Category: Other gubbins

All sentences great and not so great

I have shovelled something like half a million words into cyberspace since I started blogging three years ago. Some of those words were arranged in ways that were pleasing, to me at least. Some of them were arranged in ways that might best be described as decidedly clunky. […]

The Q#2 quintet

Here are the five posts published on this blog between April and June 2013 that recorded the most hits: Curbing the welfare hate (6th April) Who is social housing for, and who should it be for? (10th April) Uncertain terrain: issues and challenges facing housing associations (11th May) […]


The received wisdom is that unfollowing someone on Twitter is of no great significance. It can be done with breezy indifference. And it will be treated in the same way by the person being unfollowed. They probably won’t even notice. It’s not like unfriending someone on Facebook. That’s […]

Keeping up with the Bristol Bloggerati

Bristol has a lively bunch of bloggers. Keeping up with what’s being posted can be a bit of a struggle. We now have a new resource in the form of Bristol Blogs brings together more than 80 different feeds from bloggers in and around Bristol, blogging about […]

The Q#1 quintet

Here are the five posts published on this blog between January and March 2013 that recorded the most hits: Help to buy? (20th March) The politics of the bedroom tax (9th February) Clegg courts catastrophe (10th March) Research and the policy process (13th February) The boundaries of academic […]

Will your autotweeting twin be a turbo-troll?

Today’s Independent carries a piece on LivesOn, a piece of software currently under development. LivesOn aims to analyse your tweets and then tweet on your behalf in your style on the topics you tweet about. So you can live on online, even after your demise IRL. The idea […]

Going solo or joining someone else’s show

[First posted at LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog, 18/02/13] It’s pretty difficult to miss the message that the engaged academic should be reaching beyond the academy to communicate with broader publics. And blogging and tweeting have attracted plenty of attention as powerful social media through which to […]

Name a book that changed your life

Earlier this evening Umair Haque tweeted: Name a book that changed your life. — umair haque (@umairh) February 4, 2013   My response was: Michael Stewart’s “Keynes and after” > RT @umairh: Name a book that changed your life. — Alex Marsh (@ShodanAlexM) February 4, 2013 If anyone […]