Iran issues 'slap' warning to UK →
“Britain has been given a warning by Iran’s foreign minister that it will ‘get slapped in the mouth’ if it does not ‘stop the nonsense’.” This is undoubtedly the best ever introduction to a BBC News story, not least because it makes it sound like international relations have now descended to the level of drunken haranguing outside a city centre pub at...
If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest...– Dorothy Parker (via devilduck) (via samsaramotel)
Rage Against the Machine beat X Factor winner in... →
A victory for the anti-Cowell brigade. And a bloody good thing it is, especially since the winner of this year’s talentless competition looks about 12 years old. Righteous indignation with the endless pop pap churned out by The X Factor wins out over yet another dreary ballad about lurve. As for me, well, I must confess that I’m not really much of a fan of baseball-capped men with...
If Dame Judi [Dench] were to bounce up and down on [Harvey] Weinstein in the...– Sorry, Dame Judi, but there’s no escape from being a ‘national treasure’ | Tanya Gold | The Guardian
Permanent Bedtime →
A looped online recording of Sailing By, followed by the Shipping Forecast, so you can listen all day, every day. If you want to. Which I think I do. [Warning: please don’t tune in if you happen to be operating industrial machinery, as it may induce drowsiness. Also best avoided if you need the forecast for genuine seafaring purposes, since you’re only ever going to get the outlook ...
Best of 2009 →
Jimmy Chen’s Best of 2009 is the best Best of 2009 by far.
Portishead sign to Amnesty: This new song, Chase the Tear, has been released in association with Amnesty International.to mark International Human Rights Day and the anniversary of the United Nation’s historic Universal Declaration Of Human Rights on 10 December 1948. The UDHR set out for the first time in a single document the fundamental rights to which everyone, everywhere is entitled -...
Iraq dossier WMD evidence 'came from taxi driver' →
Possibly the most ridiculous headline ever. Never believe a minicab driver when he tells you that he knows a few good shortcuts. Never believe a minicab driver when he tells you that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction that could launch a chemical attack on UK targets within 45 minutes.