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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.”

Invitation to a blogging masterclass

Apparently, there’s a market – and someone at the Guardian reckons it’s at least 18 strong – for a ‘masterclass’ on live blogging at a cost of £99 for three hours. I look at that and think ‘who is this Stuart Heritage?’ Does…

Not Watching This Weekend: Inspiration

The Pitch: So, there’s this blogger, yeah? He’s been doing it for a while and still getting ideas for things to write about, but he refuses to learn lessons from his past. So, despite his recurrent failure to keep themed series of posts…

Head or body? A quick philosophical question about transplants

There’s been lots of coverage in the last day for the proposed first human head transplant, which an Italian surgeon thinks he could perform in 2017. Now, I know next to nothing about the medical aspects of it and if it’s even remotely…

Not Watching This Weekend: Helmer

The Pitch: It’s the early days of Twitter, and someone’s had an idea for a parody account. Surely, nothing could be more amusing than a right-wing Tory MEP who continually misunderstands things, gets his facts wrong and continually blusters and insists he’s right…

Ideas for revolutionary comedy

1) It’s like Sherlock, only set in Victorian times A spectre is haunting Europe’s criminals – the spectre of Karl Marx, Consulting Detective! Abandoning political philosophy, Marx and Engels decide to use their considerable intellects to solve crime instead. Each week, they’re brought…

Thought experiment

Let’s suppose for the purposes of this argument that either social media as we know it existed in the 1970s, or the events I’m about to describe happened now. In 1978, Larry Flynt (the publisher of Hustler magazine, amongst other things) was shot…

On driverless cars

I was at an LGA event yesterday on traffic and transport, and one of the subjects discussed during the day was future transport infrastructure, specifically in the context of driverless cars. It helped to crystalliza a few thoughts I’ve had on the subject,…

The LDV awards; or how no one is Leonardo DiCaprio anymore #ldconf

As I mentioned the nomination, it’s only fair to mention the result. I didn’t win Liberal Democrat Blog of the Year, which instead went to Jonathan Calder and Liberal England. That brought an end to Jonathan’s long run of being nominated for the…

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