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Michael Spicer

Comedian and impressively consistent disappointment

Michael Spicer is an online character comedian and humorous tweeter. His sketches have been described as "Successfully Uploaded" by YouTube. You can watch them here.

Sorry John Lewis - Boys Must Be Boys

Conversely, my daughter Hallory-Blue must also make a statement every time she leaves the house but of course being a girl, it's a much less important statement. She must signal to the world that she will not obstruct or threaten the biologically-proven male-female hierarchy
06/09/2017 13:11 BST

How To Talk To A Woman When She's Wearing Boxing Gloves

An important thing to remember in this scenario is to remain calm and confident. Women love a confident man and if you start to show a little anxiety or nervousness or perhaps even break down and cry because one of her punches spanked your Aviators clean off your face and into the road, you'll only succeed in turning her off.
01/09/2016 15:41 BST

The Amateurish Toy Unboxers of YouTube

As we speak, this movement is making a big cultural leap. Unboxers are not only unboxing the toys but also playing with them. This of course adds extra pathos to the clips because there's nothing quite as upsetting as watching an adult hand moving a small anthropomorphic puppy around and doing the voices.
29/06/2015 13:58 BST

Russell Brand the Funny Little Essex Boy

The latest manner of undermining him this week is by trolling his Twitter feed and replying 'Parklife!' to his tweets. Trolling is okay if you're trolling Russell Brand. It says so in Twitter's introductory page.
04/11/2014 14:26 GMT

Stop Talking About Ukip - My Article About Ukip

A Ukip member saying something controversial is not news. It would be news if they said something calm and measured. It would be news if they constructed just one sentence that didn't resemble a drunken scrawl on the toilet wall of a police station in 1974. If we all turned the other way, news editors might think twice about covering...
29/04/2014 20:50 BST

Prisoners Don't Riot in Private Prisons - They're Aggressively Resourceful

G4S, the private security firm that sounds like a carving in a wood tree, has refused to class a riot in its Oakwood Prison as a 'riot', despite the fact that scenes one would normally associate with rioting were witnessed by prison officers such as upturned pool tables, random things being on fire and prisoners shouting 'This is a successful riot we're currently engaged in.'
23/01/2014 17:49 GMT

Illegal Immigrant Vans Are Not a Good Idea - But They Could Be

The one problem with the campaign as it stands now is the rhetoric. 'Go home' has to be dropped for something less reminiscent of the previous, abhorrent and bigoted incarnations of the Conservative Party - who actively encouraged social division - and replaced by a different phrase that reflects the current incarnation of the Conservative Party who are now only sporadically bigoted for the modern world
30/07/2013 17:37 BST

My Moment with Margaret

It sounded simple to me. I wasn't intimidated by her visit at all. As a 10-year-old, my knowledge of her was limited to a frozen face encased in a box graphic above Michael Buerk's shoulder. But the nervous exhilaration emanating from the wobbly throng surrounding my dad's shop was enough to power the No.62 to Chadwell Heath and back again.
15/04/2013 00:08 BST

I Want to Be an Unpaid Google Spy - They Just Need to Get the Design Right

I remember being overwhelmed with jealousy when I discovered Google's Streetview cars were collecting wifi data. I wanted to be in that car. I wanted to <em>be </em>that car, absorbing passwords and social profiles and browser histories like a glorious, four-wheeled, authoritarian digi-sponge.
13/03/2013 15:58 GMT

Salesmen of a Death - Some TV Commercials Terrify Me

Commercials are awful for the most part (except the one I was in which was extraordinarily good) and in an attempt to move away from predictable narrative set-ups and engage with a more media-savvy audience, advertisers are adopting far more adventurous ways of selling us biscuits and bank loans.
03/03/2013 21:29 GMT

The Iraq War - An Interview With the Show's Creator

Tony Blair is in reflective mood as he leans over his grande cappuccino, contemplating another sip. It's been ten years since he and co-creator George W. Bush took the world by storm with their hit show <em>The Iraq War</em> and, as is often the case when an enduring series reaches a milestone anniversary, fans are debating the possibility of a reunion.
27/02/2013 17:25 GMT