Category Archives: Music

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 […]

Simon Cowell’s next recording star…

… Alaska’s got talent. Mind you, I strongly suspect that Mishka the husky’s owner has fed her through Autotune, an ingenious piece of audio processing software that blends pitches to the nearest true semitone (to the exact pitch of the nearest tone in traditional equal temperament). While huskies are among the most tuneful of dogs (in part through […]

A-ha? Uh-huh

All the way from Pyongyang, where the hep cats of North Korea are at it again. According to Tom G. Palmer — who visited last year — they like accordion playing there, it seems. Everyone who visits gets to see a room full of girls playing the accordion, with a photo of the Maximum leader and […]

Some food for thought: Reist v Wilson

Various people wrote thoughtful responses to my piece on the distinction between principled and means-end limits to law in the context of the ongoing Melinda Tankard Reist v Jennifer Wilson dust-up. I was rather busy last week and so didn’t respond; I figured I ought to respond, so here are some comments and thoughts (still, […]

David Lammy doesn’t sound white; he sounds upper-middle-class

I’ve long maintained that race is almost meaningless when it comes to analysing urban disorder in Britain, and the latest burst of destructiveness has done nothing to change my view. In Britain, class is where it’s at, but not the sort of class you’d recognise from the pages of Karl Marx (who is, I’m afraid, […]

Panic on the Streets of London

And that’s just the Mayor… I was watching the TV news in the Canadian town of Calgary last night as I waited to catch a plane, and as the images of a blazing London filled the screen I felt a series of emotions. I felt a sickening sense of incredulity that this could really be […]

Obscene Ear-Worm Du Jour

So NSFW we had to leave it until the weekend. Tim Minchin seems to be taking the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church quite personally… though with stories like this one I can rather see his point (and I did like the flasher can-can).

Stop the world, I want to get off II

One could do worse than join the crew of the Starship Enterprise and head off to explore the universe right now, all the while knowing that your home planet has solved the problem of scarcity… Alternatively, (and in other Trek related news), this guy has landed the ultimate Trek geek’s job – after being talent […]

Vale-um: Amy Winehouse

Singer Amy Winehouse, 27, has been found dead at her north London home. A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that a 27-year-old woman had died in Camden and that the cause of death was as yet unexplained. London Ambulance Service said it had been called to the flat at 1554 BST and sent two vehicles but […]

‘Scousers never buy the Sun

I’m not a folk-singer aficionado, but I have a feeling this particular exponent of the genre has just written himself a number one. What makes the piece especially interesting is Billy Bragg’s awareness that the whole Murdoch blow-up not only reflects badly on media and politicians, but also on us, the (fairly) willing consumers of […]