Then go check Beardyman out…
February 8, 2007
February 7, 2007
Where to start with this one…? Well, if you surf the British political blogs, you will have undoubtedly come across Blog Fight. On the Left, Manic and Unity. On the Right, Iain and Guido. The outcome so far…? Well, “The Charity Commission for England and Wales has opened a formal inquiry into the charity The Smith Institute”; and with any luck, Unity is in the process of ensuring certain questions pertaining to 18 Doughty Street “are properly framed and forwarded to the relevant regulators for consideration”. Is this a new form of transparency? If the MSM aren’t going to alert us poor proles to all the low-down, dirty, skulduggery that is currently masquerading as politics and British democracy, why not bloggers?
February 3, 2007
Cannae really help myself here… but this is something that my good friend Pete has gotten me into recently: dubstep. I even had the pleasure of catching Stainage 2 at PlanB in December. To cut a long story short, Pete aka Janner, has been chucking out tunes for a long old time now. Of course, he has his tastes in music and i have mine but every now and again, we hook up and produce a track. This is our most recent result. To be fair, you need one hell of a sound system to fully appreciate this kinda music.
I’ve been to a few gigs, the most memorable in recent times whilst at university. The best, without a shadow of a doubt, was in the old Digbeth Custard Factory at the Medicine Bar; but for the first time ever, at Stainage, bass moved me. Not emotionally you understand… the bass actually made by balls move of their own free will and volition. Not an altogether unpleasant sensation if i’m being honest and if you get the chance to hear dubstep live, i heartily recommend it!
I leave you with this thought: In Africa, the African use drums for various reasons…
January 25, 2007
Without having a proper blogroll, this will have to suffice as a look into those who i find difficult not reading on a daily basis.
In no particular order…
- The Croydonian is quite simply one of the most informative, erudite and witty blogs i’ve come across. A man of, it would seem, impeccable taste, an eye for the absurd and always the first port of call if you wish to know about what’s really going on in the world.
- The Ministry of Truth is a blog i only stumbled across thanks to the whole Bob Piper saga, so a recent addition to my must reads. However, Unity has got it going on. Someone who goes into great depth and leaves no stone uncovered – each post is a pleasure to read.
- Iain Dale’s Diary just rocks. One of the more prolific posters around, he’s generally the first to bring your attention to things going on in the Conservative sphere. Highly amusing and someone i would love to see elected as a politician. Even as an A-list candidate, he doesn’t appear to pull his punches and comes across as being frank and honest.
- The irrepressible Guido Fawkes digs the dirt on everyone. Love him or loathe him, Guido has been around for a while now and has got his finger on the pulse. If the politicians want to play dirty, fine – Guido will stop at nothing to uncover the sleaziest goings on in the Westminster village.
- The mighty Manic is one of the first bloggers i came across. Tim has, by his own admission, been around for ages and seriously knows his stuff. The causes he brings to your attention are always worthy and his ideas are inspired. The wealth of information contained within Bloggerheads is immense.
- Dizzy is a switched on individual if ever there was one. Mixing politics and IT always makes for a fascinating read. He knows his shit and is always willing to call a spade a spade.
- His Grace is possibly the most erudite blog i’ve found. Politics and religion in an appealing, accessible and interesting manner. Cranmer has also cultivated a commentariat that often adds a layer of meaning that makes each post a veritable treasure trove of information, ideas and discussion.
- EU Referendum is also a mine of information. Richard North has truly opened my eyes to the woeful treatment of Britain’s armed forces. And his Corruption of the Media deserves some kind of award. Helen Szamuely is one of the more insightful authors in the British blogosphere. Together they make an awesome team.
This list is by no means exhaustive but i do tend to find myself browsing these blogs on an almost daily basis. If you’re open-minded and are savvy enough to recognise personal bias, these blogs will genuinely open your eyes to some of the things that are going on in the world that you won’t generally read in the papers or see on the news bulletins.
These are the people who are challenging the MSM… fuckin good luck to ‘em i say. Keep up the good work y’all.
January 24, 2007
It’s a new year… i’ve quit smoking (there – it’s public), i want to get my thoughts down – what better place than a blog? – and i just want to write. See what happens, see how people react to what i think, see how this then effects what i originally thought.
Firstly, a bit of background. I feel quite strongly about putting everything in context, especially if it’s historical; but this applies equally to people. Fer’instance, say you’ve stumbled across this blog and want to know from what angle the author is getting at? It would be useful to know a bit more about me, so you can draw your own conclusions… makes sense right?