Demos is not particularly easy today

You have to try out Googlism. Basically you type in a name and it searches links to that word from the sites listed on Google and gives you the sentence where the referral comes from. Try typing in Demos and you get some surprising results. As well as being the standard "greenhouse for new ideas which can improve the quality of our lives" we are also apparently "very very slow" as well as "disabled in one way or another" and my my particular favourite for this ti...

Posted by Paul Miller on 30 May 2003
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U R FIRED :(

With the announcement that personal injury claims firm The Accident Group has gone into administration comes this extra tidbit: according to BBC News Online, 2500 staff have been sacked by text message. Not exactly exemplary use of technology to improve communication...

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15 years is a long time in politics - or is it?

Clearing out the attic we stumbled on the New Statesman and Society from 22nd July 1988.The front cover featured a goofy looking Neil Kinnock and the headline: "Gordon Brown is admired, John Smith respected, Robin Cook feared, Neil Kinnock discounted by the Tories. Serious Labour MPs despair of Kinnock's leadership. How long can he survive?" No mention of Tony Blair whatsoever (no wonder Mr Brown was so upset that the young upstart stole his crown), and clear evidence that Robin...

Posted by Paul Joseph on 30 May 2003
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Playboy hits the big five zero

The LA times is running an editorial today hooked on the fact that Playboy Magazine is about to reach the grand old age of 50.It comes across as a fairly glowing endorsement of Hefner's empire... which made me wonder about the differences in the way porn is viewed stateside, in Europe and in the UK. What do we reckon?Click here for the article (registration required).

Posted by Paul Miller on 29 May 2003
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Science (fiction)

I spotted a thought-provoking article by Timothy Quinn on SpaceDaily Express, an email newsletter I've subscribed to for our Black Sky Thinking project. It's broadly concerned with the enduring public popularity of pseudo-science - Nostradamus, Roswell, creationism and so on - but also links these in with conspiracy theories surrounding September 11th.I think this poses a difficult question, particularly in regard to science: when advocates of pseudo-science appropriate the language o...

Posted by on 28 May 2003
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Trust me, I'm a general

Our friends across the pond have a new found faith in their military.Somewhat disturbing for Europeans hoping that the American public might act as a check on the Pentagon's ambitions for world domination, it seems that whilst trust in most institutions is dropping in the US (as it is elsewhere), trust in the military has soared.Less than 30 per cent of Americans have a great deal or a lot of confidence in Congress, down from 40 per cent in 1975. However, almost 80 per cent claim to have ...

Posted by Paul Joseph on 27 May 2003
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Mad Manchester and Sorry Sunderland

Boho Britain seems to be making a splash today - particularly the creativity index. Manchester tops the list while Sunderland comes in at the bottom of the top 40. To read more about Richard Florida's work this article in the Washington Monthly is a good introduction.

Posted by Paul Miller on 27 May 2003
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Social capital - more heat than light?

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Posted by Paul Miller on 23 May 2003
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Feminism takes a step fore-word

The traditional male bastion of professional golf was breached yesterday when Annika Sorenstam teed off in the Bank of America Colonial, becoming the first woman since the war to play a PGA Tour event. (Read more).But the reaction of some of her male counterparts offered a stark reminder, if it were needed, that this was but a small step on a long road towards equality. She was denounced by Nick Price for pulling a 'publicity stunt', whilst Vijay Singh claimed she had 'no business...

Posted by Paul Joseph on 23 May 2003
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Political Football

I caught this highly intriguing TV programme on Channel 4 last month by accident. 'Black Like Beckham' made the case through 30 minutes of celebrity soundbites, vox populi and quasi-sociological analysis managed by the charismatic (black) journalist Paul McKenzie that David Beckham is Britain's most famous black man. The evidence for this is based largely on said footballer's partiality for bling-bling jewellery and naming his dogs after gansta rappers. I wondered at the time ...

Posted by on 22 May 2003
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