Did you know Winston Churchill’s mother had a tattoo?

Most news about Selfridges‘ new tattoo parlour mentioned the fact that Winston Churchill’s mother had a snake tattoo on one wrist, even The Guardian’s cheeky Pass Notes and the FT’s front page story (subscription required). I’m assuming the Churchill snippet was in the ‘notes to editors’ at the end of the press release. Don’t let… Continue reading Did you know Winston Churchill’s mother had a tattoo?

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I’ve come over all 1950

Wired on private space planes, New Scientist on flying cars (you need a subscription or a free trial to see this one).

Yes, but it’s so practical

Around the time we acquired our third child we also acquired a ‘people mover’ (or an ‘MPV’) like the one in the picture and now we’ve been forcibly recruited to a scary new demographic ? the demographic that hysterically justifies the purchase of what is basically a bus because it’s ‘so practical’ and gets notes… Continue reading Yes, but it’s so practical

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Blogging blokes at Blacks

Very privileged to have entertained some of the bloggerati at Blacks on Monday night. From left to right, Dan Gillmor, James Crabtree, some sardines on toast (I think they call it ‘crostini’), Matt Jones, Vic Keegan (who doesn’t keep a weblog but edits Guardian Online which is good enough for me), James Cronin (likewise, but… Continue reading Blogging blokes at Blacks

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Keeping an eye on Ofcom

I can’t tell from his weblog what Luke Gibbs does for a living but I think he’s going to save me a lot of effort by trawling the media to keep me up to date with the activities of Britain’s new ‘media super-regulator’, Ofcom. He also links to Russ Taylor’s Media Frenzy, which is mainly… Continue reading Keeping an eye on Ofcom

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Cheer up. It might never happen…

I’ve been sarcastic about Steven Pinker’s knee jerk Darwinism in the past but this piece from today’s Guardian is the best debunking yet of the apocalyptic strain of genetic futurology that dominates the pop consciousness at the moment. “But when it comes to direct genetic enhancement – engineering babies with genes for desirable traits –… Continue reading Cheer up. It might never happen…

Neocon update

If you’re trying to keep up with the progress of the hyper-adapted neocon meme – coming soon to a democracy near you – this very good NYRB article by Elizabeth Drew might help. Personally (and speaking as a leftie who supported the war and thus probably the perfect target demo for the whole neocon project),… Continue reading Neocon update

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History

Bill Gash, one time commercial head for Yahoo! UK and the motor behind an occasional gathering of Internet old lags called Netvets, is shown auctioning the legendary December 1996 edition of UK Wired Magazine for charidee at tonight’s annual Netvets barbecue. If you can name any of the gang of miscreants shown on the front… Continue reading History

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Cycling lawyer blogs…

Mark Lloyd has been my lawyer for years and is now keeping an interesting weblog – mostly about sporty things and cycling in particular – Mark’s passion. Should be worth watching during the Tour De France. Speaking of the Tour, The Observer’s excellent “cheat’s guide” is a jaw dropping account of drug abuse, short cuts,… Continue reading Cycling lawyer blogs…

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