I’ve never been to South Shields. In fact, I’ve never been to the north of England at all. Well, Manchester and Hull for h2g2 meets, and Marsden in Yorkshire, where I have family history. But South Shields is much further north than these.
It is a town with a mining history. It is a town with a union history. It is a town with high unemployment. And, according to a lovely profile in theNew Statesman, it’s doing pretty well, thank you.
South Shields remains the only parliamentary constituency since the Great Reform Act of 1832 … never to have elected a Conservative MP.
The more money you have in your pocket, the more you will want to spend it. “Stop carrying a wedge of cash around with you,” said the ex-Goldman banker. “It reduces the temptation to tip people so much.”
Yes, because when you’re forced to cut back on your spending, the tipping should be the first to go. Do these people hear themselves? Are they actually asking to be put on a tumbrel?
The comments (both on Shakesville and on the original article) are a dream, too. Here’s my favourite, from Mr. Moneybags:
Kudos on finding that delicate balance between classism and sexism.
Very many sites (including the ones I spend most time on), have content which is mainly or entirely generated by the users of the site, not the owners. Does this user-generated content have monetary value? Or any other kind of value?
Nick Reynolds, who used to moderate h2g2 when it was owned by the BBC, offers two interesting essays on the values such content has:
Facebook, for example, is in a very different market, financially, to both h2g2 and Stack Exchange. And Wikimedia isn’t interested in financial considerations at all.
Incidentally, over on h2g2, Mr606 points out that the financial figures Nick mentions for Twitter are lower than reality: they have been massaged so that Twitter can declare its profits in Ireland instead of in the UK.