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I’m like the king of some rain swept terrain,

Rich but impotent, young yet ancient,

Detesting the fawning of his teachers,

Tired of his lap dogs and other creatures.


Nothing amuses him, hunting, falconry,

His people expiring in front of his balcony.

Even the jests of his favourite fool

Can't smooth the frown of this cruel recluse.


His petal-strewn bed has become a tomb,

And his handmaidens, made to make princes swoon,

Can't find outfits scandalous enough

To raise a flicker from his immaculate corpse.


The alchemist who transmutes gold from lead

Fails to draw from him that poisonous element.

And those baths of blood the Romans conceived,

To give decrepit tyrants some relief...


Can't even stir the veins in this lethargic flesh

In which the green sludge of Lethe runs instead.


Translated by Peter Jukes from Spleen by Charles Baudelaire

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Over the last few years I've created some attention with my live coverage of the phone hacking trial in London, the most expensive and longest concluded criminal trial in British history. There are various accounts and articles about this on the web, including a radio play. My Twitter feed can be found here, and a collation of evidence from the trial, and all my live tweets, can be found at my Fothom Wordpress blog. There's also a Flipboard magazine and a Facebook Page. My Klout ranking is here.

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Various journalistic articles of mine are scattered throughout the web. There's some kind of portfolio at Muckrack. The most extensive reporting is for the Daily Beast and Newsweek, but there's more at the New Statesman, the New Republic, Aeon etc. I have two non fiction books published in the last year: The Fall of the House of Murdoch, available through Unbound or Amazon, and Beyond Contempt: the Inside Story of the Phone Hacking Trial, available via Canbury Press or also on Amazon. I am currently contributing to a new site for open source journalism, called Bellingcat, and advisor (along with Sir Harry Evans and Bill Emmott) to an exciting new crowdfunded journalism startip Byline

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