A couple of people I follow on twitter have been circulating a post from YouGov, which contains a survey about the relative attractiveness of accents. It turns out this poll was from November 2014, so it’s hardly hot current news, but so much about this really irks me.

Putting…

Fear and Loathing in Durham City

South College Durham (personal photo May 2021)

DISCLAIMER: I am writing this in a personal capacity as an alumnus of the University

On 3 December South College held its pre-Christmas formal. Nothing unusual or untoward there, you may think: an occasion for ruminating on a first term back in Durham, with a semblance of normal student life…

… it’s not about mushy peas

NO. IT’S NOT ABOUT WHAT THESE ARE CALLED EITHER (Source: Christopher Jones/Alamy via BBC)

I picked up Tom Hazeldine’s book on a whim while browsing in Waterstones in Newcastle, a city which crops up a fair amount on the course of his discussions about the fractious and complex relationship between the UK’s regions. Let’s be clear from the outset, it’s not exactly a light…

Dorman Long Tower, photographed from the train. Decmber 2014

One of the most effective ways to destroy a community is to destroy its culture, and any collective memory it has of itself.

This weekend the Dorman Long Tower will probably be demolished, likely as not under skulking cover of night after the newly appointed Secretary of State of Culture…

… as Long As It’s White And It’s English

Desmond’s cast photo. Source: BFI

According to some news reports this morning, the DCMS¹ will issue guidance to Ofcom to ensure the “Britishness” of content, and that programmes made by public service broadcasters not be too “international” or “generic”. This was announced in a speech at the Royal Television Society Convention by the Media Minister…

The Phoney Forever Culture War Continues …

Yes, I posted a Union Flag. Correctly named. and even the right way up. That must mean I love my country, right? Because the the only way you can possibly love your country is to wrap yourself in the flag, isn’t it? Oddly enough, right now I don’t really love…

The Cult of Stupid

No, I distinctly said, “CULT”

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