Semi-informed Northern Ireland poli-blogging

It's lovely to see Peter Robinson, the head of Northern Ireland's DUP (the Paisley-ite, hardline Unionist party), losing his Belfast East seat to non-sectarian Alliance candidate Naomi Long. Anything which makes NI less sectarian-driven has to be a good thing... The thing which makes it even funnier, by which I mean "if I was properly … Continue reading Semi-informed Northern Ireland poli-blogging

What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-05-02

my copy of Faith No More's best known single won't play any more #epicfail # i can't get funding for my remake of Spartacus #epicfail # i've been multiplying two mathematical constants both together and by the speed of light, to no avail #epicfail # I always think of the Auteurs' Tombstone when passing the … Continue reading What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-05-02

What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-04-25

I'm quite enjoying the ban - off to meet up with a friend who's supposed to be back in the UK, but instead is loafing in Sydney # has been the general manager of a large establishment, but still never would've thought they'd have put him in the Good Squad. # derives pathetic childish joy … Continue reading What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-04-25

Apart from more pies and shorter hours

I've been challenged to state what policy goals I'd actually favour: * Unlimited migration of people with A-level equivalent qualifications, or any non-academic skills in demand (defined as "more than no job adverts specify this, and it can be quantified") in the country of relevance. * Equal tax on all "getting more assets", whether house, … Continue reading Apart from more pies and shorter hours

Three Paul McCartney songs that are better than anything John Lennon ever did

Whilst I'm not quite willing to go to dsquared's levels of defence of unpopular bands, I can't quite believe that in my last, trolly, incoherent post the only thing I've so far been picked up on is suggesting that Paul McCartney's solo output is better than John Lennon's. That wasn't part of the trolly incoherence … Continue reading Three Paul McCartney songs that are better than anything John Lennon ever did

A working class hero is nothing to pretend to be

Paul McCartney was always my favourite Beatle. Not only because of his superior songs, although Jet is better than any of John Lennon's solo output. But also because he never followed the absurd craze amongst arty types of "pretending not to be middle-class" (this is a middle-class home, whatever Mr Lennon's pretensions). Today, I've been … Continue reading A working class hero is nothing to pretend to be