Paramore – After Laughter: Review

Paramore are one of the bands I listened to a lot towards the end of my time at secondary school, a pretty classic case of teenage love for alternative acts that has stayed with me to this day. The band were always about frontwoman Hayley Williams, whose powerful vocals were instantly identifiable and lent a strength to what were already songs that hit hard.  But in the background there was the excellent Farro brothers, one on guitar and one on the drums, that helped make — Read more →

Highland Council Election Results 2017

Here are the final results from the Highland Council Election 2017. The Independent group remain the largest party, despite losing 7 seats. The Conservatives, gaining their first Highland Councillors since 1995, were tied with the Liberal Democrats on 10 seats.  The SNP held on to the same number of seats, while Labour lost 5.  The Greens earned their first ever Highland Councillor in Badenoch & Strathspey. Here are the total of results as now (with seat changes relative to 2012): 2012 2017 Seats Votes* Votes — Read more →

Songs of the Month: April 2017

What’s been a great year for music continues with some stellar tracks this month too. The theme, if there is one as such, might be that of redemption – with the artists here all releasing songs I really like after hitting a perhaps less than golden patch of music. As a heads-up for next month, though, there’s expected to be new CHVRCHES music and LCD Soundsystem perhaps too – so these tracks should count themselves lucky to enjoy their time in the limelight before being — Read more →

Dingwall & Seaforth Council Election 2017

UPDATE: Results for this ward, and all Highland Council wards, are available here. The Scottish Local Elections are happening on Thursday May 4th, and while for many they might be the most unglamorous elections, they are quite important. I live in the Dingwall and Seaforth ward of Highland Council, so I’ll be able to elect four councillors to represent the interests of the ward in the council chambers of Inverness for the next five years.  This is the first time I’ve been able to “re-vote” on — Read more →

Mass Effect: Andromeda – Review

Mass Effect: Andromeda marks the first entry in the series in five years, and the start of a new trilogy that breaks away from the original and forges its own path, in another galaxy no less. Andromeda takes the classic elements of Mass Effect gameplay and story and transports them into a new style and much more explorable world. But all of this comes at a cost, with the gameplay lore and presentation of the game lacking the shine and engagement of its predecessors. Story — Read more →