Odds and Ends of History

James O'Malley
Why that thing you retweeted is probably wrong.
Created 26 Jun 2020
  • Air travel is good and we should want more of it
    14 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 1 11
    (Graphic inspired by my pal Blakeley Nixon.) I’m writing this mostly out of spite. A couple of weeks ago, my partner and I cancelled our planned trip to Canada for Christmas, because of the uncertaint...
  • The Green Party is being bad at being Green
    02 Dec 2021 • 9 min read • 5 3
    Nothing has infuriated me more recently than the cancellation of HS2’s eastern leg. The railway line, which would have linked Birmingham to Leeds, was canned by the government even though construction...
  • How to fix the BBC
    15 Sep 2021 • 13 min read • 0 5
    Full credit to my pal Blakeley Nixon for this graphic. Last week, I made the case that the BBC faces an existential threat: The end of its universal role. Structural changes in the economics of making...
  • The BBC is heading into a death spiral and we should worry about it
    08 Sep 2021 • 10 min read • 1 3
    The BBC is, regrettably, doomed. Don’t get me wrong. I love the BBC, and I’m always the first in line to defend it from its many stupid critics. But I think it’s impossible to deny that the corporatio...
  • We're going to have to solve climate change with capitalism
    16 Aug 2021 • 11 min read • 2 6
    I can gauge how productive I’m going to be on any given day by how quickly I get pulled into The Discourse on Twitter. Sadly, the other day was not a particularly edifying high-point, as within moment...
  • Why I'm not worried about GB News
    09 Jun 2021 • 8 min read • 7 1
    GB News, a new TV channel that is styling itself as an antidote to the “woke” sensibilities of the rest of broadcast news, finally launches on Sunday evening after months of hype. Before a single seco...
  • How Brexit can win Eurovision
    19 May 2021 • 4 min read
    This Saturday marks the return of the Eurovision Song Contest. But as welcome as it will be to see European nations competing over something that isn’t batches of AstraZeneca, it will also mean the gr...
  • Watch me on a TV quiz show on Monday
    18 May 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    If you ever fancy slacking off work during the daytime, I strongly recommend taking a break at 3pm and tuning in to Channel 4’s new daytime quiz show The Answer Trap, which is hosted by Anita Rani. Th...
  • You don't get extra points for being a COVID catastrophist
    13 May 2021 • 7 min read
    One of the best things I’ve done recently is follow a Twitter account that simply tweets out the latest UK COVID statistics. Every day is a treat. Around 4pm, the tweet will appear on the timeline and...
  • How do those awesome drone displays work?
    26 Apr 2021 • 2 min read
    This post is a bit of an experiment… Remember London’s New Year drone display? Of course you do. The Mayor of London sensibly realised that hosting a big, happy fireworks spectacular might be a bit of...
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