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Two bikey things in today’s paper:
- Has Boris Started a Cycling Revolution?
Three fearless journalists (including me looking like a massive dork, left) road-test the new hire bikes about to be unleashed on the capital. Read my earlier post to find out more about the scheme’s teething problems.
- Hassled just because I ride a bike
Cycling convert [...]
A fifth of girls have been pregnant at least once by the age of 18, the press association announced yesterday, and today research collated by Ofsted reveals that teachers are embarrassed by sex lessons. Coincidence? (certainly not) Old news? (of course). Whatever it is, the figures are quite startling despite the widespread acceptance that in [...]
I’m normally quite anti biopics, especially formulaic ones about musicians, but I am quite excited to see the Joann Sfar’s Serge Gainsbourg film which comes out next week. To mark the release, this week’s Friday playlist is themed around the French master.
I’ve put in some of my favourite songs by Serge, though his back catalogue [...]
What persuaded did Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to sue the News of the World for making-up stories about the demise of their marriage, as opposed to any one of the hundreds of gossip magazines, show-business websites, and tabloids which for years have been doing exactly the same thing?
Reading of the Director of Public Prosecution’s decision over the death of Ian Tomlinson at last years G20 protest, I’m reminded of Edward Gibbon’s memorable phrase: “Where error is irreparable, repentance is useless”. I pray that this does not become the leitmotif of this tragedy.
The announcement by CPS that they will not be bringing criminal [...]
‘First it rained, then it poured,’ says Martin Engstroem, of the time when the festival he’d created ran into such daunting financial problems that its future suddenly looked in doubt. But he might also have been talking about this year’s opening night.
As Charles Dutoit raised his baton to give the down-beat for Yuja Wang and [...]
Professor Peter Hennessy is on form. I went to the launch of the new edition of his book The Secret State last week (the first edition sold well, apparently, which one mandarin said was a case of “retrospective panic-buying”), and quoted him in The Independent on Sunday at the weekend.
Yesterday he was on “The Curse [...]
This week marks for many the beginning of a much-needed, much-yearned for summer holiday. Not satisfied with our hottest year in history, thousands of Brits will be leaving the country over the next six weeks, swapping their desks for deck chairs and tea cups for Cosmopolitans and ice cool beers by the pool.
So the Martin Jol saga has come to an end. After much flirting and misdirection, he’s turned down Fulham and will be staying with Ajax.
I thought he was a good choice to succeed Roy Hodgson. But that’s in the past now and we can look forward with anticipation as to whom Mohamed Al Fayed will [...]
Dan Hodges has a good assessment (that is, I agree with it) of the Labour leadership candidates at Labour Uncut. He notes that Ed Miliband has run a negative campaign against his party’s past and everyone involved in it:
So virulent have been his assaults on the policies in the last manifesto that I shudder to [...]
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