Rhodri Marsden is the technology columnist for The Independent; he has also written about crumpets, Captain Beefheart, rude place names and string. He's also a musician who plays in the band Scritti Politti, and won the under-10 piano category at the 1980 Watford Music Festival by playing a piece called "Silver Trumpets" with verve and aplomb.
Here’s a playlist of songs vaguely connected with school, because it’s that time of year, and there just aren’t enough songs about Papal visits, except “Papal Visit” by The Fall, and that’s almost unlistenable, and it’s probably got nothing to do with Papal visits in any case.
Click here to listen to the playlist on Spotify [...]
I was watching a rerun of the TV show Russell Howard’s Good News on BBC2 the other night. I’ve never really understood Russell’s appeal, but I’m also aware that the fact the show debuted on BBC3 means that I’m not really intended as the target audience, in the same way that Snog, Marry Avoid, or [...]
There was a story this week about a juror at Hull Crown Court who sent a text message to another juror sitting on another case (who, apparently, she’d only just met, so why they’d exchanged mobile numbers already is anyone’s guess, but that’s not really the burning issue, here) saying “Hi it’s Danielle from court. [...]
Few things during the last decade – with the exception, perhaps, of discovering that you’ve got type 2 diabetes – have been quite as consistently irritating as the debate surrounding whether a Mac is better than a PC, or vice versa. I’ve known of many pointless arguments in my time, including a memorable occasion when [...]
I found out about the 6Music reprieve via a text message from my mother who, as far as I know, has never listened to the station, and probably wouldn’t have even known about its existence had it not been earmarked for the chop.
Internet dating used to be such a sweet and innocent thing. Those who made initial tentative forays into that terrifying arena about ten years ago were nervous, they were slightly ashamed, and they’d invariably begin the “About Me” section of their profiles with the phrase “I can’t believe I’m doing this.” Then they’d delete the [...]
A year ago today, Michael Jackson died. Across the world, people are paying their tributes. ll nine Madame Tussauds attractions across the globe have wheeled out eerily waxwork-like Jackson figurines and stationed them in the lobby.
I can’t bear it when someone describes themselves, or what they’re about to do, as “tough but fair”. Or, for that matter, “hard but fair”, or “brutal but tender,” or “sadistic but benevolent”. It’s scary. And, despite the fact that “tough but fair” is usually uttered in a benign, almost reassuring manner, it’s supposed to [...]