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Anna Calvi: Suddenly catapulted from relative unknown to one of the most well-respected musicians in the business

September 25, 2013

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She’s been compared to Edith Piaf, and her fan base includes Brian Eno and Nick Cave. The New Statesman talks politics, music and feminism with Anna Calvi. written for New Statesman Anna Calvi’s sumptuous self-titled debut saw her catapulted from relative unknown to one of the most respected artists in music. Released in 2011, it […]

Rob Pollard v Woods: “We make money on the road and that’s just the way it is now”

September 25, 2013

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A man, a band, a record label. Rob Pollard talks to Woods’ Jeremy Earl. Woods, Brooklyn’s finest lo-fi folk-rock act, are one of the busiest and hardworking bands around. Jeremy Earl, the singer and guitarist, not only writes and records Woods records, but also runs the Woodsist label, releasing work from a disparate set of […]

Rob Pollard v British Sea Power: “We need a Chavez”

May 16, 2013

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written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman British Sea Power‘s Yan speaks to the New Statesman about music, politics and Grand Designs Australia. British Sea Power remain on the outskirts of British popular culture, despite being one of the most interesting bands of the last decade. Their brand of music defies definite categorisation, and as […]

South London Hardcore: “I think the place is overdue some recognition beyond street crime statistics.”

May 16, 2013

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written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman South London is a fascinating area of England. It has a rich cultural history, and was the birthplace of many iconic people: from David Bowie and Rio Ferdinand, to Ken Livingstone and Daniel Day-Lewis. Despite this, South London is often viewed negatively. Sneered at for its perceived social […]

Peter Hook Interview

December 10, 2012

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written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman – photograph by William Ellis Rob Pollard speaks to the former Joy Division and New Order bassist. Peter Hook was the bass player and founding member of Manchester’s influential post-punk band Joy Division. After the death of their iconic lead singer Ian Curtis, the remaining members went on […]

Wild Beasts Interview

October 23, 2012

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written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman During the middle of the last decade, British indie music had become artistically void. It was incredibly popular and sales were high, but bands were bereft of ideas and their output had become depressingly predictable. Thankfully, that nadir sparked a shift, with a new breed of intelligent, articulate […]

Internship at the New Statesman

September 11, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard In January, I spent a couple of months interning at the New Statesman offices on Fleet Street. As an aspiring writer, it was an offer I could not refuse. The New Statesman is my favourite publication and the chance to go and work with the writers who I had long followed […]

John Pilger in the Literary Arena, Latitude Festival

July 27, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for Festival Republic John Pilger is a highly respected political journalist who has twice been named Journalist of the Year. Through his writing and film-making, he has continually challenged common opinion and offered an alternative to the increasingly narrow media narrative. Born in Australia but based in the UK, he is […]

1 in 3 directors think risk of recession is “high or very high”

February 23, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for New Statesman New data released by IoD reveals many of Britain’s top bosses fear double-dip. A third of Britain’s top businesses fear there is a “high or very high” risk of a double-dip recession this year, according to data published this morning. The Institute of Directors (IoD) have released results […]

Strong UK high street sales surprise analysts

February 20, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for New Statesman ONS data shows retail sales have increased at fastest rate since April 2011. High street sales rose in January, up 0.9 per cent compared to December 2011, according to figures released by the Office of National Statistics this morning. The monthly numbers, which caught analysts by surprise, also […]

NIESR chief criticises Osborne’s austerity programme

February 3, 2012

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written for New Statesman by Robert Pollard Chancellor’s obsession with spending cuts could cause ‘lasting damage’ to UK economy. The fears of those who feel the government’s economic policy is flawed have been echoed by the director of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR). Jonathan Portes, who served in the Cabinet Office […]

Landmark mining deal set to be announced

February 3, 2012

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written for New Statesman – words by Robert Pollard Xstrata and Glencore in talks over merger deal. Xstrata and Glencore, two giant raw materials firms, are in talks over a possible merger that if successful would create a new company potentially worth £50m. The two Swiss companies have urged caution, claiming talks over an all-share […]

Forecasters warn UK “already back in recession”

January 22, 2012

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written for the New Statesman – words by Robert Pollard  Interest rates set to remain low until 2016 as fears of double-dip recession continue to grow. A leading economic think tank has claimed that growth will remain so low for the next four years that the current base rate of 0.5 per cent will remain […]

Müller announce deal to buy Scottish dairy company

January 22, 2012

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written for the New Statesman – words by Robert Pollard  £279.5m deal agreed for Robert Wiseman Dairies after swift negotiations with German company Müller. German dairy company Müller Group have agreed a deal with Robert Wiseman Dairies which will see the Scottish company bought for £279.5m. The deal represents a 60 per cent increase on […]