Tag: the guardian

Trivial Posts #29: To Be Read In The Style Of Clive Anderson

A slightly delayed Trivial Posts this week, but it’s still full of the best stories, links, and articles that I’ve found online this week. You can sign up to have this posted out to you every week, subscribe to the newsletter version here. Who’s Line Was First Anyway? They might be ten-a-penny on panel shows and in comedy clubs, but when did the lust for improvised comedy start in the UK? John Dowie discovers the first giants for Chortle… Jim Sweeney and Steve: Just as the Sex Pistols had inspired a generation of kids to form bands, so Alexei Sayle inspired a load of performers

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It’s like The Grauniad, but for teh Internet!

Quickly, head over to Stef Lewandowski’s latest hack, tehguardian.com. I was telling Pascal Auberson and Bill Thompson, two of the other hackers about the fact that I owned the domain, and there were about seven of the Guardian team in the room, and well, wouldn’t it be really funny to demo something on-stage that was a hack on their site? And we riffed about what it could be, and somehow we found ourselves laughing about how it would be wonderful to take the piss out of the reputation that the Guardian, probably unfairly nowadays, has for typos in published articles. By inserting our own

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Someone at The Guardian loves Winny Puhh

In all the journalistic knee-jerk reactions, tired cliches, and urban myth that I expect from the UK mainstream media in any coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest, it always surprises me to see when a journalist actually gets the Contest, and little hints pop up in their writing that say to me they are a closet fan. Step forward Stuart Heritage of The Guardian… I think you are one of us… It remains to be seen whether Bonnie Tyler can match – or even beat – Englebert Humperdinck’s result, but she’s already got one thing going for her. My tip

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Someone email The Guardian, there’s a new format for live-blogging

This Wednesday evening marks the first presidential debate for the 2012 American elections. Elevating the discourse as only Tumblr can, we’ll have a crack team of GIF artists cranking out instant animations of the best debate moments, from zingers to gaffes to awkward silences. …although Tumblr’s link to Adam Gabbatt’s Guardian blog means ‘The G’ probably have a custom tool to do their own gifs, and an eBook explaining how it all came together in time for the first debate this week.

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‘Eurovision: Beyond the Sequins’, my new eBook with The Guardian

As you know the majority of my Eurovision work is no longer on this blog, but based at ESC Insight (www.escinsight.com) and SBS Eurovision Radio in Australia, but this is one that I’m really proud of. The Guardian have published my latest book through their Guardian Shorts brand. If you head over to Amazon, you’ll be able to pick up your Kindle copy (Amazon US also carries the book, and iBooks will have it up shortly as well). Eurovision: Beyond the Sequins. Ewan Spence looks beyond the sequins, pyrotechnics and key changes to explore what Eurovision really means, from the

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As Daffy Duck Would Ask, Does This Mean War?

It’s always interesting to wake up and find that you’re at war. The Archduke Ferdinand seems to have been this innocent tweet from a listener: The Guardian vs The Stage Edinburgh Fringe podcasts. The Stage’s wins hands down I’m afraid.  @benmorrisillo The Guardian team had their reply ready: “This means podcast war! We won’t go down without a fight!” To which of course the only playground reply is “my Dad’s bigger than your Dad.” Which The Stage promptly did in their Chit-Chat column… Tabard’s completely unbiased view is that The Stage’s podcast is at least a million zillion gazillion times

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