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Souterville on the hill…

8 May 2008 19:44

Special to Souter-born, Phoenix-residing reader MG, here’s a photograph of Selkirk, taken from the hill above my parents’ house:

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Westminster Moves in for the Kill

8 May 2008 14:53

At the weekend a friend observed that Gordon Brown isn’t the man my pal had thought he was. In unison two other friends chirped up: "but he’s exactly the man… Continue reading

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Et in Purgatorio ego?

8 May 2008 12:29

Thanks to Ross Douthat for alerting me to this trailer for the forthcoming movie of Brideshead Revisited: As Ross says, this may not bear much resemblance to the novel you… Continue reading

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Referenda Agenda

8 May 2008 11:50

Steve Richards in the Independent today: I wonder still if the referendum will ever be held in Scotland. Precedent suggests something or other will get in the way. What a… Continue reading

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McCain’s Coming Media Hurricane?

8 May 2008 0:22

At TAPPED Paul Waldman hails this Arizona Republic piece questioning MCain’s "maverick" credentials and then asks: One thing I’ve noticed lately is that there are a bunch of Chicago reporters… Continue reading

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Who Governs Scotland?

7 May 2008 23:06

Not to harp on about this too much, but this item from Benedict Brogan’s (excellent) blog deserves a response: About 10 years ago a friend and I were discussing Scotland… Continue reading

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Those Unemotional Italians…

7 May 2008 18:51

Milan beat Inter 2-1* and, well, just watch the rest of it yourself. Great stuff. Thank you to Tiziano Crudeli… Milan 2-1 Inter commentaire Italienby t_m Hat-tip: Andrew and Rizzo… Continue reading

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How did she manage to ignore “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”?

7 May 2008 18:44

Good lord. Thanks (er, I think) to Kevin Drum for pointing me to today’s Maureen Dowd column. It is, as they say, a doozy. Even though people at diners kept… Continue reading

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Gordon’s Folly Compounds Wendy’s

7 May 2008 18:25

Silly me for daring to presume anything competent could emerge from Downing Street these days. And, yes, it was reckless to suppose that the Prime Minister might acknowledge that the… Continue reading

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Taxing Questions

7 May 2008 13:06

From the Adam Smith Institute: Once again, Ireland seems to be the destination of choice for companies driven out of the UK by high taxes. Last week, reports Dominic White,… Continue reading

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Wendy’s Referendum Problem

7 May 2008 11:42

A reader has chided me for failing to publish more political comment lately. But what more – despite the acres of newsprint devoted to the matter – has there been… Continue reading

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Like MTV but with music you enjoy

6 May 2008 23:42

Speaking of country music, I’m going to guess that this is the sort of thing that’s not news to anyone but me. But did you know that you can create… Continue reading

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What price books?

6 May 2008 16:57

Megan hails Amazon’s e-reader, the Kindle* and makes a pretty persuasive case. But what happens when you lose or break your Kindle? Does that mean you’ve lost your library too?… Continue reading

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Why blog?

6 May 2008 16:25

A friend asked me that question this weekend. There are, of course, plenty of answers to that, but this screen shot showing the location of recent visitors to this blog… Continue reading

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Department of Britishness

6 May 2008 15:44

When I lived in Washington, I sometimes forgot that one of the things I missed about Britain was actually the weather. Sure, there’d be glorious spring and fall days in… Continue reading

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The Best Country Music?

6 May 2008 12:42

A reader asks polymathic Tyler Cowen for his country music recommendations and Tyler responds here, cautioning, mind you, that: I might add the whole list comes from someone who was… Continue reading

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Picture of the Day

6 May 2008 11:37

Back from Ireland and, whaddyaknow, it’s like summer has finally arrived here. By which I mean that temperatures have soared into the 70s. Regular blogging to resume soon. Meanwhile, here’s… Continue reading

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Presidential Polling!

2 May 2008 11:05

There’s been an encouraging start to polling in our quest to determine the most over-rated and under-rated Presidents in American history. Turn-out is healthy. Many thanks to those of you… Continue reading

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It’s a long way to Tipperary…

1 May 2008 16:33

But that’s where I’ll be this weekend, attending a wedding. First one of the season for me. Little blogging, then, except for a couple of post-dated items. See you next… Continue reading

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France and Collaboration

1 May 2008 11:45

As an addition to this post on wartime France, Clive Davis directs one to this Max Hastings op-ed from a couple of years ago that makes similar points: Hearing a… Continue reading

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Iraq and conservatism?

1 May 2008 2:20

At Tapped Mori Dinaeur says no-one should be surprised by John McCain’s lack of interest in policy detail. Well fine. The there’s this, however: After Iraq and Katrina, I don’t… Continue reading

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Brown’s Britain: In Chains (but not in a kinky sense of course)

1 May 2008 1:22

As best I can tell the newspapers have largely ignored the characteristically appalling Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill that’s currently making its way through parliament. This BBC article is the… Continue reading

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Coming of Age

1 May 2008 0:41

Godwin’s Law turns 18. [Hat-tip: Mr Eugenides]

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Major Carroll Advances

30 April 2008 22:59

Heartening news from Ireland: when the government banned smoking in pubs in 2004, 27% of Irish folk smoked. Now 29% consume these little tubes of delight*. True, there’s a long… Continue reading

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Booklist

30 April 2008 21:23

Via Norm comes this entertaining, if fairly pointless, parlour game: pick a novelist to represent each letter of the alphabet and a book of theirs you’ve read (and enjoyed!). My… Continue reading

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