Music ain’t what it used to be

Older generations have a annoying habit of bemoaning the quality of music enjoyed by the young, and to be honest I am no exception. I detest the music of Engelbert Humperdink with a passion. But do claims that modern pop music is crap stand up to scrutiny, or are they simply a consequence of old […]

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Julian Assange: it’s hard being a Messiah

Former New York Times editor Bill Keller may be hesitant to indulge in Freudian psychoanalysis, but his character portrait of Julian Assange succinctly illustrates the kind of neuroses that drive the Wikileaks co-founder and alleged rapist. Within a several thousand-word article in yesterday’s Guardian, in which a number of Assange’s friends, associates and nemeses are […]

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Thou shalt not take the piss, say Vlad ‘n’ Kirill

From Pussy Riot’s critically acclaimed concert in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour… And what exactly were they singing? "Black robe, golden epaulettes, All parishioners crawl to bow. The phantom of liberty is in heaven, Gay-pride sent to Siberia in chains. "The head of the KGB, their chief saint, Leads protesters to prison under escort. […]

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Pedalling for peace

Further to the press release posted yesterday regarding Bike4Truce, here are the organisers speaking about the project in their own words… Dudes making war on war. This is going to be fun.

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Olympic Truce comes to London by pedal power

From a press release distributed earlier today… Twelve Italian cyclists will soon begin a five day pedal-powered tour from Malmedy in Belgium to central London. The aim of the Bike4Truce initiative is to promote the Olympic Truce. The Olympic Truce is a tradition from ancient Greece dating back to the 9th century BCE, established by […]

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Confessions of a bourgeois anarchist

The President of the National Union of Journalists writes… “Many years ago, I was reading Emma Goldman’s autobiography sitting beside the pool while on holidays in Greece (not necessarily everyone’s idea of relaxing, but I’m not everyone). I sat bolt upright in my sun-bed when I got to page 567 and Goldman writes of lecturing […]

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Cycle ride report: The Seven Ages of Shopping

Six chaps of advancing years assembled in Greenwich’s Cutty Sark Gardens on a breezy and occasionally showery Saturday morning, for a cycling spin up the Regents Canal and River Lea Navigation to Walthamstow. The primary purpose of the ride was to visit the newly-reopened William Morris Gallery, there to inspect a fine tapestry by Grayson […]

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Ban cycle helmets … or make helmets compulsory for all!

Cycle helmets are next to useless, but that in itself will not prevent their use being made compulsory. Recent history shows that where there’s a political will, any amount of nonsense can make its way into the statute book. If cycle helmets are any use, then surely it makes sense to force everyone to wear […]

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Ban cycling helmets now!

Environmentally-unfriendly it may be, but a thin polystyrene shell has at least one advantage over papier mâché when it comes to the fabrication of headgear for cyclists – it won’t turn into a pulpy mass when exposed to rain or sweat. Other than that it is equally useless, and for this and numerous other reasons […]

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And lo he ascendeth, and sitteth on the right hand…

Talking of idiot leftists kicking the bucket, as I am wont to do on occasion, I see that the American ‘progressives’’ living saint Gore Vidal liveth no more, having ascended to sit on the right hand of the father, and in no uncertain terms tell him where he is going wrong. “Every time a friend […]

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