Tsunami fund raisers should accept Paypal

I’ve been looking around for an agency accepting Paypal donations towards the various Tsunami appeals. I suspect there’s millions locked up in Paypal balances that could be made useful if some of the big agencies (Disasters Emergency Committee in the UK, for instance) would accept them. The SEA-EAT blog (already getting a lot of attention… Continue reading Tsunami fund raisers should accept Paypal

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Overcoming donor fatigue

On the Today Programme the other day Bill Clinton suggested, even before the magnitude of the Asian disaster became clear, that the big donor Nations should divide up the affected region and concentrate on assisting specific countries. This sounds like a good idea to me but what if we took the idea further and explicitly… Continue reading Overcoming donor fatigue

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Stick this lot in your iPod

A jewel of a programme about Blake’s Jerusalem from Tom Paulin (probably overwritten by next week’s show by now – drop me a line if you want an MP3) and Alan Bennett reading JM Barrie’s lovely prose version of Peter Pan and the best In Our Time yet, about Newton’s Second Law of thermodynamics (Thank… Continue reading Stick this lot in your iPod

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Your tax dollar in action…

I’ve been meaning to blog this for ages but I just haven’t been able to form the words in my head. Why? Anyway, I’ve been helping a sort of loose consortium, led by legendary geek hate figure David Docherty (don’t worry, he didn’t do it), who used to be fabulously important at the BBC and… Continue reading Your tax dollar in action…

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Honourable Fiend

Still guestblogging over there for the time being, in case you’re interested. Latest entry is about Michael Howard and ID cards.

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Fixing pensions

Pensions are important and will be for a long time (how about the indefinite future? Or at least until you can get uploading on the National Health). I find myself really losing patience with the politicians. No one doubts there’s a crisis coming and we’ve seen some interesting new ideas (like the citizen’s pension) but… Continue reading Fixing pensions

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Trying to keep it together…

I give you a snapshot of the pre-Xmas domestic disarray round here. I’m feeding the kids Friday evening and notice that the pretty little red plate that I’ve given to Rosie for her fish fingers is actually a frisbee (an Incredibles frisbee in fact).

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Disney and Winnie-the-Pooh

Have you ever visited the Hundred Acre Wood? You can, you know. It’s a real place, hidden in the Home Counties and quite recognisably Pooh’s domain. All the landmarks are there, even the sandy place where Kanga and Roo lived. If you were brought up with Pooh it’s a quite amazing experience. It’s quaint, of… Continue reading Disney and Winnie-the-Pooh

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Back in ten minutes…

I’m having fun guestblogging over there at the moment. Azeem tells me that Hon. Fiend is doing very well, even while its editor suns himself in Brazil. Blanket Blunkett is bringing in the punters at the moment, naturally.

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