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Recommended reading: cricket and shonky bank robberies

June 22, 2011


I’ve been reading an awful lot of good journalism recently, with the result that I want to share it with others. Hopefully from reading what I write, you’ll have a similar appreciation of these articles – all of which are available online for free – which tread the same sort of style and thought patterns […]

Do superinjunctions work these days?

April 26, 2011


I’ve been quiet recently writing a book on the effects of social media in the Middle East and North African revolutions (the conclusion is that it’s negligible, especially in relation to the press perception of how much it affected the uprisings), so apologies for that. You might expect me to therefore argue a different tack […]

Is sport getting too violent?

October 22, 2010


I broke my first ankle in primary school. That’s not a typo; a misplaced “first”. I’m not trying to say I first broke my ankle in primary school, I’m saying that the first of six breaks occurred when I was quite young. That history of ankle-breaking means that I’m less than happy looking at 50-50 […]

I blame Nick Clegg

July 22, 2010


Rather than ‘I agree with Nick’, I blame Nick. Not because of his misspeaking yesterday at Prime Minister’s Questions, but because he is costing me money. It’s not a lot, but I’m now betting small amounts on things because of Nick Clegg. It all started when I noticed that Clegg was given stupidly long odds […]

So who’s going to buy Channel Five?

July 11, 2010


I remember very clearly watching the opening of Channel Five in 1997. I was sitting in my loft on a March evening looking at what looked like a luminescent test card behind a faint fuzz of interference. It’s worth noting that I was actually one of the lucky few that could see the unveiling of […]

England lose in the World Cup, everyone’s to blame

June 27, 2010


I like football an awful lot, but I dislike the fact that everyone’s an armchair expert. I dislike the fact that the pundits on TV pretend that they’re experts, when the majority of them are former players who can’t hack it/don’t want to take the risk of management and the scrutiny that comes from it. […]

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

June 12, 2010


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 […]