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National Enquirer (More or Less) Vindicated

8 August 2008 20:32

John Edwards admits affair with campaign staffer  -  but denies fathering her child – in an interview with ABC News. I remember when this was rumoured last year everyone of… Continue reading

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Trouble in the Caucasus

8 August 2008 17:54

Far from Beijing, Russia and Georgia kick-off in South Ossetia. I suspect that this is going to prompt people to raise the whole "should Georgia join NATO" thing all over… Continue reading

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Notice for Edinburgh Readers

8 August 2008 11:17

And art lovers… You still have time to pop into the Flaubert Gallery in Stockbridge (opposite The Baillie, an excellent location for a post-purchasing pint) where you will find an… Continue reading

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The Eeyore Olympics

8 August 2008 9:43

Well, the Olympics have finally arrived. James Fallows has been my go-to China blogger for some time. I heartily recommend his blog to you and suggest it will be well… Continue reading

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The Temptations of the Leader Page

8 August 2008 0:45

In an editorial written, judging from its cadences, by Leon Wieseltier, welcoming the arrest of Radovan Karadzic, The New Republic argues that: Whatever one thinks of the war in Iraq,… Continue reading

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Simon Gray, RIP

7 August 2008 23:15

Sad news. Simon Gray, the playwright and memoirist, has died. Just last month I read the latest, and, I suppose, final installment of The Smoking Diaries, a wonderful, funny, poignant… Continue reading

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The Belgian Example

7 August 2008 21:13

Whither Belgium? Again. Ian Buruma frets that the break-up of Belgium would be A Bad Thing. As is generally the case with such articles, concrete arguments for this proposition are… Continue reading

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In Suburbia

7 August 2008 19:36

Megan McArdle writes: Because I've always lived in cities, I don't even understand the utility of the big yards I see in the suburbs.  I get the purpose of a… Continue reading

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Australian Summary

7 August 2008 17:58

Having come-off second-best in our West Indies game, I'm duty bound to suggest (gently) that I've had the better of Norm in the Australian leg of the series. In large… Continue reading

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Education Briefing

7 August 2008 16:05

The best political programme of the 1980s explains school choice – and the opposition to it. As always Yes, Minister and, subsequently, Yes, Prime Minister were on the money: Hat-tip:… Continue reading

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Playing Australia

7 August 2008 11:39

After the West Indian misfortune, in which my selection was, I'm afraid, bested by Norm's we move on to episode two of our series in which we select cricket teams,… Continue reading

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Paris Hilton’s Energy Policy

6 August 2008 0:15

Give her publicist a medal. Seriously. Did the entire campaign just jump the shark? See Paris Hilton Responds to McCain Ad and more funny videos on FunnyOrDie.com See more funny… Continue reading

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Cartooning the War

5 August 2008 23:41

Via Andrew, a fascinating collection of cartoon maps from the First World War. This one, by the Dutch artist Louis Raemaekers, is, for obvious reasons, my favourite:

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FBK Kaunas 2 Rangers 1

5 August 2008 20:12

There’s no need for the Scottish football league to kick-off on Saturday. Cancel it. The season can’t* get better or more more amusing than this. *OK, it can. It would… Continue reading

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Department of Markets

5 August 2008 19:26

The US Army is proposing to pay Arabic-speaking recruits bonuses of $150,000. James Joyner explains how this situation is largely one of the Army’s own-making, dating back more than a… Continue reading

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Apart from lasting 400 years and dominating the known world, the Roman Empire was obviously a failure, right?

5 August 2008 15:53

Apparently in 2002 the Pentagon commissioned a study (which I’ve not read yet) of imperial power entitled the “Military Advantage in History,” with a view to appreciating what the United… Continue reading

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Why is the race so close?

5 August 2008 13:22

It’s August and there are still acres of newsprint and hours of newstime to be filled. Something has to be published or aired. And in any case everyone agrees that… Continue reading

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The West Indian Draft

5 August 2008 12:27

Readers awaiting the announcement of my M XI of test cricketers should fret not. It will appear. And soon. In the meantime the estimable Norm has challenged me to a… Continue reading

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Media navel-gazing

4 August 2008 20:21

Panorama tonight: The Olympic Games are special. The biggest show on earth – with an estimated global television audience of four billion people. But hosting the Games brings extreme attention… Continue reading

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Lessons in Punditry

4 August 2008 19:27

Ross Douthat makes an excellent suggestion: I think it would be an excellent discipline for pundits deeply invested in the ideal of the “independent” politician to attempt, at least once… Continue reading

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KP replaces MV vs SA

4 August 2008 18:20

So, as expected, Kevin Pietersen will captain England against South Africa at the Oval. A dubious gamble in my view, given the potential for the captaincy to adversely impact impair… Continue reading

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The Broadcasting Archipelago

3 August 2008 23:39

Lord knows, there are times when the BBC is a frustrating service. And then there are times when one is thankful for the Beeb given the alternatives out there. Consider… Continue reading

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The Sad Glory of Mark Ramprakash

2 August 2008 17:27

The test match at Edgbaston is bubbling up nicely. If they can snaffle Graham Smith’s wicket England will be favoured to mop up the South African tail and claim a… Continue reading

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When You’ve Lost Polly Toynbee…

2 August 2008 12:16

I read Polly Toynbee today and assumed it had to have been written by some pluck-faced intern charged with writing nonsense in the style of La Toynbee while she gets… Continue reading

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Attention Edinburgh Readers!

2 August 2008 11:53

And art lovers… If you find yourself in the Scottish capital this week you might consider popping in to the Flaubert Gallery in Stockbridge where you will find an exhibition… Continue reading

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