Peter is son of Richard North, who together with Helen Szamuely, co-edit the EU Referendum blog from the UK.
Richard was one of the first to encourage me to keep blogging in the early days. The blog he runs is one of the most read in the UK and not only reports on what is going on in the MSM but also helps set its agenda, occasionally (I should do their PR!).
Anyway, EU Referendum blog has now sprouted a few new branches, one of which is called Umbrella Blog. It’s really a group of different blogs collated in one place.
So the beatroot is now part of that (slightly dysfunctional) ‘family’ of blogs.
As you can see there are slight changes to the way the beatroot looks – it has a new ‘head’ and the side bar is more logically laid out.
Part of the deal, I was told by Peter, was for the blog to get a new ‘make over’.
Gulp! A blog ‘make over’ to me sounded like one of those TV shows where two bitchy women force you into a room full of mirrors and then slag off the way you look.
‘Does my blog’s arse look big in this new ‘head?’…etc
beatroots, beatroots everywhere…
There are a couple of other projects I have been asked to get involved with.
Clive – a.k.a. Nosemonkey (again, another one of the UK’s top bloggers) – has asked me to help out at the dLiberation blog, part of the openDemocracy group. This is all part of the EU’s Tomorrow’s Europe initiative, which describes itself thus:
Tomorrow’s Europe will help understand citizens’ vision of Europe’s future. How? By selecting a truly representative sample of ordinary citizens from all 27 countries in the EU; providing them with objective information about possible options for Europe’s future; then bringing them together for several days of discussion in the European Parliament, on the 12-14 October…
I will be doing posts on EU, Poland and post-communist central Europe as part of that project.
And the guys at Pajamas Media in the United States have asked me to contribute as Polish/central Europe correspondent. Once I sign and send off the very long contract ( I have discovered I am allergic to fax machines) I will be doing a few posts for them, too.
All of the above moves are simply to further extend our reach in Europe and the US, and get us more readers.
Apart from that, it will be the same old gibberish down at the beatroot.
I should say that all the above blogs have come from many different political traditions, and the beatroot does not necessarily agree with any of the opinions you will find in them.