Harkaway
A true and honourable account
of the longer-than-tweetable thinkings
of Nick Harkaway.
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"Good novels are written by people who are not frightened."
George Orwell (via maxkirin)

I like this particularly because it is bullshit. Fear is part of the nature of the job.

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"We now know that telling writers to avoid the passive is bad advice. Linguistic research has shown that the passive construction has a number of indispensable functions because of the way it engages a reader’s attention and memory. A skilled writer should know what those functions are and push back against copy editors who, under the influence of grammatically naïve style guides, blue-pencil every passive construction they spot into an active one."

Harvard psycholinguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker on the art and science of beautiful writing 

(via explore-blog)

Love this.

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Puppy
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Exclusivity of Self
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According to a report compiled by Big Brother Watch using Freedom of Information requests, Stockton Borough Council used powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act — created to deal with terrorism and serious organised crime — to investigate the movement of pigs, and Suffolk County Council made test purchases of a puppy and of services from a dating agency.

Other local councils such as Derby City, Bolton, and Gateshead have invoked RIPA to deal with dog fouling. In Dorset, the act was used to permit snooping on children to check whether they were eligible for school places.

Local councils have conducted 9000 surveillance operations over a three-year period, including 550 into fly tipping. Slough Council has recently spent £24,000 on thermal imaging equipment to take aerial photographs of residents’ properties and make sure no one’s living in their garden sheds. Similar technology has been used elsewhere to identify which households waste the most energy.

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But the NCA desperately needs greater surveillance powers, apparently.

Bollocks.

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"this party conference season has yielded nothing but risible nonsense from a parade of clowns."
https://medium.com/essays-and-non-fiction/dear-politics-a-rant-cc59b302cecd
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"They are confident to implement the settings clear policies and procedures in the event of the concerns being raised with regard to children’s welfare."
Possibly the least meaningful sentence - if it is one - that I have ever read.
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"As I argued in my post on Osborn, Lord Reed’s analysis suggests that repeal of the HRA — and even withdrawal from the ECHR — may be less effective than proponents of such reforms anticipate. This follows because the common law — including rights derived from the ECHR but now absorbed into the common law — would remain even in the event of HRA repeal/ECHR withdrawal. An assumption implicit in the Conservative Party’s paper is that there is, in effect, a blank canvas upon which a future Parliament could legislate. But that represents a blinkered and inaccurate view of the British constitution."
Dr Mark Elliot breaks down Grayling & May’s evidently fatuous proposals on the Human Rights Act and the ECHR. (http://publiclawforeveryone.com/2014/10/03/my-analysis-of-the-conservative-partys-proposals-for-a-british-bill-of-rights/#more-2395)
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annaverco:

#proof #serpentpapers over the next week I’m correcting the book by hand page by page

The next generation of my family prepares to hand me a bestseller kicking…