Australia and night races: why?

I have written before about the stick the Australian Grand Prix bosses are getting from all angles. Even since I wrote that post, Bernie Ecclestone’s demands have become ever more extreme. In particular, Mr Ecclestone’s current obsession with night races appears to have deepened. His comments suggest that he very much wants to have his […]

The snooty views of Christopher Harvie

Oh dear. SNP MSP Christopher Harvie has found himself in a spot of bother for comments he has made about Lockerbie and the Scottish yoof. On getting to Lockerbie, I discovered that the place is a dump – it was Tescotown. It should really have a certain attraction of a rather sombre kind as a […]

Could more adverts be a good thing?

Ofcom has said that it is thinking about letting television stations broadcast more adverts. Ofcom are considering allowing nine minutes of advertising per hour. Currently an average of seven minutes per hour is allowed, although a maximum of twelve minutes in any one clock hour is permitted. Longrider is a libertarian but reacts with horror […]

Some ideas for Twitter

Over the weekend, with all the excitement of F1, I decided to have a go at liveblogging the grand prix weekend. Liveblogging the normal way can be a cumbersome task. It involves constantly refreshing the edit page and is generally pretty clunky and (for something that’s meant to be ‘live’) slow. It dawned on me, […]

Europe’s nipples

I like The Economist. Usually, I particularly like their covers. This week’s cover is meant to depict Europe having a “mid life crisis”. But why did they give her those nipples?! This is just like those mannequins you see in clothes shops. Why do they have nipples? I hardly think it is as if the […]

Why I am not in favour of independence

This is the post about independence that I have been threatening to write for months. I am seriously considering voting SNP at this year’s Scottish Parliament elections. But I will probably stand in the voting booth thinking long and hard about it, with my hand quivering. And it will definitely be only for the constituency […]

The world ended in 1966 for the Daily Express

I mentioned recently that I am a huge fan of the radio programme Up All Night. Every night on the programme a newspaper editor discusses what is going to be in the morning’s edition of his particular newspaper. Most of the editors do just that: explain what is going to be in the morning paper. […]

Labcon’s big electoral reform fibs

Iain Dale has written a post about PR (via MMVC). He’s not in favour. His reasons? Whatever system emerged would be bound to ruin the link between MPs and their constituencies. Oh really? Just look at the system for electing MEPs. I suspect only a small proportion of the people reading this could name their […]

I know next to nothing about football

…but I know that you shouldn’t step on somebody else’s nuts. Sorry. Err. I know next to nothing about football, but I listen to people who do know stuff about football. And I was told this. Germany’s players are too young and mediocre, and Klinsmann is an unproven manager Italy’s team is made up of […]