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Margaret Thatcher: 1925–2013 – 17 April 2013

“MAGGIE DEAD”, screamed The Sun.

“REJOICE!”, cried the Socialist Worker.

“Margaret Thatcher: 1925–2013”, led The Times, The Telegraph, and The Independent with rather more dignity.

MAGGIE MONTAGE: The front pages on the morning after Thatcher's death.

News last Monday of the death of the former British Prime Minister started it all: a week in which the public were accused of bad taste, broadcasters were accused of bias, and (in my opinion) the state massively overstepped the mark.

Above it all, one phrase was used over and over again:  that Baroness Thatcher is proving as divisive in death as she was in life.

What a poetic observation. And how witty. It’s all awfully clever.

But there’s something very unpleasant, I feel, about celebrating the death of somebody… anybody. Sure, she may have snatched the milk from a generation. And she may have ‘ripped the heart out of society’. Don’t mention the trade unions.

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The Winter Garden – 5 February 2011

As we slowly but surely emerge from these winter months, we’re seeing a range of different temperatures every morning that is usual for this time of year.

The garden is still looking almost entirely dead, but the thought that in just a couple of months it will be a flurry of colour is exciting. My favourite time of year is spring; this period (between Christmas and April) is my least favourite.

Ah well, just a few weeks to go until the colours come out!

(This blog has been written entirely for test purposes, to experiment with the post-by-email feature of WordPress.)
WINTER GARDEN_My garden seen from my window this morning, taken on my phone and uploaded via 'post-by-email'

YouTube Gets a New Player – 28 April 2010

I’ve been enjoying some of the many delights of YouTube this evening, and suddenly the old player started changing. In one video I saw, the text showing the current position within the video had changed font, but within the last ten minutes, I noticed that the entire player (which has remained relatively similar since YouTube started in 2004) has just undergone a massive redesign.

It may take some time to get all videos up and about with the new player, but it should be pretty soon. It’s really clean, and really nice, so should make YouTube browsing even more user-friendly.


the new youtube player