Bigotry in the press – is generic hate acceptable?

Your average Parochial Church Council has more impact than the similarly acronymed Press Complaints Commission. The latter, which is little more than a luncheon club for newspaper owners and senior editors, is in the post-Leveson age a dead regulator walking, yet for now it continues to live, breath and dine on unreality. On the matter […]

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Major Miliband to head International Rescue

Thunderbirds are go, this time with Miliband Major at the helm. So I guess it’s a final farewell to “New Labour”, none of whose founding fathers remain in political life. Interesting while it lasted, it at least saw off the Wicked Witch of Grantham, and helped rid the world of a genocidaire, albeit with a […]

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Jams O’Donnell has left the building

Bloggers are a peculiar bunch. A popular image is of recluses tapping away in poorly-lit rooms, speaking their brains on life, the universe and stuff. The political ones tend to be more focused, with a few of them leading lives of blameless bourgeois professionalism and domesticity. But by and large bloggers communicate with each other […]

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Snow and horror

Half listening to BBC Radio 4’s PM programme this afternoon, as does every self-respecting middle-class resident of Perfidious Albion, I caught ear of Vanessa Whitburn, retiring editor of the 63-year-old aural soap opera The Archers, referring to Britain’s current springtime weather as “snow and horror”. This is English petite-bourgeois sensibility at its most precious. For […]

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Who bailed out the Royal Institution?

If it wasn’t dear old Queen Brenda herself, an individual or persons unknown has donated £4.4m to the Royal Institution of Great Britain. The Ri is a scientific education, outreach and research charity that has long being living beyond its means, and was looking to raise up to £60m from the sale of its swanky […]

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Press regulation – after a bad party comes the hangover

“NOW KNOW YE that We by Our Prerogative Royal of Our especial grace, certain knowledge and mere motion do by this Our Charter for Us, Our Heirs and Successors will, ordain and declare as follows…” All Hail the Central Recogniser! [with apologies to the ghost of the late great Frank Zappa]… “It is my responsibility […]

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A new pope, but no change on the pelvic issues

To global fanfare the Roman Catholic Church has appointed a Jesuit as its new CEO. This is a big deal as far as internal church politics goes. The Society of Jesus has never been entirely trusted by bulk of the Catholic hierarchy. God’s Marines have long been restricted to doing the Church’s laundry and unblocking […]

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Cycle ride: the Consumptive Greenway

Where: Jubilee Greenway with a coughing fit When: Sunday 24 March 2013 Meet: 10:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, London SE10 9LW (by the foot tunnel entrance) At the last Dog & Bell Crew meeting I joked that Sunday 24 March is listed in the United Nations calendar as World Tuberculosis Day. Given that I offered […]

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Fat and sweet – how your sugar habit could kill you

We’ve had a bumper crop recently of unhealthy diet and lifestyle stories,with the latest being some beautifully informed opinion on excessive meat eating and its association with dropping dead from perfectly preventable diseases. The spEak You’re bRanes response is to make snide comments about the godgivenness of a full English breakfast, and the value in […]

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