 version, widely regarded as the high point of the virtual manager series, where the likes of Cherno...
Album Review: Replica by Cassia.
How many times has there been The Next Big Thing in music, only to be let down by a flat and flaccid first album that had nothing on the fist-pumping freshness promised? This is a collection of poppy, calypso-infused gems by the newest obsession in my indie life, Cassia. A little-known band maybe but one...
REVIEW: Painwave by Clean Cut Kid.
Merseyside’s musical mystery tour shows no signs of ever slowing with Clean Cut Kid’s second full-length album hitting the indie radar. Painwave is a potent and persistent prod at human emotion, the raw and animalistic expression of fear, guilt, love and abandonment. Sound depressing? It couldn’t be further from it. The poppy and bright melodies...
The Best Days of Our Lives
There is a song by Circa Waves that expresses thoughts on flying through your best days. It is vitally important to look back on them and feel a warm and fuzzy sensation- as if you've just swallowed a barbecued caterpillar. Never forget the good times, the memories. Recently, I attended the last-ever reunion event for...
You’re Twisting My Melon, Man- How A Youth Culture Changed Music
What happens when you mix post-industrial gloom, unemployment and the rain-sodden pulse of North-West dance music? You get Madchester, that’s what. Let’s take a trip to 1989, a thirty-year journey in the musical TARDIS to witness a musical youth of baggy t-shirts, glow sticks and repetitive beeps. A time of pills, thrills and bellyaches. First,...
Whatever I say to listen to, that’s what I like
The world has just done a madness on us. No way is it thirteen years since the greatest album of all-time was released. The swaggering Sheffieldianite debut from the Arctic Monkeys came out in 2006 and that makes me feel so old. Here’s a trawl through some more iconic indie since it’s about the only...
The 1990’s: The time of our lives
Would you believe that the end of the 1990s is twenty years ago? Looking back (I’m thinking the time between about 1997 and 2002), it brings so much nostalgia that the decade has become symbolic of a carefree childhood. It was a time before iPads and, for most people, the internet. A blissful period of...
The world’s greatest TV show… ever The Simpsons
It’s a love affair I’ve never grown out of. Nor do I want to. There are few better moments than sitting back, cracking open a can and sinking into the comedic jaundice of everyone’s favourite family, The Simpsons. For as long as I can remember, its been my favourite thing. The countless throwaway quotes, the...
A year in the life of indie discovery
Indie kids everywhere are in their Age of Discovery. There are so many quality bands chucking out choons under the radar that 2018 has seen me find the gems amongst the drab, mainstream music machine. No, I don’t care about the latest Arianna Grande song or all the Ed Sheeran noise that sounds much the...
Humanity’s communication crisis
We are constantly plugged in. The 21st Century has essentially made the human race its technological slaves. Not long ago, I was on the train and all you could see around were wires, screens and rhythmic beeps depicting all sorts of notifications. The very fact that this is how we now communicate is quite a...
Songs to get through anything listening to music, kettle mag
Everyone knows their favourite songs. Tunes that define an era, a state of mind, a relationship. Bob Marley once said “when music hits you, you feel no pain” and that is very nearly true, mate. Here are five songs that have defined a moment in time, the personal and emotional odyssey of humankind. Driftwood by...
Surviving the student experience
It’s mad to believe its nearly a year since I left the blissful land of undergraduate and stepped into the big, bad world. The sticky dancefloors, the flat parties where people stood around in their own, established friendship groups and refused to mingle with new people beyond the first week of freshers, the walks through...
Arctic Monkeys Ready For New Album? Arctic-Monkeys-May-Esquire-Magazine-Wallpaper.jpg
It’s a love affair that has spanned more than a decade. A whole adolescence of indie rock and roll. The Arctic Monkeys are rumoured to have a new album being prepared. Ever since I first heard the bard of Sheffield, Alex Turner, croakily announce ‘don’t believe the hype’ back in late 2005, the band have...
A silly little footy story Blundell Park, sport, football, Grimsby Town, Alex Ramsden, Kettle Mag
You really learn what it means to be a football supporter in times of great struggle or strife. Grimsby Town has been in my family since the late 1940s when my grandad first appeared, Teddy Boy’d up on the terraces of the Pontoon Stand as the Mariners exited the English top-flight. A place of no...
The end of the student experience graduate, student life, transition, Alex Ramsden, Kettle Mag
I am now in the ranks of Post Graduate - the scary notion that I now have to leave the comfortable existence of being a student behind and move on into the big, bad world. I never realised it would fly by faster than fish fingers on the conveyor belt at a Young’s factory. There...
Classic Album of the Month: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars Ziggy Stardust, David Bowie, music, classic, Alex Ramsden, Kettle Mag
The bizarre figure of Ziggy Stardust, with his orange hair and space-age jumpsuit struts around the stage at the Hammersmith Odeon on the 3rd of July 1973. Little did the adoring, screaming audience know that David Bowie was about to retire his intergalactic alter ego after unprecedented success. The year before saw the release of...
Classic Album of the Month: London Calling by The Clash
For the first instalment, there could only be one musical masterpiece to begin with. A real trip through rock and roll, stopping at country and western along the way before settling at its final destination in the explosive wake of punk-rock - the seminal London Calling by the only band that matters: The Clash. Released...
Review: The Stone Roses at Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Wednesday the 15th of June, 2016. The third coming. Ian Brown, Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield, Jon Squire and Alan ‘Reni’ Wren, the four swaggering blokes behind one of the most famous English bands of all-time: The Stone Roses. They were supported by Public Enemy, as I watched from my vantage point on the beer-soaked boards covering...
What is Love? hearts on sticks
When somebody asks you “What is love?” no doubt you’ll reply “Baby, don’t hurt me”. But it brings the question, really, of what actually IS love? The question isn’t just a cheap joke based on a nineties club hit but it’s something we all, whether we realise or not, strive to find. A complex and...
Top 5 Footballing Moments of my Life England, football, fan, sport, Alex Ramsden, Kettle Mag
The Miracle of Istanbul The 25th of May 2005, Liverpool going for their fifth European Cup triumph with a team that boasted such ‘stars’ as Djimi Traore and Igor Biscan against a powerful Milan side that had spent decades honing the fine art of defending. After the first forty-five minutes, the famous Italians had taken...
Reflections on the student experience student life, university, experience, Alex Marsden, Kettle Mag
I’ll start by using that horrible, old cliché: it seems only yesterday. But it really does seem like it was a few hours ago that I started on my university journey. Having almost finished second year it’s left me wondering: where does the time go? We definitely have fun though. Going back to September 2014,...
The genius of Half Man Half Biscuit
The mid nineteen-eighties - a time of mass unemployment, the early promise of technology, and a unique band from the leafy Wirral. Half Man Half Biscuit formed in Birkenhead in 1986, releasing their first album Back in the DHSS in the same year. Championed by legendary radio disc jockey, John Peel, the band followed the do-it-yourself...
10 of the greatest rock and roll frontmen
What makes a good frontman? Is it presence, persona or plucking out chords? Or is it simply a little bit of everything? Here is my countdown of the 10 greatest rock and roll frontmen ever! Freddie Mercury Of course we had to have Farrokh Bulsara (aka The Killer Queen) on the list. His vocal bravado...
Hey, hey, they’re the monkeys
Ten years ago, the Arctic Monkeys released their critically acclaimed debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. To think it was a decade since we first heard the heavy Yorkshire accent of Alex Turner as he said, ‘the proof that love’s not only blind, but deaf’ is insane. It’s gone so...