They’re still screwed

Nothing about the frozen-in-time short-sightedness of today’s Tory party electoral rule change leads me to believe that the Tories can chose an electable leader between now and… ooh… say the heat death of our solar system. Luckily, by then, most of us will be living somewhere else…

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Muhammad Ali, boxing links, morality

We watched Michael Mann’s Ali on the TV. We love Muhammad Ali in our house. He’s such a huge figure – an Elvis, a Churchill, a great big, Shakespearean hero/maniac. So I found myself looking up boxing stuff: an amazing (and, I don’t doubt, very accurate) boxing records database, maintained by enthusiast-editors around the world.… Continue reading Muhammad Ali, boxing links, morality

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Tooth note

You’re seven. You lose a tooth and then – uh oh – you lose that tooth. What do you do? Naturally, you write the tooth fairy an explanatory note…

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Slowing down

Don’t get me wrong. I like cars (I think I’ve told you before about my perfect, photographic recollection of every car made anywhere in the world before the Clash’s third single). But I’m also the crazy fuck standing on the kerb outside his house in his pyjamas yelling at the ladies in their black-windowed 4x4s… Continue reading Slowing down

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The Guardian Again

Speaking of The Guardian, I spent part of Wednesday afternoon in a private room at The Ivy, judging the web site category of the 26th annual Guardian Student Media Awards. As I did not fail to point out to everyone present, the last time I ate in that room was at a dinner thrown by… Continue reading The Guardian Again

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Media I have loved

Listen. I don’t want to get all sentimental here but The Guardian has always been pretty important to me. My Mum & Dad – working class lefties and trade unionists of the old school (unless they’re reading this, in which case they’re the bastards who ruined my life) – brought me up on the Grauniad… Continue reading Media I have loved

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Will Self in The Wood Between The Worlds

I’m reading the kids the first three books from The Chronicles of Narnia at the moment and very very brilliant and engrossing they are too (never read them before). From his Independent column I learn that Will Self’s a C.S.Lewis fan. The good thing about the paper’s otherwise-annoying paid-for service is that the free taster… Continue reading Will Self in The Wood Between The Worlds

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Save these gadgets for the nation

The disbursal of the Steve Bowbrick Media Technology Museum Cemetery continues apace. Charming but obsolete gadgets like this 1980s Sony portable shortwave receiver and this terrific battleship-grade piece of German optical engineering are going under the hammer over at eBay as we speak. We’re having a bit of a domestic over whether I should unload… Continue reading Save these gadgets for the nation

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Is this funny?

It is funny isn’t it? I mean it’s not just me is it? It could be just me…

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Katrina’s consequences

How do you govern a country (and prosecute a costly foreign war) when the complacency and incompetence of your administration has just caused thousands of your citizens to be drowned? God knows. The British media’s almost gleeful schadenfreude over Katrina’s aftermath makes me sick (they love it: incompetence, anarchy, overflowing toilets, race fear, natural disaster.… Continue reading Katrina’s consequences