June 19, 2005
Britblog Roundup # 18
Welcome, welcome to the Britblog Roundup as mentioned in yesterday’s Telegraph! We must truly be on a roll if we start getting mentioned by the real media, you know, the ones people actually pay for. You can add to this collection of rich bloggy goodness by emailing your nominations for next week’s to britblog AT gmail DOT com. We’re looking for the good and great posts from British and Irish blogs...no limitations as to subject or viewpoint, we’re interested in those well crafted items that we might not have seen ourselves and need to have brought to our attention.
As one email received put it:
I soaw you Britbloggy mention in The Telegraff, so you muzt begood.
which does make me wonder, just what are the Guardian sub-editors doing reading the Torygraph?
First up is TalkPolitics (who was also mentioned by Vicki Woods. Hi Vicki!) who has made a precis of his objections to the ID Cards bill and thus made the technical objections easier for us non-technical types to understand. Powerful stuff and likely to make you want to rip the head off your MP if he votes for it. My request of last week still stands, could someone point me to a blog that actually supports this abomination?
Clive Davis is able to tell us why certain newspapers are the way they are. Apparently alcohol is involved...although why the expensive stuff was wasted on Piers Morgan is beyond me.
Norm of that blog continues his task of educating us all in the joys of country music, this time Lucinda Williams. His analysis of the lyric is spot on.
Robin Grant is spitting tacks over the foul and despicable theft of yet more of our freedom perpetrated by the buffoons that rule us this past week (you may note I am not all that happy about it). Robin has gone rather further and worked out how to screw up the new system in a right royal (and entirely legal) manner. Do read him and make the pledge.
Phillip Chaston has some worries about whether the "right" side of blogging is falling behind the "left" side prompted by an article at MyDD. The comments become highly amusing.
The Angry Chimp agreed to answer questions from his readers. Yes, indeed, there were the childish sex based ones. Tina asked one particulalry sick one to which the only possible response was "Let’s find out shall we?"
Liberal England is not enthused by the new Kelly Hours. He’s also not happy with the Lib Dems response to this nationalisation of childhood.
Galilean Library takes on the idea that science is a neutral process and comes to the conclusion that we should not believe in something so absurd.
Paul Coletti takes on the European logic. Or rather the lack of it.
Actually Existing adds to our knowledge of what it is to be British by mining Google for the phrases that describe us. Some good stuff there, including our being the only people able to get genuinely excited at the idea of a hot drink.
Mike’s B&Ts wonders what Nelson’s Navy would be like under present financing methods.
The Sharpener continues to grow as a group blog. Chicken Yoghurt is excellent on government perfidy and how the evidence is being ignored. Justin of Blood and Treasure is simply superb on the new exclusion zone around Parliament, the same thing that got Robin Grant wound up above. Justin is rather, err, less fact based, with his cast of Charlie the Safety Elephant, Princess Tony, Crazy George and the dynamic duo themselves, Hairy Bob and Nobbo the Rock Star.
Murkee continues to bug MPs to make clear theirviews on an English Parliament and the West Lothian Question.
Tom Fuller takes an interview about training and productivity and uses it to analyse there problems here with NEETS. Essentially, education isn’t necessarily the cure.
Up Your Ego has news on the influx of celebrity TV shows. About the only possible thing left is recursion to celebrities making shows about making shows about celebrities.
Kitty Killer is apparently just off to journalism school where he will be taught how not to write decent copy on important stories like this.
The Joy of Curmudgeonry provides a potted history of spoilt brattism. He identifies it with being left-wing....fine if you’re a teenager but we all have to grow up sometime.
Blithering Bunny reveals that he wants to break into the house of the Sun’s Editor, make a xylophone from his rib cage and wear his wife’s underwear. Can be over-excitable these wild colonial boys.
Politicalog looks at Gordo taking over more of the lottery money. The Treasury chequebook a little empty, eh?
Fair Vote Watch finds evidence of an emergent European demos. He’s right that it is necessary if a democratic Europe is to be built for this to happen.
A General Theory of Rubbish has the advice you need if you are a socialist working within a capitalist environment. How do you reconcile the daily exigencies with the moral viewpoint?
At The Sharpener again John Band has a piece on the African witchcraft scene in London. He’s not hopeful about the intersection of the various new laws.
Andrew Brown manages to make one of those little fopas that cripple careers...well, they do or not, depending on whether they become the basic story you tell at every subsequent party. Never mind Andy, we still have the Sprout together.
Scott Burgess has probably the most read post of the week with his extensive quotations from Orwell on the Guardianistas. Cruel and very funny stuff.
Reaching for Lucidity has grooming tips for men. Essentially, get groomed to get laid. Quite true, of course, now all we need is the guide for British women.
Liberty Cadre on Roger Helmer, who is likely to be thrown out of his job of representing his constituents for the crime of, err, representing his constituents.
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Justin of Blood and Treasure? Is he a relative of Jamie of Chicken Yoghurt?
Tim adds: Ah, yes, spot the deliberate error time. Just checking to see if you were all paying attention. Coff, coff.
Posted by: Backword Dave | Jun 20, 2005 11:50:07 AM