CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe: Review

CHVRCHES is a name that I’d heard many times, even passing up the fleeting opportunity to see them earlier this year, before I’d actually heard any of their music.  They are a Glaswegian synthpop band, so naturally something I’d quite like.  The trigger for looking them up, and then subsequently downloading their whole debut album The Bones of What You Believe, was a few favourable mentions in Pitchfork’s Top 100 songs of 2013, an annual guide which I always pay close attention to. The fact — Read more →

The Decline of YouTube Gaming

It’s perhaps an unusual concept to some – the idea that people would like to, and even rather, watch others play a video game on the internet than play themselves – but with the simultaneous growth of YouTube and the launch of the HD generation of games consoles, that’s exactly what millions of people, myself included, began to do.  From being a novelty in the early days, back in 2006/07, it has become a livelihood for many of the most successful Youtubers because of advertising — Read more →

The What, How and Why of SEO

Chances are that you’ve never heard of search engine optimisation, or SEO as it’s more commonly known.  But behind every Google search (or Bing if you’re into it), there is a dark art of bringing up the most relevant of trillions of webpages for your query.  This dark art is SEO.  I’ve had some experience in the discipline, working for a website-based company for almost a year (split over summers) and I’m going to explain, in basic terms, what it is, why it exists and — Read more →

Upcoming Games to be Excited About

It’s been a rather slow year for games this year.  Amidst the excitement of GTA V, and of course the new consoles being launched, there hasn’t been a slew of exciting games to play in 2013.  This may please people’s wallets, but it’s not been the best for gamers looking for a great new experience. 2014 might well change all that.  Next year will see the first real heavyweights on the PS4 and Xbox One, as well as a few good titles for the last — Read more →

The Cost of MPs

There has been widespread consternation at the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority’s move to increase MPs salary 11% up to £74,000 for the next Parliamentary election.  I don’t think many people could justify such a massive pay rise in the current economic climate – especially in a week where our Chancellor is introducing billions of pounds worth of public service cuts and planning to raise the pension age earlier than previously planned. It’s always going to be a thorny issue; how much we pay the Members — Read more →