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Journalism New Statesman

A celebration of 70 years of Walkers trying to sell you crisps in truly bizarre ways (New Statesman)

The New Statesman asked me to write about crisps, so I went on YouTube instead:

https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/media/2018/05/celebration-70-years-walkers-trying-sell-you-crisps-truly-bizarre-ways

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Journalism New Statesman

How a 17th century war, the Queen and a desperate Swiss TV executive led to Eurovision (New Statesman)

The story of the origin of Eurovision, via Talented Mr Ripley fan-fiction for some reason:

https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/music-theatre/2018/05/how-17th-century-war-queen-and-desperate-swiss-tv-executive-led

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Journalism New Statesman

Nine ways to keep The Wright Stuff going without Matthew Wright (New Statesman)

The golden age of TV is over…

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Journalism New Statesman

No, China isn’t Black Mirror – social credit scores are more complex and sinister than that (New Statesman)

https://www.newstatesman.com/world/asia/2018/04/no-china-isn-t-black-mirror-social-credit-scores-are-more-complex-and-sinister

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Journalism New Statesman

Westworld tricked its fans with a spoiler prank – but is the show even worth spoiling? (New Statesman)

https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/tv-radio/2018/04/westworld-tricked-its-fans-spoiler-prank-show-even-worth-spoiling

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CityMetric Journalism Stand-up

12 things we learned by reading every single National Rail timetable (CityMetric)

I did some data-mining to work out what longest sequence of stops in progressive alphabetical order within a single rail journey is, among other thrilling train-based statistics.

I then performed a live version of the piece at the British Library.

https://twitter.com/susiestevenson/status/968939806989406208

 

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CityMetric Journalism

How does the humble street bollard connect Napoleon to Carillion via Welsh devolution? (CityMetric)

I considered the street bollard and its importance in history, art and politics.

A row of street bollards in the City of London

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CityMetric Journalism

16 things we learned from a list of every single road name in Great Britain (CityMetric)

There are about 790,000 roads with names in Great Britain – I got a list of all them from Ordnance Survey and did some number-crunching. Then stopped number-crunching and looked for the rude ones.

Map of most common road name suffixes in Great Britain

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CityMetric Journalism

21 TfL bus announcements that would improve Londoners lives more than ‘Hold on, the bus is about to move’ (CityMetric)

I am become the New Jasper Carrot, with some bus-based observational comedy for CityMetric.

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Journalism New Statesman

Who’s had sex with the most British monarchs (on screen)? (New Statesman)

I crunched the IMDB numbers to see which actors can claim to have ‘bedded’ the greatest number of British monarchs, and whether Matt Smith is the only person to have achieved the ‘double Elizabeth’.

Image from The Crown