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‘The Big Short’

Last weekend I watched, and loved, The Big Short, a film based on the book of the same name by Michael Lewis, which describes a group of disparate outsiders who each spotted the colossal financial malfeasance which gave rise to the banking and housing crisis of 2008. The writer-director Adam McKay manages to create a hilarious, sharp, clear and compelling movie, all the more impressive given that the subject matter is, frankly, pretty dry and horrendously complex – riddled with acronyms and nuanced money manipulations in identikit boardrooms.

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‘The Big Short’

Last weekend I watched, and loved, The Big Short, a film based on the book of the same name by Michael Lewis, which describes a group of disparate outsiders who each spotted the colossal financial malfeasance which gave rise to the banking and housing crisis of 2008. The writer-director Adam McKay manages to create a hilarious, sharp, clear and compelling movie, all the more impressive given that the subject matter is, frankly, pretty dry and horrendously complex – riddled with acronyms and nuanced money manipulations in identikit boardrooms.

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Politicians Suck on Twitter

David Cameron, or rather whoever it is who Tweets for him (from an iPhone, interestingly), should have set aside 20 minutes after he finished firing out the infochunks™ and replied to some users. Retweeted some comments. That’s where the real value of social media lies and he missed a big opportunity. The problem is widespread – a study into the types of tweets that MPs were writing found that only 28.7% were part of conversations – using the @ function. That is far too low. Social networks demand many-to-many-interaction. Social media is about talking and listening. It’s about relationships.

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Politicians Don’t Care About Young People

I passionately believe that we have to stall this slump in the youth vote. And then reverse it. We are in real danger of letting down an entire generation. We need to force politicians to care by hitting them where it hurts – the ballot box. Which brings me onto Russell Brand…

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I AM NOT AN ACTOR

I have left acting to others. Others with talent. I now have a number of friends who are very accomplished actors, and make a good living out of their craft. I’ve never really considered straying onto their patch. So it was a surprise (and not a good, people-jumping-out-with-party-poppers-it’s-your-birthday-type surprise) when I found myself acting in a sitcom pilot.

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I AM NOT AN ACTOR

I have left acting to others. Others with talent. I now have a number of friends who are very accomplished actors, and make a good living out of their craft. I’ve never really considered straying onto their patch. So it was a surprise (and not a good, people-jumping-out-with-party-poppers-it’s-your-birthday-type surprise) when I found myself acting in a sitcom pilot.

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A Typical* day in the Life of a TV Presenter (With Apologies to Sue Townsend)

*Probably not that typical, actually.

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A Typical* day in the Life of a TV Presenter (With Apologies to Sue Townsend)

*Probably not that typical, actually.