British journalists react to the crisis in Gaza

Francis Sedgemore, Thursday 24 July 2014 at 21:30 UTC

I see that my trade union, the National Union of Journalists, is supporting the TUC call to attend the demonstration planned for this Saturday outside the Israeli embassy in London. Some years ago, following an Israeli military action off the Gaza coast, a demonstration was held at the Israeli embassy in London. There I witnessed […]


The Greenwich Foot Tunnel – a celebration of its opening and recent refurbishment

Francis Sedgemore, Monday 21 July 2014 at 10:43 UTC

Press release from the Friends of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels (Fogwoft) August 2014 sees the 112th anniversary of the opening of the Greenwich Foot Tunnel. To mark this special occasion, and perhaps more significantly the near completion of the tunnel refurbishment, the Friends of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels have arranged a celebration accompanied […]


A 50th birthday drink invitation

Francis Sedgemore, Thursday 10 July 2014 at 11:31 UTC

Friends, fiends, countrymen and furriners, Apologies in advance for the London-centric and cross-posted nature of this mass missive. Tuesday 15 July 2014 will be my 50th birthday, and to celebrate my first half century on this beautiful but benighted planet, I would like to gather some esteemed acquaintances in London for an evening drink or […]


London air pollution – sophistry in service of a good cause

Francis Sedgemore, Wednesday 9 July 2014 at 9:50 UTC

Zoe Williams, or at least her subeditor, describes London as “the most toxic town on the planet”. The article itself is sophistry in service of a good cause. Whilst writing now in a personal capacity, I should declare that I am part of the No to Silvertown Tunnel campaign: a community group opposed to plans […]


Narcissus in management selection

Francis Sedgemore, Wednesday 2 July 2014 at 0:01 UTC

Oslo-based organisational psychologist Christian Enger Gimsø has as part of his PhD studies been looking at the tendency for those with narcissistic personality disorders to do well in applications for management level jobs. Such people often excel in interviews, and have an easier time than others proving themselves as dynamic and self-confident. Narcissists may have […]


No phone hacking justice with Medusa still at large

Francis Sedgemore, Wednesday 25 June 2014 at 9:51 UTC

If Andy Coulson is guilty of conspiracy, and everyone else, Rebekah Brooks included, is innocent, with whom did he conspire? Certainly not his boss and former lover, Rebekah Brooks, going by the phone hacking trial verdict yesterday which saw Brooks walk away from this ghastly business without a stain on her character. Trebles all round! […]


Cycle ride – Lovely Lea & Epping Forest Explorer

Francis Sedgemore, Thursday 12 June 2014 at 22:03 UTC

A change of plan for me means that this weekend I shall be in London. And with no Dog & Bell Crew ride scheduled for Sunday, I hereby offer one of my favourites. What: Lovely Lea & Late Springtime Epping Forest Explorer When: Sunday 15 June 2014 Meet: 10:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 9LW […]


Midsummer Madness 2014 – London cyclists to greet the solstice dawn

Francis Sedgemore, Wednesday 4 June 2014 at 23:08 UTC

Looking forward to summer? If so, Saturday 21 June 2014 is the longest day of the year, and since time immemorial people of all faiths and none have marked the occasion of the summer solstice by rising to greet the dawn. London cyclists do this in their own special way, by riding through the night […]


UKIP’s Lewisham mayoral candidate in Twitter meltdown

Francis Sedgemore, Friday 23 May 2014 at 1:25 UTC

The UK Independence Party (independence from what – the known universe?) candidate for mayor in the southeast London borough of Lewisham (pop. 276,000) is upset that I mocked his politics on Twitter, and alluded in legalistically guarded manner to his recent arrest by the Metropolitan Police for a suspected sexual assault on a man described […]


Cycle ride – Dr Hoo’s Springtime Burn (2nd attempt)

Francis Sedgemore, Thursday 22 May 2014 at 22:33 UTC

When: Sunday 25 May 2014 Meet: 08:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich SE10 9LW NB: This ride was originally scheduled for Sunday 11 May, but with squally rain forecast throughout the day, and a wind in the lower Thames valley sufficient to provide aerodynamic lift to a small family car, it’s no wonder that no-one […]