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From Gangnam Style to Nick Clegg’s apology song: The top viral videos of 2012, Notebook

From Gangnam Style to Nick Clegg’s apology song: The top viral videos of 2012

George Arnett gives a rundown of the top viral videos of this year.

By | Notebook | Friday, 14 December 2012 at 4:00 am

Nick Grimshaw, Chris Moyles, Radio 2, #fpsummit, Worcester, Notebook

Nick Grimshaw, Chris Moyles, Radio 2, #fpsummit, Worcester

A look at the trending topics on social networking sites and search engines today, to see what we’re interested in, and why.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 11 July 2012 at 11:02 am

What should we teach our children about political revolution?, Arts

What should we teach our children about political revolution?

We tried explaining to our little ones why the helicopters circled overhead last summer, why all the shops in our South East London neighbourhood were boarded up and why we were transfixed by burning buildings on TV. “Some people are very angry,” we said. And of course, the answer came back, “Why?”.

By | Arts | Thursday, 7 June 2012 at 1:58 pm

Jubilee workfare: A Dickensian tale brought to life, Notebook

Jubilee workfare: A Dickensian tale brought to life

It’s as though Charles Dickens himself penned this story, and authorities in power have sought to bring it to life 142 years after his death (Died June 9 1970). What a throwback to the dreary Victorian era often portrayed by the novelist; the forgotten unemployed bussed into the capital under moonlight and told to get their ‘heads down’ under a dirty bridge in readiness for a gruelling 14-hour shift.

By | Notebook, Olympics, Opinion | Thursday, 7 June 2012 at 4:02 am

Why would anyone want to wear a Queen mask?, Notebook

Why would anyone want to wear a Queen mask?

I really thought I could handle this. I thought I’d be able to do a barbecue on the Saturday followed by a street party on the Monday. As I write this, it’s Sunday and I’ve had enough.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 6 June 2012 at 4:10 pm

Barking Blondes: Duchy doggy dinners, four-legged royals and a very British bulldog, Notebook

Barking Blondes: Duchy doggy dinners, four-legged royals and a very British bulldog

We believe, that as long as we have a royal family, then dogs will be welcome in royal parks. After all, the Windsors love a pooch. And as the saying goes “if you are looking for love, love a dog!”

By | Notebook | Sunday, 3 June 2012 at 4:00 am

Top of the posts: Fascism in football, sexism on the street and ruffling royalist feathers, Notebook

Top of the posts: Fascism in football, sexism on the street and ruffling royalist feathers

The most read blogs this week, as determined by stats.

By | Notebook | Friday, 1 June 2012 at 5:22 pm

Something For The Weekend in London: June 1 – June 5, Arts

Something For The Weekend in London: June 1 – June 5

Thanks to Her Majesty’s 60 years as Head of the Commonwealth, we’ve got a rare long weekend to make the most of.

By | Arts | Friday, 1 June 2012 at 12:00 pm

Poetry, pork pies and punks: Our pick of the weekend’s Jubilee street parties, Arts

Poetry, pork pies and punks: Our pick of the weekend’s Jubilee street parties

Whether you’re a staunch royalist or more of a put-the-royals-in-council-housing-then-poke-them-with-sticks type, there’s a shindig out there perfectly suited to your tastes.

By | Arts, Notebook | Friday, 1 June 2012 at 9:00 am

Beer: Windsor’s finest shake off Jubilee snub, Notebook

Beer: Windsor’s finest shake off Jubilee snub

It seems like half of the breweries in Britain have produced a new beer for the occasion – or, at the very least, re-badged an old one in order to capture some of the Jubilee frenzy. Nor can those in charge claim to have been taken by surprise by the volume of celebratory brews: it’s an old tradition. British brewers have been marking big Royal occasions with special beers for many generations.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 1 June 2012 at 8:32 am

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