When young dirtbag punk trio Green Day signed to a major label in 1994, their first album, Dookie, captured the small pleasures of a disconnected working-class youth that was fast running out of options. Their songs about getting high, jerking off and defiantly refusing to participate in the system were relatable and catchy – pleasingly melodic with 1950s doo-wop influences, coupled with California punk-style bass and drums. Pop-punk would later explode as a genre, in part to emulate Green Day’s singable raucousness. Their ideas back then were scattershot, more informed by feeling than sociopolitical thought. But 10 years later, the band found their political voice and released their manifesto: American Idiot. Billed as a “rock opera”, the album was a sophisticated, horrified portrait of America in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the conservative Bush presidency, and rapidly disappearing opportunities for those living close to America’s poverty line. … [Read more...] about American Idiot review – Green Day’s rock opera premieres in Australia with a Trumpian twist
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Another day, another new Arsenal manager rumour. Thursday’s name in the frame is Patrick Vieira. The former Invincible, currently in charge at Nice, has impressed high-ups at the Emirates and is being seriously considered, according to the French newspaper Nice-Matin. Vieira himself is doing the obligatory “I’m just concentrating on my job” thing. “There is nothing to say about it,” he sniffed. “There is nothing serious, nothing real. I have no comments to make about that.” On actual playing matters, Arsenal are reportedly keen on plucking the 17-year-old German striker Karim Adeyemi from the Austrian second tier, where he is on loan at Liefering from RB Salzburg, and spiriting him to the Emirates. Adeyemi has eight goals in 13 appearances this season, but Arsenal are likely to face competition from Liverpool and Barcelona for the teenager. Talking of Liverpool, Rhian Brewster is set to be the subject of competition between Championship … [Read more...] about Football rumours: Patrick Vieira for the Arsenal hot seat?
A member of the Young Liberals National Party has been temporarily suspended after posing with allegedly stolen election campaign signs from rival parties. Oscar Green, the treasurer for Young Liberals, had shared photos of himself with posters from Labor and Green party candidates during the last state election. A LNP spokesperson told the ABC the young man had been sanctioned over the photos - but denied the signs had been stolen. 'The party takes a very dim view of interference with election material, and the individuals involved had their memberships suspended,' he said. Oscar Green, the treasurer for Young Liberals, had shared photos of himself posing with posters from Labor and Green party candidates during the last state election Earlier this week, Gold Coast Young LNP chairman Barclay McGain (left) and vice-chairman Patrick Riches (right) asked young people in Surfers Paradise their views on political issues The party members were … [Read more...] about Young Liberal is disciplined for posing with election signs for rival candidates – just three days after a colleague was suspended over a racist video
Schools in England and Wales are considering closing early two days a week because they cannot afford enough teachers to cover the timetable, a union has said. The warning came at the annual conference of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), where the education secretary, Justine Greening, was heckled by teachers over plans for more grammar schools. Cries of “no!” echoed around Birmingham’s ICC when Greening claimed that “we have to recognise actually that for grammars, in terms of the disadvantaged children that they have, they really do help them to close the attainment gap”. The heckles were not caught on camera because organisers banned filming in the auditorium “so that members felt free to ask questions and the secretary of state didn’t feel constrained”, an ASCL spokesman said. Before the conference began, Malcolm Trobe, ASCL’s interim general secretary, said some headteachers were talking about reducing the … [Read more...] about Cuts could mean schools close early two days a week, say teachers
Ten coalition cuts | Ten coalition quotes | Ten coalition foreign policy initiatives | Ten coalition surprises | Ten coalition setbacks | Ten coalition appointments | Ten coalition U-turns and clarifications | Ten coalition expressions of friendship | Ten coalition critics | Ten coalition numbers Ten coalition cuts 1. Building Schools for the Future. More than 700 projects cancelled when Michael Gove axed Labour's £55bn school-building scheme. 2. Child trust funds. Some £520m to be saved from the abolition of Labour's popular saving-promotion grants. 3. Council funding. Councils are having their budgets cut by £1.165bn this year. 4. Strategic health authorities and primary care trusts. Being abolished as government gives control of £80bn spending to GPs. 5. £80m loan to Sheffield Forgemasters. Firm wanted the money to finance expansion, but government ruled it unaffordable. 6. Courts. Some 157 magistrates and county courts set to close, saving £37m. 7. UK … [Read more...] about 100 facts about the coalition’s first 100 days