Photos of Tumblr’s offices tell the real story of this acquisition: a classic case of hiring too many dogs, too fast. — hughtps (@hughtps) May 20, 2013
There is a curious stub of motorway that runs off from an early Westbound junction on the Westway and plows down to the Holland Park roundabout by Shepherd’s Bush Green. Curious because it’s an anomaly: there are no other similar branches off the east-west route. It’s out of place. The road is at ground level so this little part of the city is torn completely in two: Shepherd’s Bush and White...
jakefogelnest: thepathealy: formerlydietcock: Samuel L. Jackson singlehandedly redeems the inane ritual of the auto-pilot press junket interview by making Jake “The Movie Guy” Hamilton of KRIV-TV’s “Jake’s Takes” squirm in response to a question about the “controversy” surrounding Django Unchained. REQUIRED VIEWING. [h/t Tyler Coates, Blackbook; original unexcerpted video here, via...
Let us live in London
From the New York Times, Mayor Bloomberg wants to build: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg wants to overhaul these rules so that buildings in Midtown Manhattan can soar as high as those elsewhere. New towers could eventually cast shadows over landmarks across the area, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. They could rise above the 59-story MetLife Building and even the...
A few months ago I decided that I wanted to write more, regardless of what I’m doing for a living at any given time. Related to this I made a second decision: that any political writing I do should contain bold predictions that were likely to make me look like a prophet or an idiot a couple of years down the line. This was why I started telling anyone who’d listen that Boris Johnson...
Boris Johnson's popularity explained
Boris’s popularity is usually taken as a given, and with good reason. He has managed to develop a persona almost unique to British politics: he’s seen as lovable, fun and a bit of a maverick. He is undoubtedly popular with lots of people outside of the narrow conservative base that his personal views would usually restrict his appeal to. Some commentators (see every Coffee House...
Football is unjust sometimes, but if there’s one way you want to lose, it’s like...– Cesc Fabregas, yet again displaying the whining loser mentality that never did him or Arsenal any good. Barcelona’s plan A didn’t work against Chelsea, and - as with so many Arsenal performances in the last five years - they were either unwilling or incapable of trying something...
Of course Jeremy Hunt did this
From The Guardian: Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, has begged the Leveson inquiry to give him a chance to salvage his reputation after emails released by News Corp appeared to show that Hunt and his office passed confidential and market-sensitive information to the Murdoch empire to support its takeover of BSkyB. As much as this is entirely unsurprising, I have yet to suffer any fatigue...
The Nightmare of Smug French Lefties
Coffee House’s Freddie Gray has an article up claiming that Sarko is “worth a punt”. James Forsyth has immediately corrected him in a subsequent post, but really the reasoning in Gray’s post is very suspect. Especially this bit about Bayrou’s centrist supporters: They might find the president a vulgar creep, but they are not modern socialists. The sight of smug...
President Sarkozy’s outreach to the far-right continues. Is telling Le Pen’s voters that they voted for someone that “no-one…thinks can govern or lead France” really helping him get re-elected?
How much trouble are the Lib Dems really in?
Well… The YouGov poll shows the Conservatives at 32%, Labour at 43%, Ukip at 9% and Liberal Democrats at 8%. “It’s also the first time that we have shown Ukip overtaking the Liberal Democrats for third place. Previously, we’ve shown them as high as eight points back in 2009 after the European elections and the expenses scandal, but back then the Liberal Democrats...