Monthly Archives: September 2011

Fraser’s Phrases: ‘Spend A Penny’

The history of slang is intimately related to the history of taboos, for fairly obvious reasons. If you can’t call a thing it’s proper name for fear of offending delicate sensibilities, and the swear word people most …

News Roundup: David Beckham Loves His Little Girl

There’s something unique about being the father to a new daughter, as David Beckham has recently discovered. You’re not dealing with a miniaturised version of yourself, and no matter how your raise her, her experience of the …

Five Great British Scolds

A scold is someone who enjoys pointing out other people’s failings, and normally those are the kind of people you’d want to keep at arm’s length. But in the crazy upside-left world of television, the scold has …

WATCH: What Julian Cope Did Next…

Fans of early ’80s post punk will know who Julian Cope is. He’s the guy who used to front the Teardrop Explodes, got a little lost in acid whimsy, but found himself in the study of neolithic stone circles and the righteous …