Monthly Archives: February, 2011


As I mentioned on Twitter yesterday, I spent half an hour of Friday afternoon being interviewed by Jason Cobb of Colchester 101 magazine (and the onionbagblog, of course) about my role at the Council, and various related subjects. It’s now up on Audioboo for you all to listen to – I’ve listened to a bit, […]

Worth Reading 19: S-s-s-s-Saigon

Rocket-powered octopi all the way down… Space Stasis – Fascinating Slate article from Neal Stephenson on all the factors that had to come together to make rocketry so important Caroline Lucas’ U-turn on taxes – It seems that Ten O’Clock Live stumbled on an exclusive as Caroline Lucas radically rewrote Green Party policy on air. […]

70% of the way there

Interesting headline for a post on Political Betting: Is now the moment to replace Dimbleby Even though -like many others – I rarely watch Question Time now, because it’s become so pointless and merely a reflection of a Westminster political culture that regards shouting at people and never backing down as the most important skill […]

Cycling in Castle Park

The Council and Cycle Colchester are consulting on whether cycling should be allowed on some routes through Castle Park. The proposals concern two separate routes – first, one that would allow cycling on the riverside path in Lower Castle Park, to connect the Wivenhoe Trail and Middle Mill, thus meaning cyclists wouldn’t have to use […]

Worth Reading 18: Now legal in the United States

And today, we’re 80% Egyptian-related: WorldNetDaily: The Rise of the Muslim Anti-Christ Explains Egypt Unrest – No, I’m not linking to WorldNutDaily, just to Richard Bartholomew’s analysis of another one of their bizarre conspiracy theories Arseholes, considered as a strategic resource – Daniel Davies on how dictatorships keep themselves in power. Why Egypt 2011 is […]

Worth Reading 17: Now complete with provisional licence

Let there be linkage: A Vision Of Foreign Policy Only Beck Can Provide – That’s Glenn Beck, but reading out the lyrics to Devil’s Haircut might make more sense. Watch the video for something that looks like a dramatic reconstruction of the thought processes of a crazed conspiracy theorist, except it’s for real (via) A […]

Essex announces cuts in library opening hours

Still no details of the consultation, but Essex County Council have now published the papers for their next Cabinet meeting which will discuss reduced hours of opening for libraries and other cuts (pdf file) – including 21 staff – to save nearly £2m a year from the libraries budget. A further paper indicates how many […]

Worth Reading 16: Four square

Or number 10000, if you’re using binary. I for one salute our new machine overlords. To: Steve Hilton (an open letter) – Tim Ireland’s finally had enough (and with the pressures he’s been under, most people would have cracked long before) and is taking the fight back to his tormentors Coalition FAQ – Joe Otten […]