The Krypton Factor’s ITV regions puzzle

I was excited last week when I discovered that the great Gordon Burns is on Twitter. I used to love watching The Krypton Factor when I was a child. The first thing I thought of was this ITV regions map puzzle. I knew I had to feature it as a television presentation gem of the […]

Fondly remember the past of ITV? Try living with STV today

This the accompanying article to my contribution to this week’s edition of The Pod Delusion. Parts of it are based on a previous article, What is STV playing at? You can listen to the full podcast below. In a recent episode of The Pod Delusion, Mark Thompson spoke about the good old days when ITV […]

Would a Scottish Six be less parochial?

I was interested in this recent article about SNP MSP Kenny Gibson’s comments about Reporting Scotland (via cobaltmale). For him, BBC Scotland’s flagship news programme is too parochial. Apparently the way to fix this would be the creation of a Scottish Six. It would mean you would have less of the Mrs-McGlumpha’s-cat-caught-up-a-tree-type stories that you […]

Sleepwalked into a surveillance society

Here is something cheery to take you through to the new year. Look at this map. It ranks countries by how much privacy its citizens have. The UK is coloured in black. This means that it is among the “leading” surveillance societies. The only assessed countries to come out worse in the study are Thailand, […]

Scotland and libel

In the wake of the Alisher Usmanov affair, bloggers have been talking a lot about British libel laws. I won’t write much about this, because I know as much about the law as an ass. David Farrer wrote a letter to the First Minister noting that Scotland has a separate legal system. He suggests: Scotland […]