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Westminster’s drugs paranoia

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

From Comment Is Free: The drug-taking habits of this country have changed in the past two decades – but the government is scared to adjust its policy. It’s all here

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Kirstie Allsopp and all that

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

This one created a slight stink: a piece in The Guardian about the social tribe surrounding David Cameron, and how they just might rub a lot of people up the wrong way…

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Nursery rhymes: RIP?

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Could be, and it’s all the fault of us rock-fixated thirtysomething groovers. As this piece from The Guardian suggests, there’s “a whole cast of characters, herded towards the cultural knacker’s yard like the cast of a geriatric Toy Story: Humpty Dumpty, Goosey Goosey Gander, the Grand Old Duke of York, Jack and Jill, a handful of mangy-looking black sheep and poor old Little Miss Muffet, clinging fretfully to her ‘tuffet’.”

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Beatles overkill

Friday, September 25th, 2009

From The Guardian:

“Like a lot of my generation, I suffer from what the author Douglas Coupland once called Legislated Nostalgia: essentially, possessing a lot of someone else’s memories. Since a babysitter played me Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band in 1975 I never really recovered. I have shelves full of Beatles books, and a pitifully huge collection of their records. I have followed their trail around Liverpool and Hamburg, and once made a pilgrimage to a supermarket that John Lennon had once owned on Hayling Island (should you be barmy enough to follow suit, the locals are very helpful).

“Moreover, since my mid-20s I have been a happy accessory to the ever-growing Beatles industry. Only last month, I interviewed Paul McCartney for a cover story in Mojo magazine. Having since received all the CDs, I can vouch that they sound immeasurably better than before and the mono versions are occasionally revelatory. And yet, after nearly a month of non-stop Beatles coverage, even I am sick of the sight of them.”

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