Monthly Archives: August 2010

Anatomy of a failed joke, or has Nicholas Carr been proved right?

I posted the following on twitter earlier today in response to a tweet from BBC 5 live. For those not familiar with twitter RT is retweet – repeating the terms of another user’s post.  Anyone tell me how that link … Continue reading

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Failed TV Shows

The Munch Bunch (ITV1, unbroadcast pilot, 2010) Dennis Waterman stars as the ringleader of a gang of art thieves who decide to steal only Norwegian expressionist paintings. Commissioned for ITV1 in 2010 the pilot was never broadcast after writers quickly … Continue reading

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Ivor Novello award nominees

He picks a winner when he eats his dinner will be hard to beat. However, there’s always this:

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Law and nakedness

Blogger and tweeter Jack of Kent has deservedly built up a reputation based on a series of forensic blog posts critically examining a number of legal issues – with his assistance and analyses in relation to the Paul Clarke, Paul Chambers … Continue reading

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Brown out at the Edinburgh Book Festival

This morning I attended the Edinburgh book festival with a gaggle of children to see the fabulous Steve Cole. Cole is a children’s author with (at least) 4 series running at the moment: Slime Squad (genetically modified monsters who live … Continue reading

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Gronda gronda

When I were a lad we used to make our own entertainment by pretending to be evaporated on a vortex in the playground.

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Ultimate Big Brother

Like many people I had no idea that Big Brother was still on. However, I was very taken with the idea of favourite housemates over the years returning to the Big Brother house for one last hurrah. To that end … Continue reading

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Tonight Celtic were knocked out of a European trophy for the second time before the end of August; and Motherwell and Dundee Utd summarily dismissed too. Rangers are the only Scottish team left – and they haven’t played yet. Scotland’s … Continue reading

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Moving stuff

The content on this blog has been moved from my Livejournal (still available at ) However, given the slow death of LJ and in an attempt to maintain the content, some of which was the subject of literally minutes … Continue reading

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Protected: Lockerbie release a year on

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

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I posted my detailed analysis on twitter: "Dear BBC, Re: #sherlock – very disappointed climactic scene in pool did not contain a NO BOMBING poster." image from @simonnricketts

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Crushed Basil

The dream is over. Basil Marceaux polled only 0.5% of the votes. But nothing quite becomes the man as the manner of his departure

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Is Basil a sage? Or is this the end of thyme?

Like me you’re probably wondering how Basil did last night in the great debate. Luckily it was videotaped giving Americans the greatest visual debating experience since Kennedy-Nixon (or as wonkette described it "It Made Lincoln-Douglas Look Like a Conversation Between … Continue reading

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If there is only one youtube laden blog post you watch the videos on this week make it this.

When the quality of elected US representatives is under question in Scotland – following the increasingly ridiculous extra-curricular demands of US Senators – whose callous disregard for fact, and the sovereignty of other nations is exceeded only by their shameless manipulation of … Continue reading

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