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7 July 2008 12:26

Apparently Facebook has a new “blog network” facility. To what end, I know not. That’s not the point, surely? Anyway it’s obvious that good things must come of this somehow,… Continue reading

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Your American Right

6 July 2008 12:55

Words fail me: re: Civics  [Kathryn Jean Lopez] A totally crazy Saturday-morning thought: Wouldn’t George W. Bush make an awesome high-school government teacher? Wouldn’t it be something if his post-presidential… Continue reading

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M is for PBH May

5 July 2008 0:30

It’s that time again folks so here is the M XI, to follow those led by Armstrong, Benaud, Constantine, Dexter,  Edrich,  Fry, Gower,  Hutton,  Imran , Jardine, Kapil. and Lloyd… Continue reading

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Bob Geldof: My Sort of Wanker!

4 July 2008 23:36

Heaven knows, Bob Geldof is a bore these days. But one of the splendid, indeed agreeable, elements of David Davis’s civil liberties campaign is that it forces one to question… Continue reading

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Could you become an American?

4 July 2008 22:45

Via Clive, here are some of the “more difficult” questions from the new US naturalisation test given to all would-be Yanks. Foolishly, I forgot the first words of the US… Continue reading

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Jesse Helms is Dead

4 July 2008 18:19

Colour me unmoved. I notice that, so far at any rate, all the contributors at The Corner are too busy hailing the former Senator’s service and lauding his fervent anti-communism… Continue reading

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Happy Birthday America!

4 July 2008 13:35

To all my American friends, and readers, have a wonderful 4th! Here’s a classic American movie trailer, matched to Gene Pitney’s song of the same name: The Man Who Shot… Continue reading

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More poppycock from Gordon

3 July 2008 20:29

Justin at Chicken Yoghurt is bang on: It’s difficult to think of another public-facing job where this kind of evasiveness and inarticulacy would be tolerated…. Picture Gordon Brown getting a… Continue reading

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Department of Second Thoughts

3 July 2008 13:48

Like Norm, I liked this and suspect many bloggers (self included) might be wise to bear in mind the wisdom demonstrated by: the late, great Colonel Alfred Wintle, an eccentric… Continue reading

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The centre has, it seems, fallen. Again.

3 July 2008 13:11

Henry Farrell has a new paper on blogs, blog readers and political polarisation (Pdf here). Finding: First – blog readers seem to exhibit strong homophily. That is to say, they… Continue reading

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Better (and braver) Administrators Please

2 July 2008 17:11

One of the sadder constants in international sport is that any major decision made by the International Cricket Council will, more probably than not, damage the long-term best interests of… Continue reading

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Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t…

1 July 2008 15:13

Kathryn Jean Lopez at National Review Online: The front page of the Washington Post (yes, I sometimes read paper newspapers) has the headline “Obama Fiercely Defends His Patriotism.” Isn’t there… Continue reading

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Statistics in a cloud of smoke

1 July 2008 14:19

If Philip Morris commissioned research which found that the smoking ban in England & Wales, a year old today, had been a dismal failure many, perhaps even most, people would… Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Canada!

1 July 2008 12:55

To all my Canadian pals – and especially those far from their native heath – here’s some video for you to enjoy.

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Whither Bond?

1 July 2008 12:10

Via Chris Orr and Ross Douthat, I see there’s a trailer for the new Bond flick Quantam of Solace. First impressions? Could be good! Anyway, it has to be better… Continue reading

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McCain’s War Record

1 July 2008 0:12

So, General Wesley Clark mouths off about John McCain on TV today, thusly: CLARK: He has been a voice on the Senate Armed Services Committee. And he has traveled all… Continue reading

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Department of Wildlife

30 June 2008 16:45

SM, a friend from college days, draws my attention to this gem: Australia’s top treasury official is taking five weeks leave to look after endangered wombats. Ken Henry, treasury secretary… Continue reading

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The stars were bright, Fernando…

30 June 2008 15:23

Memo to the Associated Press and the New York Times: describing Fernando Torres as a “slumping striker” and claiming that he had “been invisible in this tournament” makes you look… Continue reading

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England, Their F***ing England

30 June 2008 11:16

Amazing. Pupils are being rewarded for writing obscenities in their GCSE English examinations even when it has nothing to do with the question. One pupil who wrote “f*** off” was… Continue reading

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Footballing Question of the Day

30 June 2008 0:01

James Hamilton from the superb (if infuriatingly-often-on-hiatus) football blog More than Mind Games has a question that merits pondering: If you had to name one player who, in your opinion,… Continue reading

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L is for Lloyd

29 June 2008 19:15

It’s Clive Lloyd’s turn to lead a side in this series. So here is the L XI, to follow those led by Armstrong, Benaud, Constantine, Dexter,  Edrich,  Fry, Gower,  Hutton, … Continue reading

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The Dreary Downfall of Wendy Alexander

28 June 2008 12:10

Briefly*: So, Wendy Alexander is resigning as leader of the Scottish Labour party. In the brave new Scotland even our political scandals are pygmy-sized and fourth-rate. In normal circumstances scandal… Continue reading

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As go newspapers, so goes the Top 40

27 June 2008 20:44

Responding to a reader’s suggestion that pop music became terrible once folk could just download (legally or not) any music they desired, Megan McArdle sensibly disputes the premise, writing: I’m… Continue reading

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When the Oval Office meets “The Office”…

27 June 2008 16:58

David Frum has an interesting piece in this month’s Prospect on the lessons Barack Obama (or, I suppose, John McCain, will learn from the structural short-comings of George W Bush’s… Continue reading

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Debating Issues

27 June 2008 15:01

Julian “heterodox and hard to label” Sanchez (David Brooks, today) asks a terrifying question. Looking back to undergraduate debating days, he wonders: How many of us are unwittingly broadcasting our… Continue reading

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