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Historical miscellany #1 – Robert Peel’s Bet (1823)

1st Nov 2010

Historical miscellany #1 - Robert Peel's Bet (1823)

In December 1823, Henry Baring bet Robert Peel that he would not be able to shoot one of each of the seven types of game bird* together with a rabbit and a hare during the following day. Peel won the match by one o’clock in the afternoon and Baring lost a hundred guineas. (Taken from Douglas Hurd’s biography of Peel) * One...

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Stephen Fry on Pedants

25th Oct 2010

This wonderfully constructed little video adds a nice visual element to part of a Stephen Fry essay on language. Fry’s particular stance has always been a mix of the quite old and the very new. And in this piece on language he reveals himself as a progressive again, rallying against pedants whose love for language, he argues, is...

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Of Old Documents and Handwriting

21st Oct 2010

Of Old Documents and Handwriting

Recently my old battered debit card finally ran out and Barclays sent me a replacement. I picked up a pen, attempted to sign the strip at the back, slipped and produced a hopeless scrawl that I’m going to have to live with for the next four years. With smartphones and computers everywhere, perhaps handwriting is a dying art. It’s...

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The Boris Bikes

19th Oct 2010

The Boris Bikes

London Transport Museum have created a great little gallery to celebrate the one millionth Boris Bike journey. Excitingly enough, my one above made it in. You can see the gallery here.

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The last day in the office

18th Oct 2010

The last day in the office

Three years working in digital media is a long time. A little like computing your dog’s age, you’ve got to multiply time served by a factor of something like seven to account for all the policy changes and technical innovations that have sped by. When I first walked into Net Media Planet in early 2008 I had never heard of any of...

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