House of Lords in Living-Up-To-Stereotype Shocker

House of Lords dining roomRecent news is that the House of Lords refused to share catering services with the House of Commons, for fear that the quality of their free food would decline—and particularly that they’d be served a lesser vintage of champagne. (Champagne wars in the Lords as peers say no to a cheaper vintage, The Observer, 7 Dec 2014)

They’ve spent about £2.6m of our tax money on champers in the last 4 years.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross is delivering emergency food in the UK for the first time since WWII, food banks are on the increase, the government has introduced swingeing austerity measures & the number of homeless families has increased by 18% in the last 4 years.

It seems immoral that we should be paying for free bubbly for the rich and privileged, when we seemly cannot afford to help the poorest out of destitution. There’s a petition to protest it on

The lords can have a glass of free champagne when the last food bank closes. I’ll buy the round.


When I was a child, I thought America was a place of racial harmony. At my school in Birmingham, (England, not Alabama) there was the average amount of racism, but on American TV shows, the U.S. seemed to my 8-year-old-eyes like a post-racial utopia: cops were always one-white, one-black; judges were invariably black women; silver-haired white guys adopted sassy black kids.

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Copyright Reform

Wrote a wee letter to Vince Cable, Lord James Younger of Leckie and my MP. Possibly I shouldn’t have casually accused them of copyright infringement, but I think the other points are solid…

I was motivated to write by the campaign on Open Rights Group website. It’s an important subject. (Interesting choice of examples on it too; my MP, Tom Harris, lost his Social Media Bod post for making a ‘Downfall’ parody…)

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MVC4 strongly-typed URL-routing… works

I published a post a few months ago about a project of mine, Dysphoria.Net.UrlRouting which aimed to bring strong typing to MVC4 ‘routes’.

If these words mean nothing to you, do not feel embarrassed (except if you’re a .NET web programmer, in which case, do feel embarrassed, and go read up on MVC post haste).

In the meantime I’ve excitingly a) used it for real in one production project two commercial, production projects, b) filled in some missing gaps, and c) improved the syntax a little. I’ve also d) published it as a NuGet package.

It’s reached the point where I wouldn’t work on an MVC project without it. I’d very much like if Microsoft took a wee look and added it, or added something similar, into MVC.

You can install it from NuGet. The package is called Dysphoria.Net.UrlRouting.

There’s now a webpage for it, which includes a bit of a tutorial.

You can grab the source off of github.

I should probably think of a catchy name for it. ‘STIR’? (Strongly Typed urI Routing?) ‘STRIM’? (Strongly Typed Routing urI Mechanism?)

The only real shortcoming I’m aware of at the moment is that it does not currently handle file uploads—but you can mix in some old-style MVC routing to deal with those.

Give it a try!