Monthly Archives: December, 2012

Top 10 posts of 2012

Everyone else is doing it, so why not me? These are the ten posts from 2012 on the blog that got the most individual hits during the last twelve months. 10) Tour de France 2012: Ring my bell – I wrote a daily post about this year’s Tour de France, following Bradley Wiggin’s pursuit of […]

You are free to do as we tell you

Simon Titley’s got a lot of attention for the Liberator blog by posting the party’s latest ‘message script’ email. Obviously, as a mere councillor, I’m not important enough to have received that email – indeed, I seem to be missing a lot of emails from the party at present, which makes me wonder who I’ve […]

Castle Ward planning applications, up to 28th December

Looks like I was wrong last week, as there are some applications this week. Thanks to the admin team for getting these processed and ready. 122266: Demolition of warehouse and erection of electricity sub-station. High Street (part of Williams and Griffin redevelopment) 122267: Conservation area consent for 122266. 122147: Change of use from A3 (food […]

Non-review of the year

There’s still about 1% of it to go, but now’s the time for writing reviews of the year gone by, however I will not be doing so. (If you really feel the need for one, I suggest you read Love and Garbage‘s). Sadly, it’s not because I’m saving you entirely from it, but because I […]

Worth Reading 88: Like a rocket

The ‘scrounger’ myth is causing real suffering to many in society – New research reported by the LSE’s British Politics and Policy blog. Let’s call it failure – If you haven’t yet seen John Lanchester’s LRB piece on austerity, here’s your chance. Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can – Charles Stross […]

Christmas

The joy of automation allows me to post this while I’m asleep. As with previous years, I’ve donated to Shelter instead of sending Christmas cards out, but I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a good time now and into 2013. And now for the traditional picture of Colchester as it’s not […]

Series 44 of Have I Got News For You is over

And so the gender balance spreadsheet is up to date for the last time this year. It was a 30% series – 30% of the guests (including 3 out of 10 of the hosts) were women. The overall figures are now that 23.46% of guests and 22.95% of guest hosts have been women. This series […]

Castle Ward planning applications, up to 21st December

This is likely to be the last update of the year, as I doubt there’ll be new applications next week. 121738: Demolition of existing offices and replacement with new commercial premises and flats, High Street. 121739: Conservation area consent for 121738. 122244: Extension to office and replacement shop front, Culver Street West. Please note that […]

Elsewhere

As I’ve written enough about Eric Pickles here this week, I decided my next piece about him should go somewhere else, so you can find it on Liberal Democrat Voice. Related PostsThe comic genius of ‘Eric Pickles’ Another strange tale of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles’ bin fetish Eric Pickles wins quote of the day Do […]

Worth Reading 87: Gettysburg

An open letter to the British judicial system – From a cyclist, pointing out the ridiculously small sentences handed out to motorists who’ve killed or injured cyclists. My reply to Nick Clegg’s civil liberties email today – Jo Shaw writes at Liberal Democrats against Secret Courts, asking Nick Clegg to live up to what he […]