A celebration of 70 years of Walkers trying to sell you crisps in truly bizarre ways (New Statesman)

The New Statesman asked me to write about crisps, so I went on YouTube instead:

A celebration of 70 years of Walkers trying to sell you crisps in truly bizarre ways

2018 marks 70 years since Walkers, a butcher’s firm from Leicester, decided to beat post-war rationing by slicing potatoes instead of meat, and ended up creating the most popular brand of crisps in the UK. And while there have been dozen of variations of flavour and tweaks to the recipe, they’re still basically just the same old crisps.

How a 17th century war, the Queen and a desperate Swiss TV executive led to Eurovision (New Statesman)

The story of the origin of Eurovision, via Talented Mr Ripley fan-fiction for some reason:

How a 17th century war, the Queen and a desperate Swiss TV executive led to Eurovision

Did you know: there’s a scene in the film The Talented Mr Ripley where, if you squint, you can see the Eurovision Song Contest being born? Admittedly you to have squint really very hard indeed, because it was made by Anthony Minghella, and not say, me.

No, China isn’t Black Mirror – social credit scores are more complex and sinister than that (New Statesman)

No, China isn’t Black Mirror – social credit scores are more complex and sinister than that

What a gift Charlie Brooker’s dystopian series has been to journalists: any time a reporter covers a story about even vaguely dystopian technology, the main thing they have to do is determine which episode of Black Mirror it’s like, saving everyone the bother of finding out what’s really going on.