A Sadly Predictable Picture…

20 August 2008 15:40

There's the theory – and history -  of cricket in Scotland. Then there's the reality…  Scotland vs England, The Grange, Monday August 18th, 2008. Match abandoned.


Latin America’s Under-Performance

20 August 2008 15:12

Tyler Cowen is generously soliciting questions: here's mine, asked knowing that Tyler is keen on South America and capable of answering almost anything… Why do Latin American countries perform so… Continue reading


It is never difficult to distinguish between a batsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine…

18 August 2008 7:00

Scottish cricket is a tough school. Not so much because of the standard, but on account of the conditions cricketers must endure north of the border. The climate is not,… Continue reading

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The Lessons of the Past

18 August 2008 5:15

Bill Keller's piece on "Springtime for Autocrats" in the New York Times has received plenty of attention (See Yglesias's sane response for instance) but for Russian and Caucasus commentary I'd… Continue reading


Ronnie Drew, RIP

17 August 2008 21:55

The Foggy Dew should be busy tonight. Mind you, so should all the other pubs in Dublin. There'll be more cause than usual for singing now that one hears the… Continue reading


Tonight’s TV…

17 August 2008 19:08

It's a Sunday night in August. Hardly the most auspicious time of year for television programming. Still, that also makes it a reasonable moment to see how Channel 4 is… Continue reading


Obama’s Jobs Rhetoric

16 August 2008 13:31

Since we're on the subject of Barack Obama's economic nationalism, here's a radio ad airing in Wisconsin in which he suggests John McCain has a treasonous desire to ship American… Continue reading


Barack Obama, Nabob of Nationalist Negativity

15 August 2008 19:55

Expect more of this. The ad hits McCain on jobs, lobbying and Washington insiderishness and has a nativist whack at dodgy foreigners too. In other words, it's probably pretty effective…

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Arise, Sir Nils!

15 August 2008 17:29

Really, can Friday stories get much better than this? A penguin who was previously made a Colonel-in-Chief of the Norwegian Army has been knighted at Edinburgh Zoo. Penguin Nils Olav… Continue reading

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England Our England

15 August 2008 12:25

So, after a nip and tuck South African affair, Norm and I finish the week by selecting our teams to represent a post-1945 England. As always, players need only have… Continue reading


Department of Food

13 August 2008 1:33

An excellent recipe for "breakfast pizza" courtesy of the New York Times. It is, however, I would suggest, incomplete. That is to say, the pizza would be immeasurably improved by… Continue reading

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The Streets of Baltimore

12 August 2008 23:57

If you like The Wire you should definitely read this piece in the Washington Monthly. And if you don't like The Wire that must be because you haven't seen it… Continue reading


Quote for the Day

12 August 2008 23:40

Yes, I mentioned this post earlier. But… But the very most obvious thing about today's XXXX is how internally varied and contradictory it is, how many opposite things various of… Continue reading

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The Kosovan Connection

12 August 2008 20:23

There's not much point in arguing with Andy McCarthy, but National Review's resident pop-eyed frother-and-splutterer-in-chief has this to say today: the recognition of Kosovo was a huge blunder, forced by those… Continue reading


Fallows vs Brooks

12 August 2008 15:28

And it's no contest: James Fallows dismantles David Brooks' column on China. His advice: Take a little time and look around, David. The parts that don't fit what you theorized… Continue reading

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Capello’s Common Sense

12 August 2008 13:35

More evidence emerges that England selected the right man when they asked Fabio Capello to rescue their football team. From the Times today: On another issue – Wayne Rooney's smoking… Continue reading

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The Battle for South Africa

12 August 2008 12:35

Episode three of the Geras vs Massie cricketing showdown is underway. It's Norm's turn to pick first and, as I feared he might, he's exploiting his greater knowledge of South… Continue reading

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Prime Hutton

11 August 2008 14:29

Lovely story told by Simon Hoggart in his Guardian column at the weekend: The death of Simon Gray lets me reprise a favourite story. He was a close friend of… Continue reading


Did you know Putin is really (another) Hitler?

11 August 2008 14:03

How about this for an opening sentence? The details of who did what to precipitate Russia's war against Georgia are not very important. Who, you ask, is this clown? None… Continue reading


More Trouble in the Caucasus

10 August 2008 23:53

Clumsy. Stupid. Counter-productive. Russian policy in Georgia has moved into a new phase. As I suggested yesterday, the Russians now seem determined to answer a Georgian miscalculation with one of… Continue reading


Bush in Beijing

10 August 2008 16:44

Unsurprisingly folk are having fun with the photographs taken when George W Bush called upon the US women's beach volleyball team in Beijing. My complaint is rather different however. Consider… Continue reading


Department of (Terrible) Framing

10 August 2008 1:52

Film critic and cultural historian Neil Gabler has an interesting column on the Presidential race in today's Los Angeles Times. He concludes: It is axiomatic that the more powerful the… Continue reading


Trouble in the Caucasus, Day 2

9 August 2008 19:14

Edward Lucas concludes his op-ed in The Times on the Ossetian dilemma with this: The fighting should be a deafening wake-up call to the West. Our fatal mistake was made… Continue reading


Opening Proceedings

9 August 2008 15:55

James Hamilton is quite right to suggest that there's no way London can compete with Beijing's spectacular and often beautiful (if also, as he says, "frenziedly gauche") opening ceremony. And… Continue reading


Hague’s Wisdom

9 August 2008 12:07

William Hague warns David Miliband not to challenge Gordon Brown and offers this priceless spot of advice: "People want normal politicians and David Miliband is more geeky, more like me…… Continue reading