FreakyTrigger recalls the Chemical Brothers’ Setting Sun going No.1. I associate myself entirely with the following sentiments: If you’d have asked me in 1996 who my favourite band was, I’d have said the Chemical Brothers, without hesitation. I was 15 and knew next to nothing about dance culture or psychedelia or hip-hop but their music…Read More Music.
Some technology links. This is a fabulously weird and awful idea, and it’s probably for the best someone did it as art before someone made a startup. In January, 2013, she moved to Portland, Oregon, a city where she barely knew anyone, and went on sixteen first dates. For each date, she streamed audio and…Read More Links, sciency
Says Chakrabortty, where did all the North Sea oil money go? Says Thatcher Foundation, well, Fatty Soames wanted to use it for investment, like Tony Benn according to the Civil Service note on the file, and Geoffrey “Dead Sheep” Howe nixed it on the grounds that spending it on investments must needs crowd-out other investments…Read More Sheepy Howe and the oil
Sir Humphrey says among much else, all worth reading: An outsider looking in may well conclude that the sort of military assets needed to build and effect long term change, stability and security are those which have effects such as training teams, defence attaches, limited professional training and so on with the nuclear deterrent as…Read More Some Snowden consequences
We’re paying for the Afghan police, but the Afghan government doesn’t necessarily actually pay over the money. Jesus wept. Conor Friedersdorf stands in for Megan McArdle, and rather than the barrage of mockery you might hope for, gets a barrage of poisonous misogyny instead. His past experience of comments trolls is much like mine, including…Read More Links uncategorised
Irna Qureshi’s Belter of a Blog discusses the surprising similarity of Pakistani and Yorkshire attitudes to land, and the even weirder way people chose to divide up their living space in exactly the same fashion on each side of the ethnic divide, at least until they moved out to somewhere that wasn’t built with a…Read More Links, with an immigration theme
You know when people say “I hope he doesn’t get on any small planes”? Well, the leader of those Mexican countergangs has done, with proverbial results. He was transferred to the capital for his ambiguous safety and is all right. He may have made some sort of commitment to the government or perhaps not, while…Read More Your occasional Mexican popular militia update
OK, so I’m weirdly obsessed with “Create Streets”. Here’s some more. Will Fulford is a co-founder of The Urban Market Company, a joint venture focusing on mixed use developments of niche independent retail, workshops and market stalls. Its first acquisition was Camden Lock, one of London’s most iconic urban markets. Will is an Academician for…Read More Even more twisted obsession.
Another “Create Streets” thing. When I drew Dave Hill’s attention to their dodgy past in the Irish property bubble, the immediate reaction was to claim that we were both “obsessive”. @createstreets @DaveHill tell me, is there a Tory HQ book that says to always say critics are "obsessed" — Alex Harrowell (@yorksranter) January 10, 2014…Read More Twisted Obsessive.
The “Create Streets” lot are being mithered by the very serious people again. Dave Hill of the Guardian and Faisal Islam from the Ha! Ha! Poors Channel have been at it since the turn of the year. London housing crisis: Create Streets? Fine. But who decides? http://t.co/Pz6x2ep2yG — DaveHill (@DaveHill) January 10, 2014 interesting: “@createstreets:…Read More who you gonna call? the unacceptable behaviour team