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Latest Wikio Stats

5 May

Dan, over at Wikio, has again kindly forwarded me the latest rankings.

Interesting movers include Labourlist’s breakthrough into the top-five, and Labourhome also getting a top-ten spot. So regardless of Gordo’s toxicity, Labour is still alive and kicking*.

This is actually the main blog list, but the mix is pretty politics-centric anyway.

1 Iain Dale’s Diary
2 Guy Fawkes’ blog
3 Liberal Conspiracy
4 ConservativeHome’s ToryDiary
5 Labourlist
7 Liberal Democrat Voice
8 Labourhome
9 Harry’s Place
10 Dizzy Thinks
11 imran.ali
12 Blah! Blah! Technology
13 The Devil’s Kitchen
14 Old Holborn
15 Bloggerheads
16 Bad Science
17 John Redwood’s Diary
18 Chicken Yoghurt
19 Telegraph Blogs – Daniel Hannan
20 normblog
21 Tory Bear
22 Stumbling and Mumbling
23 Mr Eugenides
24 Archbishop Cranmer
25 Tim Worstall
26 Tom Harris MP
27 Craig Murray
28 Next Left
29 The Wardman Wire
30 Obnoxio The Clown

Ranking by Wikio.

*Mind you, take away the thousands of Tories with nothing better to do than troll Labourlist, and the thing probably wouldn’t make the top 30, never mind top-5.

Lists: Ten things I can’t live without

13 Jan

After food, water, oxygen and somewhere to go out of the rain, I give you ten things I can’t live without.

1. A coffee maker (or at the very least, a French Press and ground coffee)

2. A decent Hi-Fi (seriously, why do people listen to music on crappy stereos?)

3. My wife and kids (btw. these are not in order of significance)

4. A camera

5. My Mac and teh interwebs (I know this probably makes me sound rather sad, but the net is my main source of media – be that video, audio or text)

6. Monocle and the Saturday newspapers (the best papers – the Guardian and FT weekend editions – come out on Saturday, not Sunday)

7. My iPod

8. New Balance trainers (or Asics, at a push)

9. A spellchecker

10. Helmut Lang cologne

Lists: Ten things on TV that aren’t wank

29 Dec

I was challenged, so…

Ten things on TV that aren’t wank

1. South Park

2. The Wire

3. The X Factor (Mock me. I don’t care)*

4. Stephen Fry

5. Top Gear (yeah, I know it’s fake)

6. EuroNews/al Jazeera

7. Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe

8. Graham Linehan

9. The Simpsons (still relevant)

10. The Daily Show

btw. I would have found Ten things on Radio 4 that aren’t wank much easier. Also, note the volume of US content. So much for the superiority of British TV. I could have added The Shield, Arrested Development, Entourage, The Office (US) and 30 Rock.

*Yeah, it’s often wank

Lists: Ten things on TV that are wank

29 Dec

Ten things on TV that are wank…

1. The One Show

2. Soaps, especially depressing ones (which is all of them)

3. Anything starting with the word “Celebrity…”

4. Mark [fucking] Lawrenson

5. Bargain Hunt

6. Antony Worrall Thompson

7. The [fucking] Tweenies

8. News 24

9. Anything with Graham Norton in it, that isn’t Father Ted

10. My Family (ever since Nick left)

Lists: Ten iconic videogames

29 Dec

Ten iconic videogames…

1. Pacman

2. Missile Command/Space Invaders

3. Paperboy

4. Pole Position

5. Super Mario

6. Final Fantasy

7. Doom

8. Resident Evil

9. Gran Turismo

10. Grand Theft Auto 3

Lists: Ten things a gentleman must have

29 Dec

Ten things a gentleman must have

1. A sensible leather belt

2. A driver’s licence (whether he uses it or not)

3. A good watch (from a watchmaker, not a clothing company)

4. A penknife

5. A music collection, and a reasonable knowledge of the subject

6. A copy of The Godfather film – 1 & 2 (the third film is optional)

7. A quality leather wallet

8. A tape-measure that doesn’t flop on the floor when extended more than 6′

9. A talent for making a good breakfast

10. A firm handshake

Best of 2008

16 Dec

Lists, lists, lists. Everyone doing ’em, so why not me? The 2007 list is here.

Best Record
Kings of Leon – Only by the Night
Well I can’t say I’ve been blown away by any one record this year, but Kings of Leon are making very good music. I actually think – shock, horror! – that there are some good pop records in the charts at the moment, too.

Best Film
The Dark Knight
Well it was the year of the comic book movie. We had Iron Man, Hulk, Hell Boy II and Wanted (and those are just the ones off the top of my head). I’d say that Dark Knight wins out with Iron Man a close second. I also enjoyed Burn After Reading.

Best TV Show
The Wire – Series 5
The Wire is simply the best television programme ever made. Period.

Best Book
I’ve read no new fiction this year. I spent most of my time reading old John le CarrĂ© books and Graham Greene. I’ll have to remedy this in ’09.

Best Podcast
This American Life
This is probably the choice that has caused me to ponder most, as I listen to oodles of podcasts. But This American Life has provided the most memorable and beautiful moments. Subscribe, if you haven’t already. Worthy mentions to The Collings and Herrin Podcast [sic], Sarcastic Gamer and Football Weekly.

Best Radio Show
Adam & Joe
Funny and creative. Brilliant, basically.

Best Video Game
Gears of War 2
It’s been another cracking year for gaming. GTA4 was outstanding, Far Cry 2 was a surprisingly deep game, and Left 4 Dead (which I get for XMAS) looks great. Nothing quite topped GOW2 though. It’s awesome. The art style is incredible. The level design spectacular. And the weapons rock. Epic.

Best Gadget
I haven’t got one. I can’t quite give up my BlackBerry (or switch to O2). However the app-store has made the iPhone a serious proposition. The utility of the device – theoretical and realised – is astonishing. I will get one, eventually.

Best App
I have adored this app all year. I have run GMail and Google Reader constantly using Fluid and it has made life much easier. I’ve also been mega-impressed with Skitch.

Best Political Blog
Chicken Yoghurt
Justin has simply rocked this year. One of the best writers in the medium. Sadie’s Tavern would be a worthy mention too.

Best Non-political Blog
This blog has made me – figuratively – piss myself all year.

Best Politician
Barack Obama

Best Newspaper
The Guardian
It better watch its back. The Guardian has lost its way a little this year. It’s still the best paper, though.

Best sportsperson
MS Dhoni
Finally, someone’s made a team out of the Indians. They’ve always had the talent (although the current team is pretty darn hot).