Now in its 11th year, Record Store Day will yet again see record shops across the UK join together to celebrate vinyl. To mark Record Store Day, record shops may put on events and performances and see audiophiles queue up at 6am to buy special vinyl releases made exclusively for the day. Record Store Day 2018 releases include previously unreleased David Bowie records, a 20th anniversary reissue of Suede’s self-titled album on silver vinyl and exclusives from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Sigrid, Rage Against The Machine and Joy Division. Record Store Day will yet again see record shops across the UK join together to celebrate vinyl Vinyl fans may also be interested to know that there is also a release from The Waterfront, who went on to become The Stone Roses, but when is Record Store Day 2018? What is Record Store Day? Record Store Day was created in 2007 with the purpose of celebrating the culture behind vinyl and record shops, but to also drive customers into stores during … [Read more...] about Record Store Day 2018: Everything you need to know
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The cable car floats over the mountainside above rickety rooftops, labyrinthine streets, palms and pylons of a barrio built by, and named after, the most renowned criminal of all time – Pablo Escobar. Below it lies what was until recently the fortress of the cocaine king, on the northeast edges of Medellín in Colombia. There is strange silence up here where vultures soar above the bustle, but eventually the cable car reaches its terminus, disgorging passengers into the animation of the place now optimistically renamed Santo Domingo – after the patron saint of hopeful mothers. A donkey-drawn cart full of mangoes, an ostentatious SUV, many old Volkswagens and crowds of young people vie for right of passage along the vivacity of the main street. The cable car is an articulation of the change since the street and warrens were Escobar's fiefdom. As is the building that towers above the barrio's skyline, a granite cliff of award-winning modernist design, the parque … [Read more...] about Medellín, Colombia: reinventing the world’s most dangerous city
The temperature is 25c and it’s mid-January. The sky is clear and blue, and a soft breeze is ruffling the palms that fringe a white-sand beach, where crabs scuttle beside turquoise waters. Nearby, a glittering green hummingbird flits between purple and orange blooms. Above, a vervet monkey looks down mischievously from a venerable mango tree, clearly envious of my spicy creole breakfast of saltfish, peppers and johnnycake. ‘Any plans for today?’ asks a genial waiter as he tops up my coconut water. Whether you like to fly and flop, kick back on a catamaran with a rum punch, or hike through a towering rainforest, the charismatic Caribbean offers it all, says Nigel Tisdall Well, yes — I’ll definitely have a swim in that bewitching ocean, and I might go and look at a historic plantation house, while tonight it has to be the grilled lobster BBQ under the stars. These are the delights of a winter holiday in the Caribbean, which is not a new idea. The first … [Read more...] about Sick of the gloomy weather? Ditch your woolly hat and head to the Caribbean, where classic destinations have glamorous new openings with a totally tropical twist
"You're gonna have a great time in Salem," the Boston rental car employee says as she hands me the keys to a weak-engined Chevy. "It's fun around Halloween, but do me a favor." She drops her voice to a whisper. "Don't go alone anywhere with someone you don't know." When I ask her why, she blushes and responds sheepishly. "You know... witches. And the occult." Advertisement The rental car employee's fear has its root in the year 1692, when four young girls from Salem Village, Massachusetts, began throwing violent, inexplicable fits. They claimed that they were being tortured—stabbed with pins and painfully gripped—by local men and women who had secretly made pacts with the devil and become witches. To this day, the true cause behind the girls' behavior remains a mystery. More certain, however, is the destruction that came in their wake. Between February 1692 and May 1693, the Salem Witch Trials claimed the lives of 24 innocent people. Nineteen were hanged, one … [Read more...] about Searching For the Dead in Witch City: A Weekend in Salem, Mass.