Lurid content lessons from 1886

My brother sent me this article published in 1886 in the Pall Mall Gazette (a broadsheet and forerunner of the Evening Standard) bemoaning the quality of the more popular, and lurid tabloid, Police News. The root of the article was a reader’s poll in Pall Mall Gazette, voting Police News as “the worst newspaper in England”. Now, you have to respect the view of the … Continue reading Lurid content lessons from 1886

Javier Bardem’s Misery Bingo, and the end to triple dipping…

Since the world economy had a bit of a turn in 2008 there have been few things more miserable than the relentlessly apocalyptic economic coverage. One of those few things was Javier Bardem’s film Biutiful, which if you have not seen it yet is quite simply one of the most transcendentally grim movies ever made. So many miserable things happen to the protagonist (Bardem as … Continue reading Javier Bardem’s Misery Bingo, and the end to triple dipping…

US$3 billion cannot guarantee the Presidency of the United States, but it could buy an epic hog roast.

In 1758 at the apex of his campaign for the Virginia House of Burgesses, Colonel George Washington spent $149 and six shillings (2012: $8,000)  on a  “A hogshead and a barrel of punch, thirty-five gallons of wine, forty-three gallons of strong cider, and dinner for his friends.” These were great times when a political campaign was more like a boozy version of Masterchef, but obviously … Continue reading US$3 billion cannot guarantee the Presidency of the United States, but it could buy an epic hog roast.