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In memory of Mel Smith

Possibly the only Alas Smith and Jones sketch to involve Colchester:

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Jeremy Grantham, environmental philanthropist: ‘We’re trying to buy time for the world to wake up’ – Guardian profile of the billionaire investor and environmentalist, with some interesting things to say about the negative impact of ‘climate sceptics’ and how preventing climate change makes long-term business sense.
Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed – How much of what we deem necessary is only because we’ve been told it is?
The Fascism of Knowing Stuff – “There is a gaggle that seems to consider that expertise is an unfair advantage, that all opinions are equal; an idea that people who are experts in climate change, drugs or engineering are given unfair preference just because they spend much of their life studying these things. I do not think it is fascism that heart surgeons seem to have the monopoly of placing hands in a chest cavity and fiddling with an aorta.”
Pirates of the Parliament – How the very nature of the Pirate Party appears to be its fatal flaw preventing it growing after its initial spell in the limelight.
Where are all the right wing stand-ups? – Stewart Lee surveys the fields and explains why there aren’t many to be found.

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You can tell I’ve got a new toy to play with – here’s a couple of videos I shot yesterday from the launch of Colchester Comedy Festival, featuring Anthony Roberts of Colchester Arts Centre and Miss High Leg Kick abseiling off the side of the Town Hall.


For more on the festival, see their website, Facebook or Twitter.

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As you’ll have noticed from my twitter feed yesterday, I managed to get a joke I’d written featured on BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Newsjack last night. If you want to hear it, then it’s available on iPlayer for another week, which you can listen to by clicking here. You should listen to the whole thing of course, but if you’re in a rush, my joke is at 21:20.

It’s the first time I’ve ever submitted anything to Newsjack, so maybe it’s beginner’s luck, but having something I’ve written appear on air does feel rather good. Now I just need to get on and try and think of things to submit for next week’s show.

Newsjack is open to anyone who wants to submit, so if you think you can do better than me, go ahead! The official website is here and the information on how to submit is here. Good luck!

UPDATE: And thanks to Jennie for reminding me that it’s available to download as a podcast as well.

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Another gathering of things people have said better than me:

I Hate It When Politicians Talk About “Hard-Working Families” – Jennie Rigg points out the flaws in a bit of politician-speak.
Democracy 2015 – The Independent’s new campaign – I was thinking of pointing out some of the flaws with this campaign, but A Dragon’s Best Friend has beating me to it.
Gathering of the damned – DoktorB on party conferences and leaders’ speeches.
Do we have to be so macho? – In the wake of David Cameron’s ‘butch’ comments, Emma Burnell questions the style of modern politics.
Comedians using their fans for co-ordinated, safety-in-numbers bullying – There’s a ‘y’ in the day, so Rick Gervais is behaving like a privileged arsehole.

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