Music

Radio Kapitał Episode 2 – 22/08/2019

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Here’s the second episode of my mini-series on Protest Songs, on Warsaw’s first socially owned and run radio station, Radio Kapitał. Every second Thursday, at 10pm, you’ll find me on Radio Kapitał – or you’ll find the archive of shows, not long after they broadcast. RADIO KAPITAŁ Episode 2: Neil Milton Listens to… Protest Songs: […]

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Radio Kapitał Episode 1 – 08/08/2019

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While my Radio Kampus radio show is currently on hiatus, waiting Autumn to return, I was recently invited to Warsaw’s first socially owned and run radio station, Radio Kapitał. In the new year, I have plans for the show that will take a bit of organising and devising, so for this year, each month I […]

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Czat Czwórki – Brexit

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On Monday, a friend of mine, Dominika Klimek, asked if I’d be interested in saying a few words about Brexit for the Czat Czwórki program on Radio Czwórka on Polish radio. Of course, I agreed and enjoyed waffling on about the whole mess – though thankfully it was expertly edited so as not to sound […]

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VLMV – Cosmonaut (Neil Milton Remix)

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A couple of years ago, my friends – Pete Lambrou and Ciaran Morahan, known collectively as VLMV – asked me to remix one of the tracks from their debut, self-titled album. The spectacular, beautiful The Lighthouse had been taken and fashioned into this gorgeous thing by Tom Hodge, so I decided on the piano-led “The […]

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The Weans

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Our dog, Bajka, had a wee nip at me earlier tonight because Marta and I were play-fighting on the couch, and the only thing I could think of was…  

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On Running

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Like many an aging, overweight, mid-thirties fellow, I had something of an awakening a few years ago. I woke one day and realised that a great deal of weight I’d lost early in the decade had somehow reappeared, in what felt like, overnight. That, of course, was not the case. A combination of a deleterious […]

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Begin Anywhere

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Today sees the opening, such as it is, of my new website – something of a shop window for whatever I get up to in the next year or two. Somethings come and some things go, and sadly, due to a fundamental misunderstanding of the inner-workings of MySQL, I lost most of my blog posts […]

BFI 100

BFI 100: 84 – Educating Rita (1983)

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There is a defining shot in Lewis Gilbert’s Educating Rita – a film based on Willy Russell’s stage play – that is both visually striking and thematically moving. For reasons I won’t spoil, we find a Chekov book burning in a fire. In a film thematically rich with ideas of freedom, it is a visual allusion to an all too real lack thereof.

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BFI 100: 85 – Brassed Off (1996)

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Now, it’s surprising that I’d not yet seen Mark Herman’s 1996 comedy-drama, Brassed Off; a film telling the story of coal-mine closures in the early 90s – as it does – through the eyes of the Colliery’s brass band. Surprising, because my girlfriend of the time performed in a brass band, playing euphonium, and from memory seemed to love this film. To my shame I dismissed it as a romantic comedy, something it very much is not.