Bloggers in the house

Maybe it was the over-stuffed surroundings – the Grand Comittee Room of the House of Commons – but last night’s ‘blogging and politics’ event, organised by The Work Foundation and Vox Politics felt sort of important. The long-hairs and the suits, the iBook trendies and the wonks (even a few Trots) – and all three… Continue reading Bloggers in the house

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Don’t prejudge the Comms Bill

Richard Tait in the FT (subscription required) says we shouldn’t be too quick to predict the long term outcomes of the Comms Bill. After all, ten years ago: “…you could have got eye-watering odds betting that six years after channel Five?s launch it would be a major broadcaster of arts and history programmes; that its… Continue reading Don’t prejudge the Comms Bill

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Cars, green and not so green…

A genuinely green car is, of course, impossible. Moving a tonne of steel and plastic around could never use no energy at all and even the zero emissions hydrogen fuel cell cars will require prodigious amounts of energy to produce the hydrogen in the first place. The switch to hydrogen is going to happen sooner… Continue reading Cars, green and not so green…

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Buy this thing

It looks like a home enema kit but you are definitely going to need this baby for your upcoming fortnight in Suffolk or the Dordogne or wherever you take your 4×4 these days. It’s a supremely clever and slightly weird car accessory: an ingenious 12 volt cigarette lighter-powered shower attachment. Go on, wash your feet.… Continue reading Buy this thing

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Top media people

I feel obliged to link to The Guardian’s MediaGuardian 100, even if only for the old outboard brain, but I also have to link to Russ Taylor’s commentary. He’s an American so UK media looks pretty weird to him.

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Platform frenzy

Nigel Walley is a partner at clever iTV consultancy Decipher and the motor behind an intriguing research and viewing facility called iBurbia. Nigel reckons iBurbia is the only set-up in the country where you can put groups of punters in front of all the current TV technology – from Sky Plus to Freeview, networked Playstations,… Continue reading Platform frenzy

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OS X wisdom

I’ve been using Macs since 1985 (I make that 18 years) so I’ve felt at home there for a long time but OS X is a fascinating and foreign place for me, even a couple of years into the experience. So now I’ve got a copy of O’Reilly‘s excellent Mac OS X Hints next to… Continue reading OS X wisdom

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Mailer, Bush and the war

Whatever you think of it, this is one of those articles you’re going to want to have read. You’ll thank me for linking to it ? no, really, you will. Norman Mailer writing beautifully on the unstated hormonal motives for the war in Iraq, from the NYRB. “Moreover, we had knockout tank echelons, Super-Marines, and… Continue reading Mailer, Bush and the war

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Boys

As father of two girls and a boy I really enjoyed Jenni ‘Woman’s Hour’ Murray’s

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