Mark James Patrick Kermode is an English film critic and musician. He is the chief film critic for The Observer, contributes to the magazine Sight & Sound, co-presents the BBC Radio 5 Live show Kermode and Mayo's Film Review, co-presented the BBC Two arts programme The Culture Show. Kermode is a member of the British Academy of Television Arts. Kermode is a founding member of the skiffle band the Dodge Brothers. In January 2019, it was announced that Kermode would be presenting a movie soundtrack themed show on Bauer Media Group's new classical radio station, Scala Radio. Kermode was born in Hertfordshire, he was educated at The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, an independent boys' school in Elstree, Hertfordshire, a few years ahead of comedians Sacha Baron Cohen and David Baddiel and in the same year as actor Jason Isaacs. He was raised as a Methodist, became a member of the Church of England, his parents divorced when he was in his early 20s and he subsequently changed his surname to his mother's maiden name by deed poll.
He earned his PhD in English at the University of Manchester in 1991, writing a thesis on horror fiction. Kermode began his film career as a print journalist, writing for Manchester's City Life, Time Out and the NME in London, he has written for The Independent, Empire, Flicks and Neon. Kermode began working as a film reviewer for BBC Radio 1 in 1993, on a regular Thursday night slot called Cult Film Corner on Mark Radcliffe's Graveyard Shift session, he moved to Simon Mayo's BBC Radio 1 morning show. He hosted a movie review show with Mary Anne Hobbs on Radio 1 on Tuesday nights called Cling Film. Between February 1992 and October 1993, he was the resident film reviewer on BBC Radio 5's Morning Edition with Danny Baker. Since 2001, Kermode has reviewed and debates new film releases with Mayo on the BBC Radio 5 Live show Kermode and Mayo's Film Review; the programme won Gold in the Speech Award category at the 2009 Sony Radio Academy Awards on 11 May 2009. Kermode is a visiting fellow at the University of Southampton.
He has contributed to Fangoria magazine, worked on film-related documentaries like The Fear of God. Until September 2005, Kermode reviewed films each week for the New Statesman. Since 2009 Kermode has written "Mark Kermode's DVD round-up" for The Observer, a weekly review of the latest releases, he sometimes writes for the British Film Institute's Sight and Sound magazine. Kermode is a film critic and presenter for Film4 and Channel 4, presenting the weekly Extreme Cinema strand, he writes and presents documentaries for Channel 4, co-presents The Film Review with Gavin Esler, for BBC News at Five. As a host of BBC Two's The Culture Show, Kermode presents an annual "Kermode Awards" episode which presents statuettes to actors and directors not nominated for Academy Awards that year. Kermode is sometimes critical of the British Board of Film Classification, the censor for film in the UK, calling for horror films from abroad to be shown in their uncut versions. However, in recent years, he has stated on numerous occasions that the BBFC do a good job in an impossible situation and expressed his approval of their decisions.
In a 2012 Sight & Sound poll of cinema's greatest films, Kermode indicated his ten favourites, a list published in order of preference in his book Hatchet Job, as The Exorcist, A Matter of Life and Death, The Devils, It's a Wonderful Life, Don't Look Now, Pan's Labyrinth, Mary Poppins, Eyes Without a Face and The Seventh Seal. He cites his favourite directors as Terry Gilliam and Ken Russell. In September 2013, Kermode became the chief film critic for The Observer. In February 2010, Random House released his autobiography, It's Only a Movie, which he describes as being "inspired by real events", its publication was accompanied by a UK tour. In September 2011 he released a follow-up book entitled The Good, the Bad and the Multiplex, in which he puts forth his opinion on the good and bad of modern films, vehemently criticizes the modern multiplex experience and the 3D film craze that had grown in the years preceding the book's publication. In 2013 Picador published "Hatchet Job: Love Movies, Hate Critics" in which he examines the need for professional "traditional" film critics in a culture of increasing online bloggers and amateur critics.
In 2017, he collaborated with his idol William Friedkin on the feature documentary The Devil and Father Amorth, as a writer. The film had its first showing at the Venice Film Festival on 31 August 2017. Kermode has been a regular presenter on BBC Two's The Culture Show, he has appeared on Newsnight Review. It was during a 2006 interview with Kermode for The Culture Show in Los Angeles that Werner Herzog was shot by an air rifle. Herzog appeared unflustered stating "It was not a significant bullet. I am not afraid". On 19 May 2007 he was featured on the show playing with his skiffle band, The Dodge Brothers, in which he plays the double bass. Kermode co-hosted an early 1990s afternoon magazine show on BBC Radio 5 called A Game of Two Halves alongside former Blue Peter presenter Caron Keating. Kermode appeared in a cameo role as himself in the revival of the BBC's Absolutely Fabulous on 1 January 2012. In April 2008, Kermode started a twice-weekly video blog hosted on the BBC website, in which he discussed films and recounts anecdotes.
He retired the podcast for its 10th anniversary at the close of 2018, with special episodes on his most and least favourite movies of the previous decade. Kermode has recorded DVD
Sunday Mail (Scotland)
The Sunday Mail is a Scottish tabloid newspaper published every Sunday. It is owned by Trinity Mirror; the newspaper places a strong emphasis on family values and it is well known for its campaigning journalism and hard-hitting investigations. In September 1999, when Editor Jim Cassidy was sacked, the paper's circulation was 767,000, its nearest rival was the Scottish edition of the News of the World which sold around 350,000 copies at that time. As of December 2016, the Sunday Mail had a circulation of 172,513; this decreased to 166,195 as of February 2017, 159,880 as of April 2017 and 152,892 as of July 2017. It should not be confused with The Mail on Sunday. 1973: Clive Sandground 1981: Endell Laird 1988: Noel Young 1991: Jim Cassidy 1999: Peter Cox 2000: Allan Rennie 2009: Jim Wilson 2016: Brendan McGinty 2019: Allan Bryce Derek Alexander Norman Silvester Craig McDonald John Ferguson Julie-Anne Barnes Heather Greenaway Marion Scott Charles Lavery Andrew Gold Angus McLeod Russell Findlay Brian Lironi John Nairn Bill Aitken Alex Scotland Steve Dinneen Jamie Livingstone Noreen Barr Andy Sannholm Suzie Cormack Victoria Raimes Archie McKayGavin Goodwin Nick Hunter John Finlayson Elaine C. Smith Gerry Hassan Gary Keown Scott Robinson Melanie Reid List of newspapers in Scotland Sunday Mail homepage
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and one of its 32 council areas. Part of the county of Midlothian, it is located in Lothian on the Firth of Forth's southern shore. Recognised as the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, Edinburgh is the seat of the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and the supreme courts of Scotland; the city's Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the monarch in Scotland. The city has long been a centre of education in the fields of medicine, Scots law, philosophy, the sciences and engineering, it is the second largest financial centre in the United Kingdom and the city's historical and cultural attractions have made it the United Kingdom's second most popular tourist destination, attracting over one million overseas visitors each year. Edinburgh is Scotland's second most populous city and the seventh most populous in the United Kingdom; the official population estimates are 488,050 for the Locality of Edinburgh, 513,210 for the City of Edinburgh, 1,339,380 for the city region.
Edinburgh lies at the heart of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland city region comprising East Lothian, Fife, Scottish Borders and West Lothian. The city is the annual venue of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, it is home to national institutions such as the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery. The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582 and now one of four in the city, is placed 18th in the QS World University Rankings for 2019; the city is famous for the Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe, the latter being the world's largest annual international arts festival. Historic sites in Edinburgh include Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the churches of St. Giles and the Canongate, the extensive Georgian New Town, built in the 18th/19th centuries. Edinburgh's Old Town and New Town together are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, managed by Edinburgh World Heritage since 1999. "Edin", the root of the city's name, derives from Eidyn, the name for this region in Cumbric, the Brittonic Celtic language spoken there.
The name's meaning is unknown. The district of Eidyn centred on the dun or hillfort of Eidyn; this stronghold is believed to have been located at Castle Rock, now the site of Edinburgh Castle. Eidyn was conquered by the Angles of Bernicia in the 7th century and by the Scots in the 10th century; as the language shifted to Old English, subsequently to modern English and Scots, The Brittonic din in Din Eidyn was replaced by burh, producing Edinburgh. Din became dùn in Scottish Gaelic, producing Dùn Èideann; the city is affectionately nicknamed Auld Reekie, Scots for Old Smoky, for the views from the country of the smoke-covered Old Town. Allan Ramsay said. A name the country people give Edinburgh from the cloud of smoke or reek, always impending over it."Thomas Carlyle said, "Smoke cloud hangs over old Edinburgh,—for since Aeneas Silvius's time and earlier, the people have the art strange to Aeneas, of burning a certain sort of black stones, Edinburgh with its chimneys is called'Auld Reekie' by the country people."A character in Walter Scott's The Abbot says "... yonder stands Auld Reekie--you may see the smoke hover over her at twenty miles' distance."Robert Chambers who said that the sobriquet could not be traced before the reign of Charles II attributed the name to a Fife laird, Durham of Largo, who regulated the bedtime of his children by the smoke rising above Edinburgh from the fires of the tenements.
"It's time now bairns, to tak' the beuks, gang to our beds, for yonder's Auld Reekie, I see, putting on her nicht -cap!"Some have called Edinburgh the Athens of the North for a variety of reasons. The earliest comparison between the two cities showed that they had a similar topography, with the Castle Rock of Edinburgh performing a similar role to the Athenian Acropolis. Both of them had fertile agricultural land sloping down to a port several miles away. Although this arrangement is common in Southern Europe, it is rare in Northern Europe; the 18th-century intellectual life, referred to as the Scottish Enlightenment, was a key influence in gaining the name. Such luminaries as David Hume and Adam Smith shone during this period. Having lost most of its political importance after the Union, some hoped that Edinburgh could gain a similar influence on London as Athens had on Rome. A contributing factor was the neoclassical architecture that of William Henry Playfair, the National Monument. Tom Stoppard's character Archie, of Jumpers, said playing on Reykjavík meaning "smoky bay", that the "Reykjavík of the South" would be more appropriate.
The city has been known by several Latin names, such as Aneda or Edina. The adjectival form of the latter, can be seen inscribed on educational buildings; the Scots poets Robert Fergusson and Robert Burns used Edina in their poems. Ben Jonson described it as "Britaine's other eye", Sir Walter Scott referred to it as "yon Empress of the North". Robert Louis Stevenson a son of the city, wrote, "Edinburgh is what Paris ought to be"; the colloquial pronunciation "Embra" or "Embro" has been used, as in Robert Garioch's Embro to the Ploy. The earliest known human habitation in the Edinburgh area was at Cramond, where evidence was found of a Mesolithi
Christopher Emmanuel Paul is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. He has won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, an NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award, two Olympic gold medals, led the NBA in assists four times and steals six times, he has been selected to nine NBA All-Star teams, eight All-NBA teams, nine NBA All-Defensive teams. Paul was a McDonald's All-American in high school, he attended Wake Forest University for two years of college basketball, where he helped the Demon Deacons achieve their first-ever number one ranking. He was selected fourth overall in the 2005 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets, where he developed into one of the league's premier players, finishing second in NBA Most Valuable Player Award voting in 2008. During the 2011 off-season, Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, only for the transaction to be controversially voided by the NBA; that summer, he was dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers instead.
Behind Paul's playmaking, the Clippers developed a reputation for their fast-paced offense and spectacular alley-oop dunks, earning them the nickname "Lob City". In 2017, he was traded to the Houston Rockets, helped the team win a franchise-record 65 games in his debut season. Off the court, Paul has served as the National Basketball Players Association president since August 2013. One of the highest-paid athletes in the world, he holds endorsement deals with companies such as Nike and State Farm. Paul was born on May 6, 1985, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Charles Edward Paul and Robin Jones, he has an older brother named Charles "C. J." Paul. A former athlete himself, Charles Sr. taught his sons basketball and football and coached them in various youth leagues throughout their childhoods. Growing up, the Paul brothers spent their summers working at a service station owned by their grandfather Nathanial Jones, to whom Paul attributes many life lessons, describes as his "best friend". One of Paul's uncles is a police officer.
Paul attended West Forsyth High School in North Carolina. During his freshman and sophomore seasons, he played on the junior varsity team. For his junior year, he averaged 25 points, 5.3 assists, 4.4 steals per game, helping West Forsyth reach the state semifinals. Over the ensuing summer, he led the Winston-Salem-based Kappa Magic to the National U-17 AAU title, earning tournament MVP honors in the process. During his senior season, Paul received national attention for scoring 61 points in a game. Paul finished the season with averages of 30.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 9.5 assists, 6 steals per game, leading West Forsyth to a 27–3 record and the Class 4A Eastern Regional finals. He was named a McDonald's All-American, first-team Parade All-American, North Carolina's Mr. Basketball by The Charlotte Observer; as a freshman at Wake Forest University, Paul averaged 14.8 points, 5.9 assists, 2.7 steals per game, setting school freshman records for three-point percentage, free throws, free throw percentage and steals in the process.
Behind his play, the Demon Deacons qualified for the NCAA Tournament, losing in the Sweet Sixteen to St. Joseph's. At the conclusion of the season, Paul was named ACC Rookie of the Year and Third Team All-ACC. For two weeks early in Paul's sophomore season, Wake Forest was ranked number one in the nation for the first time in school history. In the final game of the year, Paul punched NC State guard Julius Hodge in the groin and received a one-game suspension for the ACC Tournament, an incident that marred Paul's image for a short time; the Demon Deacons again qualified for the NCAA Tournament but suffered a second round upset at the hands of West Virginia. With final averages of 15.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 2.4 steals per game, Paul was named First Team Consensus All-America, with a 3.21 grade point average, he was named to ESPN's Academic All-America Team. On April 15, 2005, he announced he would be turning professional. On March 2, 2011, Wake Forest retired his jersey. Paul was selected fourth overall in the 2005 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets.
Due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, the Hornets played most of their games in Oklahoma City in his first two seasons with the Hornets. Paul finished the season leading all rookies in points, assists and double-doubles, became only the second rookie in NBA history to lead the league in total steals. With final averages of 16.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 7.8 assists, 2.2 steals per game, he was named NBA Rookie of the Year, falling just one vote shy of winning the award unanimously. The only other rookie to receive a first place vote was Deron Williams, with whom Paul enjoyed a brief rivalry early in their careers. At the 2007 All-Star Weekend, Paul set new Rookie Challenge records with 9 steals. For his sophomore season, he increased his scoring and passing averages to 17.3 points and 8.9 assists per game, but played in only 64 games due to injury. Paul was selected to his first NBA All-Star Game in 2007–08, playing in front of his home fans in New Orleans. Behind his leadership, the Hornets were near the top of the Western Conference standings all year, temporarily occupying first place on March 17 following a win against the Chicago Bulls.
New Orleans finished the season with the second seed in the West. Paul led the NBA with 11.6 assists and 2.7 steals per game to go along with 21.1 points per game, finishing second in NBA Most Valuable Player Award voting and being named to his first All-NBA and All-Defensive teams. In his playoff debut, he s
The New Day (newspaper)
The New Day was a British compact daily newspaper published by Trinity Mirror, launched on 29 February 2016. It was aimed at a middle-aged female audience, was politically neutral; the editor, Alison Phillips, intended readers to get through the newspaper in under 30 minutes. The first edition was distributed as two million free copies, the target for regular circulation was 200,000. After a drop in purchases to just 30,000 copies per day, it was announced on 4 May that the last edition would be published two days just two months after its launch; the New Day was owned by Trinity Mirror, which owns the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror, Sunday People. It was first published for free on Monday 29 February 2016, as the first new British national daily newspaper since the i in 2010, the first new standalone title since The Independent in 1986; the newspaper, 40 pages long, was aimed at a female audience between 35 and 55. It was edited by Alison Phillips, who had held the same position at the Sunday Mirror and Sunday People.
It was published by a staff of 25, most of whom were on short-term contracts or borrowed from the publishers' other titles. There were "six" columnists; the paper had no affiliation with any political party, unlike many British papers, was aimed at people who bought no other daily newspaper. It established an online presence through social media as opposed to a website. Trinity Mirror chief executive Simon Fox said the paper filled "a gap in the market for a daily newspaper designed to co-exist in a digital age". Fox said that the number of people buying a daily newspaper had been declining by 500,000 a year, those readers could be tempted to consider The New Day. Phillips eschewed traditional newspaper structures, saying the team had "started with a blank piece of paper" and a typical reader should be able to digest the entire content within 30 minutes, she aimed to differentiate the newspaper from its right-wing competitors the Daily Mail and Daily Express, saying "We are speaking to modern families in the language they use and with the positivity about what they feel in their lives", claimed that research favours balanced opinion.
A press release issued by the publishers of The New Day stated that the paper would "...report with an upbeat, optimistic approach and will be politically neutral". A report in The Guardian suggested the paper could attract readers away from the Express. In Scotland, The New Day was only sold in Edinburgh. Fox believed that a separate Scottish staff would have been needed for it to be sold across Scotland, because it would have been dismissed as "too English" due to the differences in government policy between the two countries. Trinity Mirror had a decline in revenue and profit in 2015, it was hoped that the new title would reverse that, its first edition was distributed as two million free copies. Sales figures were to be kept secret, until April's figures would be published by the Audit Bureau of Circulations. After a two-week period costing 25p, the regular price was to rise to 50p, but the date of the rise was postponed eventually rising to 50p on Thursday 17 March 2016. Fox aimed to have a regular circulation of 200,000.
A further Guardian report on 20 March suggested the paper may only have been selling 90,000 copies per day. Reports revealed that its circulation had been between 30,000 and 40,000. On 4 May 2016, within 10 weeks of its launch, it was announced that the final edition of The New Day would be published on 6 May. A Trinity Mirror spokeswoman would not comment on claims that it was running at an annual loss of £1 million. Roy Greenslade explained in The Guardian, he pinpointed the error of marketing a newspaper to people who dislike newspapers, the short interval between the announcement and launch, which left insufficient time to advertise the product. On a practical basis, it was published early in the evening because it shared presses with the Daily Mirror, thus it missed out on late-night breaking news such as Leicester City's shock win of the Premier League. Greenslade attributed all of the blame to Fox for green-lighting the idea
Southampton is the largest city in the ceremonial county of Hampshire, England. It is 70 miles south-west of 15 miles west north-west of Portsmouth. Southampton is the closest city to the New Forest, it lies at the northernmost point of Southampton Water at the confluence of the Rivers Test and Itchen, with the River Hamble joining to the south of the urban area. The city, a unitary authority, has an estimated population of 253,651; the city's name is sometimes abbreviated in writing to "So'ton" or "Soton", a resident of Southampton is called a Sotonian. Significant employers in the city include Southampton City Council, the University of Southampton, Solent University, Southampton Airport, Ordnance Survey, BBC South, the NHS, ABP and Carnival UK. Southampton is noted for its association with the RMS Titanic, the Spitfire and more in the World War II narrative as one of the departure points for D-Day, more as the home port of a number of the largest cruise ships in the world. Southampton has retail park, Westquay.
In 2014, the city council approved a neighbouring followup Westquay South which opened in 2016–2017. In the 2001 census Southampton and Portsmouth were recorded as being parts of separate urban areas; this built-up area is part of the metropolitan area known as South Hampshire, known as Solent City in the media when discussing local governance organisational changes. With a population of over 1.5 million this makes the region one of the United Kingdom's most populous metropolitan areas. Archaeological finds suggest. Following the Roman invasion of Britain in AD 43 and the conquering of the local Britons in AD 70 the fortress settlement of Clausentum was established, it was an important trading port and defensive outpost of Winchester, at the site of modern Bitterne Manor. Clausentum is thought to have contained a bath house. Clausentum was not abandoned until around 410; the Anglo-Saxons formed a new, settlement across the Itchen centred on what is now the St Mary's area of the city. The settlement was known as Hamwic, which evolved into Hamtun and Hampton.
Archaeological excavations of this site have uncovered one of the best collections of Saxon artefacts in Europe. It is from this town. Viking raids from 840 onwards contributed to the decline of Hamwic in the 9th century, by the 10th century a fortified settlement, which became medieval Southampton, had been established. Following the Norman Conquest in 1066, Southampton became the major port of transit between the capital of England and Normandy. Southampton Castle was built in the 12th century and surviving remains of 12th-century merchants' houses such as King John's House and Canute's Palace are evidence of the wealth that existed in the town at this time. By the 13th century Southampton had become a leading port involved in the import of French wine in exchange for English cloth and wool; the Franciscan friary in Southampton was founded circa 1233. The friars constructed a water supply system in 1290, which carried water from Conduit Head some 1.1 miles to the site of the friary inside the town walls.
Further remains can be observed at Conduit House on Commercial Road. The friars granted use of the water to the town in 1310; the town was sacked in 1338 by French and Monegasque ships. On visiting Southampton in 1339, Edward III ordered that walls be built to'close the town'; the extensive rebuilding—part of the walls dates from 1175—culminated in the completion of the western walls in 1380. Half of the walls, 13 of the original towers, six gates survive. In 1348, the Black Death reached England via merchant vessels calling at Southampton. Prior to King Henry's departure for the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the ringleaders of the "Southampton Plot"—Richard, Earl of Cambridge, Henry Scrope, 3rd Baron Scrope of Masham, Sir Thomas Grey of Heton—were accused of high treason and tried at what is now the Red Lion public house in the High Street, they were summarily executed outside the Bargate. The city walls include God's House Tower, built in 1417, the first purpose-built artillery fortification in England.
Over the years it has been used as home to the city's gunner, the Town Gaol and as storage for the Southampton Harbour Board. Until September 2011, it housed the Museum of Archaeology; the walls were completed in the 15th century, but development of several new fortifications along Southampton Water and the Solent by Henry VIII meant that Southampton was no longer dependent upon its fortifications. During the Middle Ages, shipbuilding had become an important industry for the town. Henry V's famous warship HMS Grace Dieu was built in Southampton and launched in 1418; the friars passed on ownership of the water supply system itself to the town in 1420. On the other hand, many of the medieval buildings once situated within the town walls are now in ruins or have disappeared altogether. From successive incarnations of the motte and bailey castle, only a section of the bailey wall remains today, lying just off Castle Way; the friary was dissolved in 1538 but its ruins remained until they were swept away in the 1940s.
The port was the point of departure for the Pilgrim Fathers aboard Mayflower in 1620. In 1642, during the English Civil War, a Parliamentary gar
John Robb (musician)
John David Robb is an English music journalist and singer. He runs the Louder Than War website and Louder Than Words monthly music magazine, he has written several books on music and makes media appearances as a music commentator. He is the vocalist in the punk rock band Goldblade and bassist and vocalist in post punk band The Membranes, his sister is Caroline Kende-Robb the boss of CARE in August 2018, before that she was the Executive Director of the Africa Progress Panel, a foundation chaired by Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations. Robb grew up in Anchorsholme, Blackpool, he attended Blackpool Sixth Form College an addition to the Collegiate Grammar School which Robb attended, where after reading about the emerging punk rock scene in the music press in 1976 he was inspired to start his own band. He is a supporter of Blackpool F. C. stating in January 2013, "I was born in Blackpool and supporting your local team is one of those things that gets under your skin for life."
Robb was inspired by the DIY ethic of punk to form The Membranes in 1977, the band releasing several albums in the 1980s. The band split up in 1990 with Robb forming Sensurround. In 1994 he formed Goldblade, who have released albums including 2005's Rebel Songs and 2008's Mutiny and single "City of Christmas Ghosts" featuring Poly Styrene on shared vocals. In 2013 Goldblade released the album The Terror of Modern Life via Overground Records; the Membranes reformed in 2010 appearing at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival at the request of My Bloody Valentine and released the 7" vinyl single'If You Enter The Arena, You Got To Be Prepared To Deal with the Lions' – The single was released on Record Store Day 20 April 2012. Tim Burgess from the Charlatans released their next comeback single,'The Universe Explodes Into A Billion Photons Of Pure White Light' and the band released a new album,'Dark Matter/Dark Energy' in June 2015 on Cherry Red. In 2016 The band played concerts with a 25 piece choir in the UK and Europe and have lined up a remix album called Inner Space/Outer Space with mixes from Manic Street Preachers, Killing Joke, Mark Lanegan, Godflesh and the Makers, Einstürzende Neubauten, Clint Mansell and many others.
Their new album is due for release in May 2019 and features contributions from Chris Packham and the 20 piece BIMM choir in a double album about the beauty and violence of nature. The group believe that'every gig must be an event' and have promoted sell out shows where they explain the universe with scientists from the Higgs Boson project and a sold out gig at the top of Blackpool Tower in August. Robb produced several bands and in the mid-90s two singles by the Leicester three-piece Slinky and US punk band Done Lying Down, as well as Therapy? and Cornershop who he co-managed. Robb has appeared as a pundit on various television programmes including BBC Breakfast, Channel 4's "top 100" shows, BBC's I Love the 60s/70s/80s/90s series and Seven Ages of Rock, he has contributed to BBC 2's The Culture Show as well as several appearances on TV documentaries as well as on Channel 4 news talking about train travel, music piracy and the state of music, on BBC radio commenting on pop culture. He has been a contributor to Sky's The Pop Years and co-produced and presented a ten-part series on the history of punk rock.
He presented a twelve-part guide to the arts in North West England. He is filming a series of interviews for Lush's Gorilla channel with key cultural figures like Stewart Lee Mark Thomas Shaun Ryder Viv Albertine Caroline Lucas Youth and many others https://louderthanwar.com/watch-all-of-john-robbs-lush-interviews/ Gorilla channel. Robb's books include a biography of The Stone Roses, Stone Roses and the Resurrection of British Pop, his new book about post punk is due for release in 2019. The Stone Roses and the Resurrection of British Pop. Ebury Press, 1996. ISBN 978-0-09-187887-0 Noise Bible – Adventures on the Eighties Underground with the Membranes. Thrill City; the Soul Manual. Ultimate; the Charlatans: We Are Rock. Ebury Press. ISBN 978-0-09-186568-9 The Nineties: What The Fuck Was That All About. Ebury Press. ISBN 978-0-09-187135-2 Punk Rock: An Oral History. Ebury Press, 2006. ISBN 978-0-09-190511-8 The North Will Rise Again – Manchester Music City 1976–1996. Aurum Press, 2009. ISBN 978-1-84513-534-8 Death to Trad Rock – The Post-Punk Fanzine Scene 1982–1987.
Cherry Red, 2009. ISBN 978-1-901447-36-1 The Stone Roses and the Resurrection of British Pop: The Reunion Edition. Ebury Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0-091948-58-0 Robb has worked as a journalist for many years, he published his own small town fanzine, Rox which would go on to be nationally distributed, while a member of The Membranes. He wrote for ZigZag in the 1980s, was a regular freelance contributor to Sounds in the late 1980s, as well as writing for Melody Maker, he now writes for The Sunday Times, The Observer, The Guardian, The Independent, several websites, The Big Issue and magazines in Turkey, America and Brazil. While working for Sounds, Robb was the first journalist to interview Nirvana, later coined the word'Britpop'. In 2011 Robb launched an online rock music and pop culture magazine/blog called Louder Than War, focusing on