Me and David Cameron: the Nick Clegg coalition rap

What could have led the Lib Dem leader down the aisle with the dark (blue) side?

With the dust settling on Nick Clegg and David Cameron's agreement to form a Tory-Lib Dem coalition, many have wondered what could have led the progressive party leader to walk down the aisle with the dark (blue) side. Here are Clegg's possible reasons -- in rap!

Written and created by Mike Taylor and Yo Zushi, Big Face Art, for Newstatesman.com

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Space Oddity? Dr David Bowie is treating former astronaut Buzz Aldrin

Ground control to major coincidence.

The 86-year-old former astronaut and second man on the moon Buzz Aldrin has been evacuated from the South Pole to hospital in New Zealand. Your mole thought this was yet another piece of dismal 2016 news, before the silver lining popped up on Twitter. Aldrin’s manager Christina Korp sent a thrilling message about her client’s treatment:

Yes, the real-life “Starman” is going to be treated by a doctor who shares his name with the late pop icon who wrote “Space Oddity”, “Life on Mars?”, “Ziggy Stardust” and “Starman”, among many other odes to space.

In fact, Bowie’s “Space Oddity” hit about ground control losing contact with the fictional astronaut Major Tom was released in 1969, a few days before Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first humans to walk on the moon. This mole’s whiskers are quivering at the poignancy.

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