heard on the wire

Drink cocktails, go to launderettes


I hate bucket lists. I hate the idea of bucket lists. I hate the self-congratulatory smugness of it all. Look at all the things I’m going to do with my life, loser.

A student at the school I teach in wasn’t going on holiday this summer. Nor were they able to go on the school trip to a local theme park. Their parents couldn’t afford it. This is the loveliest, most hardworking student you could imagine, one who’ll likely get a slew of GCSE grade As. Tell them about swimming with dolphins in the Maldives.

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You are the beat-beat-beat of my heart


Imagine a blend of Swedish, radio-friendly pop and Italo disco—frightening, isn’t it? But that’s the perfect description of Sally Shapiro, a Gothenburg duo comprising “Sally” and Johan Agebjörn.

The epitome of publicity shy, “Sally” has never revealed her real name, let alone anything about her life away from the band. Agebjörn, a psychology student, has said that he chose the name because the duo inspired by artists like Valerie Dore and Katy Gray, who also had a team of producers and writers behind them using the name of a singer as the title for the project.

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