Davies gets his retaliation in first

Meaty and coherent preemptive strike from BBC Chairman Gavyn Davies on Hutton (although last minute delays to the report may make it a bit more preemptive than intended). You’ll need an ft.com subscription to read this (for you foreigners: a judge, Lord Hutton, is conducting an enquiry into the circumstances of the death of a… Continue reading Davies gets his retaliation in first

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The trouble with getting old

If you’ve got an ft.com subscription you should read Martin Wolf’s article about population and pension provision from 6 Jan. He nicely lays out the main issues (with charts) and illustrates a) that we need to make some really bold changes if we’re going to avoid pension meltdown and b) that no single measure will… Continue reading The trouble with getting old

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Best book this Xmas

We’re huge fans of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler round here. Their The Gruffalo is one of our favourite picture books and was turned into the best bit of children’s theatre I’ve ever seen by Tall Stories Theatre Company last Xmas. This year’s favourite Xmas book (with Olly, 5 and Billie, 4. Rosie, 8 months,… Continue reading Best book this Xmas

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Polly Pocket lesbians

I’m getting a lot of pornospam from a web site called tinylesbians.com (I don’t want to link – it’ll only encourage them). I’m reluctant to actually visit the site in case it’s not about really tiny, palm-sized, miniature lesbians (Juliet says they might be Polly Pocket dykes).

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I think I invented Reality TV

At the end of 1996 I made a presentation to a TV conference and I filled it with screenshots from a new webcam site that everyone was talking about called Jennicam. I told the conference that I was pretty sure we’d soon see lots of TV shows influenced by web sites like Jennicam and that… Continue reading I think I invented Reality TV

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Pop culture gewgaws

Over in Hackney (London’s Brooklyn), at the trendy Transition Gallery they’re developing a nice line in twenty-first-century wise-ass barrow-boy pop culture irony. In fact, I think Transition is likely to become the epicentre of London’s emerging twenty-first-century wise-ass barrow-boy pop culture irony scene. They even have some handsome merchandise, including some lovely ‘car collector plaques’… Continue reading Pop culture gewgaws

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Borrowed beliefs

So it turns out that Michael Howard’s ‘beliefs’ weren’t borrowed from a tea-towel or a greetings card motto or the dreadful ‘desiderata‘ at all, but from the grimly pompous words of robber barron/penitent philanthropist John D Rockefeller Jnr, from 1941. Although the content has been changed, the structure is identical and Howard’s designers even chose… Continue reading Borrowed beliefs

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