I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Istanbul over half term. It’s been 25 years since I last visited. It is still one of the loveliest and most atmospheric cities in the world, and I hope you don’t mind some holiday snaps below. It’s a bargain destination right now, thanks to terrorism,… Read More Istanbul
A lot of people will have seen similar “viral” content on social media attacking the hypocrisy of Greta Thunberg and young people in general. I’m sorry if you are one of the people who shared these memes, this isn’t meant to be criticism of you. I just don’t think it makes sense from an economic… Read More Old People vs Greta Thunberg
Violent crime is at an all time high. Knife crime is out of control. Britain is more dangerous that it ever has been. Drug use is soaring. The headlines are familiar to everyone. It would be easy to believe that young people are more violent, more dangerous, more criminal than ever before. I’m not convinced.… Read More Violent crime | Have we created a dangerous generation?
Under Pressure: Queen/Bowie 2. True: Spandau Ballet 3. Don’t Worry, Be Happy, Bobby McFerrin 4. Only You, Flying Pickets 5. Toy Soldiers, Martika 6. Blue Monday, New Order 7. Enola Gay, OMD 8. Electric Avenue, Eddy Grant 9. Oh Superman, Laurie Anderson 10. Tom’s Diner, Suzanne Vega 11. Another One Bites The Dust, Queen 12.… Read More 80s Pop Quiz | The Answers
Boris will pursue a hard Brexit, unless Labour elects someone popular and effective who can push him into a more sensible position. Labour are unlikely to pick someone sensible as a leader and as a consequence Boris won’t feel any pressure to compromise on hard Brexit. It’s not even certain than Corbyn will stand down… Read More Predictions for 2020
This is my own personal tribute to Jive Bunny and the Master Mixers. 26 80s pop hits, all mixed together. Just work out which one is which PM me your answers or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org I’ll publish the answers and the winners tomorrow evening
Non-Fiction Peter Pomerentsev: This is Not Propoganda, Faber and Faber I’ve met Peter a couple of times through Durham Book Festival, and he is one of the most insightful writers on the current crisis of disinformation, political polarisation and hate speech. He is also Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at the… Read More Books 2019 | What I read
The whole thing, in one go, in case you can’t shake off the hangover