Department of Roots

23 August 2008 1:40

I meant to blog about this earlier, but Toby Harnden's Telegraph magazine piece on Obama in Hawaii is well worth reading. There is, for example, this: In late January, on… Continue reading


Way Down in the Hole

22 August 2008 23:53

As a wise man* told me, "art imitates life which then imitates art": The Baltimore Sun reports: Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, known for her role on HBO's "The Wire," was released… Continue reading


This Post Will Self-Destruct

22 August 2008 15:23

Sometime today or sometime tomorrow Barack Obama will put a grateful planet out of its misery and let us know the identity of his running-mate. After Bayh and Kaine surges,… Continue reading

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Advice to young journalists

22 August 2008 15:05

Julian Sanchez explains why you should never read your old copy. Unless you do actually crave either a) embarrassment or b) mortification.


The One-Term Pledge?

22 August 2008 14:58

Peggy Noonan thinks McCain should pledge to serve just a single term: I still think a one-term pledge could win it for him, because it would allow America to punt.… Continue reading


Scotland, Britain and Beijing

22 August 2008 13:31

My old cobber, Iain Martin, wrote an interesting column for the Telegraph yesterday arguing that the success of the British Olympic team in Beijing demonstrates that there's life in the… Continue reading


McCain’s in the house, but which one?

21 August 2008 14:14

I suppose that, technically, it has nothing to do with whether a candidate for the Presidency is worthy of the office, but, really, don't you think John McCain should at… Continue reading


Tip for the Day

21 August 2008 13:42

Courtesy of a friend's Facebook status update: XXX XXXXX advises you not to chop chillies before inserting contact lenses Good advice!

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No escape for Brown

21 August 2008 13:40

Hamid Karzai, wag: Gordon Brown had to suffer the indignity of a joke about his leadership from Afghan president Hamid Karzai during a press conference in Kabul. Mr Karzai, who… Continue reading


Hey, Britannia!

21 August 2008 12:09

I'm glad to see that Tim Worstall has found some good news! Sounds like things are all well and good in Britannia's realm: Britons lack "national purpose" according to a… Continue reading



21 August 2008 2:57

Good god. Did you know that the United States should be prepared to fight against Russia and China? It may not surprise you that the Weekly Standard fears that the… Continue reading


Cricket Writing

21 August 2008 2:38

the London papers, Mike Atherton at the Times, Selvey at the Guardian, Angus Fraser at the Independent and Derek Pringle at the Telegraph. Atherton is new to the post but… Continue reading


Department of Flag-Waving

21 August 2008 0:38

I suspect that this sort of polling is really meaningless. But, still, it's enough to make one despair. Ben Smith reports that a poll: commissioned by the Democratic-leaning True Patriot… Continue reading

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Sport and the arts

21 August 2008 0:15

A reader asks Megan if she supports government spending on the arts and sport. She has a pithy answer: "No". And of course I have some sympathy for her point… Continue reading

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Hawkeye Nighmares

20 August 2008 18:22

Kerry Howley moves from Washington DC to the American heartland and finds herself discombobulated, nay gently panicked, by the niceness of the place: The only other place I’ve lived where… Continue reading


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