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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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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Renovation of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels set to resume

Issued today in the name of the Friends of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels (Fogwoft)… On Monday 21 October 2013, representatives of the recently formed Friends of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels held an exploratory meeting with the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The aim of this initial meeting was to introduce the community group to […]

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Farewell to a comrade-in-words

The marxian political philosopher and legendary blogger Norman Geras has died, aged 70. Norm and I never met in person, but this southern-African turned Mancunian and I corresponded by email over a number of years. In 2008, Norm interviewed me as part of a long series of profiles of political bloggers and other writers. Norm […]

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Locals to celebrate 101st anniversary of Woolwich Foot Tunnel

PRESS RELEASE On Saturday 26 October 2013, local people from both sides of the River Thames will gather in Woolwich to celebrate the 101st anniversary of the foot tunnel which links the town with its north bank namesake. The event is being organised by a recently formed community group known as the Friends of Greenwich […]

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Long live the short story

Canadian author Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature, and for me it is a delight to see a short story writer acknowledged in this way. I am not so familiar with Munro’s work, but enough to know that the prize is well-deserved. I have long been fascinated by short stories, and […]

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