Category Archives: crime

Fade in gently

I’m a longstanding fan of John Peel. What do I mean by that? I love and appreciate what he did to promote and disseminate music; I enjoy at least some of the individual works he popularized; I feel a wistful … Continue reading

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The smoke in Spain pools mainly like a stain

Since Spain introduced a partial smoking ban back in 2006, smokers and their enablers had clearly spent time finding their way round it. Since the last time I was over there, smoking had wormed its way back into bars and … Continue reading

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If you've no way to hide then you've nothing to fear

I’ve mentioned before how much I love my yellow cycling jacket, but seasons change and eventually it becomes time to put away clothes better suited for the wet. The sun has started to show a more regular appearance, and I … Continue reading

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A happy ending in Dorset

Over two years ago, I called out Dorset Cereals on their use of palm oil. Moving house and other nonsense intervened, and it was only recently I was able to start chasing them again. Their packaging still had palm oil … Continue reading

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Where there's life, there's life after Hopenhagen

Christmastime and Christmastide wait for no man, and there’s been plenty to prevent me from following up on my doom-laden thoughts about COP15 and what might happen if it failed: which it did. Before 2009 draws entirely to a close … Continue reading

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And all I got was this lousy bright-blue T-shirt

Yesterday K and I were at The Wave in London, the march against climate change. There’s a climate march in December every year, but this year put every other year’s to shame. The police initially said around 20,000 people (having … Continue reading

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George Monbiot Facts

Nobody writes polemics quite like Monbiot’s tirade against Hazel Blears (via many, including looby): The only consistent political principle I can deduce from these positions is slavish obedience to your masters. Theyworkforyou sums up your political record thus: “Never rebels … Continue reading

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