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Talking media: indie mags

Is print media on its way out, like some people think? Not just now, we reckon. The discussion has been around for a while. Do media like magazines have a future in their print format? Or will we all be forever reading from computers, tablets, i-watches or whatever else we’ll have plugged in our hands? Hasn’t there been a similar debate around music? People foresee a time when all music will be downloaded, stored in the Cloud or simply stolen from somewhere. Of course, there’s the big worry about artists being paid at all for what they do. But an interesting thing has happened in music. Away from the download charts, a loyal fan base has gone back to that very tangible format, the LP record. CDs were always a bit space-age. From the moment they landed on the planet, when people were smearing butter and jam on them to prove their invincibility, you – like me – have never really trusted them, right? Records, in comparison, request your love and care. In return they reward you with warmth and nostalgia. Can we argue …

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Talking music: old-skool

How old is old-skool music? Perhaps it depends on who you’re asking? At the moment, we keep seeing adverts on television for those terrible ‘dancefloor bangers’ compilations of the ’90s and ’00s. For those of us who are a little older, we might think about ’80s rap acts like Run DMC and early Beastie Boys. But, what if we go older-skool than that? The After Noon team has been checking out some cracking old-style acts recently. (It just so happens that a lot of them have toured around the same time.) Here are some of our favourites: Curtis Harding (website) CW Stoneking (website) Delaney Davidson (website) JD McPherson (website) Josephine Foster (website) Marlon Williams (website) Nick Waterhouse (website) Pokey LaFarge, who’s pictured above (website) So, what does old-skool mean to you? Let us know in the comments below.

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Talking coffee: the Flat White

How would you describe a Flat White? Like any other coffee, your experience will no doubt depend on where you buy it. I’ve had some good cups and some terrible ones. So, what is a Flat White? There’s a fair bit of debate about this particular coffee, but the general consensus is that it originated in Australia and is a smaller, stronger version of the Latte. I remember drinking my first as a take-away on Berwick Street in London Soho. Being mainly versed in the Cappuccino and Americano, it was like a punch to the head. A good one, if that’s possible. A Flat White has proportionally more coffee to milk than the average. Typically served in a smaller cup, it’s two ‘short’ double shots of espresso, with steamed milk that is prepared and poured in a way that adds a thin, velvety micro-foam. Here are the steps to making it: A 8-9oz cup Two ‘short’ double shots of espresso Texture full-fat milk until it becomes a creamy micro-foam Pour milk into the cup and fold through the coffee, leaving no layer …

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Talking childhood: Mr Kap (by Meg)

I’ve been wondering why I love cakes so much. And thinking far back to when I was a little girl, one memory stands out… We used to travel for two days in my dad’s old VW van to get to my extended family in Knysna (in the Garden Route of South Africa) for our summer holidays. They had a pretty little white stone farmhouse in the middle of the Knysna forest. It was a magical place to a little girl, with no electricity, surrounded by dense forest, the heady smell of pine, wild bramble bushes, and no visible neighbours nearby, reached only by a long dirt track through the woods. There were rumours that wild Knysna elephants still roamed the forest. These elephants had been hunted to near extinction by that time, but they still left occasional signs of life now and again. I remember the adults talking once about a weasel that had gotten in to the chicken coup and killed a few birds. I was absolutely terrified it might get me in the …