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Seeking inspiration

You might have noticed that posts have been a bit thin on the ground here for the past month or so. Some of it has been because I’ve been focusing on job/PhD applications and interviews amongst other things, but it’s also been because…

Politics with distinction

It seems like ages ago that I finally handed in my dissertation but it’s only been two months. Two months of regularly checking my University email account for notifications while second-guessing everything I wrote in it, until today the maring was done, the…

If only Lib Dem blogging paid so well…

Browsing through the W4MP Jobs site yesterday, I spotted a couple of interesting adverts, which made me question if I’m doing blogging right. LabourList want to employ a staff writer for £21,000 and an editor for £30-35,000, both of which are so many…

Not Watching This Weekend: Nighthawk

(I’d stopped doing these, but then this dropped down through the space-time continuum and I felt NWTW deserved resurrection to share it with you…) Film Review: Nighthawk (no stars) Big-screen remakes of old TV series are not uncommon, but there’s a good chance…

Labour leadership: Closing statements from the candidates

As we finally stagger towards the announcement of the result, the four candidates for Labour leader have been making their final speeches. Here’s what they said: Liz Kendall: “People have asked me if I’d change anything about my leadership campaign, and I can…

Who is (or was) Balustrade Lanyard?

'Do not stand by my balustrade and weep, my lanyard is not there, it does not sleep.' pic.twitter.com/R7frG5Fyyj — Nick Barlow (@nickjbarlow) May 19, 2015 Many people come here seeking the truth about Balustrade Lanyard – the man, the myth, the lanyard –…

A charitable break

Old friends and long-term readers of this blog will remember that I spent the summer of 2006 walking from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise money of brain tumour research. This was in memory of my brother Simon, who died from a…

Not Watching This Weekend: Eggbound 2: The Powdering

The Pitch: Following the unexplained success of Eggbound, a sequel was inevitable. With production set to start, no original script was available so another script was press ganged into service, with names hastily find-and-replaced to match the original, and no one really caring…

Newspaper columnists respond to the eclipse

Polly Toynbee: In the summer of 1999, there were clear blue skies and a warm August day for the eclipse, which Tony Blair had ensured was happening at the family friendly time of 11am. In 2015, the eclipse was hidden behind thick clouds,…

Video: Mitchell and Webb explain online voting security

After writing about that WebRoots report the other day, I had the feeling I’d seen that attitude to security somewhere before. Then I remembered where… “Well, you’ve got a sign that says it’s secure, so it must be safe.” Related PostsWorth Reading 181:…

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