Andrew GraySo it is spring, and every year @singlecrow and I mark it by reposting the Spring (Arrangements) Bill 1936, a truly fine piece of seasonal legislative drafting. This year being, well, this year... we went a little further.
Andrew GrayAnother unfortunate historic MP: William Douglas, who expected to inherit £16000 from his friend; sued after the heirs refused to pay; won the case; won the appeal; "was so overjoyed by the news that he had an apoplectic fit", & died two weeks later
Andrew GrayA mystery is solved: thanks to the wonderful work of Stephen Lees, we now have a death-date for one of the last two unknown modern MPs. Phil Clarke, briefly MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone in 1955, died 6 July 1995.
Dylan’s first new song in eight years is a fascinating portrait of his obsession with JFK’s assassination, rich with pop cultural detail and apocalyptic dread
Andrew GrayGuardian: "Dylan has form in leaving the best song off an album: this is, after all, the man who came to the conclusion that ... Infidels [was] somehow improved by removing Blind Willie McTell". I mean, they're not wrong.