Britney versus Jordan: the fickle correlation of celebrity and baby names

by Stephen Tall on April 28, 2012

Here’s a graph that neatly illustrates the power of celebrity… From the fantastic geek-curiosity that is the England & Wales Baby Names website, tracking the popularity of names given to babies from 1996-2010, here’s the graph for the name ‘Britney’: (…)

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LDV Caption Competition: David Cameron & Jeremy Hunt “Human shield” Edition

by Stephen Tall on April 28, 2012

There’s no prize at stake – just the opportunity to prove you’re wittier than any other LDV reader… Here is Conservative leader David Cameron with his culture secretary Jeremy Hunt. After this week’s Leveson Inquiry revelations, what do you think might be being said or thought by or about them? And the winners of our […]

LDVideo: Clegg – we don’t need Hunt inquiry. Hughes – we need Hunt inquiry

by Stephen Tall on April 28, 2012

Here’s Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg saying that the Leveson Inquiry is the best place for culture secretary Jeremy Hunt to give evidence about his role in the BSkyB takeover bid… (Available on the BBC website here.) And here’s Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes calling for an inquiry into whether Jeremy Hunt breached the […]

The Weekend Debate: Who’d get your 2nd preference after Brian in the race for London Mayor?

by Stephen Tall on April 28, 2012

Here’s your starter for ten in our weekend slot where we throw up an idea or thought for debate… This Thursday, millions of voters will go to the polls to cast their votes in local elections. And although London is only one of those elections, its electoral size and the colourful prominence of its candidates […]