The Get Down: Empowering Art With Optimism and Honesty

Last year I got the all-too-familiar Netflix email saying a new TV show had been added. That TV show was The Get Down. It sounded interesting and I liked the idea, so I gave it a chance. Series 1 was great, it was enjoyable. I thought to myself "here is a show I can watch, … Continue reading The Get Down: Empowering Art With Optimism and Honesty

Epping Forest – in the footsteps of Clare

Little piece I wrote for The Wild Writers blog after going a little walk with my Psychogeography class at Uni

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Liam Xavier and fellow Psychogeography students lose themselves in Epping Forest in pursuit of John Clare. Photos © Ben Thomas

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Wednesday 15th March  saw a class of Psychogeography students attempt to follow in the footsteps of poet John Clare through Epping Forest on an abnormally sunny day. As a log line, it may not be the most convincing introduction to a film or a book. There’s a sort of failed semi-thriller, semi-coming-of-age vibe to it but it correctly sums up the day. The rare but welcome appearance of sun and warmth started the trip off to a good beginning. What’s more is once we – we being one of a convoy of cars – arrived at Epping Forest, we were told by our other budding walkers that we had just missed a visit from none other than Prince Harry himself.

Ah, you see! Rare sun, the missed appearance…

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My First blog post : ‘What to Write About?’

Ma long time friend started a new blog, check him out?

A Plebeian's Point of View

Dear anyone that has happened to mistakenly stumble upon this emotive outpouring of introspection, I wholeheartedly apologise. For I’ve succumb to my pale ambition to start writing blog articles to satiate my hunger for literary creativity – not to mention “chat shit” as the saying goes. So, if you are still reading, I invite you to endure this lighthearted yet sardonic rant with me. If I make you laugh, even if that’s simply a small exhaling of hair from your nose, I’ll consider this a success.

I have no idea what I'm doing Let’s see how this goes…

As I whittle away my aimless, irresponsible hours upon the hit MMORPG ‘World of Warcraft’; a game renowned for keeping the vegetative shut-ins of this world(I am not excluding myself from this charismatic crew) entertained with its synthetic false sense of achievement, I am greeted by a familiar feeling. A feeling of purposelessness; nagging me similarly to how a…

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Project V.O.I.C.E and The Power of the Spoken Word

Every now and again a person wanders upon something truly spectacular. For me, over the past year or so, that something has been Spoken Word and by extension the poets that come from the industry. In particular Phil Kaye and Sarah Kay, who have a great collection of, quite frankly, incomprehensibly beautiful pieces of work. … Continue reading Project V.O.I.C.E and The Power of the Spoken Word

÷ – Ed Sheeran | Album Review

It's quite an interesting experience listening to this album, not just in terms of its quality, but because of it's appeal. It seems to provide two types of intention to it's tone and musicality: formulaic and poppy and also raw and nostalgic. Which is a strange and obviously dichotomous partnership on paper but seems to … Continue reading ÷ – Ed Sheeran | Album Review

‘Gang Signs and Prayer’ is An Important Player In The Rise of Grime | Album Review

Stormzy's newly released 'Gang Signs and Prayer' is effectively the greatest "Fuck You" to any grime doubters, or any that refuse to accept it as a valid genre. Even though the album merges, rather well, other genres like Gospel and old style R&B, the core and essence is still unashamedly grime. So, as a result … Continue reading ‘Gang Signs and Prayer’ is An Important Player In The Rise of Grime | Album Review

How To Be A ‘Creative’ And Deal With Mental Illness

When you're a creative type of person and you take the decision to pursue a career in one of the many creative sectors, especially those heavily public ones, many will agree that the chances of you suffering some form of mental illness are quite high. That is not to defer anyone from following their dreams, … Continue reading How To Be A ‘Creative’ And Deal With Mental Illness

All These Countless Nights – Deaf Havana | An Album Review

Deaf Havana have always been, for me, one of those bands that accompanied my teenage British countryside years. What I mean by that is that their music has seemed to relate to me, one way or another, because the tone often seemed to strike a note with me. As if their music had that naked stripped … Continue reading All These Countless Nights – Deaf Havana | An Album Review