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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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Booklist

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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What Bush Hath Wrought

29 April 2008 13:54

Via Marc Ambinder, this graph is not, shall we say, good news for the Republican party’s long-term prospects. Sure, some of these young voters will likely drift to the right… Continue reading

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Your Obesity Epidemic Explained

29 April 2008 12:27

This paragraph tells you most of what you need to know: The Scottish Government wants all primary schools to offer two hours of physical activity for all children each week… Continue reading

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The Starboard Enterprise

29 April 2008 1:18

Understatement of the Day: Learning a valuable lesson from his predecessors, Friedman is an incrementalist. "I want to talk about what to do this year, not how to colonize the… Continue reading

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When Colour Is Worth 10,000 Words

29 April 2008 0:50

Marty Peretz links to this Daily Mail account of an exhibition of photographs taken in wartime Paris which is, for obvious reasons, a matter of some debate in France. And… Continue reading

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War Minus the Shooting is Not Actually War

28 April 2008 15:21

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the pundit seeking heft to support his argument must eventually turn to George Orwell. This is, for sure, often a wise decision since… Continue reading

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The Evolution of a Politician

27 April 2008 22:51

Mike Crowley highlights Hillary Clinton’s changing style: April, 1993: "We need a new politics of meaning. We need a new ethos of individual responsibility   and caring. We need a… Continue reading

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Boris and Ken and George and Zippy. Plus Bungle of course.

26 April 2008 12:45

Saturday Entertainment: the London mayoral candidates’ Newsnight debate synched to, of all things, Rainbow. It all makes more sense now… Hat-tip: Iain Martin

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Department of Common-Sense

25 April 2008 18:31

Sometimes the news isn’t terrible: A doctor caught with 14 ecstasy tablets at a music festival has been allowed to keep his licence to practise. A General Medical Council panel… Continue reading

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Brutal

24 April 2008 13:53

Actually, in the circumstances Gordon Brown may have done about as well as he could have at Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday. But still, as this edited footage demonstrates, Brown was… Continue reading

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Argentina Shock: Good News!

24 April 2008 13:03

Argentina is one of my favourite countries, so it’s especially pleasing to note that, for once, there’s some happy news from that melancholy land. Cato’s Juan Carlos Hidalgo reports that… Continue reading

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Waffling in Pennsylvania and in Print

24 April 2008 0:41

On the other hand, PJ O’Rourke isn’t the only one to have lost it. Consider, for instance, Maureen Dowd’s latest column: Is he [Obama]skittish around her [Clinton] because he knows… Continue reading

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Republican Party Busboy

24 April 2008 0:10

Um, whatever happened to PJ O’Rourke? Once upon a time he was funny, even deliciously so. Of course it’s harder for a humourist to shine when his side is in… Continue reading

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Cry Heffer for England and St George…

23 April 2008 17:57

Happy St George’s day, English readers. To mark the occasion, the Telegraph offers us Simon Heffer, the would-be John Wilkes of our times, to declare the Union "as good as… Continue reading

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Public to Hillary and Barack: Put Us Out of Our Misery

23 April 2008 2:30

I’m actually watching the Washington Capitals-Philadelphia Flyers ice hockey game* (hurrah for NASN!) but this Marc Ambinder post on the Pennsylvania primary was enough to raise an eyebrow: High Turnout… Continue reading

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Corker, Shumble, Whelper and Pigge would be proud…

23 April 2008 1:13

Congratulations to Joe Bavier, a Reuters correspondent in the Congo. You could work years in this trade and never get to tap out an intro like this: KINSHASA (Reuters) –… Continue reading

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