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Electioneering

In time for tomorrow’s election, a few highlights of Boris Johnson’s career might be in order: Getting fired from the Times for falsifying a quotation. Writing that “If gay marriage was OK – and I was uncertain on the issue – then I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated […]

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Clown shoes

This article is worth reading if only to marvel at the creative genius that caused the writer, when under pressure to produce a credible story of childhood angst within seconds rather than blow his cover, to come up with this: “Hello,” I said, taking a deep breath. “My name is Matt. My father was an […]

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One brave MP

Libel law in Britain is confusing and, it can be argued, unfairly skewed towards the claimant. Libel law in Russia, on the other hand, is now completely batshit. From an AP report, available everywhere: MOSCOW, Russia (AP) — Russia’s lower house of parliament voted Friday to widen the definition of slander and libel and give […]

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You are what you eat

From here: The new advertising strategy follows the “Welsh miners” campaign, launched in 2006, which aimed to reposition the seedy image created by the “Slag of all snacks” and “Pot Noodle horn” ads for a more upmarket, health-conscious audience. That’s “upmarket” and “health-conscious” as in “drinking Special Brew and eating kebabs is more upmarket and […]

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And sleep

Spent most of today at Infosec, a big trade show for the computer security industry. Did I learn anything particularly interesting about computer security? Not really. Did I learn about some techniques for hypnotising people? Oddly, yes. The most interesting has to be the handshake interrupt (page includes some good videos of Derren Brown using […]

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Money money money

From here: “So why are so few of the rest of us able to apply out rightous attitudes to our wallets? It’s the question every personal finance book for the young and moneyless has attempted to answer. It usually goes like this, “Slaves to debt, living paycheck to paycheck, credit card to credit card, a […]

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Shirty

Angryjournalist.com has started selling t-shirts. As well as this little number, with which I obviously disagree, you can get “journalists get laid (off)”, “editorial > ads”, “-30-” and “This is a comma splice, please stop doing it”. Also, with regard to the “-30-” shirt, there’s a fascinating page of possibly untrue stories explaining the origins […]

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Suit yourself

Dear thirtysomething man wearing a suit in Broadwick street a few minutes ago, You may be fascinated to hear that, although my casual attire is undoubtedly less snappy than your businesslike get-up, it is, nonetheless, solid. Westminster council may come up with some strange initiatives, but it has not yet found a reason to produce […]

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I’m still embarassingly amused by taking photos with really shallow depth of field – it’s what vastly overpriced and overcomplicated digital cameras that weigh a ton and fill up your entire carry on baggage allowance were made for.

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