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Alternative Website of the Week: Headfunk

There was a time a few years ago when I regularly contributed to a certain Isle of Wight based newspaper, as well as the youth website spawned from said publication.

Headfunk poster

Sent to review events, I was invariably advised that the appraisal be replete with gushing praise, and if I did take exception to anything that occurred I was simply to set fire to one of the old ladies in attendance or meditate for several hours.

Cue  reviews for painstaking puppet shows, and two thumbs up for theatre productions contaminated by absent-minded actors.

Sanity prevailed on those rare occasions where I was able to critique in the face of lazy proofreading; one review chastising a pompous ‘comedian’ who decided to spend 45 indulgent minutes gradually emptying a venue in the middle of his other half’s burlesque show.

So (to the point), it was with relief and awe that I recently stumbled upon Headfunk, an Isle of Wight based website dedicated to candid, sincere music reviews – the baby of DJ Tom Blackwell.


Brutally humorous

Brutal and humorous in equal measure, their review of the 2015 Isle of Wight Festival is particularly worthy of a gander, and although there is inevitably a stigma of scepticism regarding write-ups of local musicians, Blackwell and co. manage to tread the line adroitly, avoiding the temptation to scratch the backs of those they could conceivably bump into on an afternoon stroll.

Headfunk.info is a neatly laid out website with a clear-cut vision. The reviews are one aspect of a plethora of music related content and connections to other projects.

If you still think that Level 42 or the Bees are the haps on the Isle of Wight music scene then think again. Click the link —-> HERE <—- to go straight to the Headfunk site (the power of the interweb, hey?)

Tell Tom that Kureen sent you and receive a 3% discount on any carrier bags you buy in Sainsbury’s this week!

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Time Trumpet: A glimpse at the future

Based in the 2030’s, Armando Iannucci’s Time Trumpet was a spoof retrospective look at 2005-10 and beyond, replete with hilarious interviews with an increasingly odd Tom Cruise, beleaguered Tony Blair and rotund Jamie Oliver.

Here’s the first episode for your viewing pleasure;

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

The best way to deal with a Telemarketer? (Video)

An oldie, but a goodie – even on the other side of the world I’ve been receiving oodles of phone calls from people trying to get my information, or sell me things that I have no interest in…

Here’s how American comedian Tom Mabe dealt with one of dozens of telemarketers that bombarded his phone line from dawn until dusk;

To take a look at some of Tom’s other pranks simply click here for his ‘Mabe in America’ YouTube channel.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

The Future of British MMA?

I first crossed the path of Tom Breese in early 2012 in a West Midlands town called Dudley. He was immediately affable, albeit possessing an imposing aura. Little more than three years later he’s secured a contract with Dana White’s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) behemoth Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), taking with him an unblemished professional CV.

Tom BreeseAt 6 foot 3 and with barely an inch of fat on his body, he had already made waves in the MMA world at the time of our initial encounter, having fought his inaugural amateur bout a full three years earlier when aged just 17.

An undefeated 8-fight amateur career under the watchful tutelage of Mick Broster usually saw fights end via submission, with the triangle choke and armbar favoured finishes for the talented, increasingly confident teenager.

Breese signed up with the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) in 2010, taking his pro bow later that year at BAMMA 4 on the eve of his 19th birthday, vanquishing the handy and experienced Shahid Hussain via submission in the second round.

“My ultimate goal is to become champion and the first British fighter to hold the UFC Title but I will take it one fight at a time,” Breese told me shortly after having forced a tap-out from fellow high pedigree youngster Thibaud Larchet in possibly his final contest on UK soil last November, inflicting only a second defeat on the 22 year-old Frenchman following four competitive rounds.

And what of the influx of professional wrestling talent into MMA? Former UFC champ Brock Lesnar remains an anomaly, with the likes of Dave Batista and Bobby Lashley proving leaden footed inside the octagon, despite being able to afford the best possible training.

“I don’t mind them coming into MMA as long as they can fight. CM punk signing to the UFC is a little controversial as he has never fought, I would have liked him to have fought outside of the organisation first but it is what it is.”

British fighters have generally struggled to make an impact in UFC, with Michael Bisping probably the stand-out, although an impressive 26-7 record at the top level is undermined a tad by recent events; the 36 year-old suffering losses in four of his previous seven contests, as an increased calibre of opponent, father time (and some painfully wooden acting as a guest star on Hollyoaks) have all seemingly conspired to make him less effective than during his mid-2000 pomp.

Tom Breese Wins

At just 23 years of age, Breese could provide the remedy for the current British malaise over the pond. His vast reach, increasingly potent skill-set and eye-catching attacking repertoire should ensure that he swiftly becomes a favourite with the fans, whether that translates into a title or not, only time will tell.

For the fighter the mission remains crystal clear though; to become a trail blazer for other British MMA talent, whilst simultaneously proving his credentials among the world’s elite by earning the right for a major title to adorn his waist.

So far everything that Breese has set out to do has come to fruition, probably more rapidly than even he dared believe. With his best years still well ahead of him there’s no reason why he can’t become one of UFC’s star attractions, although the Birmingham born, Montreal based grappler refuses to let his feet leave the ground when assessing his own prospects;

“My ultimate goal is to become champion and the first British fighter to hold the UFC title, but I will take it one fight at a time.”

Tom Breese makes his UFC debut against Luiz Dutra Jr in Brazil on May 30th – be sure to support him as he continues to represent GB at a level that few from these shores have ever reached.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.