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, …

The best Pogues album?

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

On careful and repeated listening, I have to prefer The Pogues – 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 Pogues – The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn smashes in, and The Pogues – The Old Main Drag sucks you down. Brilliant stuff.

The prize for best song though has to go to The Pogues – 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.