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Go refract yourselves

“Law-abiding” citizens have “nothing to fear” from the British intelligence services, the foreign secretary says. William Hague said reports that the UK’s eavesdropping centre GCHQ had circumvented the law to gather data on British citizens were “nonsense”. But he refused to confirm or deny claims GCHQ has had access to a US spy programme called […]

Mentalcore

The singer of Grammy-nominated US heavy metal band As I Lay Dying has pleaded not guilty to plotting the murder of his estranged wife. Prosecutors said Tim Lambesis, 32, handed $1,000 (£650) in cash to an undercover policeman with instructions on how to kill his wife Meggan. The judge set bail at $3m (£1.9m) for […]

YouTube the time thief

I have found that YouTube is something that can swallow lots of one’s time. Particularly given the “similar recommendations” column down the right-hand side. Recently, for example, I got sucked into the Sterek phenomena. The interest by fans in imagining that there is some budding (or actual) relationship between the characters Stiles Stilinski and Derek Hale in […]

The Steven Tyler Act

Legislation in the name of the lead singer of Aerosmith that seeks to protect celebrities’ privacy has been passed in Hawaii. The so-called Steven Tyler Act deems it a civil violation if people take unwanted photos or videos of others in their private moments. Tyler, who is from Massachusetts, on the other side of the […]

Lumley v Wagner: The Nonperformance of the Cantatrice

I love cases. I simply love cases. I love the drama of them, and I love to go hunting for extra facts about the case. The case of Lumley v Wagner (1852) 1 De GM & G 604; 42 ER 687 involved Johanna Wagner, a famous German singer (and the niece of Richard Wagner). She […]

Why the noise?

I am a single person and–due to an upbringing starved of physical affection or praise interacting with unfortunate adult experiences (the former making the latter both more likely and more likely to be of a traumatic nature)–am likely to remain so. I also like cafes, perhaps more than I should, given my low income. (Yes, […]

In Venice

Since Lorenzo has been visiting, he (and our readers) may appreciate this. The singer is Andreas Scholl, (arguably) the world’s leading countertenor; the composer is Jocelyn Pook, a modern interpreter of Renaissance music. From the soundtrack to The Merchant of Venice (2005 film version). Lots of Canaletto, of course – the ‘painter the English ruined’, […]

Massive Staines

The Surrey town of Staines has officially changed its name to Staines-upon-Thames in an attempt to boost its riverside image. Councillors voted for the change last year after the town became synonymous with Sacha Baron Cohen’s spoof rapper Ali G. The name officially changed at 14:00 BST and followed a day of celebrations, including a regatta, […]

Copyright, Kookaburras and Greg Ham

I was really sad to read about the recent death of Greg Ham, the flautist from Australian band Men At Work. The cause of death has still not been determined. The worst of it is that right up until his death, Ham appears to have been very distressed about a copyright case, Larrikin Music Publishing […]

Guess the place…

… Before using their cheat sheet [now stolen by Google Plus, sorry]. There’s a parable about the stupidity of intellectual property laws in here, too. UPDATE 29/2/12: Especially given the fact that we’ve now had to re-source the video over eight times due to pursuit by copyright claims. Current copy is here but is subject to […]