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Month: April 2010

Schaefer no nonce sense

Schaefer no nonce sense

As a the splendid Jutl said on Cook’d and Bomb’d, when it came to heinousness, did ex-Nazi paedophile, friend of General Pinochet and cult leader Paul Schaefer, who has died at the age of 89, need any more to get a full house? Any overdue library books? Was he a litterbug too?

Party Political Broadcasts – the antidote

Party Political Broadcasts – the antidote

Just as it’s said imagining authority figures in their birthday suits can help the ordinary man or woman deal with them, so the following might help the same ordinary men and women get party political broadcasts in the right perspective. It’s from the great underrated LWT sketch show End of Part One, which should have been out on DVD years ago. Andrew Marshall and David Renwick, we salute you.

Hail hail the Daily Mail

Hail hail the Daily Mail

The Daily Mail and General Trust has indicated that it will not be moving to a subscription model online. To support this, it presents some pretty compelling reasons for staying free, and shows that it grasps what the Internet is and what it does far better than News International or the entire record industry. It aims to compete on the Internet’s terms, rather than its own, imposed by the best law money can buy, and it aims to succeed. If…

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Fade up my leader

Fade up my leader

I wonder if Jake Knott was on the carpet this morning? For those who don’t share my interest in the credits on TV programmes, he was the sound supervisor on last night’s debate between the party leaders, and he didn’t have Gordon Brown’s mic faded up ready for the Labour leader’s first response. When it happened, I thought “Pity the poor sod mixing this. There’ll be words afterwards”. The only saving grace for Mr Knott is that the director wasn’t…

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Papers. PAPERS! Read all about the news.

Papers. PAPERS! Read all about the news.

A mention in the Daily Mail. I don’t know whether to feel pleased at getting the NOTA/Protest Vote movement its first national newspaper coverage or to feel dirty. Slightly more worrying is that I’m approaching 40 and still acting the arse on occasion. I feel I should make greater efforts to grow up. Not that I haven’t made massive progress over the last decade. Once upon a time, random acts of drunken idiocy were my norm, whereas I’m now a…

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Digital Economy act – the aftermath

Digital Economy act – the aftermath

So, the Digital Economy Bill is now the Digital Economy Act, and is part of the law of the land. What difference will it make? The main change is that more ordinary people will get wise to encryption and VPNs. Only the record industry and the technical dunderheads in favour of the bill – step forward Parliament’s top Roy Cropper lookalike Stephen Timms (look at the picture, Hayley’s on the front bench too) who doesn’t understand IP addresses, but still…

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Book review: 65 – My Life So Far by Jonathan King

Book review: 65 – My Life So Far by Jonathan King

Having failed to get a review published in any of the periodicals to which I contribute, here’s my honest appraisal of 65 – My Life So Far, the autobiography of music mogul and self-styled vile pervert Jonathan King. ********* Show business autobiographies are usually more telling in what they omit rather than what they include. One major personality signed a friend’s copy of his memoirs with “Try and believe at least some of it”. Very few who tell their life…

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Disclosure

Disclosure

With the campaign fund getting to a point where my candidature will be a reality, there’s something I feel I should confess, lest any of my opponents get wind of it and try to make political capital out of it. I have a criminal record. One evening in January this year, waiting on the platform at Liverpool Street station for the 9pm train back to the east coast after an all-day consultation with various friends and associates in various central…

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