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One line thoughts of the day.

“My Tribe, Right or Wrong” is a really bad cultural anti-pattern.

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With the news that Toblerone is to be made in Birmingham at the same factory that makes Creme Eggs, I’m beginning to wonder if this will become the chocolate equivalent of Interbrew’s lager.

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So, American right-wingers are robustly defending a group of French Communists, while others who identify as liberals are making excuses for the religious fundamentaists who murdered them? Have I just woken up in Bizarro-World?

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The Sneakiest Way Prosecutors Get a Guilty Verdict – Yet more proof that PowerPoint is responsible for the decline in Western Civilisation.

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I wonder what would happen if everyone started trusting their ears rather than restricting their music listening to whatever has been validated by industry-appointed tastemakers? How many sections of the music biz would just collapse?

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Combine The Garden Bridge with the Edinburgh Tram Saga, and imagine the worst-case civic scenario: Boris Johnson as Mayor of Edinburgh. A chief executive with a love of grandiose but completely useless vanity projects leading an administration that can’t project manage itself out of a wet paper bag. What could possibly go wrong?

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The news that Muse are to headline Download Festival 2015 has predictably drawn out the tribal idiots of the rock world. If The Prodigy can headline the same festival, and Metallica can headline Glastonbury, then a band as over the top and bombastic as Muse ought to go down a storm at Britain’s premier metal festival. Surely people can remember “Knights of Cydonia“?

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Interesting that taking a break from Twitter (I will be back) results in some very different usage patterns on this blog.

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When Fleetwood Mac are charging £125 for floor-level tickets, you can assume their audience is predominantly 50-somethings who go to one gig a year, and haven’t listened to much new music since they got married and had kids. You could see many newer, better bands for a fraction of that money.

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Now Playing: Pink Floyd’s Endless River. There may be a full review along later, but for now I’ll say that the late Richard Wright was to Pink Floyd what Malcolm Young was to AC/DC. Unassuming and understated, but absolutely central to their sound.

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