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DavidMapstone
World is crazier & more of it than we think, incorrigibly plural (not me; Louis MacNeice) Working at Sky News, but blame me not them for my tweeting mistakes.
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DavidMapstone 6h
Replying to @iainoverton
A good point. Though of course you could say that states were weak in the Middle Ages, so the authority was the Church. Social media now is our church, at least in its repressive apparatus; it is our Inquisition.
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DavidMapstone 9h
In the 90s a French academic achieved fleeting fame by characterising our age (then, obviously) as the “new Middle Ages”. But he was premature - perhaps it’s now here.
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Alistair Bunkall Apr 20
I tweeted you at 0758 yesterday asking you to come on Sky News to defend yourself against UK government accusations that you’re a bot. You didn’t reply. We would have had you on, like we did , if you had.
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DavidMapstone Apr 20
Saw a piece of theatre tonight which should be described using teenage hyperbole; the mindblowing “The Encounter” by at the Barbican. It’s inspired me to find out about this amazing American.
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DavidMapstone Apr 20
This is by a long stretch the best thing I’ve seen all week about Powell & those rivers of blood. By
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Sye Law Apr 16
Ernest Shackleton, who in 1915 after his ship was entrapped in Antarctic sea ice sailed a small open rowing boat 720 miles across the Southern Ocean to South Georgia, climbed a mountain range to a whaling station, then sailed back to Antarctica to rescue all of his trapped crew
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DavidMapstone Apr 17
The case for safe standing areas at football. From a place on the political spectrum that would regard itself as being, in all other respects, heirs of Thatcher.
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DavidMapstone Apr 16
‘As soon as the door of No 10 closes, she breaks down and starts sobbing . . .’ Interesting account of Thatcher’s last days as PM. Her leaving present from the staff at Number 10, chosen for them by William Rees Mogg, was a book of Kipling’s poetry.
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DavidMapstone Apr 14
A really powerful & provocative article here, which even if you ultimately disagree deserves to be read by all who are genuinely interested in working out their position on the airstrikes.
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DavidMapstone Apr 13
I work with his guy every week but this podcast taught me loads - on reporting the NHS
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Iain Overton Apr 12
2017 saw: 38% increase in civilian deaths from explosive violence 92% harmed by explosive weapons in cities were civilians 44% rise in civilian harm from air-strikes UK appears in top 10 countries most impacted by explosive violence New report:
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DavidMapstone Apr 11
I cannot understand the police inactivity here. Putting up these tributes is now shown to be behaviour likely to cause a breach of the peace.
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Tom Hamilton Apr 9
Congratulations, you’ve invented Durham University.
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DavidMapstone Apr 9
Revelatory film by about the depth of community divisions that still exits in Northern Ireland, 20 years after the Belfast Agreement
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Glenn Greenwald Apr 7
When a military purposely puts a bullet into a journalist and ends his life while he's doing his job, this is how you write the headline:
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DavidMapstone Apr 7
Replying to @amonck @_bridgetheatre
My only thought: I kind of wish the great band at the start reformed again at the end, after the curtain calls, for a mini set. Aside from that, it was about as near to perfect as a Shaky production can ever be.
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DavidMapstone Apr 7
Well that was a great way to spend Saturday afternoon. The exciting & flawless & imaginative production of Julius Caesar at Only improvable if I’d seen it on the Ides of March.
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DavidMapstone Apr 6
Tip; if you’re a university trying to tighten its belt because of profligacy & wrong priorities, the person to avoid giving the boot to is the lecturer in investigative journalism...
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DavidMapstone Apr 5
Replying to @iainoverton
Also the “kaiser’s battle” by Martin middlebrook
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DavidMapstone Apr 5
Replying to @iainoverton
I like “Haig’s Command” by Denis winter, and “1918: the Last Act” by Barrie Pitt.
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