Jeremy Corbyn’s hopes of remoulding Labour have been boosted by a detailed Guardian survey into the party at grassroots level that shows overwhelming support for him, a decisive shift to the left and unhappiness with squabbling among MPs.

The Guardian has interviewed Labour secretaries, chairs, other office holders and members from more than 100 of the 632 constituencies in England, Scotland and Wales. Almost every constituency party across the country we contacted reported doubling, trebling, quadrupling or even quintupling membership, and a revival of branches that had been moribund for years and close to folding.

Reflecting increased interest among the young, university cities and towns recorded some of the biggest rises, with Bath jumping from 300 to 1,322 members and Colchester from 200-250 to almost 1,000. Neither are traditional Labour seats.

The survey findings are borne out by Labour’s national figures, released to the Guardian in a break with party tradition of keeping them secret. Membership jumped from 201,293 on 6 May last year, the day before the general election, to 388,407 on 10 January

Justin Warfield’s rapping remains a favorite, despite/because of the fact that it’s repeatedly very goofy with his choice of rhymes. (Quite why this was in my head right now, I have no idea, but I felt the need to share.)

The Daily Telegraph has installed devices to monitor whether journalists are at their desks, BuzzFeed News has learned.

The newspaper confirmed the move in an email to staff after multiple employees said they came into work on Monday morning to find small plastic monitoring boxes attached to their desks.

Journalists were baffled by the unannounced appearance of the boxes. Staff resorted to googling the brand name and discovered they were wireless motion detectors produced by a company called OccupEye that monitor whether individuals are using their desks.

Holy balls, even with this punchline: “The Telegraph decided to remove all the sensors four hours after
this story was published. According to a note to staff, forwarded to
BuzzFeed News, the devices will be removed with immediate effect.”

Proof of my musical illiteracy, perhaps, but this Neil Hannon cover was possibly the first time I ever heard this Bowie song when it first appeared… 15 years ago or so(?), and may remain my favorite version.

The word the press latched onto, to describe the ongoing jigsaw of Bowie’s career, was “chameleon.” It’s not a very good word: Chameleons change continually so they won’t be noticed, which was not an option David Bowie ever entertained. He regenerated periodically, trying on new faces, reacting against his former selves. If his work was any guide, success made him move harder and faster in new directions, jumping into “plastic soul” at the peak of his glam fame, rejecting art-pop godhood in the ’80s to turn suited and slick, and then jumping again into the cacophony of Tin Machine.

Tom Ewing, from here.