With number ones for Roger Sanchez, Robbie Williams, Atomic Kitten, So Solid Crew, Five, Blue, Bob the Builder, DJ Ötzi, Kylie Minogue, Afroman, Westlife, S Club 7, Daniel Bedingfield, Nicole Kidman.
The seven sacraments of Harry Potter, life in a glass jar, punctuation,
Romeo + Juliet, the Crass Spectacle, and which way is due up?
Secret Societies was the theme; we reckon it was a Third Class set of puzzles, experiments don't always succeed.
- a long history of the Dixie Chicks and their relationship with Dallas.
- disputing arguments against Irish passports.
- wedding tips
- teletext lives
- sports graphics from 1972
- a cheap air-conditioner
"More United", Paddy Ashdown's campaign group, was launched on Andrew Marr's show last weekend.
As we see it, "More Utd" asks candidates to support some milquetoast ideas. Nothing on the sample policy lineup is going to trouble a Sensible candidate from any tradition. Indeed, we can almost say that any candidate supporting these principles is a Sensible candidate, and anyone opposing them is a Silly candidate.
Nick Barlow concludes with a "what if" argument,
Let's be prepared to reach out and play a role in building the common ground, instead of standing on the sidelines and complaining that we weren’t included when someone else builds it without us. The old ways of doing politics are dying all around us, and we need to have the courage to try and shape the new.
Stand about while other people speak for us? Down that road lies an unrepresentative group, Labour's problems.
The barrier to entry is low, and the possible gains are great. So this blog's supporting the group, in a nebulous "we support this group" way.
For now, that's all we expect to do.
Reflecting on Danny Finkelstein's claims that It was simply right to ask people whether they assented and This was a reasonable way to make a difficult decision and A referendum is the right way to decide a narrow constitutional question, but not to determine broader national policy.
We don't believe that all three can be true at once.
How many number one singles have there been this year? Depends how you define "number one single".
Why were there none on Now 16, and where was this claim false?
What do they say about a can of worms?
About a month ago, there was criticism of "RadioX". This station is owned by Global. It used to be the home of fresh alternative music, but changed last September to "blokes with guitars".
Stella Creasey (Labour, Walthamstow), noted that Radiox didn't promote its women presenters. Chris Baughen (music director at Radiox) didn't address Creasey's points, but indulged in ad hominem attacks.
Radiox is the sound of Wetherspoons, bland and unoriginal and the proprietor is dodgy and we just know we can do better.
After eighteen years, Paul Gambaccini plays his American hits for the last time tonight. "America's Greatest Hits" was influential in its day. Here's how we'll remember the show.
The final set of points.
"I make no apology for expressing anger, lamentation and naming sin as sin where I see it."
"The nation state is not natural, it's not inevitable."
"Cameron knew his background. Even before it was fashionable, Cameron would check his privilege."
So shut up with your racist bullshit, stop attacking Napoleon in 1827, don't be Gregg Easterbrook, and beware of the absolute dishonesty of exiters.
Today's slew of notes and quotes has points from ABC Australia, the Irish Times, Irish Independent. We're grousing at Giles Fraser's unchristian attitude, and cheering for Laurie Penny.
John Brassey and Andrew Ducker go from the heart and head. Indy Voices forget that the best reason to make votes count is to make votes count. Andrew Neil loses his last shred of impartiality. Alistair C McGregor makes a series of good points.
Piers Morgan posted a microblog. We disagree with it in many ways.
Let us walk a mile in other people's shoes. In this case, let's listen to people who want the UK to leave the EU.
We see five distinct strands of argument. None of these arguments holds any water.
And we must caution that this this article treats Enoch Powell and Margaret Thatcher with some respect. Reader, if you find this offensive, tough.
This isn't a battle about Europe. It's a battle of generations.
By and large, anti-Europe feeling is confined to the older generation. It's those who were just too young to vote in 1975. It's those who could vote but weren't paying attention in 1975. It's those who are still sore that The Blessed Margaret was removed by MPs. The anti-Europe voters are literally dying off. If they can't get "leave" this year, there will never be another majority.
Leave does not have a sensible argument. It is not making an anti-capitalist argument. The constitutionalist arguments are such bollocks that even Enoch Powell did not believe them. The sore about Thatcher is becoming ancestor-worship. The free marketeers fail to follow their arguments through to any logical conclusion. Much of the talk is racist. Much of the talk is deliberately wrong. Some appears to incite violence.
Leave have not put forward any convincing arguments. They have not put forward any novel arguments. Leave have put forward plenty of racist propaganda, but Britain remains better than that.
After a rollercoaster of emotions, we came away depressed: too much Labour, too much Old Labour, not enough optimism, not a single mention of the Lib Dems.
And we found ourselves wondering: did matgb and miss_s_b intend to influence policy all over Europe?
You wait all month for a campaign to address online abuse, then two come along at once.
The Women's Equality Party were first up, with #CtrlAltDelete. The initial focus is on "revenge porn", posting explicit content to shame an ex-lover.
#CtrlAltDelete is a modest proposal. Most of its aims can be achieved by ministerial fiat, they're not calling for major new laws. This blog is not entirely convinced that the proposed changes to "revenge porn" will alter people's behaviour, but the gains from doing so appear greater than the cost of taking no action.
If only we could say the same about Harriet Harman's claim to the interwebs. She proposes a "major conference", and claims that it's going to "start the conversation". Start? C'mon, this conversation has been going on since the last century, it's only now that Harman cares to see what's going on.