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February 19, 2007

Britblog Roundup #105

Apologies, apologies, a day late, I know. I'm horrendously busy at present.

In fact, after two years of doing this I think it's about time to pass the baton on to someone else. Anyone interested in doing this on a weekly basis? You can do it at the same place each week or pass it around as you wish, but I think I do need to bow out of trying to run it. Those interested please have the conversation in the comments here and we'll see what the consensus decision is.

If you want to nominate posts for next week's extravaganza you can do so, as usual, by emailing the URL to britblog AT gmail DOT com.

First up is Harry Hutton's excellent suggerstion on what to do with the smoking snoopers. Bid mild, actually.

The Barrister Blog has a round up of the legal blogs in the UK worth peeking at.

The Psychiatrist Blog notes that at times, "love" has been a diagnosed disease. I'm sure there are worse ways of picking a mate.

The NHS Blog Doctor has his weekly BritMeds Roundup.

Did you know that most Textphone numbers advertised actually get you through to a voice phone? Great help if you're deaf, don't you think? Whichever idiot thought that little idea up seems in need of having a new one ripped.

Local localism. Allotments are to be bulldozed to make way for a footpath for the Olympic site. That path to be used for four weeks. Yes, the planning decision is being appealed: looking forward to the 2014 Games are we?

Mr. Dodge has obviously been reading a bit too much Little Green Footballs.

Central News has some fairly forthright proposals for reform of the welfare state.

Matthew Illsley is having a sale of the books he used in the research for his book, The Future is a Foreign Country. I have, sadly, owed Matthew a review of it for absolutely yonks. Meticulously researched it comes to conclusions that will horrify any europhile. I wouldn't say that I agree with all of this thoughts but on the idea that we must leave the EU he's spot on. Well worth the money.

Liberal England has been terrorised by George Osbourne leaping out from behind his yoghurt pots.

Dave Weeden on the decision that all pet owners have to take at some point. Doesn't make it any easier though, knowing that the day will come.

Gracchi on race in ancient Greece and Rome. Distinctions were made of course, but not upon colour.

What happens when you fill a boat on the Thames with women? Femmes on the Thames.

A mad dogs and Englishwomen day on holiday.

The result of Sir Francis Drake giving a boy an orange.

Serious stuff on a blog: a guide to Roman camps.

A personal take on the right to die, or not, as the case may be.

This isn't really what's expected in this modern world. Wogs and the English.

Fat really is a feminist issue.

Bid on the reincarnation of Charles Darwin in order to fund the Beagle Project.

Do you go to market to buy an aardvark or log into eBay?

Notes from the life of a peripatetic musician.

It would be very difficult to call this summary justice.

So, just what would you do in this situation?

And that's it for this week. Those who might want to take over this interesting little burden from me please make your pitch in the comments.

Toodle Pip!

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Posted by: Dave Weeden | Feb 19, 2007 11:05:46 AM

I'm not interested - much to busy blogging about Russia, these days, but I wonder if it would be worth sharing it out among a number of blogs, either on a carnival basis, or just between four or five blogs, who rotate on a weekly basis?

Posted by: Andy | Feb 19, 2007 12:06:36 PM

I'd be more than happy to do it in principle, if (that is) the bulk of the Roundup is gleaned from nominations from readers. Trawling through the 'net all weekend is a different matter.

However there's something to be said, too, for the "moveable feast" model.

Tim adds: Nominations it is. I've got a special gmail box to which I will pass on hte keys.

Posted by: Mr Eugenides | Feb 19, 2007 12:39:34 PM

I'd be happy to join in on a round robin.

Posted by: poons | Feb 19, 2007 10:35:37 PM

Have you considered Britblog Roundup as a distinct website in its own right?

Posted by: IAF | Feb 19, 2007 11:03:47 PM


I'd be happy to take it on from time to time, but I don't think that I could do it every week.


Posted by: Devil's Kitchen | Feb 20, 2007 12:03:02 AM

Tim, I'd be quite happy to take it on too - although I think I agree with the consensus that it should be an enterprise of about four or five rotating duties about once a month. For what it's worth, I've been involved in a couple of "best of" link-collecting ventures before.

Posted by: Ken | Feb 20, 2007 12:22:47 AM

I'd be happy to take a turn at doing it. I couldn't manage it weekly but if it's done rotationally, I'm in if the others will have me.

Posted by: Clairwil | Feb 20, 2007 8:15:09 AM

Clairwil is my kind of girl! :-)

I think the pass-the-parcel model seems the best compromise, but ultimately I suppose it is up to Master Worstall.

Posted by: Mr Eugenides | Feb 20, 2007 9:04:32 AM

You're assuming that it has to be one master controller, with a periodic rotation in who gets to be the master. At any given time one person is over-worked and the others are standing idle (or, rather, idler). How statist is that?

A better spec would be:
(1) bespoke site;
(2) query whether you would have separate sections by subject matter or some whizzy form of tagging to cross reference items;
(3) each week set up a new space for week commencing dd/mm/yy;
(4) outsiders would post nominations plus brief citations;
(5) to be really cute include some sort of facility for nominations to be seconded or otherwise to gauge the popularity of a nomination like Amazon tracks book sales or rates reader reviews;
(6) query whether you would require some form of registration (I can see people creating spoof identities to boost their own blogs, but on the other hand what's wrong with advertising; blogging is hardly a hobby for shy retiring violets and non-registration would have the added advantage of annoying Tim Ireland);
(7) someone would have the job of rolling forward the week and setting up the new spaces, but that could easily be shared via a rota;
(8) query whether you would carry across Tim's archive from this site.

Of course I've no idea how you would assemble such a site technically (and I'm not volunteering for anything) - but then management is all about not knowing how to do things technically, isn't it?

Posted by: William Norton | Feb 20, 2007 9:58:51 AM

I'd also be happy to take a turn.

Posted by: Jonathan | Feb 20, 2007 10:26:55 PM

If you'll allow the "lefties" in I'd be happy to take a regular turn.

Posted by: Natalie Bennett | Feb 22, 2007 2:45:38 AM

I'd be happy to have a go but like the others in a round robin format

Posted by: gracchi | Feb 22, 2007 11:48:37 AM