Gr8at: Awesome Songs of 7 Minutes plus

While I usually focus on individual lines, I’ve done a few lengthier musical posts, like with covers better than the originals, impressive foreign language songs and songs to lighten your mood and make you smile. I’ve been listening to quite a lot recently, so thought I’d add another. The really talented bands can keep you listening for minutes on end and make you lose yourself, even just with one song. Limiting myself to one song per artist (and you’ll see most of them represented here), here are eight awesome tracks of seven minutes and above.  Feel free to share your favourites below.

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Gr8at: Insightful and Revealing Quotes in Open by Andre Agassi

With Novak Djokovic’s life on court continuing to unravel after his unceremonious dumping out of the French Open tournament, his relationship with his newly-hired coach Andre Agassi will be more vital than ever. As the finals of the male and female take place this weekend (Agassi is the last American male to win in Paris), here are eight quotes from the Las Vegan’s seminal autobiography Open. Published in 2009, three years after his retirement, it tells of the 47 year old’s struggle in losing is childhood to tennis, being a prodigy, his rivalries with other competitors and fall down the ranking after years of success. The hugely honest and insightful memoir also tells of his inspirational recovery to the top of the game and later contentment in retirement. You can also see my review of the book here.

Open by Andre Agassi

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Gr8at: Favourite Sax Songs

I’ve been listening to so much music recently I thought I should do a more detailed music post. I decided to choose my eight favourite songs to feature a saxophone. There may be great ones in songs by Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd and Sade among others, but I just couldn’t leave any of these out. Do you know most of them?

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Gr8at: Klitschko v Joshua

My favourite sports are football and tennis, but boxing has this raw, primal, violent energy that for me just can’t be replicated. So I was glued to the much-anticipated heavyweight fight between the 41 year-old two-time Ukrainian champion Wladimir Klitschko and the sport’s rising star, 27 year-old Londoner Anthony Joshua. The long-awaited fight lived up to the hype, with both fighters sent flying to the canvas in the opening six rounds after ferocious punches. To celebrate the 11-round epic, I’ve used some photographs collected in The Guardian, with an added mixture of Reuters and Getty Images being used (Richard Heathcote, Ben Stansall, Andrew Couldridge, Tom Jenkins)

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Gr8at: Osterley Park

The weather may be pretty erratic at the moment today in London but it wasn’t so long ago that it was gorgeous sunshine. When I went to see the Jurassic Kingdom exhibition I saw the wonderful trees, gorgeous Middle Lake and wide-open space within Osterley Park, so just had to take some photographs to share with you.

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Gr8at: Drew Struzan’s Film Posters

After seeing the documentary Drew: The Man Behind the Poster, I became aware of the incredible talent of the illustrator Drew Struzan. Seeing his portfolio, I realised just how highly regarded he is within the industry and how much of his work I was already familiar with. While I pay close attention to actors, directors, composers and scriptwriters, I’ve never really thought about film posters before, apart from when I highlighted the ones I have in my bedroom. Here are eight of Drew’s more famous works, with some bonus ones thrown in. Do you have a favourite? For more information n the man himself check out this Wired article.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom poster

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

Rambo - First Blood

First Blood (1982)

The Thing movie poster

The Thing (1982)

Hell Boy film

Hellboy  (2004)

Back to the Future Film poster

Back to The Future (1985)

Shawshank Redemption film poster

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Pans labarynth

Pan’s Labyrinth  (2006)

Blade_Runner film poster

Bladerunner (1982)

And here are some from his most famous collaboration

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Gr8at: Songs To Whistle Along To

I’ve been told I’m as good as whistling as I am singing. Which I’ve decided to take as a compliment and use it as inspiration for a post about some of the best whistling songs around. Featuring more one hit wonders than you might think (more here), please enjoy my eight favourite whistling songs that just beg you to join in. Do you have a favourite? Any others that you like?

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Gr8at: Winter Lights, Canary Wharf

There was a fantastic set of free light exhibitions in Canary Wharf, London, which ran for two weeks last month. It was a collection of indoor and outdoor, with some borrowed for the event and others specially commissioned. The advantage of having several displays was made full use of, with some themed on sound, movement, brain waves and interactive displays. The area frequently puts up different temporary exhibitions. Among others I’ve covered have been the Remembrance Art Trail and Flower Sculpture.

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Gr8at: Favourite One-Hit Wonders (okay, 9)

I’ve covered countless artists who have left a huge legacy through their consistently superb and prolific output. But sometimes there are artists who only strike gold once. At least here in the UK. But hey, that’s one more than the rest of us. Before listing mine, I actually thought others could be included. But while they may be best known for one song, artists like Haddaway, Shakespeare’s Sister, Soul Asylum, Vance Joy and Sinead O’ Connor have had chart success with other tracks. Do you have a favourite one hit wonder? Was there an artist you thought would go on to more success?

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Gr8at: Funny Animal Cartoons by Glasbergen

I’m a huge fan of animals. As well as the wildlife photograph posts such as Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Cute Animal Photos, I’ve highlighted my love of them in cartoons, such as Hilarious Animal Cartoons and Funny Animal Cartoons. While you can expect more animal photography ones soon, here’s a very set of funny animal cartoons, courtesy of the popular Glasbergen.

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