Saturday, 31 March 2012

Nutters in Copenhagen

So the English Defence League are meeting up with fellow thinkers on the continent. Seems like now might be a good time to introduce some of those tighter immigration laws that they have been calling for. A plebiscite to decide whether to revoke their passports, anybody?

Actually that might be a bit harsh on Denmark.

Thursday, 8 March 2012


The Internet has taken all of the fun out of going in to a postgraduate seminar and only having a sketchy idea of how to say the name of the author you're presenting on.

... good thing we can still get the wrong gender on occasion though. Bloody 'Kateb Yacine'.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Politically obtuse

Ok Jeremy Paxman. Tough, investigative journalism is all well and good when you're talking to politicans who obviously have a hidden agenda. Asking the same question over and over again makes a good stunt and can actually reap some rewards by penetrating a professional facade.

Doing it in a documentary on the British Empire is just pathetic. There is no 'right' memory of how Empire was experienced. People are allowed to say that they think that the British were brutal colonisers who brought nothing good. Repeating the question until they embarrassedly say something positive or ambiguous about the British is not clever, it's just bullying through authority and leading questions.