“A very, very challenging situation”

I am delighted to see the London 2012 Olympic Games turning into a PR clusterfuck, and will be absolutely ecstatic if the event degenerates into a real-life management disaster. As a sometime resident of southeast London, the Olympic Games are already impacting on my daily life, with Greenwich Park turned into an equestrian sports arena […]

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We rode and we was big

After spending an evening in the tumble dryer, and a few hours sleep, I’m now in a position to report on the London Cycling Campaign’s Big Ride. For us in Greenwich the day started at 09:30, with some 40 cyclists assembled in Cutty Sark Gardens for the feeder ride along the Thames Path into central […]

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Go Dutch in London!

No, I do not mean spliff up in the street, although that’s fine as long as you’re not in charge of a vehicle or other heavy machinery. I’m referring instead to the Big Ride tomorrow – Saturday 28 April 2012 – organised by the London Cycling Campaign… I shall be helping marshal this family-friendly event, […]

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Afghan young to raise their eyes heavenwards

The military campaign in Afghanistan may be drawing down, and it is surely time for civil society cooperation to take hold. There are a number of such projects underway already, to which we can now add an educational initiative managed by British science communicator Christopher Phillips and the Afghanistan Astronomy Association. Reach for the Stars […]

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Social engineering on an Olympic scale

Newham-gate, in short… I’ll tell you what happens with impossible promises. You start with an elected mayor and a one-party mini-state, who between them grab all the power for themselves, completely ignoring the institutions of civil society. You then go through the years sticking to that, out-dated, misplaced, irrelevant to the real needs, and you […]

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Jerusalem-on-Thames

To all those Englishmen, Englishwomen and Anglo-childebeest who do not hate themselves, I say: Happy St George’s Day! Those who do can go fuck themselves, the miserable buggers. This friendly greeting is brought to you by one of indeterminate nationality who is currently domiciled in England, and quite likes the place and its myriad peoples […]

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Spooky culture

I see that the Guardian is today featuring the highly derivative art of two Cuban secret service agents who in 2001, “at the conclusion of a controversial trial”, were convicted in the United States of espionage and conspiracy to commit murder, and are now serving lengthy prison sentences. The cultural propaganda work of spooks Antonio […]

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Tweeting Breivik

Media researcher Daniel Bennett asks whether it is ethical for journalists to Tweet from the ongoing trial in Oslo of serial child killer and fuckwitted Templar fantasist Anders Behring Breivik. Television and radio broadcasting of Breivik’s infantile soap-boxing is forbidden, but journalists are permitted to post live updates and comment to the web. “It is […]

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Of cyber shit and roses

The Guardian‘s technology editor Charles Arthur – who, let’s be honest, is going to get it in the neck whatever he writes, such is the vituperative nature of online debate surrounding consumer electronics – has today given us a thoughtful discussion of the electronic walled gardens of mobile device app stores and social networks such […]

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With Derek and his friends

Ricky Gervais is a screenwriter and actor who made his name with The Office, a ‘mockumentary’ set in the office of a dull as ditchwater paper manufacturer in Slough: a perfect setting for this buttock-clenching comedy. The creator of The Office is one of a handful of talented British writers making comedy dramas of this […]

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