From the daily archives:

Sunday, August 21, 2011

#263: 2005, Sufjan Stevens, Chicago

August 21, 2011

Reading Jackie South’s post yesterday about Johnny Cash‘s great version of I’ve Been Everywhere with its list of 92 place names, immediately brought to mind the quixotic idea of Sufjan Stevens to record one album inspired by each US state, the so called Fifty States Project. He started in 2003 with a record about his […]

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Week 33: Prat – Rick Perry

August 21, 2011

Our Prat of the Week award goes to Texan governor and presidential hopeful, Rick Perry. Governor Rick Perry is not one to shy away from outrageous statements. Last year, he publicly stated that Texas had a right to secede from the union as part of its statehood agreement and that Texas might consider using this. […]

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Week 33: Hero – HHJ Andrew Gilbart QC, the Recorder of Manchester

August 21, 2011

This week’s Hero of the Week Award goes to…Judge Andrew Gilbart QC How depressing the last couple of weeks have been.  Civil disturbances unprecedented in England in recent times followed by an all too predictable outburst of knee-jerkery in response.   From frothing at the mouth right wing columnists, to antediluvian Tory back benchers, to asinine […]

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Week 33: Villain – Jake Berry MP

August 21, 2011

This week’s Villain of the Week, goes to…… Jake Berry MP for Rossendale and Darwen. Normally, vicious little Tories simply annoy or amuse (the more vicious they are, often the more fun they can be after a few beers), but Jake Berry has managed to transcend mere annoyance and become a villain. His villainy comes […]

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#262: 1996, Johnny Cash, I’ve Been Everywhere

August 21, 2011

I’m in San Francisco, the final destination of my fortnight crossing the West from Chicago.  The last stage was the long train ride from Salt Lake City – which was delayed seven hours by the flooding of the Missouri (the train route started in Chicago).  This was pretty inconvenient: the train was due to reach […]

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