January 2005

Nationalism and Euroscepticism

Lose the Delusion has an interesting post about the apparent hypocrisy of ‘pro-British’ ‘Eurosceptics’. Anyway, I have always wondered how these English Eurosceptics, who seem to adore the British union, would respond when faced with the same arguments from Scots or Welsh nationalists as they deploy against Europe: the right to exercise national sovereignty, the […]


I reckon my top ten songs list was total guff. Well, not total guff. Partial guff. In particular, what on earth was I thinking choosing ‘Pardon my Freedom’ by !!!? That isn’t even the best song on the album! Shall we check where I put this album on my 2004 list? Number 7. And I […]


According to Guido Fawkes: Tony [Blair] was familiar with Eric Prydz’s song Call on Me, which features close-ups of women doing aerobics in revealing leotards. “The first time it came on, I nearly fell off my rowing machine,” he said.

Just my luck

You know how it is. You spend hours trying to think of decent songs. And then as soon as it’s all done and dusted, you remember another one which is probably better than some of your original ten. The Chemical Brothers – Let Forever Be. I don’t know how many times I must have listened […]

Ten songs

Yeah, so I decided to enter Norm Geras’ songs poll after all. It took me ages. I got four quite quickly, but the rest were a real pain to come up with. Anyway, here they are, in no particular order other than alphabetical. !!! – Pardon my Freedom Björk – Aurora Blur – Caramel cLOUDDEAD […]


The journey into Edinburgh today was pretty good. The newest type of train, three carriages, only a minute or so late. Not bad at all. Funny how they seem to do better when the weather is bad. But when I was on my way home, the Edinburgh Waverley departure boards were blank. No trains! The […]

How Low Can You Bungalow?

Peter Luff, the Conservative MP for mid-Worcestershire, attacked the show [CBBC’s Dick and Dom in da Bungalow] and its website for “grossly embarrassing personal situations”. Mr Luff said: “You can join me in playing How Low Can You Bungalow, a test to see your response to grossly embarrassing personal situations, largely of a lavatorial nature. […]

Plaid DVD announced

At last! They have been working on this for years. It’s called Greedy Baby. It’s not really a Plaid DVD – more of a collaboration with their visuals guy, Bob. Plaid were one of the acts playing at the last concert I went to. They were really cool. Some of the videos were great (although […]

Famous Langtonian

I didn’t know this! Jocky Wilson, the 1982 Embassy world champion… the stocky Scot from Kirkcaldy… At times like this, it is nice to know that Langtonians can be good at some sports at least.