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Fiskal Policy celebrates 100 episodes with a rundown of the top ten – so far

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In number terms Fiskal Policy is bigger than the Queen.

And, like her family, people have often asked how long it would survive, especially during the weeks of January 2021 where episodes were not of the highest quality, with Jerry Springer and mittens being particular lowlights.

But it has survived and that’s down to all of you reading this in 130 countries across the world. Thank you very much to all of you.

So, now this blog has reached its 100th episode, here are the top 10 most read – for any of you who have missed one.

10. Murder in the car park

Matthew Batte stars as Daniel Morgan
Matthew Batte stars as Daniel Morgan in Murder in The Car Park on Channel 4

Back in June 2020 Fiskal Policy took a look at the Channel 4 docu-drama Murder in the Car Park, about the death of private investigator Daniel Morgan. I also interviewed his brother Alastair about his fight for justice.

9. New York, New York: Do you want to be a part of it?

Alice in Wonderland statues in Central Park are made of brass or at least I think that is right
The Alice in Wonderland statues in Central Park are a popular tourist attraction

New York City can be a great place but it doesn’t have a Wawa. In February this year I outlined some of the highlights and told of my journey to New Jersey to get a sandwich.

8. Great British Bake Off is back

The Great British Bake Off is back
Matt Lucas, Prue Leith, Paul Hollywood and Noel Fielding having a whale of a time – It’s worth saying all Bake Off imagery was taken following production guidelines so you don’t write in and say ‘But what about social distancing’ – (Picture by Mark Bourdillon and courtesy of Channel 4)

I’ve never been a particular fan of the baking show because all they seem to do is bake. But in September 2020 I tried to understand what the fuss was all about and was left feeling underwhelmed.

7. Stop Laurence Fox at the ballot box – and maybe even vote for Count Binface

Count Binface landscape image from @CountBinface
Count Binface hopes it will be V for Victory on election night as he bids to become the next mayor of London (Image is from @CountBinface Twitter account)

This piece about last year’s London mayoral election is probably the closest Fiskal Policy has got to the kind of story I used to write in one of my old jobs. While Sadiq Khan triumphed in the race to be the capital’s leader, the real battle was between Count Binface and Laurence Fox.

6. South Facing Festival: Supergrass and The Streets a review(ish)

The Streets by Robert Fisk
The moon rising over the temporary stage in front of the ‘Rusty Laptop’ stage made a nice sight when The Streets were on the stage

Last summer all the people, so many people, enjoyed the Crystal Palace parklife at South Facing Festival, which included sets from Supergrass and The Streets. I’m very grateful to festivalgoers for sending me pictures to use with the piece.

5. Motherland: Fort Salem is the show you need to watch right now

Burning face
This season I’m now completely aware of why some witches can burn their faces (Picture is a screenshot from the Motherland: Fort Salem YouTube page) Burning face – taken from YouTube clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4sZ2ImdA2o )

The headline says it all. Motherland: Fort Salem is an incredible show and you need to watch it.

4. How Community changed my world

Gillian Jacobs and Alison Brie at Comic Con
What are Gillian Jacobs and Alison Brie pointing at? Answers on a postcard . . . ( Picture of Gillian Jacobs by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 )

This is the episode that started it all, and the show that got me through the first lockdown. As above, it is an incredible show and you need to watch it.

3. Lessons learned about life after living in Islington for six weeks

Fibreglass sharks on the Regent's Canal
I wasn’t lying about the fibreglass sharks

This time last year I was living in Islington, north London, while part of my flat was being repaired. Being in that part of London meant I could walk to a lot of nice places, have some meals outside, enjoy myself by the canal, look at fibreglass sharks, and learn a lot about life.

2. Beyond the stereotypes: Looking back at a year living in Croydon

Wear a mask
Everyone take note – a mask should always cover your nose (although this one is being worn upside down)

Second in the Fiskal Policy top 10 is this piece which got a lot of love from people in Croydon because it shatters a lot of the usual stereotypes.

But beating them all off and taking the top spot is an episode which was really fun to put together while wondering how the f____ the event could have been allowed to happen.

1. Rainbow Dildo Butt Monkey: A modern day fairytale

Butt Monkey - Dr Jane Harris tweet
And here’s the butt of the Butt Monkey (Picture from Dr Jane Harris’s Twitter)

With readers all over the world devouring the story about a man dressed in a rainbow monkey costume with his butt exposed and a large dildo hanging between his legs, it is no surprise that this library-based tale scooped the top spot in the ‘Fiskal Policy pop charts’.

Stay safe for another week!