Their sound inspires unfavourable comparisons to the bland, risk-free sound of bands like The Gossip, replete as they are with the same lacklustre attempts at choppy beats, catchy melodies and girl-punk candour. Admittedly latest single ‘That’s Not My Name’ has been rattling round my cranium for the past couple of days, but honestly that’s not much to go by – I’ve also had the jingle from the ‘I Love Horses Magazine’ advert stuck in my head lately. Even when they try for something a little sweeter the best they can muster is the nauseating sub-Lily Allen ‘Traffic Light’ which is close to unbearable. Katie White’s vocals are pretty unassuming and often unassumingly pretty, which makes for particularly unconvincing effect when she tries to channel her inner rock-bitch during the functionless funk of ‘Shut Up and Let Me Go’. And for that reason I pity them but not quite as much as I would do, had they not produced an album quite so depressingly forgettable. Harumph. Tiresome. Uninspiring. Unoriginal. Just some of the words that have been used to describe me over the years, but ones that could equally well be applied to this collection of MOR indie from awfully monikered, in-at-the-moment-but-won’t-be-come-the-next-issue-of-NME, Salford two-piece, The Ting Tings. Now I’m willing to confess that prior to even listening to the album I’d already formulated that pithy opening in my head. However, after thirty-seven uneventful minutes in the company of these ten songs I felt little compulsion to reconsider. One star. Ultimately this is just another offering from the endless cavalcade of identikit indie-poppers that are shoved down the ever grateful gullets of the credibility-seeking scene flitterers that devour this kind of stuff with relish, only to shortly thereafter excrete it into the void without a second thought, greedily awaiting the next musical morsel.
talkSPORT looks back on Liverpool’s signing of Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt 1 Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has made it clear that he is still looking for an additional goalscorer this summer, and as it happens, today marks the anniversary of the transfer of one such player to the Premier League side. On this day in 2006 the Reds confirmed a deal for Dutch forward Dirk Kuyt, who arrived off the back of three high-scoring seasons with Feyenoord.Kuyt is remembered more for his hard work and tactical discipline than his feats in front of goal at Anfield, but when he arrived on Merseyside the blonde-mopped atttacked was initially billed as a top finisher.When the deal was first announced, then Reds boss Rafael Benitez commented that Kuyt’s “finishing is fantastic” and “I know he will score a lot of goals for us”, yet ultimately the Dutchman would never come close to breaking the 20 league goal mark – despite doing so in four consecutive seasons in the Eredivisie, including one campaign in which he netted 36 goals in all competitions.Kuyt’s work-ethic and commitment were unquestionable, but that arguably worked against him at times. Benitez used the Dutchman in multiple positions and that often meant playing further away from the opposition area.In contrast to his unspectacular return in front of goal, Kuyt had a habit of scoring against tough opponents in big games, finding the back of the net against Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal in his first season, while also scoring in his club’s consolation goal in the 2-1 2007 Champions League final defeat to AC Milan.More than any other moment, Kuyt’s Liverpool career is perhaps best summed up by a hat-trick against Manchester United in 2011, with the three goals scored from a combined total of seven yards. That was Kuyt at Anfield: unspectacular perhaps, but very effective.
Huntington, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineJust because summer is over doesn’t mean you can’t still escape. Oheka Castle, a short 45-minute drive from Manhattan, is offering two golf packages for a perfectly relaxing weekday getaway.Exclusive to guests at Oheka, which is nestled on Long Island’s Gold Coast alongside such elegant estates as the Vanderbilt Mansion, the packages offer 18-hole rounds at Cold Spring Country Club’s 71-par course—first the mastermind of golf architect extraordinaire Seth Raynor, then redesigned by the renowned Robert Trent Jones. The expansive grass grounds make a perfect place to enjoy the pleasant fall air, and additional amenities like golf lessons, cart rentals and caddies are available.Great for business outings and mini-reunions alike, the Golf Package ($2,250) provides a round for four, while the Father & Son Golf Outing ($1,000) presents a bonding opportunity for two. With either package, gourmand golfers can start the day with a piping hot breakfast, refuel with lunch at the country club, then wash down their best tee-time memories with a delicious three-course dinner back at the castle with a bottle of wine. Retire to your Chateau room, classily decked out in French-inspired stylings, for a luxuriant weeknight’s slumber.Available through December 22, weather permitting.www.oheka.com