Author Archives: Nick

Worth Reading 117: The missing of Roanoke

Richard Hofstadter and America’s New Wave of Anti-Intellectualism – Not just limited to America, of course. Robert Reich: “Paid-what-you’re-worth” is a toxic myth – “Fifty years ago, when General Motors was the largest employer in America, the typical GM worker got paid $35 an hour in today’s dollars. Today, America’s largest employer is Walmart, and […]

Latest Castle Ward planning applications

142469 & 142925: Variation of planning conditions, Greens Yard. 142583: Advertisement consent for new signage, Angel Court, High Street. 142868: Advertisement consent for rebranding, Crouch Street. 142890: Advertisement consent for new signs, High Street. 142913: Change of use to class A5 (hot food takeaway), High Street. 142923: Rear and front porch extensions, Kings Meadow Road. […]

Latest Castle Ward planning applications

142128 – New one bedroom dwelling, Walters Yard 140344 – Listed building consent for painting window frames, East Hill 142440 and 142441 – Single story extension and garage, Maidenburgh Street 142462 – First floor extension and garage reconstruction, Carlisle Close 140527 – Change of use to A5 (restaurant/cafe), St Botolph’s Street 142523 – Change of […]

Worth Reading 116: The star to every wandering bark

The dark power of fraternities – It’s been doing the rounds because of an interesting opening, but the meat of this article on the influence of fraternities within the US higher education system is interesting. The True History of Libertarianism in America: A Phony Ideology to Promote a Corporate Agenda – “That is how libertarianism […]

Worth Reading 115: Sixtus the seventh

George Lakoff: ‘Conservatives don’t follow the polls, they want to change them … Liberals do everything wrong’ – Interesting perspective from a psychologist, which is in line with some of the comments Drew Westen made in The Political Brain. Remarks on climate change – A speech by US Secretary of State John Kerry, where he […]

The end of all-male panels on the BBC?

Quick trivia question: What connects Richard Osman, Dan Snow and Mark Steel? They’re the last all-male line-up of guests on Have I Got News For You, if Danny Cohen delivers on his promise: “We’re not going to have panel shows on any more with no women on them. You can’t do that. It’s not acceptable.” […]

Latest Castle Ward planning applications

140021: Listed building consent for replacement signage, Head Street and Culver Street. 140046: Listed Building consent for signage, Head Street. 140218: Two-storey front extension, Kings Meadow Road. 140226: Change of use from A1 (Retail) to B1 (offices) on upper floor, Osborne Street. 140332 and 140333: Change of use from A1 (retail) to A2 (Bureau de […]

Worth Reading 114: Hasta and Vopiscus

Oh look it’s a new year, so I must be trying to blog more and not leave this site fallow. Here’s some interesting things I’ve read recently: Where will we live? – A long but fascinating and informative article on Britain’s housing issues from James Meek in the London Review of Books. Seeming Female: Gender […]

Gender bias on Have I Got News For You – updated

I was reminded about this by a Twitter conversation this morning, and realised that I hadn’t updated my spreadsheet about the gender of guests on Have I Got News For You since the last series ended. That the last series was pretty underwhelming may have had something to do with it, but if you’re the […]

Colchester Trees for Years 2014

Just to let you know that Colchester Council’s 2014 Trees For Years giveaway will be taking place on Saturday February 1st from 10am at Rowan House. Borough residents and community groups will be able to get free trees and shrubs from a variety of different species to help green the borough a little more. For […]