Tuesday Linkage

15 April 2008 17:28

Mr Eugenides has a delightful item about everyone’s favourite "Viewspaper", The Independent Matt Zeitlin points out a couple of elementary truths to the Weekly Standard It’s April 15th, so it’s… Continue reading


Department of Awkward Votes

15 April 2008 17:04

I hadn’t realised until Sallie James at Cato pointed me in the right direction that neither John McCain, nor Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton voted on the (awful) 2007 Farm… Continue reading


What Goes Up Should Come Down

15 April 2008 10:01

A splendid piece on elevators – yes, lifts – in this week’s New Yorker. Two things make tall buildings possible: the steel frame and the safety elevator. The elevator, underrated… Continue reading

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The End Is Not In Fact Nigh

15 April 2008 7:44

Gordon Brown flies to Washington today (where, inter alia, he will have meetings with McCain, Clinton and Obama) so, naturally, this is the cue for fresh fretting over US-UK relations.… Continue reading


Strolling the Streets of Baltimore

15 April 2008 6:47

Attention Wire fans: if you haven’t done so already you should really make sure you read Peter Mosko’s new book, Cop in the Hood. Moskos, a Princeton and Harvard sociologist… Continue reading


By Liverpool Street Station, I Stood Up And Sang

14 April 2008 18:18

You might not be permitted to dance at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, but London’s Liverpool Street Station is definitely flashmob-friendly. The world’s first-ever RickMob gathered there on Saturday… Groovy,… Continue reading


Department of Radio

14 April 2008 14:25

You don’t have to be an Anglican or even especially religious to think that this Oxford Evensong set to jazz is very cool. Beautiful. (You can listen to it again… Continue reading


The Importance of Being Stubborn

14 April 2008 14:01

Charles Crawford, formerly Our Man in Warsaw, Sarajevo and Belgrade, thinks we should have told the Saudis to hop off and let the BAE corruption trial proceed. Not because anti-corruption… Continue reading


Wanted: A Revolution

14 April 2008 13:24

Astonishingly, this story seems to be true: THE railway station bar, once a classic venue for romantic encounters, has fallen victim to the health and safety police. When Michael Leventhal,… Continue reading


Learning from Iran

14 April 2008 13:00

I’m talking about kidneys of course. Over to Alex Tabarrok: Only one country in the world has eliminated the shortage of transplant kidneys.  Only one country in the world has… Continue reading

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Self-indulgence Alert

13 April 2008 15:31

This blog is, I just realised, one year old today. Jings, who’d have thunk it? Anyway, thanks to all those who linked and, of course, to all who have visited… Continue reading


Sabbath Linking

13 April 2008 15:16

Did you know that you can be arrested for dancing at the Jefferson Memorial? Julian Sanchez explains. Megan also leaps into the fray. Almost no-one writes sensibly about house prices.… Continue reading

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It’s For Your Own Good

12 April 2008 5:29

Got some free time this weekend? Why not enter Fark’s Design a Flag for the Nanny State competition. A couple of entries I liked… [Hat-tip: KMW]


Who says the culture wars are over?

11 April 2008 23:53

This is probably the dumbest thing Barack Obama has said all year. "You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest,… Continue reading

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Guinness is Good For You; Government Is Not

11 April 2008 15:36

In the past nine months four pubs in Selkirk, my home town, have closed. It would be simplistic to presume that the liberty-quashing smoking ban was the sole cause of… Continue reading


Guatemala’s Secret War on Israel

11 April 2008 14:09

Wackiest anti-immigration argument yet (US edition): Hamas wins when Hispanics are allowed into the United States. At least I think that’s what Mark Krikorian is claiming: David Hazony at Contentions… Continue reading


Mark Penn is the new Bob Shrum?

11 April 2008 13:47

This doesn’t seem like a good idea. It’s true that a Downing Street spokesflunky dismissed the suggestion that Mark Penn might hop across the Atlantic to work for Gordon Brown… Continue reading


The Filleting of Chris Matthews

11 April 2008 13:35

There’s a gauche quality to Chris Matthews, the long-time MSNBC gab-fest host, that could almost be endearing if it weren’t for the unfortunate – and transparently obvious – truth that… Continue reading


Hillary Surrenders on Ulster

11 April 2008 0:16

Damnit. I’d enjoyed working up a good lather of indignation and righteous fury over Hillary Clinton’s claim, repeated ad nauseam, to have played an "instrumental" role in the Northern Irish… Continue reading


Stuff Readers Like

10 April 2008 17:13

Further to this post on the media and What Readers Want, it’s always useful to have a gander at the New York Times’s most emailed stories. For sure, this is… Continue reading

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Italy Update

10 April 2008 13:31

I’ve missed Silvio Berlusconi and suspect you have too. Sure, I wouldn’t want him running my country but it seems important that he be able to remain on the international… Continue reading

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Things That Are Not True

10 April 2008 13:17

From our old friends at National Review: Or, as Bill Bennett puts it: Colombia is the Israel of Latin America. Your nominations please for other unlikely Israels in unlikely corners… Continue reading


Read All About It: Readers Resist Porridge

10 April 2008 0:16

Glenn Greenwald, elitist scourge of the modern media’s cosy elitism, has been on a tear lately. He complains that the media focuses too much on trivial froth and not enough… Continue reading


How can all be lost? Wisden has arrived.

9 April 2008 2:03

One of the great annual treats is upon us: yes, the 2008 edition of Wisden arrived this morning. As always, the obituaries provide some of the best reading. To wit,… Continue reading

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Has Blair Kinda/Sorta Endorsed John McCain?

9 April 2008 1:01

Danny Finkelstein thinks so. Noting that Blair had said that modern politics is more a matter of Open vs Closed than Left vs Right: And then I asked which politicians… Continue reading

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