Liam Gallagher goes to bed at 10pm. I also go to bed at the time of an 8 year old. If two of the coolest cats to come out Manchester are doing this, then surely going to bed early must be the new Rock & Roll.
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I’ve recently finished reading ‘The Nowhere Men’ by Michael Calvin. It’s an insightful look at the role of football scouts. It has made me wonder if other sectors have a worldwide network seeking out talent. For example, are there stats people as we speak trawling through blogs and podcasts, configurating the consistency of content?
Last week at work I was invigilating. This gave me a lot of time to sit and think. One result of this sitting and thinking was that I wrote a poem called, ‘The Nowhere Men’. (see below)
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The Nowhere Men.
The nowhere men,
have nowhere to go.
So they plough the fields,
again and again.
The nowhere men,
have little to show
for all their toil.
Still hoping diamonds will grow,
in the long since plundered soil.
Replaced by apps,
that read stats
The nowhere men are considered a dying breed.
The nowhere men continue to dream.
Two people I know from the Manchester comedy and poetry scene, Daliso Chaponda and Tony Walsh (Longfella Poet) have in recent weeks received TV exposure, making them known to people nationally and internationally.
Daliso was on Britain’s Got Talent, finishing third overall. Whilst Tony’s reading of his poem ‘Choose Love’ at the vigil for the Manchester bomb victims was broadcast live and has subsequently been transmitted across the world.
Both performers are talented having spent years working in pubs and clubs honing their skills but without the magnifying force of TV, when would they get the opportunity to showcase their work to such a sizeable audience?
Does this mean that despite the popularity and potential reach of social media, the only way poets/comedians can ‘make it’, is still via TV?
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Theresa May called the election so she could have a clear mandate for when she entered the Brexit negotiations. The only thing that is now clear is that she doesn’t have that mandate. If she truly believed in having this mandate she would have called the election and only when this mandate was secured would she trigger Article 50.
After her disastrous election, Theresa May is now saying the country needs a period of stability. If she really cared about stability she wouldn’t have called a snap election.
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