What You Can Get Away With » 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 the yellow jersey. For some reason, this was the most popular of them.
9) When is a Lib Dem not a Lib Dem? – An account of a twitter spat with non-Lib Dem Mark Littlewood.
8) You are free to do as we tell you – This one’s still rising up the charts. From Saturday, my reaction to the party’s attempts at a ‘message script’ for campaigners.
7) UKIP may well be beyond satire – Where Nigel Farage appears to believe that ‘modern and serious’ means ‘Christine and Neil Hamilton’.
6) Is there gender bias on Have I Got News For You? – This post, and it’s follow-ups, have been persistently popular, and the work in collecting the figures is one of the things I’m most proud of this year.
5) Boris is wrong. Again. – Boris gets his basic facts on how much power the Shard uses wrongs, and then uses false data as an argument for fracking. For this, he gets paid £250,000 a year by the Telegraph.
4) 2012 Colchester local election results – Pro Tip: Get lots of hits for your blog by putting up local election results as soon as possible. Lots of people will be searching for them.
3) It’s all in the game – On the disconnect between the people and the political class.
2) Monty Python fans block women directors – After the Church of England General Synod blocked women bishops, this piece of satire leapt into my mind.
1) It’s time to end the Coalition – Unsurprisingly, this got a lot of attention. Can’t imagine why.

So, mostly politics, with a bit of TV and a tiny bit of cycling sneaking in at the end. Not a bad summary of my year, really.

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Project Iceworm – There’s something about the phrase “nuclear-powered research center built by the Army Corps of Engineers under the icy surface of Greenland” that makes you realise that maybe we are living in the cool parallel universe with the wacky uses of technology
Voyager 1 at edge of Solar System – Fascinating account of a thirty year journey and interview with one of its creators
Congratulations, Mr Karimov! – European Voice welcomes a dictator on his visit to Brussels
Betelgeuse and 2012 – Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy explains why the ‘my friend definitely heard someone who once met a scientist say that the Mayans predicted Betelgeuse going supernova in 2012 would herald the end of the world’ stories aren’t correct. Though he fails to point out that even if we were to see Betelgeuse going supernova in 2012, it would actually have exploded sometime around 1360.
Thoughts on Coulson: Which newspaper groups can you trust? – Interesting post from Love and Garbage about just how widespread the use of potentially illegal methods by newspapers is, and how it’s not just the News Of The World and the Murdoch press that’s the problem

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