Found a Way (to the Sun) – The Primitives

Killer bit of British 80s indie. I saw them last night at the Scala and they were magnificent. Will try and knock out a review in the next day or so.

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Today’s game-changing tech deal – and it isn’t HP/Palm

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It is Apple buying Siri. http://www.shinyshiny.tv/2010/04/siri_apple.html We Brits don’t tend to know too much about Siri as iit is only available in the US, but according to freinds who have used it Siri no only works but transforms the iPhone.

Apple has already fallen behind in this area with Google Voice Search a core feature of Android phones. Siri will give Apple a chnace to innovate and catch up. Just wait until the next gen OS has Siri built in.

As for Palm being bought by HP. It is a sad end for a company that could have been huge but at times seemed a little bit arrogant and slow to innovate. I am sure the HP crew will put the Palm team and the webOS to good use though. A real iPad rival that doesn’t use Windows sounds good.

The general election – the hung parliament and the Miliband factor

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I still think that there is a very strong chance Labour will emerge as the biggest party in the new parliament. There are two reasons for this

1 Brown will do well in the last leader’s debate. It is about the economy – if he can’t shine in this debate he never will. Also it will remind people that the key issue in the election is the economy and given the tricky position we find ourselves in it is much better to have an experienced team in place rather than good old George Osborn.

2 There will be the return of the 1993 factor – Remember; unpopular PM, knackered party, opposition leader making the right noises but still not totally convincing the electorate, country emerging from an economic downturn. The parallels are scary. Back then, in spite of opinion polls predicting the opposite, the country stuck with what it knew (ie John Major) as it didn’t want to endanger the economic recovery. It won’t happen again, but it might be enough to give Labour the most seats in the new parliament.

The success of Nick Clegg and Vince Cable means though that there will inevitably be a hung parliament and this is where the fun starts.

I imagine that many Labour supporters now secretly hope that Clegg does a deal with the Tories. The inevitable in fighting and inexperience will mean the coalition goverment is a disaster and within a few months the UK will be clamouring for a second election. By this time David Miliband will be leading the party and it will look and feel a lot more electable. I think that Labour could win an outriught majority within a year.

If Clegg does a deal with Labour it will be riskier for the party. But that deal certainly won’t include Brown. If that happens Labour should appoint an interim leader in Alan Johnson and see what happens. I think a Clegg/Johnson leadership might actually work for the UK as the two parties are much closer in terms of policy than the Lib Dems are with the Tories. If things go wrong then Miliband is waiting in the wings.

I do think that it isn’t a coincidence that Miliband has had a fairly low profile in the election so far. He remains Labour’s best shot at winning a majority and I do wonder if the party is keeping some distance between him and Brown so that he can take over after the election.

Well, we’ll find out soon enough

Is this the end of newspapers electing PMs?

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I think it probably is. The Murdoch papers can’t get Cameron into number 10 without a Clegg shaped Albatross round his neck. Meanwhile The Guardian has given up telling its readers who to vote for and is instead asking them to choose. I still think Labour could end up being the biggest party with the support of just one paper, the Mirror.

Social media and TV have rendered newspapers politically impotent at election time and in five years time, with circulations falling off a cliff and readers promiscuously flitting from one media source to another online, papers’ views will be irrelevant.

What amazing times we live in

Stop being cycnical about #stgeorgesday says Archbishop

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St George’s day gets backing from the Archbishop of York. No surprise that a CofE bishop wants people to celebrate the day, but excellent that some erudite comments about St George’s day comes from someone for whom England is their adopted country.

Here’s what he says…

“To be patriotic, is to appreciate and be grateful for all that is valuable in the country you live in. It does not require you to be a xenophobe or a blinkered nationalist.

“The failure to recognize and to appreciate the goodly heritage of one’s country of residence is a sign of an all-round ingratitude. Ingratitude in turn breeds cynicism.

“We should be proud of our country and not be afraid to show it! I was shocked by the results of recent report commissioned by ‘This England’ magazine. This report stated that forty per cent of English people felt England had completely lost its national identity and twenty five per cent said political correctness had left them feeling ashamed of their nationality. It also seems that only ten per cent of those questioned in England would happily fly the national flag. Well, I will be part of that group today as I will have the St George’s Flag flying from Bishopthorpe Palace!

“One of the great traditions of this country is our hospitality and we should invite others to join us today in celebrating St George!”

Yay! The George (Orwell) for England T shirts have arrived

And they look splendid too.

They’ll be on sale tomorrow night at the Alternative St George’s Day
gig deets here –
http://www.facebook.com/?tid=1444155746218&sk=messages#!/event.php?eid=104822772884318

or see below

and they’ll be sold via the World’s best footy website whoateallthepies.tv

So why George (Orwell) for England

1 I think English people should celebrate what’s good about their
country from time to time – after all we gave the world; football,
railways, the world wide web, The Beatles, Shakespeare and a whole lot more

2 The Irish, Scots and Welsh don’t seem to have a problem celebrating
their cultures once a year so why shouldn’t we?

3 No one cares about some mythical dragon slayer, who, let’s face it
never even made it to England

4 So why not celebrate Georges who reflect something great about England

5 So the first George is Orwell, but we’ll soon have T shirts with
Formby, Harrison, from rainbow, Boy, Michael, and Mildred etc

6 There’s a World Cup coming and wouldn’t it be great to see everyone
wearing ironic England shirts

And here’s the info about the night

Three great bands

The Shadow Kabinet –
http://ashleynorris.posterous.com/alternative-st-georges-day-gig-band-1-the-sha

Marcel – http://ashleynorris.posterous.com/alternative-st-georges-day-band-2-marcel

Sixty Second Silence
http://ashleynorris.posterous.com/another-great-band-confirms-alternative-st-ge

By George you’re English and you know how to party. Only you don’t
tend to do it on your national day. Time to change all that and grab
St George’s day back for the people. So forget that dragon slaying
fella and let’s celebrate the Georges who made England great –
Harrison, Formby, Orwell, Boy, Michael, George from the Famous Five
and Osborn (just kidding).

So on Friday April 23rd come on down to the Alternative St George’s
Day shindig at The Royal George- 133 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0EA.

We have…

Three bands playing their own tunes and English pop classics
DJs spinning English music all night – Beatles, Blur, Stone Roses,
Smiths, Libertines, Kinks
English cheese raffle, English beers, English wine, Bunting, Shove
ha’penny and more. We might even get Chatroulette going

It’ll probably rain on the way home too

There will also be a Canadian take-over half way through the night to
celebrate one of that country’s most eminent citizens.

It’ll be your last chance to party before you get a Tory government
too so make the most of it.

Tickets will be very cheap, but there won’t be many of them. So join
the guest list asap and we’ll tell you how to book yours very soon.

NB non English persons very welcome. We are after all very good at
crashing your big days so please come to ours.

Venue and date

Date:
Friday, 23 April 2010
Time:
19:30 – 23:30
Location:
The Royal George- 133 Charing Cross Road, London, England, WC2H 0EA

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St George’s Day YouTube playlist – 25 of the greatest English pop songs

Friday 23rd April is St George’s Day and this year, for once, we are having a party.

To get you in the mood for the event – see below – here’s a YouTube playlist of some quintessentially English pop music. We’ll certainly be playing a few of these tunes.

To get to the playlist click

It is timem to grab St George’s day back for the people. So forget that dragon slaying fella and let’s celebrate the Georges who made England great – Harrison, Formby, Orwell, Boy, Michael, George from the Famous Five and Osborn (just kidding).

So on Friday April 23rd come on down to the Alternative St George’s Day shindig at The Royal George- 133 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0EA.

We have…

Three bands playing their own tunes and English pop classics
DJs spinning English music all night – Beatles, Blur, Stone Roses, Smiths, Libertines, Kinks
English cheese raffle, English beers, English wine, Bunting, Shove ha’penny and more.

It kicks off at 7.30 – be seeing you