Jobs Gloom for Ed Miliband, Eagle Eye

Jobs Gloom for Ed Miliband

I have a comment at Independent Voices on news of a skills shortage emerging in the jobs market. In this case, Ed Miliband’s difficulty in filling a vacancy for a “Head of the Leader’s Broadcasting”.
Increasingly, that is where my comments will appear. I have also moved the Catch-Up Service to Independent Voices, doing a weekday [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 1 July 2014 at 4:33 pm

The Pedants’ Revolt, Eagle Eye

The Pedants’ Revolt

Now that Twitter is becoming a picture-led medium, it is images that are retweeted most. The most successful image that I tweeted this week was this brilliant picture, made by Chris Green on Facebook, which reached me via Paul Rodgers and Matt Hoffman.
Inevitably, someone pointed out that the bloke on the horse is John Ball, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 27 February 2014 at 8:59 pm

The Price of Peace, Eagle Eye

The Price of Peace

You meet all sorts on Twitter. Where else, for instance, could the Iranian foreign minister exchange public banter with the daughter of a former Speaker of the US House of Representatives? What would we do without Geoffrey Chaucer’s thoughts on Harry Potter? How would we know who was Nigel?
There’s a particularly genial and eccentric chap [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 10 February 2014 at 4:20 pm

“Twitter. Don’t talk to me about Twitter.”, Eagle Eye

“Twitter. Don’t talk to me about Twitter.”

I have a column in The Independent today responding to Trevor Kavanagh, who wrote in The Sun on Monday about giving up Twitter (right). A person who is tired of Twitter is tired of life, I say.
The short paragraph at the end of my column, on the end of the Questions To Which The Answer [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 1 January 2014 at 2:18 pm

That’s Entertainment, Eagle Eye

That’s Entertainment

This is a curious list, but I’m on it, so it must be good. It’s the PeerIndex list of the top 140 influential UK Twitter accounts. I just scrape in at number 134.
The curiosities are that I am categorised as “Entertainment/Journalism”, which I take as a Reithian compliment, and that the list says it excludes [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 2 November 2013 at 6:28 pm

Liz Hurley and Shane Warne: end of a tweet romance?, Arts

Liz Hurley and Shane Warne: end of a tweet romance?

Since they got together in 2010 (getting engaged in 2011), the tweeting has been incessant. But having treated their combined haul of 1.7m followers (Warne, at 1.3m, has the larger fan club) to their everyday goings-on, they’re now being subjected to what some suspect could be their break-up.

By | Arts, Fame Feed | Tuesday, 17 September 2013 at 5:45 pm

“My phone is my Precious”, Eagle Eye

“My phone is my Precious”

Further to my attempt to explain three years ago, in rather more than 140 characters, why I like what is still sometimes referred to as “the microblogging website”;
and further to Caitlin Moran’s wonderful, and rather shorter, paean;
here is David Schneider in The Guardian yesterday making similar points with even more wit and brio:
I’m addicted. I [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 10 September 2013 at 3:29 pm

Women in Science: Be aware! Computing is everywhere!, Notebook

Women in Science: Be aware! Computing is everywhere!

Computing devices are everywhere nowadays. For many of us, life would be unthinkable without a smartphone, a tablet, or a laptop. The pace at which technology is developing is rather astonishing and its impact in our modern life is possible only because in the thirties of the last century, a new science was born: computer science.

By | Notebook, Science & Technology | Monday, 26 August 2013 at 7:00 am

Catch-Up, Eagle Eye


While I was away Caitlin Moran advocated a Twitter silence as a protest against people threatening violence on the internet. The Twitter silence was a silly idea, as she admitted (Times, pay wall), but I did agree with her reasons for liking Twitter:
For most people, Twitter is joyous: it’s a little group of friends in [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 22 August 2013 at 3:03 pm

The pertinence and perils of twiplomacy, Arts

The pertinence and perils of twiplomacy

In the midst of the recent upheaval in Turkey, Prime Minister Erdogan has called Twitter the worst ‘menace’ to society. To be sure, these still hold, and while diplomats have stepped out of the halls of power and into the real world long ago, they now have to step into the virtual world ‘where the wild things are’ as well, if they want to be an effective force of good for their country.

By | Arts, Notebook | Friday, 21 June 2013 at 6:28 pm

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