Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My litany of grievances against Thom Yorke

I list my complaints about Thom Yorke and talk about Radiohead's album The Bends here.

Monday, November 21, 2011

More Yard

I grill Bryan Appleyard over at The Dabbler about his new book and also why he keeps stopping and starting blogging.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Back to Ilfracombe

Another airing for my queasy Ilfracombe prose-poem at the Big D.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Soldier music

Entertaining the troops over at the Dabbler, with Gracie Fields, Glenn Miller, George Butterworth and Elvis singing gospel.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Newsnight, Bryan Appleyard

I have become addicted to the nightly financial doom-fest that is Newsnight. This is eating into important reading and sleeping time and also making me depressed. What, I keep wondering, does 'the abyss' actually look like? Are we going to be just a bit poorer over the next decade or are we going to be eating each other?

Anyway, Bryan Appleyard popped up on it last night, talking (too briefly, Paxman was useless) about the brain. He has a new book out today called The Brain is Wider than the Sky. I'm halfway through the review copy (reviews and other exciting Yard-related things will appear on The Dabbler soon) and I can tell you you should buy it.

You should also go and read and comment on his blog, which is alive again.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Papandreou's Unforgiveable Sin

Could anything be more revealing of the true nature of the Great European Project than the Markozy reaction to Papandreou, who has broken the iron law of Pan-Euro politics: whatever you do, don't ask the people what they think.

J'accuse David Attenborough

Over at The Dabbler I commit heresy by criticising David Attenborough - or specifically, his neo-Malthusian theory of human population.