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Jun 03 2020
Rave World: The Art of Junior Tomlin

Today on The Social Gathering, we’re pleased to bring you an extract from an interview with artist Junior Tomlin. It’s…

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Jun 01 2020
Over There – Camilla Blackett

At the end of last week we asked friends in the States if they could paint us the view from…

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May 31 2020
Divers to Dive: A Pandemic Dream Journal #9 – David Keenan + Eleni Avraam

Divers to Dive #9 from David Keenan & Eleni Avraam is here: Instructions for Evensong on the Re-Opening of the…

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May 30 2020
I love Q – Katherine Cantwell

With Q – and all of the music press – under even greater threat as the covid recession looms, Katherine…

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May 29 2020
Where Do We Live Now? 4 – Will Burns

IV Perhaps the Paper Lantern itself—this suddenly strange, suddenly useless and rather sad building just off the main road in…

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May 28 2020
Soho mornings – Joe Thomas

The opening sequence of Ken Hughes’ 1963 beat-crime masterpiece The Small World of Sammy Lee is a collage of tracking…

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May 27 2020
Solidarity with Crossing Border – Lee Brackstone

Dig if you will the picture. It’s 3.20am and about 200 of the most forward-thinking, risk-embracing, party-loving publishers in Europe…

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May 26 2020
Rasputin Goes To Barnard Castle – John Crump

I don’t know how to break this to everyone, but you’ve got your infamous seducer metaphors all messed up. He’s…

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May 25 2020
The Rhythm of the Road – Ogmios School of Zen Motoring

One of the biggest questions raised by lockdown is what happens next. And specifically, will we all just go back…

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May 24 2020
Divers to Dive: A Pandemic Dream Journal #8 – David Keenan + Eleni Avraam

#8 of Diver to Dive, A Pandemic Dream Journal by David Keenan and Eleni Avraam is here: what’s a ‘cockhog’, dance, arabesques,…

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May 23 2020
Cold War Steve vs The PRB

Last month we brought you the first part of the hugely popular Cold War Steve/Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery collaboration….

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May 22 2020
Isolation Observations: 8 – Sophie Green

The last 8 weeks have been defined by an absence of action – at least any action that involved moving…

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May 21 2020
Where Do We Live Now? Part 3 – Will Burns

III The morning after the VE Day celebrations comes on with a violent reminder of the previous world of this…

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May 21 2020
The Six O’Clock Swill Soundtrack

Ever since the lockdown, we’ve invited people to open up the Social for us online at 6pm. A lot of…

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May 20 2020
Occasional Rain And Other Projects From The Pub – Liz Buckley

On working with Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs on their seminal ‘Presents’ compilation series by Liz Buckley, Label Manager at…

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May 19 2020
The Wasted Times TV Guide: Week 4 – Lewis Jamieson

The explosion of digital TV means that, even now, many weeks into lockdown, there is still a massive amount of…

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May 18 2020
The View From Here: Down the WORMhole II – Richard Foster

In my first piece for this esteemed publication, I ended by posing a question: can the Netherlands really survive and…

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May 17 2020
Divers to Dive: A Pandemic Dream Journal #7 – David Keenan + Eleni Avraam

Turn everything to art! #7 of Divers to Dive, A Pandemic Dream Journal from David Keenan and Eleni Avraam is a bumper…

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May 17 2020
Rebel With A Cause: Phil May Remembered – Mac Brackstone

Phil May was born in Erith , a bleak, industrial town in the most easterly corner of London.  He lived…

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May 16 2020
Imagine An Island – Destination 2: Surrender To The Void

A few weeks back, The Social Gathering opened the doors on its daydream travel agency. Imagine An Island is here to transport…

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May 15 2020
All The Fruits – Jon Savage

On February the 18th 1956, Tutti Frutti hit #21, its highest position in the US top 100. Or rather, the…

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May 15 2020
Life Beyond the Neutral Zone #5 – Lias Saoudi

The biggest thing clouding my vision is my martyr complex. Even with all the bountiful fruits that life has delivered…

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May 14 2020
The View From Here: Move Forward – Fergal Kinney

(artwork by Caio Wheelhouse) I shouldn’t have been surprised that as the world altered entirely, I’d be watching from the…

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May 14 2020
Where Do We Live Now? Part 2 – Will Burns

II. What could be worse than spending these last few weeks alone in a place defined by its public communal…

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May 13 2020
Down to Gorky Park: Listening to the Wind of Change Podcast

If I was to say Wind of Change by Scorpions was a guilty pleasure of mine, it would be a lie. It’s…

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May 13 2020
Scrub Transmissions #3 : DEMON – LoneLady

An occasional installation project in which I cement an mp3 player into the fabric of a structure, somewhere in the…

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May 12 2020
Isolation Observations: 7 – Sophie Green

Stayed alert – well as alert as you can be in a soporific stupor, muscles atrophied through never leaving the…

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May 12 2020
Telling Secrets to Strangers – Will Ashon

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt over the last month or so, it’s that people are nervous about telling secrets…

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May 11 2020
Escape From The Ice: The Social Gathering Podcast by Steve Mason

We’re extremely proud to bring you the second part of The Social Gathering’s podcast series, where Steve Mason’s reads from one…

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May 10 2020
Divers to Dive: A Pandemic Dream Journal #6 – David Keenan + Eleni Avraam

Welcome to #6 of Divers to Dive, A Pandemic Dream Journal by David Keenan and Eleni Avraam, which this week features Betelgeuse…

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May 09 2020
Final Score – John Crump

I’ve finally had it with the footy. I don’t even know where to start, 30 odd years with a Liverpool…

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May 08 2020
Life Beyond the Neutral Zone #4 – Lias Saoudi

Of all the weird and wonderful tales to have emerged in the last six weeks, my little brother deciding to…

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May 07 2020
When is a Routine Not a Routine? – Catherine Eccles

When it’s a ritual.   Enter the Temple of Gnostic Sonics, a sanctuary of sound from the Music’s Not For…

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May 06 2020
Where Do We Live Now? – Will Burns

I. We will begin with a rough physical description. The place is a small market town which, for some reason,…

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May 06 2020
The View From Here: Down the WORMhole – Richard Foster

What to say of these times on the other side of the North Sea? In this sorry business the Netherlands…

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May 05 2020
Isolation Observations: 6 – Sophie Green

Listened to Florence blasting My Sharona from her room constantly. Bought a massive new fern which was delivered upside down…

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May 04 2020
The Wasted Times TV Guide: Week 3 – Lewis Jamieson

OK, so week three. Nice of the BBC to bring back Killing Eve, though I’m not feeling it like I…

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May 04 2020
Shaun Ryder and the Salford Sioux

“Eventually they turned up in Manchester, but they parked where the River Irwell is in Salford, it’s a big island….

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May 03 2020
Divers to Dive: A Pandemic Dream Journal #5 – David Keenan + Eleni Avraam

Welcome to Divers to Dive, A Pandemic Dream Journal #5 from David Keenan and Eleni Avraam, which this week features the curse…

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May 02 2020
Sounds – Jeff O’Toole

Here at The Social Gathering we’ve been marking May Day by celebrating how we come together to fight the power,…

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May 02 2020
Yellow Daisies – Eleni Avraam

The only memory and association I have for May Day is the ritual of making wreaths at my grandmother’s home…

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May 01 2020
Thoughts, connected, on Mayday by Anna Wood

Nineteen years ago, at the anticapitalist protest in central London, me and my friend Ellie and a few hundred other…

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May 01 2020
Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music – Rob Young

Hack a path through the briars and push open the gate. The creak is a music that wakes the dead…

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May 01 2020
Oss Oss Wee Oss! – May Day in Padstow by Jeremy Deller

“So the scholars say it was one of our religions when we lived in caves… I can’t say whether its…

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May 01 2020
May Day 2000/2001 – Brian David Stevens

BDS is one of my favourite photographers but somehow I’ve never seen these photos he took at the May Day…

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May 01 2020
Your Appointment with The Wicker Man. A conversation with Jonny Trunk.

A few years back, I met Jonny Trunk in a pub in Stoke Newington on a sunny afternoon to talk…

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Apr 30 2020
Sing Backwards and Weep: Online Launch Event

To mark the launch of Mark Lanegan’s memoir SING BACKWARDS AND WEEP in the UK, we teamed with White Rabbit to celebrate…

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Apr 29 2020
Chelsea Peretti: Coffee Crankin’ Thru Her Sys – David Bailey

Talking about things you like is fun. Fun is fun. High energy is fun, low energy is fun. Coffee is…

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Apr 28 2020
Isolation Observations: 5 – Sophie Green

Abandoned bras. Abandoned the hairdryer. Abandoned face wash. Abandoned razors. Abandoned any clothing without an elasticated waistband and three way…

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Apr 27 2020
The View From Here: Living By Numbers – Hayden Thorpe

We asked Hayden Thorpe, formerly singer in one of the great British bands of the past decade, Wild Beasts, to…

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Apr 26 2020
Divers to Dive: A Pandemic Dream Journal #4 – David Keenan + Eleni Avraam

This week features an exclusive out-take from Keenan’s debut novel, This Is Memorial Device, a passionate entreaty from Mexico, Jack Spicer…

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Apr 25 2020
The Wasted Times TV Guide: Week 2 – Lewis Jamieson

So, we’re still here. I’m guessing that you are pretty much done now with all the stuff you knew about….

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Apr 25 2020
Imagine An Island – Destination 1: An Unspoilt Nutopia

This weekend, The Social Gathering launches its semi-regular daydream travel section. Imagine An Island is your first class ticket on the next flight out…

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Apr 25 2020
New Social Tshirt – Lockdown Edition

A classic Social logo tee with our ‘Because No One Should Drink Alone’ manifesto designed by Raissa Pardini on the…

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Apr 24 2020
Life Beyond the Neutral Zone #3 – Lias Saoudi

Certain aspects of my personal hygiene have taken a backseat in recent weeks, with nobody around who could possibly care,…

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Apr 23 2020
Black Ops – Wendy Erskine

(The Most Approximate Anti-Christ Blackboard by Babak Ganjei) — It’s 1984, a noisy Belfast classroom at break-time and some numerology…

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Apr 22 2020
Imagining an Island. Travel in a post Coronavirus world – Robin Turner.

It was around the time the airline cancelled our flights that I began to dream of an island.  Easy Jet’s…

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Apr 21 2020
Down the Rabbit Hole with Prince – Lee Brackstone

Four years have passed to the day since the most singular, talented and prolific musician and songwriter of his generation…

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Apr 21 2020
Isolation Observations: 4 – Sophie Green

Announced internally “right that’s it now, I can’t do this anymore”, like that gave me license to take some forbidden…

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Apr 20 2020
Is This What They Meant By The Big Society? – John Crump (aka @MrOMFGWTAF)

I guess it must have been a few weeks ago that I saw a story about a couple of Italian…

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Apr 19 2020
Divers to Dive: A Pandemic Dream Journal #3 – David Keenan + Eleni Avraam

Welcome to issue #3 of Divers to Dive, A Pandemic Dream Journal, from David Keenan and Eleni Avraam, which this…

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Apr 19 2020
Social Gathering: Broadsheet, Week 3

Your time has come your second skinThe cost so high the gain so lowWalk through the valleyThe written word is…

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Apr 18 2020
Benny’s Babbies – Cold War Steve & Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

In September 2019 (a properly different world it was then!) the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery approached Cold War Steve…

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Apr 17 2020
Get down on your knees and pray: The Social Gathering Podcast by Steve Mason

“Sir Edmund Hillary said… ‘For scientific discovery, give me Scott. For speed and efficiency of travel, give me Amundson. But…

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Apr 16 2020
Life Beyond the Neutral Zone #2 – Lias Saoudi

In the second of our regular collection of letters from Fat White Family’s Lias Saoudi, the writer’s mind travels from Brixton’s…

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Apr 15 2020
The Wasted Times TV Guide – Lewis Jamieson

Fourth week of lockdown and we’ve all done Succession twice, we’re not sure about the new Westworld, the kids have…

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Apr 15 2020
Exciting Times – Naoise Dolan

‘At the restaurant he put his phone face-down on the table, so I did the same as if for me,…

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Apr 14 2020
Isolation Observations: 3 – Sophie Green

Thanked God for immigrants (thank you Jeremy Deller). Missed drinking cocktails on a Saturday afternoon with Jen and Louise. Missed…

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Apr 13 2020
Unknown Unknowns – Catherine Eccles

Last week, Catherine Eccles talked us through her archival journey piecing tracks from Andrew Weatherall’s peerless NTS shows into playlists. The…

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Apr 13 2020
Social Gathering: Broadsheet, Week 2

Download the latest Broadsheet here

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Apr 12 2020
Divers to Dive: A Pandemic Dream Journal #2 – David Keenan + Eleni Avraam

Welcome to the second issue of Divers to Dive: A Pandemic Dream Journal by David Keenan and Eleni Avraam, which this week…

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Apr 12 2020
The View From Here – Johnny Lynch (Pictish Trail)

When starting The Social Gathering, we sent out a message to friends outside of Britain’s big cities asking how our they were getting…

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Apr 10 2020
From Here To Before – a film by Kieran Evans. Words by Vashti Bunyan, Sukhdev Sandhu, Gwenno Saunders & Fiona Brice

A few years back, our friend Kieran Evans made a beautiful and intimate film with legendary singer / songwriter Vashti…

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Apr 09 2020
Co-Op Radio Ate My Heart – David Bailey

In the early noughties, Tesco Extra-esque supermarkets were hailed the new superclubs. A place of consumerist worship for the Nespresso…

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Apr 08 2020
The View From Here: Andy Kelly

The View From Here One of the first things we wanted to do when we started The Social Gathering was…

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Apr 07 2020
Ferreting With Rambo – Maxy Bianco

White Rabbit: I’m assuming the film is set in Hartlepool judging by those accents. When did you first come across…

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Apr 07 2020
Isolation Observations: 2 – Sophie Green

Waved at people a lot. Bathed less regularly than I’d imagined I would in the circumstances. Thanked God this wasn’t…

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Apr 06 2020
Groovy Times Forever More – Robin Turner

During the last decade or so, Andrew Weatherall was a regular presence at The Social. It wasn’t uncommon to see…

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Apr 06 2020
The Thursday Afternoon Perambulation – Lee Brackstone

flaneur  noun  a man who saunters around observing society —————————  Of all Andrew Weatherall’s many celebrated talents, the most under-appreciated…

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Apr 06 2020
The Temple of Gnostic Sonics – Catherine Eccles

It’s impossible to know how you’re going to react when someone dies.  In early February, my good friend Lee Brackstone…

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Apr 05 2020
Social Gathering: Broadsheet, Week 1
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Apr 05 2020
Divers to Dive: A Pandemic Dream Journal #1 – David Keenan + Eleni Avraam

Latitude 55.860916
 Longitude -4.251433 Monday 16/3/20 No dream recovered. Vague recollection of probing a hole. Freud said: dreams are pathogenic.
…

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Apr 04 2020
Shabby Magic – Michael Smith

This is an extract from the new book I’ve been working on, about a bloke having a midlife crisis while…

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Apr 03 2020
Life Beyond the Neutral Zone – Lias Saoudi

Arthur Schopenhauer, it was reputed, would stick to a strict daily routine. He would reveille at 7am, drink a strong…

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Apr 03 2020
Sonic Cathedral – bdrmm

Earlier today, our friends at Sonic Cathedral announced ‘Bedroom’, the debut album by the brilliant Leeds/Hull-based band bdrmm. To celebrate,…

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Apr 02 2020
Country Music – Will Burns

Happy publication day to Will Burns, whose long-awaited debut collection, Country Music, is now out! We had a big blowout launch…

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Apr 01 2020
Hey Hi Hello

Less than a year after it opened, The Social hosted a huge birthday party for Annie Nightingale on both floors of the bar….

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Mar 31 2020
Seeds and Stems – Richard King

The escalation of the virus has coincided with the Vernal Equinox, the immediate prospect of the clocks going backwards (time…

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Mar 30 2020
Isolation Observations 1 – Sophie Green

Thanked God I didn’t have to tell my children Tom Hanks had died. Wore a lot of big earrings. Extended…

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Mar 29 2020
Liberation Through Hearing – Richard Russell

Rap, Rave & The Rise of XL Recordings

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Mar 29 2020
The Social Gathering

Collecting up music, words, art & conversation to bring The Social to wherever you are in the world. Because if we have to do this in isolation, we should at least have our mates with us, reading over our shoulders & getting the beers in

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Mar 28 2020
Socialism Tshirts

Still available in the shop

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