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The Joy Of Six 1229
2024-05-16 11:36
"Over the past decade the Conservative Party has taken millions of pounds from individuals and businesses with ties to Russia. Just this week it was revealed that JCB, which is owned by a ma… Read More
The Joy Of Six 1228
2024-05-13 20:38
"AI skeptics - who are legion, and not necessarily part of the fringe tin foil hat crowd - are begging Silicon Valley to take a beat before unleashing AI to the world. But tech companies, fa… Read More
The Beatles: I'll Follow The Sun
2024-05-12 11:45
Time to circle uneasily around the Beatles again, as I heard this in a coffee shop the other day.Paul McCartney wrote I'll Follow the Sun when he was 16. I can't decide whether the mismatch… Read More
The Joy Of Six 1227
2024-05-08 11:58
Jan Dehn outlines the many questions being considered by the government inquiry into what happened on Alderney under Nazi occupation: "It is known that the camp held Russian and Ukrainian pr… Read More
How Bermondsey Got Its Tube Station
2024-05-07 21:48
Jago Hazzard presents a short but complicated history.Note one of the comments:It seems to have been forgotten that the initial pressure to build Bermondsey (and Southwark) Jubilee line stat… Read More
Wittgenstein's Poker: The Movie
2024-05-06 20:27
Not many books about philosophers become bestsellers, but one that did was David Edmonds and John Eidinow's Wittgenstein's Poker, which came out in 2002. Now there are plans to produce a sho… Read More
A Mud-walled Outbuilding In Foxton
2024-05-05 21:04
Yesterday was sunny, so I went to Foxton Locks for the umpteenth time. Yet I still noticed something new in the village.This outbuilding has mud walls, parts of which were later replaced wit… Read More
2024-05-05 19:28
He may be writing for Conservative Home, but William Atkinson has no comfort or advice for the party in the wake of Thursday's defeats: "Well, perhaps one small suggestion. Have you tried st… Read More
Paul Weller: Wild Wood
2024-05-05 11:18
When Paul Weller released his second solo album, Wild Wood, in 1993, two quips did the rounds.The first was that it had taken Weller 15 years to go from being a mod to being a hippy, when in… Read More
Learning To Celebrate St George's Day
2024-05-03 17:25
I miss blogging in scuzzy internet cafes. I was in one in King's Lynn when I looked out the window and saw the town's Conservative Club was flying the flag of St George.As I then wrote:Until… Read More
Oss Oss Wee Oss!: May Day In Padstow
2024-05-01 22:03
This is a lovely film from 1953 about the 'Obby 'Oss festival, which is held every May Day in the Cornish town of Padstow.Those taking part are convinced of the festival's ancient roots, tho… Read More
The Joy Of Six 1225
2024-05-01 10:12
Jamie Driscoll’s challenge to Labour in the North East mayoral contest may be a taste of things to come if a Starmer government disappoints, argue Joe Guinan and Martin O'Neill.Martin… Read More
Hastings's Two Funicular Cliff Railways
2024-04-30 21:47
A short film on the two cliff railways of Hastings. When I was in the town the other week, I went up to the clifftops on the West Hill Railway but didn't get to travel on the East Hill Railw… Read More
Trader Horne: Here Comes The Rain
2024-04-28 10:16
Judy Dyble was the original female singer with Fairport Convention, but was ousted when the band met Sandy Denny.Jackie McAuley was the keyboard player with Them and played on their most fam… Read More
The Joy Of Six 1224
2024-04-27 21:41
Bill Browder, in a video interview by Kyiv Post, argues that: "Putin is a little man, who has stolen too much money, who is terrified of losing power. If he loses power he will go to jail, l… Read More
The Joy Of Six 1223
2024-04-22 19:46
"In their very different ways, these stories centre on the same key ideas: a rejection of any idea of natural places and spaces being off limits, and the joyous democracy of gathering togeth… Read More
The Raincoats: Fairytale In The Supermarket
2024-04-21 19:25
Maddy Costa wrote about the Raincoats in the Guardian back in 2009:When Gina Birch and Ana da Silva decided to start a band in the late 1970s, they were art students who "knew nothing" about… Read More
Capitalism Vs The Free Market
2024-04-21 17:14
William Davies reviewed The Price is Wrong: Why Capitalism Won't Save the Planet by Brett Christophers in a recent issue of the London Review of Books.The opening of his review is worth read… Read More
The Joy Of Six 1222
2024-04-18 21:08
"What they got was a journalist with access to the upper reaches of the Government, with a determination to get on air and tell everyone the whispers that she had heard from ministers, advis… Read More
Dominic Guard On The Go-Between
2024-04-16 08:55
Another video that is worth another posting.The Go-Between was filmed in 1971 by Joseph Losey. In this video, Dominic Guard, who played Leo, talks about the experience of making the film.It'… Read More
The Last Days Of Melton Mowbray North
2024-04-15 13:45
I posted this video on Liberal England a decade ago: it's so good I should repost it every six months.Melton Mowbray North was the town's station on the Great Northern and London and N… Read More
The Joy Of Six 1221
2024-04-14 18:15
Matthew Pennell still says no to ID cards (and so do I): "I’ve always noticed that those who advocate for ID cards are exclusively white British males living in Britain who in pretty m… Read More
2024-04-13 19:59
Embed from Getty ImagesWhen it comes to American mysteries, second only to 'who shot JFK?'* comes "Did D.B. Cooper get away with it?"In November 1971, during the 'golden age of hijacking', D… Read More
The Joy Of Six 1220
2024-04-11 21:43
"People who are gender non-conforming experience stigmatisation, marginalisation, and harassment in every society. They are vulnerable, particularly during childhood and adolescence. The bes… Read More
Raymond Williams: The Country And The City
2024-04-09 22:13
Because I wanted to read again what he had to say about Richard Jefferies, I ordered a secondhand copy of Raymond Williams's book The Country and the City.It arrived the other day with no in… Read More
The Joy Of Six 1219
2024-04-07 18:26
Andy Boddington, a Lib Dem councillor in Ludlow, explains why he won't be signing a petition on Gaza organised by a Shropshire resident: "How can you be a peace campaigner when you accuse pe… Read More
Teach-In: In The Summernight
2024-04-07 09:52
The 1975 Eurovision Song Contest was not a classic. I remember the British entry, Let Me Be the One by the Shadows, as a tired song by a tired band, and the title of the winning effort from… Read More

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