Count Arthur Strong
TV Plenty of hit Radio 4 comedy series have seamlessly made the move to the small screen. But then again, there is Miranda. But we’re quietly confident that the Count will make the move with a plumb, er, a bomb, oh damn it, aplomb. Especially as Graham Linehan has been drafted in to help give this consistently excellent show its TV-ready sheen.
BBC 2. Monday, 8.30pm
The Museum of Online Museums
WEBWant to visit the world’s best museums? Can’t afford the bus fare to Liverpool South Parkway? The Museum of Online Museums gathers together the best, the weirdest and the most esoteric online presences of the world’s treasure houses. From the sleek beauty of the Finnish Design Museum to the history of vintage drum kits via Asian album covers, the MooM site mixes the real with the virtual to offer an attraction perfect for those inevitable ‘if wet’ days this summer. More information.
RSPB Guide to British Birds
APP Don’t know your swifts from your swallows? You fool. Swifts have a crescent, sickle-like shape in the air, and swallows are stockier, with a more fluttering flight pattern. Now go get this brilliant app from the RSPB – and you’ll never be at a loss to identify the 290 most common bird species found in Britain and Ireland. Bird calls and geographical filtering help you find your way. Who knew puffins sounded like gouty old duffers shooting the breeze in their memebers’ only club? More information.
Capstan’s Grand Bazaar
FAIR A brand new urban market for Liverpool. “Our aim has been to take all the best elements from arts and crafts markets, farmers markets and vintage fairs and put them all together under one roof,” says Laura-Kate Chapman. “It harks back to the markets of the past – quality, local items all under one roof, producers and artisans there to talk you though their wares, a celebration of independent businesses.” So expect Scouse Honey Co and Liverpool Cheese Company, Two Tone Retro and Kitty Ford, and Beaten Tracks DJs playing throughout the day. More information.
July 14, Haus, Greenland Street
Küla, The Village
EXHIBITION Imagine if the Baltic’s manifesto was written in post-war, ration-wracked Britain? Imagine if the area’s grand brick warehouses were re-imagined by a futuristic town planner in 1952…A new exhibition at Baltic Bakehouse does just that, with humour and warmth (ah, if only the Baltic’s manifesto, circa 2013 had that). Roy McCarthy and Zoe Byrne’s playful series of prints takes contemporary ideas and pops them through a 1950s lens. The result? A village that puts the social in media. More information.
Baltic Bakehouse, Bridgewater Street
Moderat’s Bad Kingdom
SIDE PROJECTModerat is the weekend alias of surefooted Berlin producer Apparat, and Modeselektor (Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary), and we love their eye-popping video collage of the rise and fall of the Downton Abbey classes in “Bad Kingdom” — a head rush of history which sucks you into apartheid, colonialism, huntin’, shootin’, fishin’ and, erm, the EEC. But don’t let the grim backstory spoil what is a belter of a tune, which occupies the sweet spot somewhere between crunching Berlin electro and blissed out Balearic pop. The trio’s third full-length album is out 6 August. More information.
Two Sunsets, Katy Komatsu
MUSIC We’ve got a lot of time for Two Sunsets – especially when the sun’s doing its bit, and they release sugary treats like this. Their gauzy, bliss-pop could be described as West Coast, but we hear similarities in the new crop of Oz pop (Midnight Juggernauts, Cut Copy et al) too. Well, Oz pop meets slacker rock. Enough of the inexact geography, just go listen. New single, Katy Komatsu is out in a couple of weeks on The Great Pop Supplement. More information.