The New Statesman asked me to write about crisps, so I went on YouTube instead:
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.
The story of the origin of Eurovision, via Talented Mr Ripley fan-fiction for some reason:
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.
There are about 790,000 roads with names in Great Britain – I got a list of all them from Ordnance Survey and did some number-crunching. Then stopped number-crunching and looked for the rude ones.
I am become the New Jasper Carrot, with some bus-based observational comedy for CityMetric.
I crunched the IMDB numbers to see which actors can claim to have ‘bedded’ the greatest number of British monarchs, and whether Matt Smith is the only person to have achieved the ‘double Elizabeth’.