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Johnny Lake

Sabotaging since 7 Jul 2010

Johnny Lake is more of a reader than a writer. He is currently in the market for a late model secondhand Saab or Volvo. Find him on twitter @JonL01..

My Articles

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Music

5 More ‘Other Bands From Liverpool’ Who Aren’t The Beatles Or Echo & The Bunnymen

We thought there was enough for another list, so here it is…

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Life

My Life In Ticket Stubs

A chance encounter with a shoe box full of ticket stubs containing memories of gigs, games, many drinks and sleeping through Oasis.

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Music

A Handful Of The Best Madness Songs

Hey you, don’t watch that, watch this. This is a handful of the very best Madness songs. An appreciation of the pop greats who never took themselves seriously yet churned out hits for fun.

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Books

Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair: The Go-To Guide Every Cyclist Needs

For beginners and cycling speed demons alike, this is THE only guide you’ll need. But be warned: it may take over your garage space and your life…

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Music

Aztec Camera: High Land Hard Rain – 30 Years On

The Scottish band’s debut is three decades old this year, but here’s why Roddy Frame’s Masterpiece never got the recognition it deserved at the time…

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Music

Saboteur Johnny Lake: 50 Songs I Love

From Dylan to The Clash via The Pogues, Sparks and Camper van Beethoven…

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Music

The Best Floorfillers From Clubbing’s Pre-Ecstasy Era

Once upon a time, clubbing was more about the music than the pills. They were better days. These tunes will take you straight back to them…

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Music

Neglected Nuggets: Remembering Music’s Forgotten Classics

Our aim is true. Highlight some quality tunes that have become somewhat overlooked & forgotten. We post a few Neglected Nuggets every day. Join us. Way Out West.

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Life

How Do You Know If You’re Having A Midlife Crisis?

If you’re not up for infidelity, reawakening your inner rock god or buying expensive new toys can you still have a midlife crisis? And how would you know?

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Books

Cliffs Of Insanity: Keith Duggan On Catching Big Waves In Ireland

Irish Times Journalist Keith Duggan introduces us to the world of big wave surfing off the west coast of Ireland in his new book. Powerful and descriptive, it’s well worth picking up.

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Books

What’s Your Story? I Know You’ve Got One: The 20 Minute Story Challenge

You’ve got 20 minutes to write a story. Grammar snobs need not apply….

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Music

Waterpistol by Shack: The Greatest Album You Don’t Own

Stop whatever you’re doing and look at this. One of rock ‘n’ roll’s most underrated bands just might change your life.

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Funny

Bus Boy: The World’s Greatest Superhero?

20 min story is showcasing a series of great short stories, including this one on a teenager who survives a serious car crash as a kid, and is faced with a decision on whether to help the man who ran him over…

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Books

Growing Up With “Dirty Leeds”: Revie Ran The Club Like A Family

Long time Leeds fan Bob Endeacott talked to me about his experiences of being around the inner workings of the club as a kid…

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Music

The Jesus & Mary Chain Live: Noise, Sweat & Inch-Perfect Songs

In a dirty New York bar The Jesus & Mary Chain roared their way through 17 classic tracks, making me realise just how beautiful music can really be…

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Travel

Washington D.C: A Dad And Daughter’s Guide To The Capital

Watching millions of dollars getting printed, staring at The Hope Diamond and kidding yourself you’re a spy at the FBI museum is just the start…

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Life

Summertime In New York
And The Cycling Ain’t Easy

Summer isn’t all barbecues and flowers – some of us have cycling that we can’t enjoy. Here’s why the sweaty season is nothing but a nuisance for cyclists.

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Football

Italy v Ireland: I Was There When Ex-Liverpool Player Houghton Lobbed Pagliuca

Ireland v Italy this evening, which seems the perfect time to tell you about the greatest goal I ever saw; Ray Houghton in USA 1994…

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Life

Goodbye and Good Luck To An Old Friend and Fellow Ex-Pat

A leaving do for a mate becomes time for a reflection on why moving to New York was the best decision I’ve made, but also to take stock on what I miss about Blighty…

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Music

Red Red Whine: A Rousing Defence Of UB40

They might have become superstars on the back of syrupy cover songs, but in the aftermath of punk UB40 were on the of the important and most socially conscientious bands in the country

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Football

Woodwork: The Only Brooklyn Bar To Watch Leeds United In

Woodwork in Brooklyn is a bar for football fans of every stripe. Here’s why you need to pay it a visit the next time you’re in New York …

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Music

Noel Gallagher Live: The Coolest Dad And Daughter Date In America

Me and my 11-year-old daughter headed to Philly for her first ever gig to see how Noel shaped up as a solo artist. He was brilliant, she loved it and both of our spirits soared…

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Life

Back In The Saddle In New York City

Aged 44 I’m cycling again, me clad in spandex on the streets of NYC. My leg muscles are screaming, I’ve nearly castrated myself but I absolutely love it…

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Football

An Englishman In Love With The New York Rangers

I fell in love with Ice Hockey when I was a mere slip of lad, and nothing changed when I moved to New York in 1994. Today the Rangers have to win to stay in the play-offs…

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Travel

Family Camping In Quebec, If You Can Bear It

Forget Disneyland this summer and take the family camping in Canada – a holiday that pits man, wife and kids against the elements and, if you’re unlucky, the local wildlife.

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Music

Edwyn Collins Live in Brooklyn

The triumphant US return of chart outsider and living legend Edwyn Collins. It would appear the reviewer enjoyed the gig.

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Fashion & Style

Yvon Chouinard: Fashion Adventurer

Surfer, climber, clothes manufacturer. Meet Yvon Chouinard, the 72 year old adrenaline junkie and founder of Patagonia clothing.

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Film

Dean Winters: Back From The Dead

With his career in rattling along nicely from a slew of American TV roles, Dean Winters died. For two and a half minutes. Amazingly, he’s now the hottest thing on American ad space…

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Music

Saturday Night at The Apollo: A Weller Weekend in New York

It started with rejection and ended in elation, but it’s worth going through the mill to see the man come around. And I found a great bar in Harlem, now that’s entertainment.

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Books

Go West Young Man. What? There’s someone there already? Damn!

True exploring doesn’t really exist anymore does it?

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