A Vida survey last month highlighted that the predominance of white male literary critics – making up more than 60% of all published content – constitutes a “dangerous lens” through which we see the world. There is one exception – those small magazines who are much more attentive to gender mainstreaming. Here at Brexhip, we are proud to the first of many incredible articles by Federica Romanò, a particularly wonderful journalist with a sharp ear for experimental and avant garde sounds – this month with “Music for Installations” by Brian Eno.

Talk of a second referendum on Brexit has been proliferant, a vote that would replace that of two years ago. On 23rd June, a procession marched through the streets of London shouting for another consultation, unfortunately without the blessing of either the Tories or Labour…What could be more important in their political diaries?

The May Government, with her desperate attempts to paper over the cracks in her fragmenting party, has run away from the prospect of a “soft Brexit”. We’ve seen fists drumming down on the table from President Trump, paying a visit to his most special ally (after Putin?) and we all saw the incertainty in those few steps made by Queen Elizabeth one of the greatest Gif-Allegory-Generalists (read GAG) of our time.

And, dear Puritans, the famous marble statue of Queen Victoria – an ever more unimpressed look across her stony face – has been saved from potential exportation to foreign lands and will be publicly displayed at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

The recipe and copyright of the legendary Thomas Hardy beer by Heldridge Pope brewery was bought a couple of years ago by a couple of famous beer brewing brothers from Padova: Fratelli Vecchiato. Named after that nihilist poet, heavily influenced by Schopenhauer, the Fratelli entrepreneurs (who previously ran the Antoniano Brewery in Padova) have been producing this beer in the UK from 2015.

We’ll drop in on “Cinema” by Denoise, discovering what’s behind their fascinating electro-pop project: their sounds are sophisticated and ready to cross national borders. We’re going to stay with the psycho-geographic trajectory that links music, film and books, bringing together Italy and the UK in Mirko Arena’s column Us and Them. For the series “not in my backyard” we seek refuge in the garden of Renzo Stefanel, who’ll tell us stories of music loved and lives lived, the meetings of Anglo-Italian musicians of legendary times.

Nando Dorelassi

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