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Human Sacrifice: How Perez Failed to Win the World Cup for Argentina

  The World Cup is over. A certain team won. Another team didn’t, and inevitably there will be much scratching of pundit-heads and stroking of pundit-chins in an effort to find out why. Geniuses far and wide will claim they know the answer. They will all be wrong. How do I know this? I know […]

Confirmation Bias

First thing you should know is that this is yet another post about being, you know, nice. Obviously, being nice isn’t very interesting and is rarely particularly amusing, so this post may struggle to achieve either. Apologies. Normal, cynical, hilarious service will resume soon. In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about confirmation bias. In case […]

Alas, Poor Google

I’ve kept pretty quiet about the whole data-theft-whistle-blowing-seeking-asylum-in-country-where-anti-government-journalists-just-get-shot mess so far for a number of reasons. Firstly, I’m not entirely sure where I stand on it. I’m not too bothered about my own personal data – hell, I hand it out like candy anyway – but I accept that other people have justifiable concerns about […]

Stupid Stats

  A quick one this morning. The BBC is running a story about a campaign by road safety charity Brake to ban the use of hands-free mobiles on the road. They’ve a few studies and numbers to back up their campaign, and I’m not going to go into the rights and wrongs of it because in […]

Choice. Respect. Wibble.

This morning, the new London Gateway “super-port” opened for business. Lots of big ships will come and unload their fridges and cars and 50″ plasma TVs and rare and exotic potatoes, and because the population density is so high in the South-East of England, this will mean things arrive in the country that little bit […]

HS2? Don’t make me laugh.

You wouldn’t want to be running PR for HS2. Not these days. Every time you open your mouth to announce something good, it’s been spiked before you’ve got your first sentence out. So just last week, just as Government was sternly reminding Labour that the project needs cross-party support if it’s going to survive and […]

Press Baron Bingo!

Let’s play – PRESS BARON BINGO! Every time you hear one of the lies below, simply cross out the box. When you’ve got the lot, just comment below! Extra marks for getting them all from the same source – Roger Alton from The Times is off to a cracking start! The press weren’t consulted The […]

Leveson and the “Charter” – let’s be clear

So now the Executive Editor of the Times is at it. Rumour-mongering, stirring panic, spreading disinformation. He doesn’t want a statutory body, he says, because that would be the end of 300 years of a free press. The story’s here, and you can skip the Hugh Grant bit if you like. Let’s be clear on […]

“If” (Daily Mail version)

If you can pick on Ed, when all around you Are at the Tory conference writing wittily on Dave, If the simplest of ideas, like “truth”, confound you, If nineteenth-century England is what you really crave, If you can lie and not be tired by lying, Or crashing some memorial, like the classy folk you […]

Axis of evil

A story posted a while back by a friend on Facebook got me thinking. The story’s here, and the headline pretty much sums it up. Campus police on a prestigious American university seem to have been siding with the perpetrators of rape against its victims, a mix of the “it wasn’t really rape” and “she […]