Alan Turing – the good queer

I was one of those who in 2011 signed an e-petition calling on the UK government to pardon the mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing. In 1952, the genius who broke the Nazi military codes, and built the foundations of digital computing, was chemically castrated following a criminal conviction for being gay. Two years later, […]

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Why ‘radical’ Muslim clerics should feature in the media

I see that the BBC is once again getting it in the corporate neck for supplementing the welfare benefits of Islamofascist rentagob Anjem Choudary. The al-Muhajiroun leader featured on this morning’s Today programme, interviewed by presenter John Humphrys alongside the equally tedious but considerably less insane securocrat Alex Carlile. Choudary is an out-and-out nutter, and […]

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Blogging de-Natured

The inexorable decline in blogging continues apace. As a journalist I got into blogging in the mid-noughties, and was paid for my efforts, with quantity and quality of personal output in direct proportion to financial input. From this website I have blogged for peanuts and empty promises on political and cultural matters, and I was […]

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Mithrasmas Mass 2013 – a Christmas Day cycle ride in London

What: Mithrasmas Mass 2013 When: Wednesday 25 December 2013 Meet: 10:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, London SE10 9LW Esteemed Velopedists of Greater Londinium, The festive season approacheth, and the Southeast London Commissariat for Social Cycle Rides Planning (aka the Dog & Bell Crew) invites you to join many, various and adventurous local cyclists for a […]

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A bit nippy

The low temperature record has just been awarded to a spot near Dome A in the heart of the Antarctic desert. At -93.2C it beats the previous record of -89.2C, which was measured in 1983 at the Russian Vostok base on the same continent. To help one appreciate such low air temperatures, I can offer […]

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Lewisham NUJ is no more

Cross-posted with small changes from the website of Lewisham NUJ. The Lewisham branch of the National Union of Journalists, of which I was the elected chair, no longer exists as a constituent body of the union. NUJ members living and working in southeast London will continue to meet in social gatherings, but we no longer […]

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Cycle ride – Lewisham borders

Where: Lewisham Borders When: Sunday 8 December 2013 Meet: 10:00 @ Blackheath Pond (by Princess of Wales pub), SE3 0RL Brought to you by the Southeast London Commissariat for Social Cycle Rides Planning, aka the Dog & Bell Crew, a 40 kilometres (200 furlongs) circumnavigation of the glorious, semi-alpine London Borough of Lewisham. A tip of […]

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Cycle ride – “It’s grim up north London”

Where: “It’s grim up north London” (aka Fenton’s Fancy around the houses) When: Saturday 23 November 2013 Meet: 10:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 9LW (by the foot tunnel entrance) With autumn drawing to a close, I thought it would be nice to lead a Dog & Bell Crew ride to Richmond Park. But in […]

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Cycle ride: Darent Valley of northwest Kent

Where: Darent Valley When: Saturday 9 November 2013 Meet: 10:00 @ General Wolfe statue, Greenwich Park (by the observatory) Apologies for the short notice. Brought to you by the Dog & Bell Crew, an autumnal and possibly slightly squelchy ride through the Darent Valley of northwest Kent, starting and ending in Greenwich Park. I do […]

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The British press – now only partly free

Echoing Freedom House‘s comparative assessment of global political rights and civil liberties, following the failure in the courts to block the UK government’s plans for a statutory press regulator, one can declare that the press in Britain is now “partly free”. The peoples of Britain have never enjoyed a constitutional right to a free press, […]

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