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Dave Lee

Sabotaging since 11 Nov 2010

Born the day the White album came out (complete lie) into the heady atmosphere of swinging East Yorkshire, Dave Lee followed his pretty unsuccessful school life with an 8 year long stint in an unsuccessful indie band. He’s since enjoyed a sporadically successful career as a writer and director in TV and video land. His business card title of ‘success-magnet’ consequently seems a trifle optimistic. Twitter: @davelee1968.

My Articles

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Music

6 People To Avoid At Glastonbury

There’s only a few days ’til the festival, but nevermind that, after 20 years, I know the sort of people you should avoid like the plague at Glasto.

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TV

TV’s Top 10 Psychos

Give it up for the small screen’s most notable nutters.

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Hardware

The Beautiful Brilliance Of Soviet Architecture

‘If you love Russia so much why don’t you go live there?’ After seeing these pictures I just might.

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Lists

Top 10 TV Theme Songs

After the scorching debate surrounding the Top 10 TV theme tunes, I thought the time was ripe to follow it up with the Top 10 TV Songs. And yes, there is a difference, remember to read the rules…

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TV

The Top 10 TV Theme Tunes

Yes, it’s a drunken pub talk staple but it’s also a good excuse for a few minutes of harmless nostalgia. Dip in.

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Travel

A Yorkshireman’s Guide To Yorkshire

Here’s a completely unbiased, fastidiously researched dissection of God’s Own County…

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Hardware

The Drunken Bakers: Viz At Its Finest

Where else can you find intelligent Beckettian drama featuring addiction, depression, fatalism and gastronomy?

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Film

The Man Who Taught The World How To Talk Like A Pirate

On National Talk Like a Pirate Day, Robert Newton’s performance as Long John Silver that defined pirates in the eyes of the world always deserves a good eyeballin’ over some grog… arrr!

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Travel

Spurn Point: Unfenced Existence At Yorkshire’s End

Spurn Point is a little-known wonder of the British Isles; a slice of paradise that could make even Philip Larkin smile.

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Food and Drink

Spread The News: 8 Brilliant Budget New York Eateries

You’ve saved for months to get the cheapest flights and hotel and you’ve made it to New York for a week’s mayhem in Manhattan. But where to eat without blowing the budget?

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Books

Swear Down: One Murder, Two Confessions

Swear Down is the new novel by acclaimed author Russ Litten. It incorporates an investigation into a murder in East London. The problem is, two people have come forward and confessed. Who’s the true culprit?

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Hardware

Crossed: The Most Extreme Comic Book Of All-Time

Take 28 Days Later, The Walking Dead and The Road, add even more violence, sick humour, nastiness and you’ve got ‘Crossed’ – as superbly horrible as comic books get featuring a character called Horsecock…

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Life

Horror: The Worst Top Trumps Ever

How a Halloween night nostalgia trip brought back memories of some terrifyingly bad tat…

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Rolling Thunder: Taxi Driver’s Unloved Little Brother

Rolling Thunder (1977) was the film that almost was, and here’s why…

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Life

Liquid Gold: The Sabotage Times Cider World Cup

One sunny afternoon the finest ciders in the world came together to compete for the title of Best Cider On Earth. Here’s how they faired…

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TV

Lillyhammer: The Sopranos Meets Borgen And Misplaces The Humour

Sil from the Sopranos has been transported to Norway in BBC4’s new sitcom, to little success.

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Books

Voted One Of The 50 Coolest Book Covers Ever: Jon Ronson and The Psychopath Test

Selected by Shortlist as one of the coolest book covers ever, Jon Ronson finds that psychos are all around us, many in worryingly unexpected places. I chatted to the author after watching him read in Hull…

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Life

Archaic Terms For Modern Contraptions

Considering we Brits have been responsible for some of the greatest inventions in history, we have a peculiar habit of using quaintly old-fashioned terms for our technology. Here’s some of the best…

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Hardware

Banksy: An Acceptable Level of Threat?

Some love him, some hate him and town council’s want to write him off as a vandal, but his new book shows Banksy at his best.

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Books

Hard Times and Great Expectations by Nick Quantrill

Broken Dreams is the first urban thriller from Hull based writer, Nick Quantrill, featuring private detective Joe Geraghty. Northern gritty realism at it’s best. Here’s a short film based on an extract…

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Life

Forget the Olympic Flame, Here’s Our Alternative Events Guide For 2012

The Olympics? Forget that, unless you’re rich or famous enough to blag a ticket you can just watch it on TV – why not read through our guide of ace alternative British events instead?

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Food and Drink

5 Drunken Discoveries From The Hull Beer & Cider Festival

The Hull Beer & Cider Festival always throws up some great new ales. Here’s the pick of the bunch…

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Film

The Story Of Film: The Best Movie Documentary Ever Made

Tucked away on More4 last year was an amazing TV series on the origins of the movies. Now it’s on DVD.

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Hardware

Superior: The Post-Modern Superhero It’s Ok To Like

For comic book fans there’s nothing as annoying as a campaigning storyline or an ironic superhero. Superior has both, and it’s still good.

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People

Stuff The Critics, Hockney’s Bigger Picture Exhibition Is Magnificent

The most influential British artist of the 20th century has a major new exhibition of Yorkshire landscapes starting this weekend at the Royal Academy. Our in-house Yorkshireman snuck in to have a skeg.

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Film

The Lack Of BAFTA Nomination For Tyrannosaur’s Olivia Colman Is Scandalous

Whether you like the film or not there’s no denying that Olivia Colman’s performance is superb. So why no BAFTA nod?

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Music

Tim Minchin’s Banned Xmas Tune And Five More Of His Songs You Should Hear

Scared of upsetting Christians, ITV have cut Tim Minchin’s song from tomorrow’s Jonathan Ross show. So here it is alongside five more crackers from his collection…

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Film

The Guard: The Funniest Film Of 2011

Local Hero crossed with In Bruges or Father Ted meets Bad Lieutenant? Either way, get yourself into The Guard.

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TV

Who Can Replace David Attenborough?

With Frozen Planet unfolding with typical gob-smacky magnificence it may seem like a disrespectful time to consider this, but what the buggery fuck are we going to do when David Attenborough pegs it?

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TV

Save Shooting Stars!

Welcome, whoever you are… A couple of years ago no one would have cared but cancelling Shooting Stars NOW, when it’s back on top form, is crazy.

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Film

The Conversation: Coppola’s Undervalued Classic

Francis Ford Coppola’s paranoia classic The Conversation makes its way onto Blu-ray this week. Here’s what makes it so extraordinary.

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Film

The Hunt For Tony Blair And The 5 Best Comic Strip Episodes

The Comic Strip returns at 9pm on Channel 4 this evening with a stellar cast including Robbie Coltrane and Nigel Planer, but can it live up to these five classic episodes that changed the format of British Comedy?

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Film

The Great British Bake Off: It’s The Squirrel’s Nuts

Keep the sequins of Strictly and the histrionics of X Factor, the Great British Bake Off has been the reality TV highlight of the year.

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People

Hoax Or Not, Alessio Rastani’s Goldman Sachs Speech Is The Most Loathsome Piece Of TV Ever

Yesterday this sweaty-slick trader told the BBC that ‘Goldman Sachs rules the world’. I don’t care if it is true, I just want to punch his self-satisfied mush…

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Fashion & Style

The Search For The World’s Greatest T-Shirt

Looking for brilliant T-shirts to spice up your tired old wardrobe? Then search no further then these seven ace sites.

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Film

Hurricane Treme Roars Back With A Bang

With Hurricane Lee about to hit New Orleans it’s a very prescient time for the magnificent Treme to return to our screens, watch the second series tonight on Sky Atlantic…

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Film

The X Factor 2011, Week 3: Simon Cowell’s Lost Memo

As this year’s X Factor continues to pollute the airwaves we uncover what Simon Cowell thinks of it all in this memo we found in the back of a limo

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Books

Marty Feldman – Comedy Legend Or Bug Eyed Pretender?

For most people Marty Feldman is the bulgy eyed bloke from Young Frankenstein. However a new biography attempts to help stake his claim as a comedy legend.

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Life

Firk Me! My Tweet Was Turned Into A Cartoon

Usually when I send out a sarcastic tweet I get nothing more in return than the odd RT off one of my disciples, so the last thing I was expecting was to see my missive about Steve Jobs turned into a cartoon by Irkafirka…

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Film

Bring Back Vintage Doctor Who

Rolling storylines with baffling plots do not make for good family TV. Bring back the bad sets, bad costumes, bad acting and simple plots of vintage Dr Who.

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Film

Dragons Den 2011, Week Four: Lost Producer’s Notes

A tubby Bill Clinton look-a-like and a Mexican lady singing about tamales is all in a day’s work, according to the producer’s notes for last night’s episode we found in the back of a taxi. Here are the highlights.

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Life

Northerners Have Bigger Brains. Fact

The recent news that Northerners have bigger brains than Southerners have confirmed that what I already suspected: one day The North will rule over its weaker, dumber counterparts.

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Books

Northerners: Portrait of a No-Nonsense People

A new book gathers the best photographs of the fine people of Northern England by Lowry’s favourite snapper, Sefton Samuel.

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Film

RIP Peter Falk: Columbo Will Always Be TV’s Greatest Detective

Most people’s relationship with Lieutenant Columbo was relatively simple – he’s the shabby detective that clogs up ITV on Sunday afternoons. But with the sad passing of Peter Falk, time is ripe to look closer at Columbo, it is a genuine TV great…

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Film

Crazy 4 Cult: The Fan Movie Art It’s OK To Like

Fan art and Alt movie posters used to be the reserve of the geeky and obsessed, now it’s on gallery walls and finding respectability with new book Crazy 4 Cult.

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People

Eastenders: The Only Way is David Essex

With ‘King of the Gypsies’ David Essex about to take up permanent residence in Albert Square we look back at two great films he made back when he was a genuinely huge pop and movie star.

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Music

Glastonbury Is Still The Best Festival In The World

There’s been a lot of comment (partly from me) about Glastonbury not being as good as it used to be but it’s still far and away the best festival on earth – here’s why.

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Film

The Offence: Sidney Lumet’s Most Underrated Film

The recent passing of Sidney Lumet has resulted in renewed praise for his many classic films, but his weirdest work – The Offence, starring Sean Connery – is unlikely to get a mention. Which is a shame since it’s truly remarkable

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Film

Why Treme Shoots Down Boardwalk Empire

Sky Atlantic are spending a lot of time and money plugging HBO’s new mega-bucks series Boardwalk Empire but they’re backing the wrong horse – Treme is far, far superior.

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Film

Smells Like Bentine Spirit

Forget Dora the Explorer or Octonauts, get your kids into Michael Bentine’s Potty Time. Once you convince them of the merits of this glove puppet Goonery, you too can start enjoying kid’s telly again.

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Music

Why I Hate Alicia Keys’ Empire State Of Mind (Part II)

How can a multimillion selling, critically-lauded global smash boasting seven writers be so woefully bad?

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Life

Go East, Old Man; David Hockney in Yorkshire

The work David Hockney has been undertaking in East Yorkshire has changed my understanding of my home county. I wish it could do the same for the rest of the UK.

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Film

Off His Shed: The Return Of Frank Sidebottom

After almost twenty years, Frank’s Fantastic Shed Show finally finds it’s wonderfully shambolic way back to our TVs.

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