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Don’t Piss About London: Vote Ken Or The Monkey Gets It.

London goes to the polls this week. While the rest of the country has local council elections, London votes for its Mayor. It’s the biggest directly-elected budget-holding post in the UK: £13 billion annually to spend, employing 103,000 people and a £39billion transport investment programme over the next 10 years.. And there are some massively [...]

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The New Conspirators

There are lots of reasons why you really should go and buy Tom Sine’s new book ‘The New Conspirators‘, and none of them are that it’s got a quote from me telling you to on the back. One of them would be that I think it’s the best looking Christian book I’ve seen for ages. [...]

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Clinton Defaults to Conflict: This is Washington, not Hollywood

"One of the things that makes Mrs Clinton so psychologically fascinating is her tendency to portray everthing in terms of conflict and confrontation. And one of the characteristics that makes her so interesting politically is that she is a much better candidate when things are going badly than when they are going well." From BBC [...]

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When Protestors Need a History Lesson

  Durr…. HT RT Long.

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Jaime Lerner ¦ Stealth and the City ¦ The City is Not the Self

Thanks to Helen of Urban Practitioners for sending me this article in The Guardian a couple of weeks back about Jaime Lerner and his radical environmental policies that have transformed the Brazilian city of Curitiba. I say environmental in the truest sense: he is an architect by trade, and is concerned with the built environment, [...]

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Slow Media ¦ One Day Poem

Beautiful piece flagged here. The lines of a poem appear and disappear on the floor of a pavillion as the sun moves, shining through precisely arranged perforations. The artist, Jiyeon Song, is concerned that we are rushing too quickly through our finite life, and missing so much by doing so.

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The silence has been stunning. Note to self: bestiality is not a topic that the emerging church needs to discuss Been hit by a bug actually. Lethargy. Aches and pains. Hardly a biblical curse, but it just saps when the whole house gets it.

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No, This is Not a Joke | Yes, This is a Post About Bestiality

Or, perhaps more accurately, a post about liberty. An article I read over the weekend was arguing that the Church has let people down by shying away from theologies of sex. So I thought I’d dip my toe in… Good to hear Peter Tatchell on the radio this morning, talking about the protests over the [...]

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Waterlogged | Foff

It’s been a difficult few weeks: ‘What are you reading?’ ‘A book about open-water swimming.’ ‘Errr….’ Actually a far more subtle and interesting book than one might think, Waterlog is a homage to John Cheever’s classic short story ‘The Swimmer’, in which the hero decides to swim the 8 miles home from a party using [...]

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Stem Sell Research

Not content with starting a whole new business model for selling music, Radiohead have also now worked to subvert the remix business by making the stems of one of their tracks, Naked, available here. Nice touch. Release the DNA, see what evolves. See what people have grown, and vote, here. Technorati: Naked

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