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How many readers will the News of the World lose?

July 7, 2011

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The news that the News of the World, the Sunday tabloid, hacked into the mobile phones of real people as opposed to the celebrities and politicans that breathe a different, rarefied air, has left a bad feeling in the mouths of most people. We didn’t necessarily mind when it was rich people who often played […]

Was the revolution really tweeted?

March 3, 2011

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Wael Ghonim, Google’s Head of Marketing in the Middle East and North Africa, became something of a figurehead for the Egyptian revolution when he informed his multi-billion dollar employer that he had a family emergency and needed to take six days off work. What actually happened was Ghonim was rushing for a plane from Dubai, […]

African Lions vs. Eastern Tigers in the battle for oil

February 8, 2011

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Tonight on BBC Two Justin Rowlatt is travelling to Africa as part of a series on the domination China is wreaking over the world. The Chinese Are Coming seems to take a personalised, microcosmic view of what’s happening: something television does best, by taking the individual stories and telling them. However it’s worth also looking […]

2010 is the year the sitcom came back

September 24, 2010

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Comedy is a subjective thing, which means that already from the title of this blogpost I’ll have umpteen readers clawing at their screens saying that I’m entirely wrong and that there has been nothing of worth in the sitcom stakes since The Office/The Good Life/Steptoe and Son/The Phil Silvers Show (delete as appropriate). But listen: […]

Everything you wanted to know about vuvuzelas (but were afraid to ask)

June 12, 2010

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It’s the ambient noise of a swarm of bees. Needless to say, if you’re one of those people who doesn’t like the stinging insects, then you might want to turn down the volume on your television and do without Messrs Wilson, Lawrenson, Champion and Townsend. It might even help – by their own admission on […]

Revealing all on the internet

June 9, 2010

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Revelation is everything, not for its own sake, because most self-revelation is just garbage – oop! – yes, but we have to purge the garbage, toss it out, throw it into a bunker and burn it, because it is fuel. It’s fossil fuel. (Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) I’m not massively comfortable […]