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The Government double charges us for data

I’ve just felt sufficiently exercised to write to my MP, about the UK government charging for information they’ve collected with our (the UK taxpayers) money. For example, I’m doing a location based events search for Arts & Kids. The data underpinning this has been collected by OS and the Royal Mail, using tax payers money, and yet the charity is having to pay for it in order to provide a free service to UK citizens.

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Richard Hawley & Pulp?

I hadn’t realised that Richard Hawley was the guitarist with Pulp. Wikipedia’s article on Richard mentions his time with Pulp, but the Wikipedia article on Pulp doesn’t mention his involvement. I think he was guitarist on the tour in support of Pulp – This Is Hardcore, and maybe didn’t do any studio work with them… does anyone know more?

The best Pogues album?

Mark Radcliffe tells us that the competition for The Pogues best album is between If I Should Fall From Grace With God and Rum Sodomy & the Lash.

On careful and repeated listening, I have to prefer Rum Sodomy & the Lash. To me the songs seem more raw, the music more passionate and wonderfully ragged round the edges. The two opening songs are superb, and contrast brilliantly. The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn smashes in, and The Old Main Drag sucks you down. Brilliant stuff.

The prize for best song though has to go to Fairytale of New York, with Kirsty MacColl, which is a great mix of the maudlin and a drinking party. One song it’s worth looking forward to Christmas for.