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How unreadable are James Joyce's novels?

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This month, readers of James Joyce worldwide celebrated Bloomsday on 16 June, the day in 1904 in which his novel Ulysses is set. The name alludes to the Ulyssean protagonist, Leopold Bloom, and commemorates the day when Joyce met his future wife Nora Barnacle.

Is the UK shunned at Eurovision?

It’s that time of the year again. One of the biggest events in Europe’s (and the world’s) cultural calendar, the Eurovision song contest is legendary.

The attention paid to this bizarre show is enormous. And with such levels of investment and discussion, analysis and coverage, come the inevitable accusations of tactical voting and prejudice. This was notoriously seen in 2007 when Terry Wogan declaimed the 'blatant bias' of the voting system. Many people get particularly upset about the supposed bias against the UK’s act.

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Is pop music eating itself?

Tomorrow is Record Store Day, the day when independent music stores celebrate the concept of an actual shop selling and playing vinyl records. It was conceived in 2007 as a nostalgic recognition of the way we used to consume music and since then, it has enjoyed incredible success.

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