Another consequence of social media is that the fashion cycles have sped up, so trends are coming up quickly and the idea of what “vintage” means has changed. Now when we use the term we’re not just using it in reference to a floral blouse that looks like it’s from the Second World War, we could be talking about a bucket hat from the 1990s or a boxy, shoulder-padded suit jacket from the 1980s. Goodhood recently launched a vintage T-shirt range which showcased old tech logos from Apple to the disintegrating Microsoft square. … [Read more...] about Down to a vintage tee: pulling on a piece of history
In theory, none of our personal information should be made public. Algorithms aim advertisements at categories of person, not at identified individuals. The same principle applies to political targeting which is, after all, simply one more kind of advertising. The algorithms might work out that, say, members of wine clubs are more likely than average to be Conservatives. But such metadata should not result in anyone’s online history becoming public. … [Read more...] about It’s unsettling, but algorithms could soon cure us of our unconscious political biases
Lord Sumption, the retired Supreme Court judge, was scathing about it. 'This is what a police state is like,' he said. 'It's a state in which the Government can issue orders or express preferences with no legal authority and the police will enforce Ministers' wishes.' … [Read more...] about Our police must stop acting like power mad Hodges in Dad’s Army, says former Brexit Secretary DAVID DAVIS
Well, I made some visits, of course. I went to the Stasi Museum, and I visited locations where the wall used to be. There are several scenes in 'Edge of Eternity' where somebody tries to escape. That kind of scene is all about the physical detail; you know, how high is the wall, how far do they have to jump or what is the barrier like that they have to crash through? All of that stuff, those details, are terribly important. And that was quite difficult to research because - happily for all of us - the wall is no longer there. Fortunately, there are good records of all of this stuff. Lots of pictures of the wall and film and lots of detailed stories about how people escaped, so in the end I was able to get all the details I needed. … [Read more...] about Follett: We thought tanks would roll in
The special was met with rave reviews, but it wasn't able to totally dodge the controversy following Nessa and Bryn's performance of Fairytale of New York, which failed to remove the "f**" lyric. … [Read more...] about Gavin & Stacey returns tonight on BBC One – what can viewers expect?