California is another country, they do things differently there

28 August 2008 17:39

MattF's comment on the previous post merits a post of its own: My favorite (true!) New England-to-California story: A New England native moved to California and decided to start a… Continue reading


If we’d all have been living in California, We wouldn’t have worked at all…

28 August 2008 12:17

Some things never change. Classicist Mary Beard swaps cold and windswept Cambridge for sun-kissed Berkeley and is immediately overwhelmed by American abundance: Amazingly I have no borrowing limit. Accustomed as… Continue reading


The Deil’s Awa Wi’ the Exciseman (and several others)

27 August 2008 23:26

Can this really be true? And if so, is it hilarious or horrifying? Or, perhaps, both… David Gest and, of all people, Michael Jackson are recording an album of Robert… Continue reading


Why-oh-why-oh why does Obama hate the Irish?

27 August 2008 22:17

In the name of the wee man, has it come to this? Apparently it has. Barack Obama has not "committed" himself to appointing a US "Special Envoy" to Northern Ireland.… Continue reading


Farewell, Mushtaq Ahmed

27 August 2008 15:41

Alas, Mushtaq Ahmed is retiring. Injuries and the grind of the county circuit have taken their toll on the amiable Pakistani spinner, leaving him just 93 wickets short of the… Continue reading


Culture can be turned up to 11…

27 August 2008 13:47

I've a wee piece at the new webzine Culture11, which launches today, looking at sports that might profitably be brought back into the Olympic fold in times for London 2012.… Continue reading


The Don’s Final Century

27 August 2008 13:19

On to more important matters than the Democratic convention. Today marks the centenary the birth of Sir Donald Bradman, perhaps the greatest sportsman who ever lived and a man whose… Continue reading


What Hillary couldn’t quite bring herself to say…

27 August 2008 12:42

Hillary Clinton is, on the whole, enjoying rave reviews for her speech at the Democratic convention last night. Well, it wasn't terrible, I suppose. But she wasn't exactly fulsome in… Continue reading


“Ping pong is coming home”

26 August 2008 19:11

Whatever one thinks of Boris Johnson, the new Mayor of London, I think one can say that his speech in Beijing accepting the Olympic flag as it is passed from… Continue reading


Annals of Modern Life

26 August 2008 18:23

It had to happen: peanut butter now comes with a warning that, yup, it contains actual peanuts. On the other hand, perhaps this isn't as absurd as it may seem.… Continue reading

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From Gin Lane to Faliraki

26 August 2008 17:23

Ah, Sarah Lyall. Bless her. The New York Times' London correspondent has an entertainingly gruesome piece on the lagered-up misbehaviour of Brits on tour. No-one who has spent any time… Continue reading


Did you know McCain was once a POW?

26 August 2008 16:01

Is John McCain pretending to be a) Rudy Giuliani or b) John Kerry? Either way, this irrelevant invocation of his POW status threatens, if it continues to be used in… Continue reading


Sarko and Carla vs Barack and Michelle

26 August 2008 14:01

Art Goldhammer looks at the Democratic convention in Denver and lets loose his imagination… I got to thinking about what would have happened had a comparable scene been staged in… Continue reading


Olympic Dreams of Nonsense

25 August 2008 14:12

Victor Davis Hanson: If the Olympics were a referendum on comparative ideologies, then I suggest radical Islam is about through. Only a pedant, of course, would point out that the… Continue reading


Hold Your Hour and Have Another*

23 August 2008 23:24

James Poulos is absolutely correct: the Vice-Presidency is a job best filled by the best second-rate politician available. Remember, second-rate does not mean bad. I sort of had half a… Continue reading


Memo to Dave Stewart

23 August 2008 1:53

Shut up! You think this sort of stuff actually helps Barack Obama? You be mad then. Pure Hollywood comedy… [[Hat-tip: Andrew Sullivan]


Department of Roots

23 August 2008 1:40

I meant to blog about this earlier, but Toby Harnden's Telegraph magazine piece on Obama in Hawaii is well worth reading. There is, for example, this: In late January, on… Continue reading


Way Down in the Hole

22 August 2008 23:53

As a wise man* told me, "art imitates life which then imitates art": The Baltimore Sun reports: Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, known for her role on HBO's "The Wire," was released… Continue reading


This Post Will Self-Destruct

22 August 2008 15:23

Sometime today or sometime tomorrow Barack Obama will put a grateful planet out of its misery and let us know the identity of his running-mate. After Bayh and Kaine surges,… Continue reading

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Advice to young journalists

22 August 2008 15:05

Julian Sanchez explains why you should never read your old copy. Unless you do actually crave either a) embarrassment or b) mortification.


The One-Term Pledge?

22 August 2008 14:58

Peggy Noonan thinks McCain should pledge to serve just a single term: I still think a one-term pledge could win it for him, because it would allow America to punt.… Continue reading


Scotland, Britain and Beijing

22 August 2008 13:31

My old cobber, Iain Martin, wrote an interesting column for the Telegraph yesterday arguing that the success of the British Olympic team in Beijing demonstrates that there's life in the… Continue reading


McCain’s in the house, but which one?

21 August 2008 14:14

I suppose that, technically, it has nothing to do with whether a candidate for the Presidency is worthy of the office, but, really, don't you think John McCain should at… Continue reading


Tip for the Day

21 August 2008 13:42

Courtesy of a friend's Facebook status update: XXX XXXXX advises you not to chop chillies before inserting contact lenses Good advice!

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No escape for Brown

21 August 2008 13:40

Hamid Karzai, wag: Gordon Brown had to suffer the indignity of a joke about his leadership from Afghan president Hamid Karzai during a press conference in Kabul. Mr Karzai, who… Continue reading