Britblog Roundup No 245

Welcome to the perspicuous, the weird and the wonderful – a roundup of the British blogosphere, as nominated by you, its participants, this week.

Starting off, well there’s really only one subject that I could focus on – that well-watched, much-debated Question Time.

Clive Davis’ Confab (a new-this-month-blog) offers an overview from the “too much BNP” side of the debate. Constant Furious is, well, furious about the BBC’s approach, while feminazery considers Griffin was comprehensively hoisted on his own dogmatic nonsense. Writing in advance, that was what Juliet confidently predicted. The more light shone on the BNP the better, she suggests. But Jonathan on Liberal England thinks Griffin should have been given more rope.

Taking a broader view, James on Two Doctors remembers “the time I debated Nick Griffin, with some interesting thoughts on what makes the far right grow, while the issue of how to beat them has been pre-occupying Peter Cranie in the North West.

Cranmer takes an alternative approach, suggesting the programme provided the BBC with a clear way forward for saving money on Jonathan Ross (and also cutting their number of complaints.

You might need some light relief after that: I’d suggest visiting the bank with Mutley the Dog (he’s enjoying his huge share of the banking bailout in the form of chocolate peanuts); The Magistrate addressing the important issue of how to stay awake in court (as a former court journo I can sympathise with that one, the Diamond Geezer’s cunning plan to save Royal Mail; and, Jim on The Daily (Maybe) finds some generous rich Germans.

On the other big stories of the week, Bearwatch has what I’m judging to be a clever take on the GDP figures, Charles Crawford reflects on the Pope’s power grab, and Adopted Domain is considering how to vote in Edinburgh East.

Taking a broader view, Penny Red looks at the place of the blogosphere in British political life.

In other nominations, on The Final Redoubt there’s a view that the Copenhagen Summit will usher in ; on They’re Joking, Aren’t They, a consideration of the author Maurice Sendak; on Pro Liberi a consideration of brain programming by laser; and the Pirate Party blog tells of a woman who was almost made to pay for singing – and not by her neighbours.

Getting out into the “real world” of non-political (at least in the obvious sense) life, Jess McCabe on The F Word wonders what the woman in the woman in the bra has to do with consumer rights, Cruella considers the problem with miracles (why do they never involve the regrowing of a severe leg?), and to make you feel all warm and fuzzy (particularly if you’re tucked up warm at home and not in the Cotwalds rain) see what Stroud was doing for 350 day.

And staying with the birds and the bees to finish – even pigeons have bad dating days

You can find out more about the roundup, and who’ll be hosting next, at Britblog central. You might find in this post some links to views you wouldn’t usually find on this blog – the rule of the Britblog is that all nominations are included, except for some clear exceptions. It does give a rather different view of the blogosphere, wherever you start from.


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  • Paul
    October 26, 2009 - 10:45 am | Permalink

    Clear exceptions? What are they?

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  • October 26, 2009 - 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Exceptions? Ones that come to mind is that if there are multiple nominations from one blog then you can pick one, or if the post is more than a week old, or in one case I chose not too because I was concerned about the legal implications.

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