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26. Blackstone’s Statutes 2016-2017: key legislation

There are two sets of EU legislation which have had and might continue to have a very positive impact of the lives and rights of UK citizens who travel abroad. I’m not talking about those UK citizens who have taken advantage of the rights of free movement to live and work in another part of the EU, but those who travel temporarily be it on holiday, visiting family or on business.

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27. 2016: the year of Zika

Zika virus (ZIKV), an arbovirus transmitted by mosquitoes of the Aedes genus, was first isolated in 1947 in the Zika forest of Uganda from a sentinel monkey. It has always been considered a minor pathogen. From its discovery until 2007 only 14 sporadic cases – all from Africa and Southeast Asia – had been detected. In 2007, however, a major outbreak occurred in Yap Island, Micronesia, with 73% of residents being infected.

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28. Designer nature: mosquitoes first and then what?

We’re told that we can insert a gene to confer sterility and this trait would race like wildfire through Aedes aegypti. Why this species? Because it’s the vector of the Zika virus—along with the dengue and yellow fever viruses. The problem is that A. aegypti isn’t the only culprit. It’s just one of a dozen or more bloodsuckers that will also have to be wiped out. After we’ve driven these species to extinction, we’ll presumably move on to the Anopheles species that transmit malaria.

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29. Why Christmas should matter to us whether we are ‘religious’ or not

There are many aspects of Christmas that, on reflection, make little sense. We are supposed to be secular-minded, rational and grown up in the way we apprehend the world around us. Richard Dawkins speaks for many when he draws a distinction between the ‘truth’ of scientific discourse and the ‘falsehoods’ perpetuated by religion which, as he tells us in The God Delusion, “teaches us that it is a virtue to be satisfied with not understanding” (Dawkins 2006).

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30. Certain Songs #627: Hoodoo Gurus – “Down On Me”

hoodoo gurus in blue cave Album: In Blue Cave
Year: 1996

The year is 1996. I’ve moved to Oakland, and I’m doing what I did at least twice a month on Saturday mornings: digging through the recent additions in Amoeba Music’s used CD section.

It was one of my rituals: driving into Berkeley first thing on Saturday morning, standing in trade-in line with CDs that had run the gamut of usefulness in order to get some store credit to offset the a bit too much I was going to spend on music that day.

And I come across a promo CD with no cover, but stamped on the light blue label is “Hoodoo Gurus In Blue Cave.” I don’t think I knew they had a new album coming out, but since that was 20 years ago, who remembers? And despite the fact that I hadn’t like either of their previous two records, I figured it was worth the five or six bucks to check it out.

And I’m eternally glad I did.

Because In Blue Cave was a pretty fucking great comeback, an eternal reminder of just how well-schooled the Hoodoo Gurus were in the basic rock ‘n’ roll that I’ll always love, and coupled with a bunch of great Dave Faulkner songs, it was irresistible.

My favorite song on the album was “Down on Me,” which featured everything you could want in a Hoodoo Gurus song: a tough-as-nails central riff, call-and-response chorus, and more than one killer Brad Shepherd guitar solo.

And the darkly sardonic lyrics were just a bonus.

Ain’t it always the way
How people treat you today
Fuck you over and say,
“Now go and have a real nice day!”

They must be
(Down on me!)
Can’t you see
(Down on me!)
I don’t need them
(Down on me!)
Let me breathe, stop drowning me

It goes without saying that yelling “down on me!” along with the Gurus is the point of the song, and it’s an extra nice that in the verse about turning to drugs has a tongue-in-cheek phase shift effect even as Faulkner is listing all of the drugs that aren’t helping.

Also fun, and pretty much apropos of nothing given that it was 1996: when Faulkner ends the song by yelling “MTV, go down on me!!!”

“Down on Me”

“Down on Me” performed live

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31. R.J.P. Williams and the advantages of thinking like a chemist

Powell’s City of Books occupies 1.6 acres of retail floor space in downtown Portland, Oregon and is one of my favorite places in the world. My first time there, I searched out the chemistry shelves–and was slightly disappointed. I counted two cases of chemistry books sandwiched between biology and physics, which had eight cases each.

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32. A Copernican eye-opener

Approximately 500 years ago a Polish lawyer, medical doctor, and churchman got a radical idea: that the earth was not fixed solidly in the middle of all space, but was spinning at a thousand miles per hour at its equator and was speeding around the sun at a dizzying rate. Unbelievable, critics said. If that were true, at the equator people would be spun off into space. And it would be much harder to walk west than east.

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33. Certain Songs #623: Hoodoo Gurus – “Party Machine”

Hoodoo Gurus-Blow_Your_Cool Album: Blow Your Cool!
Year: 1987

Here’s a rule: if you’re going to have the temerity to name a song “Party Machine,” then it damn well better sound like one hell of a party.

Luckily, that’s a rule that the Hoodoo Gurus knew quite well, and so “Party Machine” ends Blow Your Cool! with an utterly raucous blast of full-on good timey energy.

Kicking off with nothing but Mark Kingsmill’s overly reverbed kick and snare drums, “Party Machine” pretty much starts in fourth gear, with Dave Faulkner pointing out that it’s Friday night and he’s getting to rev up the Gurumobile.

Because of course the Hoodoo Gurus have a Gurumobile. How else are they going to get the The Bangles to the party and sing backing vocals.

Oh, and just for the sheer fuck of it, they lift the guitar riff from “Gloria” for the chorus, because did I mention that this was a party, where everybody is singing and clapping their hands and somebody is playing bongos and somebody else is blowing a harmonica, because why not!

In the end, there’s a rave-up, as Faulkner and the rest of the Gurus and the Bangles (and I think half of the Dream Syndicate) are all screaming back and forth with each other.

I say, where have you been?
Where have you been?
(ON THE PARTY MACHINE!)
(ON THE PARTY MACHINE!)
I say, what did you see?
What did you see?
(EVERYTHING!) Uh-huh
(EVERYTHING!) Uh-huh
(EVERYTHING!) Oh yeah
(EVERYTHING!) Say more
(EVERYTHING!) And more
(EVERYTHING!) And more
(EVERYTHING!) And more
(EVERYTHING!) And more

And at this point the song just starts speeding out of control until it finally crashes into a wall. On one hand, of course, it’s all very silly, but on a much more important hand it reminds me that some of the best times I’ll ever have with music involve just pure and utter release, and “Party Machine” absolutely invokes that.

“Party Machine”

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34. Certain Songs #627: Hoodoo Gurus – “Down On Me”

hoodoo gurus in blue cave Album: In Blue Cave
Year: 1996

The year is 1996. I’ve moved to Oakland, and I’m doing what I did at least twice a month on Saturday mornings: digging through the recent additions in Amoeba Music’s used CD section.

It was one of my rituals: driving into Berkeley first thing on Saturday morning, standing in trade-in line with CDs that had run the gamut of usefulness in order to get some store credit to offset the a bit too much I was going to spend on music that day.

And I come across a promo CD with no cover, but stamped on the light blue label is “Hoodoo Gurus In Blue Cave.” I don’t think I knew they had a new album coming out, but since that was 20 years ago, who remembers? And despite the fact that I hadn’t like either of their previous two records, I figured it was worth the five or six bucks to check it out.

And I’m eternally glad I did.

Because In Blue Cave was a pretty fucking great comeback, an eternal reminder of just how well-schooled the Hoodoo Gurus were in the basic rock ‘n’ roll that I’ll always love, and coupled with a bunch of great Dave Faulkner songs, it was irresistible.

My favorite song on the album was “Down on Me,” which featured everything you could want in a Hoodoo Gurus song: a tough-as-nails central riff, call-and-response chorus, and more than one killer Brad Shepherd guitar solo.

And the darkly sardonic lyrics were just a bonus.

Ain’t it always the way
How people treat you today
Fuck you over and say,
“Now go and have a real nice day!”

They must be
(Down on me!)
Can’t you see
(Down on me!)
I don’t need them
(Down on me!)
Let me breathe, stop drowning me

It goes without saying that yelling “down on me!” along with the Gurus is the point of the song, and it’s an extra nice that in the verse about turning to drugs has a tongue-in-cheek phase shift effect even as Faulkner is listing all of the drugs that aren’t helping.

Also fun, and pretty much apropos of nothing given that it was 1996: when Faulkner ends the song by yelling “MTV, go down on me!!!”

“Down on Me”

“Down on Me” performed live

Every Certain Song Ever
A filterable, searchable & sortable database with links to every “Certain Song” post I’ve ever written.

Check it out!

Certain Songs Spotify playlist
(It’s recommended that you listen to this on Spotify as their embed only has 200 songs.)

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Go to my Patreon page

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35. A curve in the road to a “Drug-Free America”

Virtually every American over 35 who had access to a television set in the waning years of the Reagan Administration is familiar with the PDFA’s handiwork. The frying pan with a sizzling egg stand-in for “your brain on drugs.” The stern, middle-aged father confronting his son over the boy’s pot stash, only to be told, “I learned it by watching you!”

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36. Video didn’t kill the radio star – she’s hosting a podcast

Podcasters P.J. Vogt, host of Reply All, and Starlee Kine, host of Mystery Show, addressed sold-out sessions at the Sydney Writers' Festival last month, riding the wave of popularity engendered by Serial, the 2014 US true crime podcast series whose 100 million downloads galvanised the audio storytelling world.

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37. Why did the Oxford University Press staff member cross the road?

In order to celebrate National Tell a Joke Day, I asked fellow Oxford University Press staff members to tell me their favourite joke(s). Some of these jokes will make you guffaw and some will make you groan but hopefully all of them will make you smile. The jokes below range from the strange to the downright silly.

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38. Years of education may protect against dementia

Attaining a higher level of education is considered to be important in order to keep up good cognitive functioning in old age. Moreover, higher education also seems to decrease the risk to develop dementia. This is of high relevance in so far that dementia is a terminal disease characterized by a long degenerative progression with severe impairments in daily functioning. Despite a great amount of research emphasizing the relevance of education, it is not entirely clear how education protects cognitive functioning in old age and how much education is possibly ‘enough’.

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39. Breath: the gateway to expressivity in movement

In many forms of dance the breath support for movement is not an integral part of training. It is not perceived to be important in the same manner that stretching, strengthening, and balance warrant focus. Little coaching and training time addresses breath support in most Western dance forms. We propose breath support is at the heart of expressivity and artistry in movement phrasing.

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40. How much do you know about the origins of the Olympics? [quiz]

Since the very beginning of the games at Olympia, the event has served to strengthen unity, bring peace, and celebrate individuals for achieving greatness after endless hours of hard work. The Olympics have always been a source of inspiration and a connection to our own humanity.

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41. Certain Songs #624: Hoodoo Gurus – “Come Anytime”

hoodoo gurus come anytime Album: Magnum Cum Louder
Year: 1989

After the massive utterly 1980s sound of Blow Your Cool! didn’t raise their profile one whit in America, the Hoodoo Gurus retrenched a bit, changed record labels, and followed it with the more restrained Magnum Cum Louder.

Of course, that “restrained” is relative, but at least the drums sounded like drums again, and the spaces between the acoustic guitars and electric guitars were more defined.

And Magnum Cum Louder sported their only #1 U.S. Modern Rock song (for whatever that’s worth), the pure pop “Come Anytime.”

A love song about sex, or a sex song about love, “Come Anytime” featured a prominent acoustic guitar riff dueling with an electric guitar hook, and featured what was a new instrument for the Gurus, an organ floating throughout.

And, of course, one of their trademarks, the call-and-response chorus:

Come anytime
(Come anytime)
I won’t give you pressure
Come anytime
(Come anytime)
I can wait forever
And if you can’t make up your mind
We could make it up together

Featuring a clever arrangement that has the song start over when the chorus ends, more velocity than you might expect, and an invocation of The Handclap Rule near the end, “Come Anytime” was no less of a power-pop classic than “I Want You Back” or “Bittersweet.”

Or at least that’s how I see it now: I’m not sure I appreciated “Come Anytime” as much in 1989 as I do now. Maybe because I was taking their excellence for granted at the time, as opposed to reveling in it.

Official video for “Come Anytime”

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42. As black as what?

All words, especially kl-words, and no play will make anyone dull. The origin of popular sayings is an amusing area of linguistics, but, unlike the origin of words, it presupposes no technical knowledge. No grammar, no phonetics, no nothin’: just sit back and relax, as they say to those who fly overseas first class. So here is another timeout.

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43. Ben-Hur: tracing the iconic novel and films through history

The latest film adaptation of the story of fictional Jewish noble Judah Ben-Hur is premiering in theaters today. You’ve probably seen the 1959 film version starring Charlton Heston, but do you know about the story’s rich history and impact over the last 136 years?

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44. Bloody Olympics: Rio, 2016, and the history of illegal blood doping

Sport has long had a fascination with blood. The blood of the Roman gladiators, mopped by a sponge from the arena, fed a profitable business; perhaps the athlete’s ultimate commitment to promoting their brand? Today blood is even more relevant to sport.

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45. Is College Radio Relevant?

You take out the scratched up Beatles’ Abbey Road LP from its musty slipcover, cue it onto the turntable, and broadcast it to the small, rural area surrounding your college campus. It’s 5:00 AM, you’re the only one in the booth, and you ask yourself: is anyone listening? Does what I’m doing matter? Little do you know, as you speak into the microphone introducing “Here Comes the Sun” (as the sun is literally rising), you are part of a long history of college radio. But how is college radio relevant today?

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46. What a difference a decade makes in Brazil

Ten years ago Brazil was beginning to enjoy the financial boom from China’s growing appetite for commodities and raw materials. The two countries were a natural fit. Brazil had what Beijing needed – iron ore, beef, soybeans, etc. and China had what Brasilia desperately wanted – foreign exchange to address budget deficits and cost overruns on major infrastructure projects. It was a marriage made in heaven – for four or five years.

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47. Certain Songs #626: Hoodoo Gurus – “Dressed in Black”

Hoodoo gurus kinky Album: Kinky
Year: 1991

After four good-to-great albums in a row, the Hoodoo Gurus finally stumbled with 1991’s Kinky and 1994’s Crank, both of which suffered from songwriting that just wasn’t up to their previous standards.

And when you’re a straight-ahead rock and roll band, and all you are ever going to be is a straight-ahead rock and roll band, you live and die on the strength of your songwriting, and — for the most part, those two records just didn’t have it.

There were exceptions, of course: the wistful life-on-the-road tune “1,000 Miles Away,” the garagey “Form a Circle,” and the punky b-side, “I Think U Know” were definite signs of life. As was Brad Shepherd’s “Dressed in Black,” which is yet another entry in that small Certain Songs department of songs about wearing black clothes.

Featuring a chiming, droning guitar and a psychedelic rhythm section, “Dressed in Black” wore its Beatles influence in both music & lyrics.

You have been hurt, you’re sorry for yourself
Well, there is no argument
So you retreat, hiding your love away
Well, that is no testament
And you could cry yourself a river
I say damn your eyes
You’re not such a tragic figure – realise

I also love how Shepherd pronounces “figure” as “figger” on last verse, and with drummer Mark Kingsmill alternating between psychedelic backbeats and double times on each verse “Dressed in Black” is content just to ride on its groove, not even bothering with a guitar solo.

“Dressed in Black”

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48. Certain Songs #623: Hoodoo Gurus – “Party Machine”

Hoodoo Gurus-Blow_Your_Cool Album: Blow Your Cool!
Year: 1987

Here’s a rule: if you’re going to have the temerity to name a song “Party Machine,” then it damn well better sound like one hell of a party.

Luckily, that’s a rule that the Hoodoo Gurus knew quite well, and so “Party Machine” ends Blow Your Cool! with an utterly raucous blast of full-on good timey energy.

Kicking off with nothing but Mark Kingsmill’s overly reverbed kick and snare drums, “Party Machine” pretty much starts in fourth gear, with Dave Faulkner pointing out that it’s Friday night and he’s getting to rev up the Gurumobile.

Because of course the Hoodoo Gurus have a Gurumobile. How else are they going to get the The Bangles to the party and sing backing vocals.

Oh, and just for the sheer fuck of it, they lift the guitar riff from “Gloria” for the chorus, because did I mention that this was a party, where everybody is singing and clapping their hands and somebody is playing bongos and somebody else is blowing a harmonica, because why not!

In the end, there’s a rave-up, as Faulkner and the rest of the Gurus and the Bangles (and I think half of the Dream Syndicate) are all screaming back and forth with each other.

I say, where have you been?
Where have you been?
(ON THE PARTY MACHINE!)
(ON THE PARTY MACHINE!)
I say, what did you see?
What did you see?
(EVERYTHING!) Uh-huh
(EVERYTHING!) Uh-huh
(EVERYTHING!) Oh yeah
(EVERYTHING!) Say more
(EVERYTHING!) And more
(EVERYTHING!) And more
(EVERYTHING!) And more
(EVERYTHING!) And more

And at this point the song just starts speeding out of control until it finally crashes into a wall. On one hand, of course, it’s all very silly, but on a much more important hand it reminds me that some of the best times I’ll ever have with music involve just pure and utter release, and “Party Machine” absolutely invokes that.

“Party Machine”

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49. Certain Songs #625: Hoodoo Gurus – “Shadow Me”

hoodoos magnum Album: Magnum Cum Louder
Year: 1989

I don’t know. While the vast majority of the songs I write about were singles, or at least major album tracks, occasionally I hit upon a song that was neither, and yet speaks so deeply to me that I can’t help but write about it.

Like “Shadow Me,” which is on the list of Prettiest Songs Ever Recorded, Hoodoo Gurus Division, and yet is a song that I expect to get little to no reaction when I post it. But I don’t even care: except for the utterly god-like “Bittersweet,” it’s my favorite Hoodoo Gurus song, and pretty much always has been.

Opening with an electric guitar lick falling from the heavens like a warm healing rain, “Shadow Me” is a straight-out unabashed love song from the get go.

I was counting on you being there,
Hoping you would shield me from the glare
Shadow me, shadow me, shadow me
I have lived in shadows all my life

Featuring what is probably a Hammond organ, and Brad Shephard’s gorgeous feedback-drenched guitar weaving in and out, “Shadow Me” features ghostly backing vocals supporting Dave Faulkner.

(Shaaadowwwww)
Shadow me
(Shaaaadowwww)
Shadow me
(Shaaaadowwww)
Shadow me
I have lived in shadows all my life

And while it plays like a ballad, it’s a mid-tempo rocker that builds and builds but never actually explode. Rather, “Shadow Me” is content to let us swim in its overwhelming beauty, letting Dave Faulkner sing about ancient mariners as the guitars fall like rain, the vocals whisper magic and all I can do is melt.

“Shadow Me”

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50. 10 things you didn’t know about Brazil’s economy

By the end of the twentieth century, Brazil had ranked as one of the the ten largest economies in the world, but also being that with the fifth largest population, it is facing many obstacles in economic growth. With the 2016 Rio Olympics now upon us, we’ve collated 10 interesting facts about Brazil’s economy from colonial times to the modern day.

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