Sniffle XLXIV: Morning Commute Edition

A man in Perth gets his leg wedged between the train and the platform, and ERRBODY rushes to help with their own brute strength (rather than shutting the rail system down all day until men in hi-viz jackets, hardhats and walkie-talkies arrive to dismantle the thing at enormous public cost, as one would imagine happening […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCCIV

I love this: Craigslist – – $800 Bedroom Available (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) (Here’s another link in case that one disappears) If anyone is interested, I’m renting out my bedroom in Williamsburg, Brooklyn immediately. I apologize for the short notice. The apartment features a kitchenette, a large (by New York standards, ha ha) bathroom, and a roommate […]

Categories: War and Peace

Olympics’ Parade’s End

In which they throw a massive parade through a very handsome-looking London to say farewell to the Games. I like the THANK YOU on the bottom of the British Airways plane. Of course, we haven’t seen the Paralympics yet. Apparently NBC will show us a recap in a couple of weeks. Which, at least, is […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Peter Recommends CXL

I saw some photos of this during the Beijing Games, but here you go: Why hosting isn’t quite the economic/infrastructural boon it’s made out to be: io9 – Eight years after the Athens Olympics, many venues have been left to rot (Although, there are lots of Canadian winter athletes who come from around the detritus […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure


Animated gifs of San Francisco. I just think they’re kinda cool.

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

More Than Me Whining Again About a Lack of Terraced Housing In This Country

Telegraph – Harry Mount: Architectural beauty – and private home ownership – relieve poverty There’s a show on BBC 2 called “Secret History of our Streets” which sounds amazing: Caledonian Road is near where I was brought up – and the programme illustrates really well how architectural beauty, and private ownership, relieved the poverty of […]

Categories: History

I Would Like a Sign To Hang Above My Gate

The entrance to casa ninme is a gate opening onto a small patio. I would like one of these but we don’t send kids into guild arts anymore do we. Spitalfields Life – The Signs of Old London

Categories: History


This is very interesting (apologies if an ad starts auto-playing; I’ve taken to preemptively muting my speakers whenever I hit the Daily Mail): Daily Mail – Going underground: Mile after mile of ornate brickwork and labyrinthine tunnels which reveal the beauty of London’s hidden River Fleet In true tabloid fashion, the photos are lifted from […]

Categories: History

Peter Recommends CXXXV

Uber Blog – Uberdata: How prostitution and alcohol make Uber better (Uber is a limo service/startup based in San Francisco but operating in New York and planning on expanding aggressively into 30 (or so) markets within the next year or three (I forget the timeline and can’t be bothered to look it up right now), […]

Categories: Business & Media

A Decade of 9/11: My Firstborn Shall Be Called Libby*

Libby Purves is very good today in The Times. I’d quote from it but I’d be told off by their legal counsel again. I wish it were possible to buy all of you a £1 guest pass. It’s nice to be reminded of some of Rudy’s best press-conference moments. I wish there were more of […]

Categories: War and Peace

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXX

May I link to something that is as hilarious as it is foul-mouthed? Please read it anyway, for it is HAH-larious: Craigslist – $1000 Best. Roommate. Ever. Meanwhile, I’m winding down the last two weeks of my time at you-know-which-internet-company and so I’m maxing out my hours while I can, hence the even-lighter-blogging than usual. […]

Categories: People and Current Events

A Selection of Riot Links

Just some stuff I’ve read today that I found all worth reading: Prospect – David Goodhart: The riots at the end of history Guardian – Deborah Orr: UK riots: society must change fundamentally if we are to move on We must put aside petty political squabbles and find a way to give everyone a stake […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Riot Advice

The Times went to the Metropolitan Police (London) to ask what people should do if caught up in the middle of a riot; if one is wearing a hoodie and wants to communicate with the police that it’s really just a hoodie; if looters come to their home and try to help themselves to their […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Mayor Nutter, Keepin it Real

WaTi – Philadelphia mayor talks tough to black teenagers after ‘flash mobs’ “Take those God-darn hoodies down, especially in the summer,” Mr. Nutter, the city’s second black mayor, said in an angry lecture aimed at black teens. “Pull your pants up and buy a belt ‘cause no one wants to see your underwear or the […]

Categories: People and Current Events

London [Bridge] Is Falling Down

Oof: Telegraph – London riots: live Rolling coverage of the third night of violent disturbances in London, Bristol, Liverpool and Birmingham, with widespread arson and looting reported across the capital. So the story goes, as I understand it (largely from Twitter), some poor kid gets killed by police last week, and some (idiots) in his […]

Categories: People and Current Events

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