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V for Vendetta – Live in Westminster

If you had been in Westminster today, you might have seen a group of distinctive looking people striding purposefully down Whitehall to Downing Street. Today, on the 5th November, is the day that political blogger, the Old Holborn takes a

The Internet: Saviour or Corruptor of Democracy?

Wandered over to a debate in Parliament yesterday evening entitled “The Internet: Saviour or Corruptor of Democracy?” with a panel of various new and old media types. The panel was made up of Nick Robinson (BBC Political Editor); Peter Kellner

Jubilee Line tunnels under Big Ben

A few months ago, I went to a lecture on tunnelling technologies, given by Professor Robert Mair FREng FRS, and specifically on what is known as compensation grouting. Meant to write up about it at the time, but it was

The arrival of Big Ben at Westminster in 1858

I have a small hobby of collecting old copies of the Illustrated London News – a venerable newspaper which was first published n 1842. I acquired a few more copies last week and scanning through the collection this weekend, came

Climb up Big Ben – a video

A somewhat speeded up video of the climb up the Clock Tower to stand next to Big Ben when it bongs the hours. I suspect the sound of feet on the steps is not real. The video was mentioned by

Pastafarainism is recognised by the government!

From House of Lords Hansard: “Baroness Warsi: To ask Her Majesty’s Government which religions and faiths are officially recognised by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The Lord President of the Council (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon): The Equality and Human

It’s illegal to use a slide on the snow

I was reading the LordsoftheBlog and posted a comment from there onto another chat site – commenting on the rather polite way the Lords reacted when part of the ceiling collapsed in the 1980s. Another chap over there then asked

How to win friends and influence people

As one of my hobbies is reading the Early Day Motions in the House of Commons (yes, I am that sad), some of which are serious and some can be quite amusing – I came across this one which was

You need to write to your MP – Today!

Time to flex your typing fingers as there is a fairly urgent need to contact your MP today. It seems that the government has been caught in the act of “burying bad news” and chose the day that the media

House of Commons “too white, straight and male”

Probably one of the better opening sentences to an opinion piece… It cannot be right that the House of Lords is now more ethnically diverse than the House of Commons, the head of Britain’s equalities watchdog warned yesterday. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/jan/20/house-commons-equality The