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Was the revolution really tweeted?

March 3, 2011


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, […]

2010 is the year the sitcom came back

September 24, 2010


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: […]


September 10, 2010


I’m going to Blackpool in a little over two weeks. That probably shouldn’t make me quite as excited as I am. Admittedly, the major reason why I’m excited to go to Blackpool is that I get to see my girlfriend for the first time in five-and-a-bit weeks, but the town itself is making me excited […]

Why we should all learn Latin

August 11, 2010


I was watching Domesday last night on BBC2, a programme about the massive state-of-the-nation census commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1086 in order to (depending on your viewpoint) create a great national database for the 11th century equivalent of the Inland Revenue or to assert his kingly power in a landgrab backed up by […]

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 […]