Pity My Poor Unhappy Swimming Pool

Yeah! Finally! wait but why – Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy (I like this post’s style. It’s sort of Hyperbole and a Half meets Quora.) So yes, now that you’ve gone away and read the whole thing, I agree with all of it, and read the whole thing, except: • I think it’s overstating […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Protesting Starbucks: The Celebrity Chef Edition

So I listened to Jamie Oliver’s appearance on BBC’s Woman’s Hour last week, which is about 22 minutes long, it’s the first segment, and it’s very interesting, especially this bit towards the end: JO: This recession is NOT going like everyone says, I can tell you that. Jane Garvey: What do you base that on? […]

Categories: Food

Becoming Chinese

So this is very good, and although it’s long (although, not as long as I thought it would be; I was reading it this morning on my phone and emailed it to myself to finish later because I thought I was less than halfway but it turned out I had one paragraph left and the […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

China Getting Older Before It Gets Rich

The Telegraph – IMF sees 140m jobs shortage in ageing China as ‘Lewis Point’ hits China’s vast reserve of cheap workers in the hinterland is vanishing at a vertiginous pace. We can now discern more or less when the catch-up growth miracle will sputter out. Another seven years or so – enough to bouy global […]

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

World Is Ending, Etc Etc

I’m not sure what I think about this: The Guardian – It is not inevitable that the EU – or democracy – will survive this mess Europe may well muddle through with technocrats and tighter straitjackets, but the rule of the people must be guarded, by Simon Jenkins

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Quick Links: Death Penalty! Mannequins Smoking at Dinner Parties! European Economics! Writing!

I have stuff stacking up. And I’ll never get around to any of it if I force myself to make a new post for each of them, but I wanna pass ‘em along anyway… Telegraph Blogs – Toby Harnden: American Way: The shallow anti-Americanism of the ‘I am Troy Davis’ crowd Retronaut – CYNTHIA, 1932 […]

Categories: Wildcard

It’s a Good Thing Brokers Don’t Wear Tank Tops and Shorts to Work

The Brokers With Hands On Their Faces Blog

Categories: People and Current Events

Die Boomers Die: London Barbecue Edition

Adbusters is reprinting an article from 2007: Adbusters – Generation F*cked How Britain is Eating Its Young, by Maria Hampton The UN’s first ever report on the state of childhood in the industrialized West made unpleasant reading for many of the world’s richest nations. But none found it quite so hard to swallow as the […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Imagine If There Was No 60s

Woah: Wheat & Weeds – Imagine Even Lennon Knew “Imagine” Was A Crock

Categories: Entertainment

Arcadia for Oligarchs

At first I saw this headline and thought someone was getting hysterical about global warming, but it turns out it’s another in a theme of the super rich moving things out of reach: Telegraph – Harry Mount: The global elite has stolen the English summer [T]he English summer and social calendar has, in recent years, […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Two Articles On the Congo

Purely by accident. The first one I got via Twitter and couldn’t bear to get very far into, but here it is if anyone else can handle it: Guardian – City of Joy: New hope for Congo’s brutalised women Eastern Congo is the rape capital of the world and the worst place on earth to […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Well With These Options Why On Earth Would Anyone Go For the Austerity

In m’Twitter: @ST_Newsroom: An EU bailout of Portugal seems likely after prime minister Jose Socrates has quit having failed to push through austerity measures “Dear voters, on the one hand, I can return you all to the agrarian sheep-herding hot-weather backwater you really were designed to be, or on the other, Germany can give you […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

The Screwed Middle

This is very good: The Times – Will the people in the middle ever get richer? By Philip Collins Alarming.

Categories: People and Current Events

Clarification: When We Say “Die Boomers, Die” We Don’t Literally Mean “Take Up Arms”*

The Times (£) – Curtain up on the battle of the generations, by Alice Thomson Student loans are just a side issue; this iGeneration is stuffed. Being young isn’t much fun any more; you can’t even go to Topshop now. Last month, Mervyn King announced the coming of the “Sober” decade (savings, orderly budgets and […]

Categories: People and Current Events