Welcome to roundup #108, and as many of you will know, this week brought the sad news of the sudden death of Chris Lightfoot. Many, many words have been written about Chris this week, a rundown of which can be found here, however I'd like to draw your attention to those of Tom Steinberg of at mysociety.org and a little tale over at The Virtual Stoa.
Controversy was stirred by the publication of a book on BBC bias by ex-BBC man Robin Aitken, which apparently has been overlooked by the Beeb. Iain Dale had the man in to 18DS to discuss the implications, but Pete has an alternative view on the affair.
In the land of the Liberals, reflections from Niles and Stephen Tall on *that* Trident debate, the fall of Mark Littlewood and the 'messianic cult' of Ming; a phrase to strike fear into the heart of even the most hardened atheist. Still on the theist theme, Johnathan Calder ponders martyrdom and just who has the claim to St Wystan.
Jim Bliss at The Quiet Road continues the debate about 18DS's vid A World without America and poses a few questions.
Inevitably the removal of Patrick Mercer MP from the Tory frontbench garnered some blog inches. Sunny at Pickled Politics has a take on it with links to many more views both for and against Mr Mercer.
And so to greener pastures, Mel over at Beansprouts has some handy hints on cutting down to amount of junk mail that falls through your letterbox. Whilst we're being green, Paul Kingsnorth, tells the real story regarding Channel 4's (edit: video link from Samizdata) latest contribution to the global warming debate and Green feminist Natalie Bennett ponders, um, sideboards and the new Musee du quai Branly.
On a personal note I'd like to send congratulations to Rachel on getting the book done and dusted and remind you all of this before moving to the 'And Finally' bit...
First off pandemian dons the latex knickers to draw attention to Troubled Diva's contribution to the Comic Relief effort, whilst Tim Ireland awaits the thoughts of the Met with bated breath. Inky Circus uses tenuous means to post pictures of cute puddy tats and in the interest of balance - have some pictures of some of the hounds at this years Crufts.