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Month: December 2008

Good old shoe

It’s sad, but utterly fitting that George W. Bush’s presidency should be bookended with attacks by a pretzel and a pair of shoes.

I’ve been work displacing amusing myself on Twitter this evening by trying to come up with a title for the film dramatisation of today’s brutal attack. This was prompted by Alex Tew’s exquisite newspaper headline suggestion: “Sock and Awe“.

For the film, the best I’ve come up with so far is ‘A Shoe To A Kill’ (followed by ‘The Aiming of the Shoe’ and the quite terrible ‘Lace/Off’). My Twitter followers have come up with some decent suggestions too including my two favourites so far… Read more...

Paris, PLV

Bonjour! Je suis arrivé à Paris pour Le Web – et il fait fucking froid, I can tell you.

I arrived on the Eurostar which, by the way, is a really painless way to travel; no airport transfer bullshit, lots of room to work and then just a quick Metro hop to the hotel. The current Sterling -> Euro conversion rate is not so painless. Seriously, it’s almost one for one now. Incroyable.

And as luck would have it, I was on the same train as Mike Butcher who helped the journey fly by. Gossiping about start-ups will do that. The next few months are going to be interesting for journalists covering the web industry, especially after the announcement from Nesta. A billion pounds in funding for startups. Very exciting, the fact that it’s all a load of bollocks notwithstanding. More on that in my column later this week. Read more...

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