From the daily archives:

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

#729: 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On

July 31, 2013

George reminded me that it was the tenth anniversary of Sam Phillips‘ death yesterday: record producing genius, founder of Sun Records, breaker of Southern racial taboos. Not bad for a one-time cotton picker from Alabama. He recorded the first ever rock’n’roll’s first single and gave the world Howlin’ Wolf (who Phillips thought of as his greatest discovery), […]

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Footballers: How much are they worth?

July 31, 2013

Real Madrid have reportedly offered a world record transfer fee of £85 million to Spurs for Welsh wizard Gareth Bale. I wish I was Gareth Bale’s agent. Actually, I wish I was Gareth Bale. £85 million is a ludicrous amount to spend on someone to kick a ball around a park. It is just another […]

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The diminishing returns of political party membership and funding

July 31, 2013

The Electoral Commission has just published the statement of accounts for the major political parties in 2012 – and it makes grim reading for the Lib Dems. The Lib Dems raised £6.02m in 2012 but spent £6.4m – which results in a deficit of around £400,000. Over the same period, its membership fell from 48,934 […]

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