Saturday, December 30, 2006

2006

A few good things about 2006

Tom Waits Orphans
What a wonderful record. This is Tom Waits at his best. Very little of that over-wrought, over-mannered Kurt Weil avant-gardism that has marked his recent output, just pure emotion, wonderful music and fantastic lyrics. And even some explicitly political comment – first time as far as I know – with the great, ambivalent “Road to peace”.

BBC Radio 2
Radio 2 has added cheer to my festive season with the extraordinary Bob Dylan Theme Time Radio shows that they’ve brought across the Atlantic, as well as their exclusive gigs, including the great Bruce Springsteen doing a version of his Pete Seeger sessions. (Although he has a tendency to rock out a bit too much live. Less is more with The Boss.)

Lily Allen
Although she came across a little irritating on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Lily Allen’s records have been just superb. Fantastic samples, lovely tunes, and lyrics that capture the London experience as well as Paul Weller in his prime did.

New music
Other new music that has filtered into my ears, mostly via the blogosphere, has included Joanna Newsome, Neko Case, Jolie Holland, Micah P Hinson and Ani Di Franco.

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada and Children of Men
These were my top two movies of the year. Three Burials [IMDB] was great story-telling, beautifully shot, wonderfully acted, and had superb music. I liked the way the high art fragmented multiple perspective narrative cut against the nostalgic rendering of the John Wayne style purer than pure cowboy hero that Tommy Lee Jones played. Also a fantastic cameo by Levon Helm, one of my heroes. Children of Men [IMDB] had an extraordinary look, a collage of Banksy graffiti and Pink Floyd album art, Hamas funerals and the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. I liked the fact that it didn’t bother elaborately explaining the dystopian future it conjured up, just presented it – and in a terrifyingly plausible way. Michael Caine was lovely, too, as the twinkly-eyed lumpenbohemian hashhead survivalist.

Life On Mars and Lost
Life On Mars was the best TV of 2006. Why isn’t there more of that sort of stuff? Non-formulaic genre drama with good stories and good acting. I’m one of the few people I know that has stuck by Lost, and now fucking Rupert Murdoch has bought series 3, stealing it from Channel 4, so I may never know what happens next, unless I fork out lots of dosh. Grrr.

The Save Ladywell Pool Campaign
The success of the campaign to save Ladywell Pool in Lewisham proves that democracy can still work. Unfortunately, Mayor Steve Bullock’s obstinacy on the issue (well, that and Blair’s unpopular war in Iraq) cost the Labour Party control of the borough in the May local elections, but he finally gave in after an amazing grassroots campaign that managed to harness the power of all the political parties in the borough, without letting any of them set the agenda. Restored my faith in the possibility of politics.

Some crap things about 2006

Deaths of good peoples
Clifford Geertz, Murray Bookchin, Iris Marion Young, Pierre Vidal Naquet, Hugh Thompson, Ahmet Ertugen

The Middle East situation
Kind of goes without saying doesn’t it? Too depressing to write about here.

The onward march of the crap-celebrity religion
Wives and girlfriends of footballers, endless reality TV game shows, Endemol, Paris Hilton’s pussy, Lindsay Lohan’s nipples, etc etc etc. I can’t fucking stand it. Maybe 2007 will be the year that talent and integrity come back into fashion as the basis for public esteem.

The Respect gains in Tower Hamlets
Fucking George Galloway.

EastEnders
I’ve been an EastEnders fan for like two decades now, but this year I’ve given up. I can’t be bothered any more. It’s just crap.

Some overrated things from 2006

The Arctic Monkeys
They kind of define overrated as far as I’m concerned. And, despite saying that, I don’t think I’d actually recognise one of their songs if I heard it now, so maybe I should retract it.

Hidden (Caché) and Volver
My God but Hidden [IMDB] was mind- (and arse-) numbingly boring. Not sure why all the intellectual types raved about it. And I wanted to like Volver [IMDB], but it was just not in the Almodovar premier league. Although Penelope Cruz, with her prosthetic voluptuous buttocks, was very sexy, and probably put in one of the best performances of her career, so maybe I should retract that too.

The veil
I can’t manage to get excited about the veil issue. I just can’t see why it’s such a big deal.



Saddam's execution

Scribbles got there first, and said it well.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

For now...

That's probably it for me for 2006, as I'm going off to hybernate in the bosom of my proverbial, where there is little or no internet access. Have a good one.

Shane MacGowan on Kirsty MacColl

Shane's a guest blogger at The Guardian, and pretty articulate, considering. Here's his seasonal post about the late, wonderful Kirsty MacColl. Extract:
Today [Monday] is the anniversary of Kirsty's passing. Six years on, and her killers still haven't been brought to justice. Her mother, Jean, is keeping up the Justice For Kirsty campaign to see that they are, so check out her website for the latest news, and make sure you donate something while you're there. Anyone who has ever voted for Fairytale of New York in one of those umpteen lists of Greatest Christmas Songs: great, thank you, but please put your appreciation to good use by donating to Jean's campaign.
Well said Shane.

Bonus links:

For the record...

I will continue to link with great pleasure to Drink-Soaked and General Theory. I will continue to link to Harry's Place and Wardytron. I will eventually get around to adding Pub Philosopher to the blogroll, and put Sprit of 1976 back on it. Inviting accusations as a centrist, and possibly far, far worse. However, I will not be adding a link to the BNP.

P.S. completely unrelated, but I will also eventually add Lewkip to the blogroll.

Apologies to any readers in the real world who are baffled by this post.

Trial by tabloid

I couldn't believe the fact that the BBC is giving the names of the two suspects in the Ispwich murder case. Surely this is deeply irresponsible? But this, of course, is nothing compared to the liberties taken by the print press. Read Select Privacy for more.

(Sound track to this post: Sheila by Jamie T (mp3 via The Blue Walrus)

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

It worked...

Mansour Osanloo is free! Details here.

[Previous: Solidarity with Iran, Mansour re-arrested]

Tag:

Why I don't say never

I said I wasn't going to blog about Christmas, but already have once, and am going to now again. Cunt of the week this week? Father Christmas.

Wikipedia and political blogging

This is from the UK section of Wikipedia's entry on political blogs:

Many political blogs in the United Kingdom frequently publish articles, rumours and news from various angles, or with a general anti-establishment bias. Two of the most influential bloggers are Iain Dale and Guido Fawkes.

Anyone think that should be challenged? What would be good other examples of influential political blogs? (I'm going to tag Bloggers4Labour on this question, as I'm sure the folks there would have an opinion!)

[Previous: the anti-Stalinist left on wikipedia]

The anti-Stalinist left and the politics of wikipedia

A while back, I created a wikipedia entry on the anti-Stalinist left. Now a Stalinist wikipedia editor, Soman, has nominated it for deletion. So far, the weight of opinion seems to be to keep the article, but I'm pasting it here, as subsequently edited by other wikipedia editors, as a kind of archiving. If you're a wikipedician, feel free to go and edit it or go and vote on whether to delete it or not. (And, if you're not a wikipedian, maybe you should be!)

The politics of wikipedia are kind of interesting. Obviously, I think it's important that the things I care for (the Arbayter Fraynd, Anti-Fascist Action, Yiddishkeit) are kept safe from what Marx called "the gnawing criticism of the mice", so that motivates me in working on these sorts of articles. But I do it in a scholarly, decent type of way (contrasting, perhaps to my blogging style?).

Anyway, here's the article(below the fold)

Never

So, I'm finally getting around to fulfilling my meme task set by Paulie: a list of 10 things you wouldn't do. I don't really believe in saying never, and am sure that now I've commited to these I will find myself doing all of them, and thus jinxing myself into becoming the person I hate.

So, I would never:

1. vote Tory (sorry James)
2. watch another Lord of the Rings related film without getting paid a lot of money
3. read a book about surviving incest, being called "It" or raising an autistic child
4. buy to let
5. switch from The Guardian to The Independent
6. go for a drink with John Gaunt
7. forward an e-mail because it says "if you don't forward this, bad luck will befall you"
8. let the bastards grind me down
9. tell myself I'm only doing my job

I know that's nine not ten, but I ran dry.

So, I'm supposed to tag (ten?) more people, but it's taken me so long to do this that most people in my corner of t' blogosphere have already gone. So, here's some: Richard, Snoopy, Jew 90. I'll try and add some more later today!

Update: quick response from Richard here.

Sarf Londonism

Andrew has done another Lewisham blog round-up. My personal favourites would be this poem by the Marlboro Poet and Lewishambornlewishambred's in your face variety of South London grime and techno.

And here's one more: A Hangover in SE8, by Samuel J McCready
I hate mobile phones.
You can't walk down deptford high street listening to Leonard Cohen without all the ring modulater style distraction, I had only got as far as "One Pound, You Choose!" before I had to give up and turn the Sisters Of Mercy off. Walking past the Sally Army charity shop I saw it, a big floppy mother-in-law-at-a-registry-office-wedding hat. It would be mine, oh yes, it would be mine. I walked into the shop. This is when the bad thing happened...
And, finally, although Wimbledon is not really my idea of South London, I've recently found Jamie T, post-Mike Skinner bard of London suburbia. You can download MP3s from one of the following blogs: Indietastic, Wolf Notes, Sound Gymnastics (in Spanish - the blog, not the tracks), The Daily Growl, myselfmyself, My Old Kentucky Blog, or Music Like Dirt.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

My imam

Sheikh Shakeel Begg is the Iman of Lewisham and Kent Mosque, in Ladywell, South London, just down the road from me, and Muslim chaplain of Goldsmiths College in New Cross, South London. Here are four facts about him:

1. He is reported as urging '
students to wage jihad in Palestine. In a clandestinely recorded speech, Begg said to students: "You want to make jihad? Very good...Take some money and go to Palestine and fight, fight the terrorists, fight the Zionists."' (source) This has been strongly denied by the Federation of Student Islamic Societies:
“Some of the comments that have been attributed within the article, have been deliberately taken out of context to push a certain viewpoint, rather than present a balanced picture. An example of this was the misquotation of Imam Shakeel Begg who was actually delivering a talk on the illegitimate nature of terrorist activites that have taken place in recent years, which was overlooked by the article."
2. He says the veil is not a subject for free speech within the Muslim community.

The veil, irrespective of its specific juristic rulings, is an Islamic practice and not a cultural or a customary one as is agreed by the consensus of Muslim scholars; it is not open to debate...
We recognise the fact that Muslims hold different views regarding the veil, but we urge all members of the Muslim community to keep this debate within the realms of scholarly discussion amongst the people of knowledge and authority in the Muslim community. (emphasis added. source)
3. On the other hand, he thinks the fascist Hizb ut-Tahrir are entitled to free speech, their "extremism" simply an unhelpful, emotive pejorative term; their support for "terrorism" simply support for "the right of people anywhere in the world to resist invasion and occupation". (source)

4. He endorses the Tayyibun Institute, dedicated to the spread of Islamic ultra-orthodoxy, which in turn endorses the (alleged) terrorist fundraising group Interpal, favourite charity of George Galloway (of "Celebrity Big Brother" infamy).

[UPDATE May 24 2013: I have written more about the Lewisham Islamic Centre here, talking the story up to 2013, in light of alleged link of Michael Adebolajo to the Centre.]

Monday, December 18, 2006

For Ahmet Ertugen

The great Ahmet Ertugen, one of the most important figures in the music of the last few decades, has died, and was buried in his native land, Turkey, today.

A nice appreciation at Moistworks.

It's political correctness gorn mad...

I said I wouldn't blog about the banning of Christmas, but...

From Western Resistance comes this great round-up of squeemish white liberals banning Christian stuff so as not to offend efnic minorities and "faith groups", only to find that the Muslims, Jews and others thought to be offended don't actually care that much. The liberals' excessive, pedantic approach to multiculturalism makes it easier for their mirror opposites, the wingnuts and Daily Mail blimps, to think that the Muslims etc are intolerant extremists, when (I believe) the real truth is most people of most faiths don't really give a shit about this sort of thing.

To balance that, though, some great Hannukah music from Los Amigos de Durruti, by The Klezmatics, Frank London and the great Woodie Guthrie, plus more great Christmas and Hanukah music here (scroll down for hip hop Hanukah and kung fu Xmas). Plus, more from I Am Fuel and Moistworks [Tags: mp3, music]

Bonus links: Chanukah with the Velveteen Rabbi, Christmas in Catford

Friday, December 15, 2006

Don't cha wish...

Great post from the British Bullshit Foundation on politics today.

Illiberal

The two faces of Grauniad liberalism

Both Timonthy Garton Ash and Jonathan Steele use the Baker-Hamilton report to agree that team Bush has fucked up in Iraq. But contrast the tones and the conclusions. Ash's piece says Baker-Hamilton is wrong to try and get the West out so quickly and abandon the Iraqis to the mess we have helped make. Steele says Baker-Hamilton doesn't extricate us quickly enough. Ash delivers a great peice of writing. Steele oozes smarmy self-righteousness and intellectual dishonesty.


The ZLeft

Talking of Steele, here are two great attacks from But I Am A Liberal on those two bastions of left-liberal visciousness, Huffington Post and Counterpunch (part of what I call the ZLeft, the juvenile Chomskyite left) and its complicity with hardcore anti-semitism.


The end of the neoliberal nirvana or the dawn of the conservative age?

Also from the Guardian, John Harris lays into neo-liberalism. I don't like the brief moment of snidey anti-Americanism, but apart from that, I agree.

This interesting peice from blog Potlatch, "Is this how you became a conservative?", analyses the drift to conservatism of the younger generations. But ends on a hopeful note:
a bright new political dawn around 2020, in which a young fresh-faced child of Thatcher marches down Downing Street in a hoodie, swigging from an alco-pop, and announcing in faux-cockney tones that he's a pretty straight guy who used to be into 50 Cent.
On a more serious note, I liked this piece from the same blog about the market.


Multiculture


I have a longer post up my sleave about this, but for the moment, English Republican argues against identity politics and for an inclusive Englishness, challenging the liberal orthodoxy that the English (read the English working class) are a bunch of racists. And Pub Philosopher takes up the issue, with the CRE's great anti-PC Christmas card, taken to task by humourless bourgeois black nationalists.

By the way, I have decided to not blog at all about the so-called killing of Christmas, especially as Hanukah is more or less upon us. But if you want some of that, go to An Insomniac or The Poor Mouth.

And, going off the subject a bit, here's Courtney on reparations, at Wall of Speech.

tags: Bush

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Solidarity with Iran

This comes from Eric Lee via the LabourStart list:
We have good news and bad news from Iran.

The good news first: several of the activists from the bus workers' union who had been arrested in recent days have been released from jail. These included Seyyed Davoud Razavi and Abdolreza Taraazi, members of the union's Executive Board, and Gholamreza Gholam-Hosseini.

Now the bad news: the union leader, Mansour Osanloo, who was arrested on 19 November, is still locked up.

Oslanloo is the focus of a huge international campaign involving global union federations, national unions, the newly-formed International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and, of course, LabourStart.

Our own online campaign has already generated over 4,500 messages of protest which have been sent to the Iranian government. 1,300 of those messages have come from the USA, 839 from Canada, 638 each from the U.K. and Australia, 226 from Norway, 106 each from Ireland and New Zealand, 57 from Sweden, 56 from Germany, and 39 from the Netherlands. Surely we can do better than that.

Over 40,000 of you who are reading this message have not yet sent out a message. I'm not talking to the wider world out there, the millions of trade unionists who may not know about this case. I'm talking to you -- to the 40,000 who have gotten these emails and have not yet taken the time to respond.

Please do not ignore this appeal.

We know that these campaigns work. We know that the more messages sent from around the world, the greater the likelihood that our brother, Mansour Osanloo, will be released.

Right now, the Iranian government is feeling the pressure. They have released three activists in the last few days.

And as you may have heard, on Sunday, hundreds of Iranian students risked their lives to shout out messages of protest at a speech given by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Imagine the courage it takes to shout out "Death to the dictator!" in the face of a real dictator.

Imagine the courage being shown by Mansour Osanloo and family as they try to cope with brutal police repression.

It doesn't take courage for us to send off messages -- in fact, all it takes is about 30 seconds of your time.

Our campaign is now working in an unprecedented six languages -- English, French, Spanish, German, Norwegian and Polish. We know that you understand at least one of these languages.

Please click here now:

http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/solidarityforever/show_campaign.cgi?c=167

Please pass on this message -- spread the word. Workers rights are human rights!

Thank you.

Eric Lee

Dershowitz versus Finkelstein

Norman Finkelstein, a man who has made it his mission to give comfort to anti-semites and Holocaust deniers, appears to have commissioned a deeply offensive cartoon by Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff. (Latuff, incidentally, came second in the Iranian Holocaust cartoon competition, with a cartoon that does not deny the Holocaust - unlike the winner - but which suggests that Palestinians are the victims of a contemporary Shoah.) Latuff's cartoon illustrating a Finkelstein article showed Alan Dershowitz jerking off while Israelis kill Lebanese people. This has led to a war of words between Norman and Alan that you can follow at their respective websites.

Now, Dersh has upped the ante, noting that Finkelstein has been on attendence lists of the Iranian holocaust denial conference. His name seems to have dissappeared from the lists, but it wouldn't suprise me if he popped up there. Dershowitz writes:
It is unclear whether Finkelstein actually attended the conference, since the identity of many of the attendees has been kept secret, and the media office at DePaul says it doesn’t know. But Finkelstein certainly fits comfortably into the hate club, since he has allied himself closely with the Holocaust denial movement by trivializing the suffering of its victims and denying that many of them were victims at all. It would be natural for the rulers of Iran to have invited this Jew-hater to their hatefest. I don’t know if they did, or if Finkelstein accepted any such invitation. But the burden is now on him to explain why his name appears in the schedule and to produce all correspondence with the sponsors of the conference. It should make interesting reading.
Hat tip: Jogo

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

And another couple more



1. Slightly Lost has included me in his list of "Jolly Good Blogs", which is nice. (Makes up for doing so badly in the B4L Awards.)

2. This is a good post from Richard: Michael Gove on punk versus hippy (Question: is Bob from Brockley punk or hippy?) and the meaning of Eltham...

3. Pic above us from Lewisham Kate.

Also, to aviod the proliferation of posts, I've been fleshing out already existing ones, like this one on the anti-Zionist students of Leeds, and now this one on Pinochet, which also reminds me I keep meaning to add a link to Max's blog next time I do my blogroll again.

And one more thing, Cunt of the Week appears to be the most popular outgoing link from my page now, beating the Polish porn site some spammer linked to on one of my comment pages, that I don't bother to remove because it generates hits from presumably baffled Polish porn addicts. What does that say about my readers?

Monday, December 11, 2006

Pinochet: good riddance


I'm not normally one to rejoice at any deaths. But Augusto Pinochet's death is an exception.

Listening to Norman Lamont on the Today programme on Radio 4 this morning made me seethe a bit. He repeated the old right-wing canard that Pinochet saved Chile - and thus the world - from Communism, and therefore wasn't so bad. (An argument as disingenuous as the one that Stalinism saved Eastern Europe from ethnic infra-nationalist strife, or Saddam saved Iraq from theocratic communalism, and therefore we should have tolerated those regimes.)

Lamont also said that if we start going and arresting heads of state, then no head of state could travel anywhere - mentioning Ariel Sharon as his example. The Sharon mention is also disingenuous, as Sharon is a war criminal, who should be tried at Hague, whereas Pinochet's extradition request was from Spain, for crimes against Spanish citizens. I say, if heads of state commit crimes, bring them to justice, don't give them impunity.

More from Marc Cooper, Cunt of the Week*, and Marcus and Wardy at HP.

(*On the politics of the C-word, see Shiraz Socialist and the comments there.)

Added links: Marc Parent on the death of Jeane Kirkpatrick, Poliblogger on Pinochet and Castro
Another added link: Getting away with murder, by Max Calo
Yet another added link: David Frum "No Tears"
A little more: Oliver Kamm (via Courtney) and The Hitch

"a curtain political stand"

Engage reports a motion passed at Leeds University Student Union (LUU) against the Jewish Society (JSoc) there. The money quote from the motion is right near the end:
This union resolves: "3. To formally advise the LUU Jewish Society that promoting and defending Israel in its activities indicate that JSoc is taking and advocating a curtain [sic] political stand in behalf of the Jewish students on campus. Therefore JSoc is expected to expect and accept having other parties declaring and promoting opposing stands in the University, as long as Judaism as a faith is not offended."
I've read this over again, and can't quite fathom it. Basically, the body of the motion says that JSoc again and again objects to Palestinian Solidarity Group (PSG) activities on campus as anti-semitic, but that it should cease to do so unless these activities specifically criticise Jewish religion. No other society or ethnic group is singled out in LUU policy as being ordered to expect criticism.

Sometimes I think that I'm getting hysterical about the current situation, then something like this happens...

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[Added 12 Dec]
Some Engage-niks think the motion is fine (see comments on this post). Which of course illustrates the gap between us nice sensible Engageniks and the kneejerk Israel-lovers. And, on the surface, the motion isn't that objectionable (apart from the fact that university students can't spell the word "certain").

The JSoc response to the PSG "Peace Wall" stunt was disproportionate: there was nothing racist about the PSG action.* The Balfour Declaration incident is different, as it is a bit dodgy to put up a banner saying Balfour gave Palestine "to the Zionist Jews". But the JSoc response was a bit weird too: getting the student union to make them change it to "to the Zionists". (In fact, of course, Balfour declared Palestine a national home for the Jews; he didn't give it to anyone, and certainly not "the Zionists". In other words, the change was a bit of a shot in the foot for JSoc.) So, I kind of don't blame the PSG and its bien-pensant supporters for thinking the JSoc is trying to stop free speach with its false Anti-Zionism=Anti-Semitism equasion.

So, why am I upset at the motion?
(a) I don't like the idea that criticizing religion is wrong, but that criticizing ethnic groups is OK, which is the implication of the motion.
(b) I don't like the way the motion seeks to define the identity of the Jewish students for them, saying that they can be religious and not anything else. As one Engage commentor, says: "If Jewish students believe that Israel is connected to their identities as Jews then that is their business. But now the Leeds Union knows better how to define the identity of Jewish students than the Jewish students themselves."
(c) I don't like the fact that it is now the union's official policy that Apartheid South Africa was a picnic, at least compared to the Occupation of Palestine.
(d) I don't like the idea (contained in the motion's "This union believes" no.2) that complaints about anti-semitism should not be treated seriously.
(e) Most of all, I don't like the idea that the union passed a motion demanding that one socieity, and one society only, the Jewish Society, should expect criticism. Imagine the outcry at a motion saying that, because of the Jack Straw hijab debate, the Islamic society should expect criticism. Of course the JSoc should expect criticism, but to pass a motion saying this, and not telling any other ethnic group to expect it, is racist.

And if you still think I'm overreacting, read the Leeds Palestinian Solidarity Group blog from which the above image links come from, Bonsoir:
it wasn't the PSG committee who achieved this victory, WE DID IT ALL TOGETHER! Yes, it was the fact that we all (PSG, ISoc, Respect, Socialist Workers, Stop the War, PSC, Saudi Society, Omani Society, and many others) worked in unity, shoulder to shoulder, which made this a reality. This is proof that when we join hands together no one can stop us from achieving our noble aims. (source)

Finally this is a message to Leeds University's Zionist J-Soc, to the Zionist UJS, and to all advocates of the racist illegal Zionist regime called "Israel", nothing on earth would stop us from fighting for the Justice and freedom of not only the Palestinian nation (in Palestine and in Diaspora) but also for all victims of the evil Zionist virus anywhere in the world. If you think that Leeds motions are our biggest victory you are very mistaken; this victory is so little for us and we haven't even started yet. If you decide to keep defending and advocating the Devil then don't blame us for being offended every time we expose your beloved Zionists' crimes, because "Israel" itself is the biggest offence to humanity. (source)
*UPDATE: Please read the comment box for a clarification, by a Jewish student at Leeds



(Previous: Atzmon in Scotland)

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Human rights and the failings of the Israeli state (Or, I had a shower with a serial rapist)

Read this long, thoughtful and nuanced piece by Daniel about serial rapist Benny Sela, with whom Daniel went to school. The piece concludes with the argument that so long as Israel is a war state, so long as the war and Occupation continue to take up so much of the budget, it will not fulfill its mission to create a secure and peaceful home for Jews, based on (Jewish) social values.

A couple more

Two more blogs for you: The Provisional BBC (found via Neil) and Three Score Years and Ten.

(Yes, I will get down to some more substantive blogging rather than these little nuggety things sooner or later, when I clear the decks a but at work...)

While I'm here, you may care to vote for Norman or Harry for Best UK Blog in the 2006 Weblog Awards.

And, on the same topic, I guess I should report that I didn't do very well in the Bloggers4Labour awards. However, Dave's Part and Stumbling & Mumbling certainly deserved to beat me in my category, and I didn't deserve to beat Oliver Kamm.

Talking of Kamm, by the way, I have to agree with Courtney that he (Kamm) talks shit when it comes to the nuclear deterent issue. (An issue well summed up by Scribbles. Prompting a nice link from Andrew to this piece about chocolate teapots.)

Finally, I've updated my most recent Sarf London blog line-up post here.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Brockleyism

1. Just found these Brockley nature photos at Rob's raw food blog.

2. Two from Slightly Lost: Things to do in Brockley when you're dead and Homophobia on the buses.

3. New brockley blogger: Green councillor Dean Walton. (Found via the ever-non-partisan Andrew.)

ADDED 11 December:

Andrew is starting a kind of local version of Tim Worstall's Britblog line-up.

One blogger I've not come across before cropped up: Dr Lurca. I can't get my head around LiveJournal (otherwise I'd hang out much more at Richard's page). Here's some Sarf London LiveJournal folks I found while trying to find my way around: Sarf Londoners, SE10, Slappers (South London Alternative People), No one likes we don't care, CamberwellArts, Mo ('In the future, when people ask me why I prefer South London to North London, my new stock response will be, "Because in South London, when you're standing at the station waiting for a train, you don't sometimes look down onto the track and see a dead fox."'), and Dr Bob (South Londoner exiled in Scotland).

ADDED 12 December:

And if you read Italian, check London SE4's South London posts.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

This 'n' that


* That's a Colorblind James Experience reference, for those of the right/wrong generation. (Mp3 link here.)