Archive for September, 2002

news values

Monday, September 30th, 2002

Two retired MPs turn out to have had an affair in the 1980s. A still active politician (and MP) turns out to have ordered the murder of ten people in the 1970s. Which of these stories is news?

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all the stuff

Sunday, September 29th, 2002

That I have been fumbling to say about the warhards is here

Satanan

Sunday, September 29th, 2002

Perkele!
as my old Finnish workmate in the sawmill used to say.
I found this almost perfectly incredible story while spending a happy sunday blog-rolling. It came through Teresa Hayden Nielsen, who I used to see around the Well. It is, to all appearances, quite true, and charming. In fact it’s everything that globalisation ought to mean, and the most romantic story since the Albanian crown was offered to Aubrey Herbert in 1922.

note from an old story

Sunday, September 29th, 2002

you know a piece of work is well started when you can see just how and in what ways it’s bad

The march in London

Sunday, September 29th, 2002

I was there, with wife and daughter; so were a lot of other people: the police reckon 150,000 and this is credible. Estimates of 400,000 from the organisers are not. They are simply plucked out of the air to match the Countryside Alliance demo against a fox-hunting ban. It was worrying how much I found to disagree with on my own side. Of course, the closer things slide to a full-on world war between the USA/Israel and the Arab world, the more there will be to disgust us on both sides.

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these people are sick

Thursday, September 26th, 2002

But their sickness isn’t obvious.

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feeling strange

Tuesday, September 24th, 2002

One of those odd little moments of equilibrium in freelance life. I think I have done everything I should have for the moment: a profile and two book reviews for the Guardian; an enormous mass of book corrections and acknowledgements. The only other overdue stuff are three thank-you letters and a book review for Ian Pitchford of a work that is important, but incredibly badly written. Or perhaps a work which is important, but which I am to stupid to review.

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talking to morons

Tuesday, September 24th, 2002

I wnet to get my hair cut yesterday and when I got home my wife and daughter laughed more usual. It turns out the hairdresser has done her best, with very defective materials, to give me a mullet. Behind my ears an inch of ratty fringe curtains the back of my neck. I know I didn’t ask for this, but I think I’ve worked out why I got it: when she asked how I wanted the back done — after I had told her to cut it off my ears — I said “proportionately”. This is not a term in the vocabulary of a Saffron Walden hairdresser.

oh shit

Monday, September 23rd, 2002

The only piece of hard information I ever got from Greil Marcus had to be this. Warren Zevon’s dying.

I hate libertarians

Saturday, September 21st, 2002

Because they always end up worshipping lawless power (and also becasue they’re arrogant little pricks). So Declan McCullough’s PR for the Cato Institute is a reliable source of irritaiton. Most recently, he found an economist to argue that Linux was bad for society, provoked in his turn by an editorial in the New York Times.

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