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19 December 2008 19:42

As mentioned in this post on the best newspaper corrections of the year, the Guardian acknowledged that Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote One Hundred Years of Solitude not, as the paper… Continue reading


Tartan Blogging

19 December 2008 19:31

A reader notices an absence of blogging on the subject and asks: "What's happening in Scotland?" Answer: Bugger all.

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Rick Warren Goes to Washington

19 December 2008 19:11

Well, you wouldn't expect Christopher Hitchens to be impressed by Barack Obamas decision to ask Rick Warren to give the invocation at the new President's inauguration, would you? Sure enough,… Continue reading


The Cruiser Goes Down

19 December 2008 17:21

Conor Cruise O'Brien's death, at 91, comes as a jolt. By the end, the Cruiser was something of a reactionary (his hostility to nationalism had led him to embrace Bob… Continue reading


Cricket Fans Reluctant to Embrace “Modern” Game; Insist Old Ways Best.

19 December 2008 16:27

As a member of the English cricket team's supporters club (vital for snaring Ashes tickets next summer) I was pleased to receive this email from the ECB today: ‘Tests are… Continue reading


The Kennedy Gall

19 December 2008 15:55

Andrew suggests that Caroline Kennedy is, in most important respects, less qualified to be Senator from New York than Sarah Palin was to be Vice-President of the United States. There's… Continue reading


The Media Campaign

18 December 2008 22:52

Ouch! The paradox of this scene was that the Obama campaign’s communications strategy was predicated in part on an aggressive indifference to this insider set. Staff members were encouraged to… Continue reading


Department of Correction

18 December 2008 20:13

Ah, it's that time of year again! Yup, the splendid blog Regret the Error rounds up the most entertaining newspaper corrections of the year. Some of my favourites: The Daily… Continue reading

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Kennedy Reveals All

18 December 2008 18:53

So Caroline Kennedy is kind enough to explain why she thinks she should be appointed the next Senator from New York: "I come at this as a mother, as a… Continue reading


Is Gordon Up For It?

18 December 2008 18:42

Iain Martin asked a good question today: Despite being at or near the top of his profession for two decades, the PM has no track record in fronting election campaigns.… Continue reading

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The Threat from Australia

18 December 2008 17:16

Adapt and change or die is the mantra of the day. And not just in economics neither. Here, for instance, is the Australian rugby coach Ewen McKenzie, currently in charge… Continue reading


Canterbury and Downing Street

18 December 2008 15:23

Gordon Brown may be a son of the Manse, but it's the Archbishop of Canterbury, of all people, who has picked up a presbyterian cudgel with which to whack the… Continue reading

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The Rendition Problem

18 December 2008 14:08

Ross Douthat has a very interesting, honest post about torture here. (With subsequent posts here and here.) As if by magic, National Review appears with an editorial defending the Bush… Continue reading


Obama: Not a Danger!

17 December 2008 15:42

Now that we're getting used to the idea of President Barack Hussein Obama, it's easy to forget just how quick he's risen to the summit of American politics. The other… Continue reading


Headline of the Day

17 December 2008 13:34

Nice work, Reuters: Man who snatched wig will have toupee Hat-tip: Radley Balko.


Question of the Day

16 December 2008 20:53

Are Weimaraners the most beautiful, elegant, coquettish breed of dog?


Name That Child

16 December 2008 16:40

Turns out there is a list of approved hipster baby-names. (I assume there's a comparable British list somewhere?) James Poulos lists his favourites but unfairly targets Magnus for opprobrium. Nothing… Continue reading


The Lessons of Madoff

16 December 2008 16:10

Actually, as Megan explains, the lesson of Bernie Madoff's scam is that there really aren't any lessons that can be drawn. As she puts it, "Everyone just screwed up". That… Continue reading


Senate Selection

16 December 2008 14:53

Joe Klein on the self-styled Worlds' Greatest Deliberative Body: The point is, that the Blagojevich fiasco and now the Kennedy play have turned the selection of new Senators into a… Continue reading


Paying Tribute to the New Emperor

16 December 2008 13:44

One of the odder characteristics of a certain strain of British right-wing thinking is the terror that British Prime Ministers might ever disagree with the American president. It's almost as… Continue reading


The Torture Team

16 December 2008 13:28

Dick Cheney in an interview with ABC News: CHENEY: On the question of so-called torture, we don't do torture. We never have. It's not something that this administration subscribes to.… Continue reading

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New York Dynasty

15 December 2008 21:03

So it's official: Caroline Kennedy does want to be the next Senator from New York. A shocking development. I mean it's not as though the departing Senator traded on a… Continue reading


How to cut your own throat

15 December 2008 18:12

Via Megan McArdle, I see that the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press are taking a novel approach to the malaise that's crippling newspapers across America (and Britain): make… Continue reading

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Who throws a shoe?

15 December 2008 16:56

The last word, I think, on the Great Shoe Attack: [Hat-tip: Toby’s commenters.]

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Respecting the Office

15 December 2008 16:14

I think I've mentioned before that President George W Bush was said to find the British press corps lack of respect for his office somewhat grating. Unlike our American counterparts,… Continue reading