Some days I don’t have much time to blog, and this is one of those. The sky is blue, the parrots outside the window are screaming, the rats below it (they’re repairing the sewer and at night I’ve been watching buggers the size of cats scuttle about) have gone to bed and I’m scribbling notes [...]
Meet Kristen Neel – she’s on the webs a bit this week for her strongly expressed hatred of Obama’s second term, and she’s living proof of why it’s never a good idea to pop yourself onto Twitter without having a brain cell in your head.
Kristen’s had enough and is getting out of Godless America to [...]
I never thought I’d retweet something from the Daily Mail but this made me laugh out loud. People have been complaining that Ascot is not the elegant event in the British sporting calendar that it once was. They should take a look at the Melbourne Cup horse race, the grandest Australian sporting event, where Prince [...]
Nobody likes to be caught in a storm – but yesterday, it was as much to do with the storm of comments that followed online articles about Hurricane/Tropical Storm Sandy that provided the unwelcome blizzard. As the torrential rains hit New York, the deskbound classes went into overdrive. The result provides proof of why our [...]
Two decades years after being gay was decriminalised in Russia, anti-gay legislation is making a fast comeback, with St Petersburg becoming the latest city to ban “homosexual propaganda”, and the trend set to go national.
Now a court in St Petersburg has – hilariously – summoned Madonna to appear on charges of having broken the law [...]
I think you learn more walking around the streets of a strange city than you do in its museums. I decided to plough deeper into the Barcelona backstreets today; a city ordnance prevents shops from opening on Sundays, so they built a mall on the water beyond city limits, and it’s predictably horrible, a summary [...]
I’m in rainy, humid Barcelona this weekend, sandwiched between two odd museums, The Museum of Cannabis and the Museum of Chocolate (presumably one would visit them in that order, possibly adding the Museum of Pizza). Chocolate I can understand as it has always been seen with different purposes: as medicinal, an aphrodisiac, a nutritional food [...]
Two of Claude Monet’s London paintings, of Waterloo Bridge and of Charing Cross Bridge, are among the seven stolen in the audacious art theft from Rotterdam’s Kunsthal Museum. These murky impressionist pictures are actually more intriguing the longer you look at them in the flesh, as it were, but now everyone will be looking for [...]
My brother tells a story about a guy he knew who died in his company car park leaving his retirement ceremony, and always laughs at the end. Hard work is fetishized as a good thing. Doctors say that when patients suffer stress they’ve learned not to ask ‘Are you working hard at the moment?’ because [...]
The future isn’t what it used to be.
When the future was imagined on shows like ‘Tomorrow’s World’ or in speculative magazines, it always showed single systems that would change our lives. Nobody mentioned that these single systems would be subdivided into a complex maze of ringfenced copyright systems.
This morning my phone notified me that [...]