Archive for the ‘Media’ Category

Find Your MP’s Expenses

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 7:20 2 Comments

After Parliament has published the MPs expenses claims in the greatest of detail, there would seem to have been no need for the Telegraph to publish any more information. Unfortunately, and presumably in order to save the taxpayer money, the printer used by Parliament appears to have printed huge black splodges over most of the [...]

This was posted under category: Media, Politics

Bad Medicine

Wednesday, June 24, 2009 18:30 22 Comments

…I feel slightly nauseous myself, having just used a Bon Jovi song title, but it’s perhaps the most one I could think of for this quotation I came across. To set the scene: the article talks about drugs used as a legal ‘high’ — stuff like Salvia, amyl nitrate and isobutyl nitrate, which do not [...]

This was posted under category: Beer, Media, Science

Lies, Damn Lies, And Star-Faced Tattoo Girls

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 19:16 11 Comments

You know how sometimes there’s a big breaking story that makes international news, because it somehow ‘fits’ the story the media are selling that day, despite how it’s not really that newsworthy. This one, for example: Police in Belgium are investigating a complaint from a teenager who says a tattooist peppered her face with stars [...]

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The only problem…

Sunday, June 14, 2009 7:20 22 Comments

…is that I’m fairly certain some people would do this normally. But what a great ad (hat-tip: @bengoldacre).

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The Problem With Alternative Medicine

Sunday, June 7, 2009 7:20 28 Comments

I’ve got no objection to people who want to use complementary, alternative, holistic, wholefood sorts of therapies, as long as they can afford to spend their money on them and haven’t been conned into thinking that serious scientific tests have shown them to be worthwhile. After all, these are now generally termed complementary medicines; they [...]

This was posted under category: Media, Science


Tuesday, June 2, 2009 14:50 35 Comments

…a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken, bat, snake or bugsWikipedia: Geek Or, as the modern day freak-and-geekshow is now referred to, “Britain’s Got Talent”. I had been conteplating whether or not to write anything about this, given the rather inevitable coverage [...]

This was posted under category: Media, TV/Film

Reportage: Enrique Tittle Tattle

Saturday, May 30, 2009 7:20 5 Comments

Newcastle’s Spanish left back, José Enrique, is apparently currently pondering a question which The Clash posed back in 1982… Should I stay or should I go?The Clash It would appear however, that either his mind has changed significantly over the course of only 22 minutes, or that various media sources are speculating and having fun [...]

This was posted under category: Media, Newcastle United, Oddities, Sport

Nadine Dorries: The Witchhunt

Saturday, May 23, 2009 0:01 13 Comments

One of my issues with party politics is the fact that because people are partisan, they take a particular side, and are likely to support those things which attack the other side (or the baddies, as people probably consider them), whilst lashing out at anything which attacks their side. So when you had the whole [...]

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BBC Newcastle: What is the point?

Thursday, May 14, 2009 12:36 2 Comments

I subscribe to BBC Newcastle’s twitterstream — @bbcnewcastle — in order to be informed about news and events which are local to me and therefore have some interest or relevance. So when I came across this tweet: BBC Sport NUFC News Newcastle v Fulham: Team news ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match. @bbcnewcastle …I [...]

This was posted under category: Local Interest, Media, Newcastle United, twitter

Christians For Torture Coalition

Monday, May 4, 2009 18:30 19 Comments

At least, that’s how the statistic was presented to me. Christians more likely to support torture: God must be turning in his grave Only if you actually look at the research itself, that’s not quite what it’s telling us. For example, there are estimated to be around 2 billion adherents to Christianity (one third [...]

This was posted under category: Faith & Forteana, Media, Politics, Science