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In 1987, “Fairytale of New York” was beaten to Xmas #1 by Pet Shop Boys with “Always On My Mind”. This was the correct verdict by the British record buying public. Shane MacGowan is reported to have said of this…

This is the desk where I did all my live blogging from.

“Thank You America” is one of my favourite Cabaret Voltaire tunes, so I nicked the title for this post. Regular readers may have noted that I’ve spent quite a bit of the last few months live blogging US politics and…

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Friday Reading Eats Big Dinners S10E11

Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from the Guardian’s Martin Belam, covering journalism, media and technology, and other interesting nerdy things. It is also available as an email newsletter and eats big dinners. Sign up here. This…

Friday Reading S10S10

Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from the Guardian’s Martin Belam, covering journalism, media and technology, and other interesting nerdy things. It is also available as an email newsletter. Sign up here. Looking at the whole Jeffrey…

You might think that Halloween would be the perfect time to be a musician making spooky haunted electronic music. And you would be right. If you’ve never seen or heard my Fortean electronica, then over the next couple of weeks…

Aberfan

It is the anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, a story that breaks my heart whenever I think of it. This interactive about it by the team at Wales Online from a few years ago is, to my mind, one of…

It’s back. My weekly newsletter of … interesting things I found to read on the web about journalism, media, politics and all the other weird cult-thinks and nonsense I am into. Subscribe to it here. I often mention the grief…

It’s back. My weekly newsletter of … things what I reckon you’ll like. Subscribe to it here. From the media ethics department, I found this very interesting: It also affects how our legal system tackles law-breakers on the roads. Those…