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The Big Lebowski leads a life of relative inactivity

Get busy doing nothing

We live in a culture that encourages and rewards busyness. Communications continue via social networks 24/7 so that even after the nine to five grind we are often still picking up emails and scrolling through an endless feed of news updates, comedy memes and assorted infotainment. We’re encouraged to believe that there is real moral value in being purposeful and productive invdividuals with a robust work ethic - so that if you’re an over-caffeinated, stressed-out, besuited and well heeled corporate high-flyer with well-toned abs and a hectic schedule of all-day boardroom meetings and conference calls, resulting in a healthy bank balance, then you are thought to be winning on the capitalist hamster wheel of incessant activity we choose to call life. Spending all day slobbing out on the sofa eating donuts or knocking back white Russians in a dressing gown like the Big Lebowksi, or discovering that your real talent is for making up acronyms while staring out the window stuffing gingernuts in your mouth - such aimlessness is frowned upon and occasions shame and disapproval. We lambast those of us who have no sense of urgency, languid lotus-eaters, and meanwhile the red tops daily publicise disapprobation for benefit claimaints’ sedentary lifestyles.

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Teenage kicks turn dark in gripping tale

Teenage kicks turn dark in gripping tale

Set to the soundtrack of David Bowie’s Low and a medley of punk from the likes of the Buzzcocks, The Fall and The Sex Pistols, Belfast journalist Henry McDonald weaves a scabrously funny and ultimately poignant story of male friendship, romance, football hooliganism, sectarian strife and paramilitary activity in 70s and 80s Ulster in his new novel, Two Souls.

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Midge Ure and his Band Electronica

Midge Ure set to take fans back to new romantic era

At the end of the 1970s momentous change was afoot in Britain and the world – in society, politics, fashion and culture – and the musical landscape was also about to change forever. The guitar-driven dominance that had propelled rock and punk throughout the decade was about to end, as synthesizers signalled the sound of the future and video transformed the look of the pop charts. The 1980s were about to explode into life and nothing would be the same again.

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