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June 05, 2005

Britblog Roundup # 16

Welcome back to another installment of the increasingly popular (Hunh? Ed) Britblog Roundup, as you can see from the above, now in its sixteenth incarnation. Nominations are made by those who send emails to britblog AT gmail DOT com and point me towards great posts from British and Irish blogs over the past week. You can see past editions here and can come back next week to see the seventeenth.

First, a little guidance to the news in the political blog scene over here. The Sharpener continues to grow as a group blog providing a wide range of viewpoints. Once More into the Breach is a newish conservative group blog and Jarndyce has popped up with Fair Vote Watch, dedicated to the merits and demerits of different voting systems.

On which subject Murkee has actually started badgering an MP for his views on electoral reform. Even had a response.

Huw BG managed to do something his father never did and miss the deadline last week so here is Arthur’s Seat’s quite magnificent catch on a piece of howling lunacy from Polly Toynbee. Read it and find out why so many of us refer to her as Polly Pot.

Sean runs a piece at the Toffee Womble which he’d written for The Times. Not really a blog post you might think, but he adds back in the 50% of the piece that was naughty bits and got cut. (Warning! Some very naughty bits. I shall never think of the word "Juicer" in quite the same way. Ed) Worth scrolling around a bit for some photos as well.

Galilean Library will be running an online class in September. Those who are interested in both philosophy and archaeology (and who isn’t?) should sign up now. This could be an interesting use for blogs, online learning.

Thinking for the People does exactly that on the subject of youths and disrespect. "It wasn’t like that in my day" is so often followed by a story about how the speaker was indeed exactly like that.

Norm of that Blog is both running a nominations process for your favourite movie stars and also complaining that not enough people are entering theirs. Go now and make the Professor happy.

Harry’s Place mulls over last week’s EU referenda and then offers a vision of Europe that the left could (should?) support. Quite different from the usual vapidity in this debate and well worth reading.

Blithering Bunny uses his history as an Aussie Rules player (Yikes! Better not offend him! Ed) to explore the issue of violent crime upon the playing field. Criminal assault is just that, wherever it occurs.

Blood and Treasure tells of a visit to the Chinese Consulate in Manchester...you need to read the post to see why the date was important.

Actually Existing has a couple of press roundups, one on, well, the UK today, the other a on what people said about the referenda (mostly self-translated, so we get to see what the foreigners were saying).

Tom Fuller is also on the voting, with an interesting idea. The French just love being the centre of attention (Quoi? Nous? Ed).

Mike’s Books and Thinks looks at one of the details of politics, the dumping of Gwynneth Dunwoody. Sad to say but party whips have always been like this.

Easyjetsetter visited the Somme and wants us all to remember what happened there, something she indicates the French tend not to.

Stumbling and Mumbling is both amusing and correct on the Airbus/ Boeing dispute. When someone offers to subsidize their exports to you the correct answer is "Thank you".

Chicken Yoghurt on Live 8:

The set list for the Hyde Park concert is a mixture of some of the most monstrous egos on the planet (Madonna, Robbie Williams, Elton John) and the worst of anodyne nonentities (Muse, Razorlight). It reads like the playlist for the iPod I'm going to be forced to wear when I'm finally consigned to Hell.

He carries on and why there isn’t an editor out there screaming to hire the man is beyond me.

PlasticBag.org has a long post about tag clouds and fauxnomies. I haven’t a clue what it all means but he’s from the BBC so I hope it makes sense to someone.

A Welsh View (who has just got a new logo...featuring sheep. Sheesh!) has found a very amusing little sign.

My Boyfriend is a Twat has been trying to work out the average age of blog readers. Older than one might think.

Planet Potato brings up to date with the glory that is Sky Ireland. Yes, it’s worse than you might expect.

Noreen and Barry at Emerald Bile provide a lesson in market segmentation. (Warning! Profanity alert!) Classic textbook case actually, specialisation and niches being such an important part of business.

Irish Eyes has a fascinating technology piece on mobile phones. It’s worth looking for information on phones that may not be certified for your network....get it right and email and browsing by phone could be free.

Squander Two provides a new variation on an old joke.

And that’s it, the end of this week’s Britblog Roundup. More next week, same time, same place on the dial

Toodle Pip!

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Comments

You'll have to rename this the British and Irish Roundup; in the spirit of the tour to NZ and the Irish captaincy of the touring party.

Great leaders the Irish eh?

Posted by: Friendly Fire | Jun 5, 2005 7:25:29 PM

Thanks for the mention - Ms Toynbee's sofa comments are among her more bizarre!
Best
Arthur Seat

Posted by: Arthur Seat | Jun 5, 2005 7:33:07 PM

But your side swipe at me missed on two counts: 1) he was my uncle and 2) I did post an entry to the venerable Mr Seat, but against a follow-up posting. ( I know, I know, it doesn't count...)

Posted by: Hew BG | Jun 5, 2005 9:16:57 PM

Could be commonwealth blog roundup...

Posted by: katie | Jun 6, 2005 11:13:43 AM

Timworstal is really a nice site,the subjects are as wide ranging as ever, and the content gets better with each issue. Tim also highlights two newish UK-based multiblogs that are worth checking out

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Posted by: age | Oct 19, 2005 7:55:36 PM