By Ed Jefferson The Today Programme is undeniably an institution – 60 years after Radio 4 broadcast the first edition, over one in ten people in the UK still tune in every morning. Unfortunately, I am no longer one of them. For many years I was was a regular listener.
So the other night, I was hanging round the internet, looking for beef, as you do, when I spotted a tweet that made my blood pressure rise. Matthew Goodwin, the politics professor who made his name predicting the rise of Ukip and then ate his own book live on television, had suggested that, so many months after Brexit and Trump, liberals were still struggling to get back in the game.
What’s the best way to rank cities? If you ask a square, they’ll probably start by talking about population or GDP or land area. Wrong. The best way, clearly, is to look at how good the films made there are.
As far as Brexit is concerned, Labour can agree on what words to say, but is divided over what they mean. The party’s position is to retain “the exact same benefits” of membership of the European Union, with a Brexit that puts “jobs first”.
To the casual observer, this may not seem like a particularly contentious question: isn’t it just everything ‘under’ the Thames when you look at the map? But despite this, some people will insist that places like Fulham, clearly north of the river, are in South London. Why?
I explored the strange tale of a man who attempted to walk around the world in disguise, for no particularly apparent reason.
The Guardian invited me to write a searing hot take on the UK’s planning system to ‘celebrate’ the 70th anniversary of listed buildings, and they put it in the actual newspaper and everything.
I’ve done some pioneering Star Trek-based data journalism to see how the prominence the characters in each show shifted in over time, and the season in which the lead character… isn’t, so much.
Arts venue mugs off a generation, elder member of said generation mugs off the arts venue. And so the cycle continues.