Category Archives: UK

Uncensored Simon Amstell Interview on Nick Grimshaw’s BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show

Fantastic interview with Simon Amstell. He brought up the reasonable point that the BBC seem to have segregated youth radio into Radio 1 (white) and Radio 1 Xtra (everyone else). The producer had an on-air flap – “I don’t think that’s the right thing to say” – and then the BBC censored the interview by removing it from the iPlayer playback edit.

Obviously the last thing anyone should be doing in the week Nelson Mandela died is challenging their thinking about race or examining the status quo.

Shame on the BBC and the producers of the Radio 1 breakfast show.

Link: Uncensored Simon Amstell Interview on Nick Grimshaw’s BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show

Mail Supremacy

The Daily Mail is a remarkable institution; full of bile. It’s very interesting to see it from an outsiders perspective. I’m fascinating by how the editor of the Mail believes that people who aren’t married with children couldn’t edit the paper because they “wouldn’t understand the human condition”. I think that summarises it’s lack of perspective on the world perfectly.

Link: Mail Supremacy

David Hoyle – Heavenly Voices

David Hoyle is back at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern this Thursday for another run of hectic performances. He’s going to be singing a lot which is great news if his Soho Theatre show with Richard Thomas, or his incredible version of Hallelujah with Dusty Limits, is anything to go by. He’s never quite topped 2007’s Magazine but he still rules London for a crazy, fun night out with a hint of danger.

Link: David Hoyle – Heavenly Voices

Geffrye Museum

Lovely museum of the English domestic interior in Hoxton. As well as permanent galleries showcasing the English home it has rotating exhibitions and a lovely herb garden. The gardens in front of the museum are a great green space for when it’s sunny in London. Free entry.

Link: Geffrye Museum

Amy Mather – Game of Life in Python on a Raspberry Pi

A video of a presentation by a 13 year old to the Raspberry Jamboree 2013 in Manchester, UK. It’s really inspiring to see the Raspberry PI is really working by helping kids to learn about how to program. As Amy says: “I wanted to know how it worked and how I could get it to do what I want it to do instead of what the people who are working for Apple or Android want it to do”.

I vividly remember when, aged 7, I wrote my first program which drew a white line on a magenta background; that was all it took – I was hooked.

Link: Amy Mather – Game of Life in Python on a Raspberry Pi