Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Nottingham Man Homeless after Local Council Denies Accommodation – Shelter say: “Move into a Hostel”

By Amelia Yarde Ellis

JORDAN Crich, 20, of Broxtowe Road in Aspley, Nottingham was yesterday denied accommodation from Nottinghamshire County Council due to being a student.

Jordan Crich says he is "at a loss".
After his parents unexpectedly emigrated last week, the University of West England, Film student was asked to rely on free accommodation from friends after the council told him he was not eligible for emergency housing, leaving him homeless.

“I came back from my first year of university in May to a ‘sold’ sign outside my house. I was told to find somewhere to live, and went to the council for help. They told me because I am a student and receive a student loan they do not need to help me and sent me away.”

During the holidays student tenancies end around June, whereupon they are expected to spend summer back at home with families.

Luckily, a friend has now allowed him to stay in their home whilst he finds his feet.

“I was told to go and live in my student house in Bristol, but the tenancy doesn’t start until September. I’m getting myself an education; I’m not a scrounger doing nothing. But if I were, they would have helped. It seems backwards.”

A spokesperson from housing charity, Shelter said: “The council’s negative decision draw in factors such as he has no dependent children or is not deemed ‘vulnerable’. However, the council are legally still obligated to give advice. Our advice would be to look at hostels.”

Whilst Mr Crich says he understands housing is expensive and there may be a lack of funding, he argues that everyone in need should be entitled for support. He is looking into privately renting but is unqualified for housing benefit and limited without a guarantor.

“I just think it’s disgusting I was left to sleep on the street.”

A Nottingham City Council spokesperson said: "The help we are able to offer is set out by Government legislation. This student has been left in an unusual situation and we would advise Jordan to talk to his welfare officer at university who may be able to offer practical advice in this circumstance."

For help and advice on homelessness, please contact Shelter on free on 0808 800 4444 or visit their webpage: england.shelter.org.uk

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Congratulations to Flatmate Tom who managed to steal a photo with lead singer/guitarist Kip, of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. I am not overflowing with jealousy as I am focusing on your non-existant eyes. Ha! Hahaha.

Flatmate Tom: "Farran [other flatmate] caught it just as I was blinking which makes it so ridiculous. My eyes aren't that small!" For evidence of how small Flatmate Tom's eyes actually are, please redirect to my twitter where you will find an all new definition for the word 'squint'.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012


Below is the new single by ex-White-Stripes frontman Jack White and it is soooooo good, almost White Stripes good, and still incorporating that innovative garage rock, blue-sy sound. Sixteen Saltines comes in preparation for debut solo album 'Blunderbuss' (named after a gun?!) due on April 23rd this year. 

(Saltines, in case you were wondering is an American cracker which Americans like to engage in a hilarious game with; by stuffing as many as possible into the mouth without drinking. I imagine sixteen saltines in the mouth is Jack White's party trick.)

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

I absolutely love this; 'The Only Place' is the first single taken from Best Coast's new album: 'The Only Place' (again), released on 15th May this year. It sounds so summery and nice and a lot fresher than some songs from their previous album which I found could get a bit drab after a while. But this sounds so upbeat and probably more pop-y and it suits them a lot more. 

June 16 Glasgow: Garage 
June 17 Manchester: HMV Ritz 

June 18 Birmingham: Academy 
June 20 London: SBE 
June 21 Brighton: Coalition 

Friday, 23 March 2012

I met Miguel Demelo (left)- the drummer from Tribes last night. He was on crutches and very, very drunk but still managed to DJ- what a professional! (And he was very nice too). 


What is this abomination to music? I'm sorry to give this more views (see below) but people should be aware that covers like this are in absolutely no way acceptable. So disappointed that The White Stripes sold their soul away like this; yet another sad example of the deep, dark abyss the music industry is falling into.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Interview with THE GUILLEMOTS

What should people expect to see at your shows?
Fyfe: Hopefully good energy, I think energy's the important thing. It's an exchange of energy between us and the audience and (massive pause as phone rings) does someone wanna get that?! I'm so tempted to answer it! I mean yeah it [the shows] want to be something that people can move themselves to. We have a lot of slow songs but we have a lot of up-tempo ones and gigs like festivals will tend to focus on the more up-beat stuff. But you know, I'm terrible at describing us.

Why do The Guillemots always reference birds? As the name 'Guillemots' itself is a type of bird and they constantly surface in your songs.
Fyfe: I've always bird-watched since I was a kid but it's not really anything to do with the band. I think it's not a conscious thing I just think birds come out. I guess it's a metaphor in a sense that birds are a quite obvious symbol of freedom or whatever but you, it's not something I think about too much. 

So what have you been doing since the last record?
Fyfe: Well, selling a record and making this new record. So writing. Yeah writing a lot!
Grieg: Yeah 3-4 days a week. Just sitting down and writing loads. The second record was quite a rush.
Fyfe: Well rushed in the sense it took a while to do but we started to do it straight away after touring the first one and we didn't have time to get to decide what we wanted to do and we wanted to just write and form an opinion of what we wanted to do next, naturally.

So does this mean you're more happy with the latest one (Walk the River)?
Oh we were happy with the second one too but, you know, they're all different. 

Your first album (Through the Windowpane) was nominated for the 2006 Mercury Music Prize, how do you feel about that record in relation to other?  
Well your first record's always quite easy in a way because you've had your whole life to build up to it. I mean, my solo stuff is different because it's not with the band. [Solo stuff is harder] because, yeah, people judge you, but I think you have to not care about that… when I or we make records it's just music that you want to make. Of course, there's a side to you that wants every to love it but really it doesn't matter, I mean, really, if you're doing what you think is right, that's the only thing that matters. 

I listened to you a lot through my GCSE's-
Fyfe: Oh really, thank you! Well I hope we helped you get some good marks!

…And I liked your cover of Black and Gold by Sam Sparrow. Will you be doing anything like that again?
Greig: When we were in Paris they asked us to do a cover on some TV show.
Fyfe: Oh yeah, we covered The Who, yeah. What was that other one we did?
Greig: On that French radio show we covered The Beatles: Tomorrow Never Knows.

If you can't wait to listen to the The Guillemots new material, watch them live at three dates below: 

Friday 30th Mar: Village Underground
Saturday 31st Mar: Village Underground
Friday 20th-21st Jul: Truck Festival- Hill Farm, Steventon


All photography on this post by Amelia Yarde Ellis


Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Today has possibly been the dullest day in all of history.  I have concluded that all things wrong with everything is the fault of lecturers who have monotone voices; why do they exist? Why do they get paid? However it has also enabled me to hide like a little mousey at the back of the room and source better things.
Bear In Heaven's new album 'I Love You, It's Cool' is almost ready to arrive as they announce the release date of April 3rd.
From that, they've already unveiled a track sounding typically Bear In Heaveny; synthy, electro, experimental. Also, I'll probably get gunned down by my Dad for saying this, but they do remind me of Talking Heads, particularly in Sinful Nature (listen here).
Also with a spring album planned, Santigold releases the second single from it: Disparate Youth. With M.I.A. also releasing a 2012 album, she'll never compete judging by this track but then again does prove with first single from new album: Big Mouth that she is no one hit wonder and has finally moved on from LES Artists which was released in 2008 and has nothing decent to compete with since. You can see her this summer at Radio 1's Hackney Weekend (23rd Jun) and Heaven, London (26th Apr). She's also rumoured to be collaborating with Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt (Odd Future, so 2011).
Also excited by recently announced Dot to Dot festival line up. See above and click here for full list.