A Facebook Agony Uncle Emerges…

25 September 2007 17:06

What’s the appropriate way to deal with a "Will you be my Facebook Friend?" request from someone you don’t know? How many damn friends should you have anyway? The estimable… Continue reading


Fred Thompson’s message to the world: your dead don’t count

25 September 2007 5:06

Many years ago now, I had occasion to change trains at Pisa en route to Perugia and it was there, I think, that I first became aware of the Ugly… Continue reading


Gore’s Imperative…

24 September 2007 21:57

Christopher Hitchens cranks up the Will Al Gore Run? motor for another outing: On Oct. 12, we shall hear again from Oslo, and I will be very surprised indeed if… Continue reading

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Save our hyphens!

24 September 2007 20:31

The OED is giving in to the Americans and the internet, abandoning the hyphen. Some 16,000 words in the new edition of the shorter OED have lost their hyphens. Examples… Continue reading

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Department of Problem Solving

24 September 2007 20:10

Ahmadinejad at Columbia: A) Question: why do you execute homosexuals? B) Ahmadinejad answers that, well, the US has capitol punishment too… C) The President then boasts of the efficiency of… Continue reading


Ahmadinejad and Irving

24 September 2007 19:45

Reasons why jailing David Irving for "Holocaust Denial" was a bad idea, cont.: It allows Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to say that clearly there must be something to this point of view… Continue reading


Nude Polish Women Party

24 September 2007 18:41

Let’s hear it for the Polish Women’s Party: "We are beautiful, nude, proud. We are true and sincere, body and soul. This is not pornography, there is nothing to see… Continue reading

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Way of the World: Off yer bike edition…

24 September 2007 17:16

Yes, it’s from the doom-peddlers at The Daily Mail, but still… A police force has banned hundreds of its officers from riding bicycles for safety reasons. Greater Manchester Police has… Continue reading


Columbia’s Persian problem

24 September 2007 16:57

I would not have invited Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak at Columbia University today, but now that the invitation has been made it should go ahead. In general, however, I agree… Continue reading


A September Surprise?

22 September 2007 2:26

A snap election in Britain? Iain Dale sees the latest good poll for Gordon Brown and reports that the Tories think it might happen: I understand that CCHQ [Conservative Central… Continue reading


You’re so vain, I bet you think this world is about you…

20 September 2007 21:57

I’ll have more to say on Rudy Giuliani’s trip to London in due course, but first this: Rudy Giuliani was on the trans-Atlantic campaign trail Wednesday, schmoozing with conservative idol… Continue reading


VORP over arabists? Not so much. Or, more proof that games played and RBIs are junk stats.

20 September 2007 20:39

Words just about fail me. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on the latest Great Moment in Public Diplomacy: "Sports is a universal language… Everybody knows that if you can play… Continue reading

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Journalism 101

20 September 2007 18:25

Paul Krugman complains that the scale of Democratic triumphs is deliberately under-played by the American media. Conspiracy! In fact, it’s quite strange how the magnitude of the Democratic victory has… Continue reading


The Crawford Massive

19 September 2007 22:17

George W Bush invited some friendlies to the White House this afternoon for a friendly little chat.  K-Lo was there to gush: Asked what traits people should look for in… Continue reading

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Dishonesty and ignorance at any cost

19 September 2007 22:05

Daniel Larison as already done yeoman work dismantling elements of David Gelernter’s appalling piece in The Weekly Standard. But more needs to be done and, that being the case, let’s… Continue reading


Europe not doomed after all shocker!

19 September 2007 21:02

By which I mean to say that – surprise! – there’s evidence that the apocalyptic scenario beloved on the nutty right that Europe will be living – if such an… Continue reading


Are you smarter than a Harvard student? Probably…

19 September 2007 18:34

God knows how reliable this sort of sillyness really is (not very, probably) but: Students at many of the country’s most prestigious colleges and universities are graduating with less knowledge… Continue reading


The Grand Trunk Road to end all trunk roads

19 September 2007 17:35

From the Department of Why Didn’t I Think of That*: London to Sydney? Sure. London to Sydney by bus? Sign me up (cash and 12 weeks free time permitting, admittedly).… Continue reading


Bounders in clubland

19 September 2007 15:59

I have been remiss, gentle reader, in failing to post another corker from The Daily Telegraph’s obituary pages. Lord Michael Pratt, who has died aged 61, will be remembered as… Continue reading


George W Bush as HRH Prince Philip?

19 September 2007 15:51

Once upon a time this sort of stuff could be considered admirably human. Even mildly endearing. It’s a measure of how Mr Bush’s stock has fallen that these days it… Continue reading


Deparment of naivete

18 September 2007 20:32

The anti-land mines brigade are claiming victory (of a sort). The NYT’s The Lede is too charitable by far: No one gets into arms control for the glamor and the… Continue reading


Of course, Gordon has always admired Maggie…

14 September 2007 16:43

Neil Harvey-Smith, gingerly returning to blogging after time in the Canadian wilderness, observes the latest example of Gordon Brown’s cynicism. Today’s message: he admires Margaret Thatcher very much. Yesterday’s message:… Continue reading


Gordo the Merciless

14 September 2007 9:50

Gordon’s just a regular bloke, don’t you know. Not like poor old Phoney Tony. That, at least, would seem to be the message of Saatchi & Saatchi’s first advert for… Continue reading


President Micawber speaks!

14 September 2007 9:34

George W Bush’s speech on Iraq and Petraeus and all the rest of it yesterday had a pretty simple message. Hold tight. Stay patient. Endure. Something extraordinary will turn up.… Continue reading


Iraq’s magic schools

14 September 2007 2:43

President George W Bush has just finished his post-Petraeus address to the nation. Yet again he reported that progress was being made in Iraq – far from the headlines of… Continue reading