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Friday, March 27, 2009

Secular atrium

I don't think I'm airing too much dirty laundry in public to say that an email with the above subject line was circulated at my work today, inviting over 30 replies and touching on a number of the issues that correspond to the labels used for my current blog entry. (If this all sounds a bit cryptic, it's because of some of the emails propose a follow-up public event that should be more useful than (yet more) off-the-cuff blog remarks from me: that's what Twitter is for.)

That said, I was struck by the fact it was a long time before anyone even mentioned the suspension of one of our own by the University after he spoke to the media regarding the upcoming G20 protests. Priorities, people.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sean to be wild?

Find out in my review of Sean McCann, A Pinnacle of Feeling, in the 26 March Times Higher Ed.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

It's not OK

In the past 15 seasons of ER, one of the "money shot" moments was when a patient expired after unsuccessful surgery, not long after the line "crack open his chest" was uttered. A cast member then got to call the time of death.
ER drawing to a close does not mean the end of such scenes, however. Jumping into the ER-shaped void nice and early with such a final diagnosis is OK magazine, running a Jade Goody tribute special that assumed, at the time of writing, she would have pegged it by now. This seems like the logical consequence of having her mass media celebrity deathwatch of the last few months unfolding in real time.
At least wait until the body is cold, OK?

Hat-tip: Martyn

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Friday, March 13, 2009

After watching Watchmen...

... I reviewed it for Spiked here.

I doubt if I'll also be watching the DVD.


Saturday, March 07, 2009

Let the Twittering Begin

Yes, I know I've been neglecting this blog of late. Some of the more anecdotal, chatty and unnecessary one-liners continue to appear at Facebook - where I was a relatively early adopter - from time to time. I will now be (late) adopting Twitter to see if that gets me anywhere in life (see links). More later.

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