Music

Gotye

Who?

Pronounced “go-ti-yay” or “Gauthier”, if you haven’t heard the music from Australian Wally de Backer then you should check him out asap.

What?

He started making music in his bedroom as a teenager then fronted rock band “Downstares” for several years, finally turning to electronic pop and releasing his debut album “Boardface” in 2003.

Sounds like…

That song you’ve been hearing on the radio a lot recently. “Somebody I used to know” featuring Kimbra has turned into a major hit, but before you get sick of it you should check out some of his other stuff. “Thanks For Your Time”, “Hearts A Mess”, and “Learnalilgivinanlovin” are all excellent.

Where can I listen?

The most recent album, Making Mirrors, was released in 2011.

Film

Four Lions

Who?

Riz Ahmed, Kayvan Novak, Nigel Lindsay and Adeel Akhtar, with Chris Morris directing.

What?

A 2010 satirical comedy about a group of “homegrown Islamist terrorist jihadis” from Sheffield, England.

Looks like…

Chris Morris pulls off a controversial subject with style so you’re never completely sure if you should be laughing or crying.

Literature

A Spot of Bother 

Who?

Author Mark Haddon, of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time fame.

What?

A dysfunctional family with a hypochondriac father at the centre. 57 year-old George Hall is convinced that he has terminal cancer, while his son, daughter and wife are all dealing with their own problems. Another one where you won’t know whether to laugh or cry.

Event

The beach!

Who?

You and your friends!

What?

Campaign week’s over right? Election results are out, and there’s that overwhelming sense of relief that you won’t have to run the gauntlet of posters and banners through the mall for another year. And we’re in Swansea! Saturday weather is set for sunny and 22 degrees, so make the most of it before you head home for the Easter break.

Where is it?

You know that beautiful strip of sand running all the way round to the Mumbles lighhouse? And the Gower? There.

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