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Fair Rabel – Steph Swainston

First book in, I think, 6 or 7 years. Well worth the wait, highly recommended

Why should they?

We need the 18-24 year olds to vote to save us from the  voting coffin dodgers. But why should they, we have shafted them at every turn. We are lucky they don’t string us all up from the nearest lamppost

Yougov (18-24 yr olds)

favourable(unfavourable) opinion of

GRN 52 (25) +27

LAB 45 (35) +10

LD 39 (35) +4

CON 23 (58) -25

UKIP 12 (72) -60

Yougov (65+ yr olds)

favourable(unfavourable) opinion of

CON 61 (34) +27

GRN 30 (58) -28

UKIP 31 (60) -29

LD 26 (63) -37

LAB 22 (73) -51

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Simon Amstell at Angel Comedy at The Bill Murray

Meant to be a Work in Progress, instead he read us chapters 4-8 of his upcoming book (which has to be handed in to the publishers tomorrow).

Not what we were expecting but fun all the same

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John Hegley – The Further Adventures of Monsieur Robinet @ Kings Place

John Hegley along with principla pianist of the Aurora Orchestra (also John…something).

We had poems and songs, music by Rameau and Glock, Charlie Parker and the Four Tops, Baroque dancing and Norther Soul Dancing and singing along as well

Quite the most enjoyable way to spend a Friday evening.

First saw John Hegley busking in Covent Garden more than 30 years ago and have seen him regularly since then (including the queue in the Post Office at Kings Cross), but this was the first time for many years.


Today marks the 50 anniversary since the founding of Crisis. Here is an extract from the mail I received from them today.

“It’s half a century since Crisis was founded, as an urgent response to the growing homelessness crisis.

Over the decades, Crisis supporters like you have helped us change countless lives for the better. But we never intended to be in existence for this long – and we don’t intend to be needed in 50 years’ time.

So in our 50th year, we’re going to work together with others to produce a plan to end homelessness once and for all.”

Me again now:

In those 50 years we have had 21 years of Labour government, 24 of Conservative and 5 of Coalition, so I think we can safely say that all parties are equally culpable.

But there is something you can do about it:

If it was your brother or sister, daughter or son wouldn’t you want someone to help them. Well they are all someones daughter or son, someones brother or sister.

So give them the help you would want given to someone you love.

The Red Headed League

There is a plague of Ed Sheeran lookalikes abroad in the country. Over the last few days I have seen 4, I shall refer to them as

  • Fat Ed Sheeran
  • Costa’s Ed Sheeran
  • Tube Ed Sheeran
  • 2nd Bus Stop Ed Sheeran

Stop press, I am in the office and have just seen a 5th, who I shall refer to as

  • Short Ed Sheeran

God help us all


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The Dark Forest – Cixin Liu

Second part of the trilogy that started with The Three Body Problem.

Again not read in the original Chinese.

Very very good

Mistress of Hobbies

She is the Mistress of Hobbies.

Todays hobby is cutting the hair of Antonio Conte. For this hobby you will need a pair of scissors, a flask of weak lemon drink and a seat behind the dugout at Stamford Bridge.

Take your seat at the start of the game, you can drink your weak lemon drink now or wait until half-time. You need to wait for the 11 seconds in the match where Antonio Conte is not leaping up and down on the touchline. when he is sitting still you lean forward and cut his hair into a short pretty style, something suitable for a man who will be interviewed by Geoff Shreeves later.

When you have cut his hair you put it into an envelope and post it to Arsene Wenger who will deny ever seeing it.

She is the Mistress of Hobbies

Tales from the Great Grimpen Mire

Today we had a coach party from the local old peoples home on the moor. They had come to see the unique flora and fauna.

Unfortunately they are dead, all dead now, ripped to shreds.

Some think a giant hound may be responsible.

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Alexei Sayle work in progress at The Museum of Comedy.

Very, very funny

“Would you like a biscuit”