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All the b&n blog fun will from now on take place on our very own www.bunmagazine.com. We likey likey our homemade wordpress template with all sorts of plugin fun! Looks just like here, but without adverts and stuff.

Update your bookmarks, please!
(And the new RSS feed: http://www.simonwebbon.com/bun/wp/?feed=rss2 )

Nearly there!

Ladies and gentlemen, we‘ve almost finished our first UK issue of blackjack&nutten magazine. We are going to celebrate this with a great night in Manchester. Bands, acoustic acts, djs, an art exhibition and cupcakes – what else would you want?

Come down to Kro Bar (Oxford Road, opposite the student union / academy) next Friday, 15th May.

LIVE – BILLY RUFFIAN http://www.myspace.com/billyruffianmusic (as loved by THE FALL and ART BRUT)
LIVE – THE BANGS http://www.myspace.com/thembangsband (formed from the AMAZING ‚The Amelies‘, The Bangs produce slow-burning, heavy guitar pop with dual female vocals, the resulting sound falling somewhere betweern queens of the stone age and the breeders…top top stuff indeed)

Acoustic Ménage à trois:
LIVE – Ryphil (american scottish acoustic electro with serge gainsbourg)
LIVE – RandomJoe & Johnny Fucking Marrs Barres (ex 188020’s, acoustic set)
LIVE – Eddie Toner (60’s tinged solo artist with a mancunian outlook)

DJ – Mimi K (BJORK favourite, it could be anything from Belle & Sebastian to Boys Noize)
DJ – Gingersaurus (True Faith – The best in 80s-90s indie and classic Manchester)

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a rare exhibition of fine illustration from italian duo Greta Santagata and Matteo Farinella (http://www.theballoon.org).

All this for the less than princely sum of £5!

For CHEAP £3 GUESTLIST check our facebook event or email us to bun.magazine@gmail.com

See you next Friday!

Let’s bash some long haired hippies – Update on the G20 police assaults

As a follow-up to the naked wizard post, some more news on the police brutality at the G20 protests in London. Apparently, one of the police officers (not related to the killing of Ian Tomlinson) put this up as his facebook status on 1st April:

„Rob Ward can‘t wait to bash some long haired hippys up @ the G20.“

I‘m speechless. (Not really surprised though.)

Mr Rob Ward – You are a TWAT. I hope your parents hate you.

(BBC via Boing Boing)

That’s just me being clever

Interesting conversation in the taxi last night, on the way to the Star & Garter. We asked him to drop us off at Picadilly train station (which is right next to the club) as a general direction. Imagine 5 (more or less) drunk and clueless people in a taxi shrieking in excitement about „Crownchy Fried Chicken“ take aways and other taxi drivers on the radio going „Hey, if someone stops at a petrol station, I need some milk!!“. Then:

Matt: Where are we now? I‘ve got absolutely NO idea where we are.
Me: We‘re almost at Picadilly station!
Matt: And where are we going??
Me: The Star & Garter!
Taxi driver: Oh, why didn‘t you tell me you were going to the Star & Garter, I can take you straight there!
Me: We didn‘t think you knew where the club was!
Taxi driver: I‘M A TAXI DRIVER! Of course I do!
Me: I always have to explain taxi drivers how to get to my house, they never know where it is!
Taxi driver: That’s probably because you‘re house isn‘t as famous as the Star & Garter!!

Good point.

And in magazine news:

We got Billy Ruffian to play our launch party at Kro Bar! 15th May, check out our facebook event thingy.

Naked man tasered by police at Coachella Festival

So, you go to a festival in California.

You decide to bring your favourite wizard costume.

You drink, quite a lot.

You take some of the happy pills.

You feel AMAAAAZZZZZING.

Your lovely wizard costume is too warm, way too hot, and everything feels SOOOOO AMAAAAZING, so you decide to GET NAKED, WOO!

Three fat cops come up to you and ask you to put on the wizard costume. You not likey likey.

Those three fat cops wrestle you to the ground and FUCKING TASER YOU. Repeatedly. Then they arrest you.

So yeah, public nudity seems to be in fact illegal in California, fine. Some people might have felt offended by a naked man walking around, fine. He didn‘t do what the police told him, fine. Taking him with them might have been the right thing to do in order to avoid trouble (for whatever reason). But is it really necessary for THREE massive guys to kneel a naked and obviously confused but generally harmless looking person and use a weapon that is supposed to be used in EMERGENCIES?

(On a side note, do the people around think it’s just a show, or why doesn‘t anyone at least come up and tell them to stop when they start attacking him?!)


Naked Wizard Tased By Reality from Tracy Anderson on Vimeo.

Tasering right over the heart and at the head? Good job. Looks like those three guys watched and learned from the policeman who killed (or should I say „caused the death of“) Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests in London earlier this month:

I am going to hide in my shack in the woods now and hope I never get in contact with those bastards.