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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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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


Happy Birthday Willie!

30 April 2008 21:10

I’m indebted to Rod Dreher for the reminder that Willie Nelson celebrates his 75th birthday today. And there was me thinking he’d been around for longer than that. Here he… Continue reading

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Department of Rendundancy

30 April 2008 20:44

From the BBC: Josef Fritzl, the Austrian man who is accused of keeping his daughter captive in a cellar for 24 years, refuses to answer further questions, police say. They… Continue reading


The I XI

30 April 2008 20:35

So, this series has so far featured teams skippered by:  Armstrong, Benaud, Constantine, Dexter,  Edrich,  Fry, Gower and Hutton. Now it’s Imran’s turn to stroll onto the field. 1. Frank… Continue reading

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New Blog!

30 April 2008 16:31

My super-talented wee sister is the latest to succumb to the blogging temptation. Hence the founding of Palette Knife, a daily does of painting, photography and Manchester United. Highly recommended,… Continue reading


Malcolm Marshall Remembered

30 April 2008 14:15

Since I’m too young to have seen Dennis Lillee in his absolute prime, Malcolm Marshall is the greatest fast bowler I’ve watched in my lifetime. He would have been 50… Continue reading


Not Microsoft’s Finest Hour

30 April 2008 12:31

Do you use Microsoft Word? If so you’ll probably remember the hideous "Clippy" who’d pop up to offer entirely unwanted, un-needed, chatty advice every time you tried to write anything… Continue reading


The Future is Specialised

29 April 2008 19:08

Matt Yglesias is absolutely right: The newspaper, as an institution, is an odd one — an enormous bundle of disparate kinds of content whose rationale for existing has to do… Continue reading


Rating the Presidents

29 April 2008 14:15

Shamelessly plundering the idea from Norm, it’s time for an exciting new development here at Debatable Land HQ: Polling! Yes, indeed… And given that this is a Presidential election year… Continue reading