Fanmail

I’ve had quite a lot of fanmail in the last few days at work. I’ve been called a “simpleton”, an absolute shill for the Leftist mob, a moronic wanker, a fucking imbecile and someone signed off simply “you are an…

Friday Reading S10E07

It’s back. My weekly newsletter of … shiny baubles from the intertubes. Subscribe to it here. In 1954, the Supreme Court decided that segregation of public schools was unconstitutional—but it was thousands of children who actually desegregated America’s classrooms. The…

Friday Reading S10E06

It’s back. My weekly newsletter of … stuff that caught my beady little eye. Subscribe to it here. Some eco-fascists argue that the environment is being destroyed by overpopulation and blame the global south for it. (This idea, quietly taking…

Football in the Covid anti-Goldilocks zone

Leyton Orient had a big game due on Tuesday against Tottenham Hotspur in the EFL Cup. It would have had huge emotional resonance, since Tottenham’s captain Harry Kane, who spent some time at Orient on loan, has paid to sponsor…

Anneliese Michel

I released a new single on Saturday in all good digital record stores. It is called Anneliese and tells the particularly grim story of a woman, Anneliese Michel, who died in the 1970s. To contemporary eyes it seems most likely…

Friday Reading S10E05

Friday Reading S10E05

It’s back. My weekly newsletter of … things what I found interesting this week. Subscribe to it here. Long and thoughtful and I don’t 100% agree with it from James Fallows on how the press hasn’t broken its most destructive…

Isobel and Zoe looking resplendent in colour

Thoughts on…Doctor Who: The Invasion (1968)

[This is the first in an occasional series where I ramble at length and without much focus about an old episode of Doctor Who what I have just watched on my tellybox. Lucky, lucky you] I watched 1968 Doctor Who…

Friday Reading S10E04

It’s back. My weekly newsletter of … stuff I found hidden down the back of the internet’s sofa. Subscribe to it here. Some solid work from the FT here – which you may need a subscription to read, sorry, journos…

Friday Reading S10E03

It’s back. My weekly newsletter of … bits’n’bobbins I wrote earlier in the week ‘Of masks and madmen’ about the signs on display at the anti-mask demo in London last weekend, and how I realised that some of them displayed…

The train to Chesham from Liverpool Street

A day on the Metropolitan Line

Don’t tell me I don’t know how to have fun while on holiday – today I’ve spent the day mooching around the far end of the Metropolitan Line, taking pics of the station architecture and infrastructure, listening to great music…