Information on cricket salaries in England is difficult to find, though the amounts are acknowledged to be low; many cricketers take on a second job during the off-season. One of the top flight teams, Durham, is the first county fined for narrowly exceeding the total playing staff salary cap
for the year. As a cross-sport comparison, the top flight football (soccer) team wage bills for 2010-11
, and the team salary caps for rugby
Next year, BBC Radio Two's series The People's Songs
, will tell the history of modern Britain in 50 songs. They have just announced
of them will be. [more inside]
from 1973 on the London Chapter of the Hell's Angels (SLYT 24:37)
When is a private space a public space? When it's a Privately Owned Public Space (POPS)
. In accordance with the planning codes of some cities, owners or builders of buildings are mandated to provide members of the general public access to spaces which include rooftop gardens, courtyards, and plazas. [more inside]
was a British television and film director
who produced some of those most hard hitting and controversial work of the 70s and 80s including Scum
, Made In Britain
. [more inside]
The Way They Were
(SLYT... 1:07:45 'The tape fails there!')... an old Granada / Channel 4 program that was a compilation of Tony Wilson's So It Goes
a show that featured performances from some of the best British Punk and New Wave bands of the time.
The Day Britain Stopped
- Back in 2003 a train strike was the first in a chain of events that lead to a complete meltdown of the UK's transport system. [more inside]
"Like a lot of locals, he says that one of his big fears is Costa serving notice that Totnes is ready to be colonised, and sparking the arrival of Caffe Nero, Subway and all the rest." A town declares war on Costa Coffee
The Economist on the decline of British boy's comics
as The Dandy ceases print publication
. As it circles oblivion it risks joining the ranks of Whizzer and Chips
, The Beezer
and subversive late entry to the genre Oink
. The days of the Great British girl's comic
are sadly long passed.
Gu Kailai's trial has concluded but no verdict has been delivered.
Many things about the political background of the murder trial, and Gu Kailai's personal motives, remain unclear, although it is said that Gu has not disputed the charge that she killed Neil Heywood. [more inside]
204 Nations, 204 Photographers, 204 Londoners - The World In London
The Big Three of EU Foreign Policy
: Stefan Lehne on the contrasting roles of Germany, France and the UK.
The 'About' page of UK music website Popjustice also doubles as a pop fan manifesto
A Guide to Writing Sherlockian-Tea Habits.
In which EnigmaticPenguin (of death) schools fanfiction authors in correct English tea theory and practice. Follow up: Biscuits.
The BBC's new Olympics 2012 ad (full 2m40s version; SLYT)
is a CGI masterpiece for the video gamer era. (best viewed with YouTube HD resolution settings on) [more inside]
The unaired pilot for the US version of The IT Crowd
Following junior Treasury minister Chloe Smith's disastrous
performance on Newsnight regarding the Chancellor's u-turn on fuel duty, the New Statesmen presents the top
What Britain used to look like from the air
(Audio slideshow) From sprawling factory complexes to newly built suburban streets - by way of some of the UK's top sporting venues and seaside resorts. More than 10,000 images from one of the earliest collections of aerial photography are being made freely available
on the web.
Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast
is a series of long live interviews with other comedians, comedy writers and Jonathan Ross - the most recent with his old partner, Stewart Lee. [more inside]
The Royal Household is hiring. Apply online now
! [more inside]
Before and after photographs
who have had teeth removed. Part of a exhibition
showcasing behind the scenes observations of The Children's Hospital, Sheffield
Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corp., repeatedly lobbied Tony Blair to invade Iraq.
In the days leading up to the invasion, Tony Blair's Director of Communications wrote that "(Blair) took a call from Murdoch who was pressing on timings, saying how News International would support us, etc. Both TB and I felt it was prompted by Washington, and another example of their over-crude diplomacy. Murdoch was pushing all the Republican buttons, how the longer we waited the harder it got."
The phone call in question took place just days before a crucial vote on Iraq
, and was one of three personal calls from Murdoch that Blair received in that week alone.
Blair recently testified, admitting an "unhealthy" level of closeness
with Murdoch, oftentimes communicating more with him than with his own ministers.
In the first 19 days following the invasion of Iraq, Rupert Murdoch's Fox News averaged 3.3 million viewers, a 236% increase from the weeks preceding the war
. Huge increases in newspaper sales
were seen throughout his global media empire
, with advertising revenue soaring to record levels. That empire now faces serious calls for it to be broken up
In the wake of their grunge-y breakout hit "Creep"
and the success of sophomore record The Bends
, Thom Yorke and the rest of Radiohead
were under pressure to deliver once more.
So they shut themselves away inside the echoing halls of a secluded 16th century manor
and got to work.
What emerged from that crumbling Elizabethan castle fifteen years ago today was a shockingly ambitious masterpiece of progressive rock, a visionary concept album that explored the "fridge buzz" of modernity
-- alienation, social disconnection, existential dread, the impersonal hum of technology
-- through a mosaic of challenging
, eerily beautiful
music unlike anything else at the time.
Tentatively called Ones and Zeroes
, then Your Home May Be at Risk If You Do Not Keep Up Payments
, the band finally settled on OK Computer
, an appropriately enigmatic title for this acclaimed
harbinger of millennial angst. For more, you can watch the retrospective OK Computer: A Classic Album Under Review
for a track-by-track rundown, or the unsettling documentary Meeting People is Easy
for a look at how the album's whirlwind tour nearly gave Yorke a nervous breakdown
. Or look inside for more details and cool interpretations of all the tracks -- including an upcoming MeFi Music Challenge! [more inside]
Why our food is making us fat
(Guardian article by Jacques Peretti): [more inside]
Ten years ago Sam Jordison
created a magazine/website column
and later notorious series of books entitled Crap Towns
. After resurging interest in the books he revisits
the town that first inspired him, Morecambe
The need for speed This article contrasts two very different timeframes in the 'social life' of the plant stimulant miraa--known elsewhere as khat--in Kenya and beyond.
One, the heritage and cultural associations around the age of the trees themselves and the other, the impact of the perishability of the product even as demand for it grows on continents halfway around the world, thus the "need for speed". (Previously
As a flag-waving Britain prepares
for the Jubilee
(or in the words of the comedy Twenty Twelve, 'Jubilympics
'), the nation seems divided between the wildly enthusiastic
and those suffering from Patriotism Fatigue
(link may be NSFW). James Ward (of Boring
fame) does a round-up of spurious Jubilympic themed products
, after consumption of which you may require a sick bag
Britain is considering legislation
to protect scientific publications in peer reviewed journals from libel lawsuits
, such as the Chiropractic Association's lawsuit against Simon Singh
. [more inside]
Met Police to extract suspects' mobile phone data
[BBC] The Metropolitan Police, covering Greater London, are set to expand their search powers by making it standard practice to swipe contact details, call logs, and texts off of the mobile phones of anyone in custody - and retain
that data - regardless of whether the suspect ends up charged with a crime or not. Clearly not everyone is over the moon about this, seeing it as the latest sign of the steady erosion of communications privacy in the UK
and a potential breach of human rights law.
Some British bus shelters are, implausibly, powered by the light of the sun
, and some can see what you’re up to & tell you to stop
doing it. Others smell like baked potatoes
, or dispense free pieces of cake
. Others still can get you high
if you set them on fire. More often though, these are dreary, malodorous locales where one is increasingly less
likely to see a bus, let alone three
coming along at once. Photographer Steve Ellaway
on a project
the bus shelters
of South Wales
: an unpromising subject
on the surface
of it, but one
that has yielded surprisingly rich
and varied results
was an obscure and pretty much forgotten British/German low budget (they borrowed sets from Space 1999
) science fiction televsion series from 1975... On the planet Medusa where the women (naturally all hot) rule over the men, two of the later inferior species escape (including Gareth 'Blake
' Thomas!) to the 'paradise' of Earth [more inside]
Cleopatra Loves The Acid
and Roland's Jam
is pretty wild. Acid music is still here...
The British Council Film Collection
"is an archive of over 120 short documentary films
made by the British Council during the 1940s designed to show the world how Britain lived, worked and played. Preserved by the BFI National Film Archive and digitised by means of a generous donation by Google, the films are now
yours to view, to download and to play with for the first time." A couple of essays
and case studies
also already up, with more to come.
Chap Magazine (manifesto
here) has staged
outside the proposed location
of an Abercrombie & Fitch store on Savile Row
in London. [more inside]
The ZX Spectrum's chief designers reunited 30 years on
, discussing what became 80s Britain's most popular
home computer and gaming platform
, despite stiff competition from the technically superior Commodore 64
The Foreign Office’s “guilty secret” revealed Thousands of documents detailing some of the most shameful acts and crimes committed during the final years of the British empire were systematically destroyed to prevent them falling into the hands of post-independence governments. Those papers that survived were flown back to Britain and hidden for 50 years in a secret Foreign Office archive in breach of legal obligations for them to be transferred into the public domain.
The Guardian details some of those papers released earlier this week. [more inside]
In 1912, ten year old May McMurray wrote a letter
to her father saying how much she missed him and ending in "Dada this is my first letter". Her father never saw it, perishing aboard the Titanic two days later. This weekend, French company Royal De Luxe
tells her story with the Sea Odyssey Giant Spectacular
in the streets of Liverpool, England. [more inside]
Young Edd Gould
always enjoyed drawing comics of himself and his friends. Growing up in the internet age, his doodles
evolved into Flash animations of increasing complexity, and in time Edd and pals Tom Ridgewell
and Matt Hargreaves teamed up to produce an "Eddsworld"
series of online webtoons and comics
At first crude and halting, the group's "eddisodes"
progressed from surreal shorts
into full-fledged productions that pushed the boundaries of amateur web animation, with expressive characters
, full soundtracks
, complex effects, and a fast-paced, off-kilter sense of humor: MovieMakers
- Rock Bottom
- Hammer & Fail
At its height, the college co-op was producing shorts for Mitchell & Webb
and the UN Climate Change Conference
, fielding offers
from Paramount and Cartoon Network, and racking up millions of hits on YouTube
Work slowed, however, when Gould was diagnosed with leukemia
-- a relatively survivable form, though, and Gould carried on working gamely
through his hospital stays. So it came as a shock last week when Matt and Tom announced that Edd had passed away
, prompting an outpouring
in his short 23 years.
The Guardian has a feature today on computer science education in the UK
It includes short interviews
with teenagers who use coding (for fun or work), an article
on encouraging girls to get involved in computer science, an editorial
encouraging an overhaul of the UK's system of teaching computing, and some discussion of Young Rewired State
, a group that offers "festivals of code" to help kids learn to "program the world around them", and also encouraging use of open data.