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Culture News Roundup: Digitalisation and Tax Dodgers

Culture News Roundup: Digitalisation and Tax Dodgers

The Imperial War Museum, based in South London, is due for re-opening on 19th July and has undergone an exciting digitalisation process. Indeed, visitors will be able to see footage of HRH George V visiting an airbase in 1918. The footage is thought not to have been seen by the public before, and access is also available online. There is believed to be around 700 hours of footage surrounding the Great War (an oxymoron if ever I’ve heard one) in total. Here’s hoping it all helps prevent such tragedies in the future.

In the depths of financial recession nobody likes to hear about celebrity tax dodgers, particularly when the majority of cuts affect the poor. The latest wave of celebrities to be rumbled includes some relatively unsurprising culprits such as Michael Caine, George Michael and Anne Robinson. The ‘Liberty’ tax scheme was allegedly promoted to the artists as ‘legal’, which is a pretty weak excuse given that murdering gays and slavery was once also legal. The Arctic Monkeys are the most sickening culprits of this scheme given their Rock n Roll attitude of late and their proclamation of working class musicians in touch with reality.

The Libertines have reformed for good it seems. After a triumphant homecoming gig in Hyde Park (which had to be stopped several times for fear of crowd safety), Doherty and co plan to head to the studio and release a long awaited third album in 2015. The band are currently touring Europe, playing their first gigs on the continent in over a decade.

From the rebirth of one band to the death of another, Tommy Ramone of eponymous punk rock forefathers The Ramones has died aged 62. Tommy was the last living founding member of the band prior to his death. The producer and accidental drummer epitomised the power and simplicity of one of the most underrated bands of all time. Music would not sound the same were it not for the Ramones, who after an infamous gig at London’s Roundhouse, gave birth to the British punk scene inspiring bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned.

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