My lack of musical talent was exposed twice last night. It was open mic night at the Bird’s Nest, although I didn’t avail myself of the opportunity and I played the Battle of the Bards episode in NWN2 and used someone else’s answers. (It’s a copy this tune test, and there’s no way I was going to do that.) It reminds me of the piano puzzle in Myst, which I couldn’t do either.
Again I have been remiss in writing here, but last night I went to a “Labour Digital” get together; and met up with some interesting people. Yes, it was in North London, and just round the corner from Tech City.
So no storify on yesterday’s meeting; I am planned a blog article on PASOK’s collapse instead; I finished the day watching Boston Legal S4E20, the last of the season where Alan & Denny go head-to-head over the “Patriot Act”, using the conceit of a town secession. This was first shown in May 2008 and is, given the time of production, a magnificently brave piece of writing; exploring the dilemma of the Republic and how one defends a democracy and keeps friends. Fiction as a lens on politics.
The gap between new cuts proposed by the Conservatives (£33bn) and Labour (£7bn) after 2015-16, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. “Lest there be any doubt,” says IFS director Paul Johnson, “there is a big difference.” Source ….
A trip to “Silk Road” in Camberwell, a Chinese Restaurant with food from Xinjiang province. Here’s a hint, when someone says “you like spicy food?”, the answer in my case is probably No! Leave the 🌶🌶🌶 alone. The shish kebabs though were great; not what I expect from a Chinese menu and I plan to return.
I was advised by Will Hutton in the Guardian that the Greens propose to extend the rights to belong to Trade Unions and to prohibit discrimination against TU members. It’s true, check out their policy statement, http://policy.greenparty.org.uk/wr.html, they also plan for a a right of Union recognition. Where’s the fucking Labour Party? Actually, where are the fucking unions?