NUJ conference imminent – Lord have mercy!

For my manifold sins I shall from Thursday to Sunday of this week be attending the biennial Delegate Meeting of the National Union of Journalists. The conference this year is being held in Eastbourne, the elephant graveyard of the English south coast. At the conference I will be a delegate for the London Freelance Branch […]

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Windy Miller running out of friends

What is it with culture secretary Maria Miller, whom I dub “Windy Miller” owing to her propensity for brain farts? She is fast running out of friends. Given Miller’s level of professional competence, it is difficult to understand why prime minister David Cameron and his cabinet are intent on quashing any further public discussion of […]

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Cycle ride: Locks, Docks & One Smoking Ferry afterworker

Where: Locks, Docks & One Smoking Ferry afterworker When: Thursday 3 April 2014 Meet: 18:30 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 9LW (by the foot tunnel entrance) Spring has sprung, so it’s time for some mid-week afterworker rides. My first for 2014 will be a variation on the late Barry Mason’s Locks, Docks and One Smoking […]

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Friends group surveys public opinion on use of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels

More than 3,000 people pass through the Greenwich and Woolwich tunnels each day, and that number appears to be growing quickly. Roughly 50% of the tunnel users are cyclists, with the other half pedestrian only. As tunnel traffic grows, competition and conflict between cyclists, skateboarders, rollerskaters and pedestrian-only users will likely increase. Reducing ill-will between […]

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Bob Crow passes into trade union legend

Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers general secretary Bob Crow was from my non-socialist, europhile perspective a political pain in the arse. He was also an outstanding trade union leader, and a rhetorical as well as physical giant among men. Bob’s bitterest enemies mourn the old tankie’s passing, with fond memories of the man who could […]

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Think of me, pleads phone hacking boss Rebekah Brooks

Former News of the World editor and alleged phone hacking conspirator Rebekah Brooks has in court had her lawyer read out messages of support from colleagues… “You remain the greatest editor and journalist I’ve ever known. I’ve always felt privileged to work alongside you, you’ve done absolutely nothing wrong. “It is totally alien to your […]

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No Archers for Scottish listeners following independence

In a threat set to break the will of the people of Scotland, and kill off all hopes of independence from England, UK culture secretary Maria Miller has said that an independent Scotland would lose the BBC, depriving its 5.3 million citizens of their favourite radio soap opera, The Archers. If that were not punishment […]

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Chinese LinkedIn with an eye over their shoulder

I see that LinkedIn, the social networking platform geared toward professionals, is looking to expand its operations in China. As with all multinational private corporations doing business in the communist-controlled country, LinkedIn has made a faustian bargain with China’s totalitarian state, offering to do its dirty work of censorship. LinkedIn’s entirely rational commercial move gives […]

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London in the dock over air pollution

A statement from the No to Silvertown Tunnel campaign… The people of London know all too well the foul state of the air they breathe, and scientific studies confirm that air pollution from motor vehicle exhausts routinely exceeds statutory limits designed to protect our health. Pollution from vehicle fumes can lead to respiratory illness and […]

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