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How (not) to write a sequel to Lord of the Rings (New Statesman)

Adapted from a live performance, I explain why you shouldn’t write a sequel to Lord of the Rings, with reference to various people who’ve tried and failed in different ways.

https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2018/06/how-not-write-sequel-lord-of-the-rings-j-r-r-tolkien

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Things

14 things we learned from a list of every bus stop in London (CityMetric)

Another part of an irregular series in which I attempt to drive myself mad using huge databases about public infrastructure:

https://www.citymetric.com/transport/14-things-we-learned-list-every-bus-stop-london-4005

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Client Work Data Journalism/Research

The Best Day For Your Big Day (Distilled/Bloomingdale’s)

What’s the perfect day to get married on? If you live in the USA, I’ve worked it out (maybe).

I crunched data about the typical weather for each calendar date in different US cities, which was then used to power a tool to find the day with closest to ideal weather conditions for a wedding.

https://www.bloomingdales.com/b/best-wedding-dates-united-states/

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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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Other Stuff Podcasts

A Load Of Old Bollards (Skylines Podcast)

https://www.citymetric.com/skylines/podcast-load-old-bollards-3837

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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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Other Stuff Stand-up

Bollards (City of London Showoff)