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Tips for the London Marathon

Posted on 23 April 2009 | 5:04pm

A Facebook friend sent me a message this morning ‘any advice for a first time London marathon runner?’ So I whacked off a few thoughts. ‘You should do that as a blog,’ she replied back. ‘Fab tips.’ I love it when other people give me ideas for the blog, especially when I’ve already done the work. […]

Missed the Budget, saw why it mattered

Posted on 22 April 2009 | 11:04pm

As Alistair Darling was delivering the Budget, this Alastair was speaking at the opening of a new MIND resource centre in Hertford. Fair to say I had the easier job. The date for the MIND event was set before the date of the Budget, and I was trying to think of the last time I […]

Football good, politics bad. Allegedly

Posted on 22 April 2009 | 12:04am

I didn’t manage to the end of the opening Newsnight report on MPs’ expenses before deciding that bed was a better place to be (via this quick blog), but I couldn’t help but be struck by a formidable contrast tonight … between the basic pro-football stance of Sky Sports coverage of football – admittedly easier […]

The Great Wall gets greater

Posted on 21 April 2009 | 9:04am

‘Gee, what a great wall.’ You had to hand it to Ronald Reagan. He had a way with words. But now it seems the Great Wall is even greater than the Great Communicator realised when he came out with his reaction on seeing it for the first time. There we were, thinking the Chinese had […]

Two sides to police story

Posted on 20 April 2009 | 11:04am

I’ve talked before about how sometimes a prism forms over a story, so that after a while only one side gets heard. It happens most often to politicians, usually those in power, most intensely when a situation develops with all the ingredients to show them in a bad light. But enough of Damian McBride. It […]

Budgets, Balls, billionaires and Susan Boyle

Posted on 19 April 2009 | 12:04pm

It is the normal fate of Chancellors, on the Sunday before a Budget, to see the newspapers plastered with predictions of its contents. Today, you have to work well into the inside pages before finding out what Alistair Darling may or, more likely given how tightly the Budget is held, may not, be thinking. Instead […]

Do muscles have memories?

Posted on 18 April 2009 | 9:04am

With a long journey home ahead of us, a quick blog to pose the above question. It has come to me many times as I have cycled around the Highlands. Some of you may remember that a few weeks ago I took delivery of a wattbike, a tweet on which prompted a rash of ‘what’s […]

Bring back standing at football

Posted on 17 April 2009 | 2:04pm

Several days late, in the eyes of some, to the issue of football stadia. Late, that is, if it is indeed the case that the twentieth anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy was the subject I should have been addressing a couple of days back, failure to do so having sparked something of a mini-riot on my […]

When Facebook friends fall out

Posted on 16 April 2009 | 12:04pm

So I put up a  blog on global warming yesterday, headed off for a three hour bike ride, and came back to outbreaks of incivilities all over my Facebook page. As one commenter, Terry Evans, put it, there could have been all manner of comments and argument about climate change and the politics of the environment, […]

Guardian sightings and the email and bath plug agenda

Posted on 15 April 2009 | 11:04am

It says something about the kind of (left of centre) visitors we have up here in Scotland that on successive days we have had sightings of The Guardian.  Sighting one, on Monday, had a short extract from my blog on the Damian McBride affair, followed by a line from right-wing blogger Guido Fawkes which looked […]