Thoughts on a Test Match

20 May 2008 0:18

So, to no-one’s great surprise, the first test between England and New Zealand ended in a draw. Commendations are due Daniel Vettori for his bowling and Jacob Oram for the… Continue reading

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What Brown Hath Wrought

19 May 2008 21:19

That’s the latest Guardian/ICM poll. This is Labour’s lowest level of support since the poll began in 1984. There’s no obvious way out for Labour. Sure, they could ditch Gordon… Continue reading

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Country Polling

19 May 2008 17:23

More polling! This time it’s Setting the Woods on Fire who wants you to list your ten favourite country music artists. My off-the-top-of-my-head list, then, is: 1. Gram Parsons2. Waylon… Continue reading


Are You Watching Mr McCain?

19 May 2008 12:57

Blimey. Barack Obama addresses a crowd of 75,000 people in Oregon yesterday. Caveat: Remember all those stories about Howard Dean and the enthusiastic crowds he drew in the summer of… Continue reading

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Newspaper Days

19 May 2008 12:35

As I always say, Scoop isn’t really fiction. From John Gaskell’s obituary in the Telegraph today: Plagued by ill-health, Gaskell reduced his commitments to working half a week   so… Continue reading


Big Apple Cricket

19 May 2008 12:09

Looks as though I’m going to have to get Joseph O’Neill’s new novel Netherland. The NYT explains: The idea of publishing a novel in the United States about cricket gave… Continue reading


Adam Smith’s Hoose

16 May 2008 12:16

So, Panmure House, Adam Smith’s former Edinburgh home, has been sold. The ASI reports: Councillors in Edinburgh have approved the sale… to Heriot-Watt University. They chose the £800,000 bid over… Continue reading


Picture of the Day

14 May 2008 20:31

Skipper Neil Darling and his Selkirk team-mates celebrate after Monday night’s Border League final victory over Jed-Forest, bringing the title back to Philiphaugh for the first time in 55 years.… Continue reading


A Bluegrass Lament for Obama?

14 May 2008 20:10

Matt Zeitlin says the idea that Obama "needs" to win Appalachia is "just wrong". And, of course, he has a point when he writes that "It’s just true that Obama… Continue reading

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Obama’s Hillbilly Problem

14 May 2008 16:26

Via Ross, this map demonstrates the extent to which Obama has been crushed in Appalachia. The Redneck Arc shows the counties in which Hillary Clinton won more than 65% of… Continue reading


Mr Pooter Goes to Washington

14 May 2008 1:28

Say what you like about this United States Senate resolution, but it probably did less damage than most bills that make their way through Washington. IN THE SENATE OF THE… Continue reading


The Wendy (and Gordon) Farces Never Close…

14 May 2008 1:05

I wasn’t quite sure what to say about this. This being the Scottish Labour party’s latest attempt to finesse their position on the matter of an independence referendum. Happily, J… Continue reading


Where’s Blair?

13 May 2008 13:08

Of course he’s off saving the world or, as Robert Harris puts it today, "He is already on to the next big thing in his career, with the premiership (in… Continue reading


The Most Under-Rated US Presidents

12 May 2008 19:29

If the race to be considered the Most Over-Rated President in American history was won at a canter by Ronald Wilson Reagan, there was a much keener contest to earn… Continue reading

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The Most Over-Rated US Presidents

12 May 2008 19:27

Here’s the core finding of our quest to discover the Most Over-Rated and Most Under-Rated Presidents in US history: history has pegged Herbert Hoover absolutely right. Hoover was the only… Continue reading


Hillary: Situation excellent, I shall attack

12 May 2008 16:55

The question itching le tout Washington is simple: why won’t Hillary Clinton do the decent thing and quit? Well, my friend Mike Crowley has a grand piece in the latest… Continue reading

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When the ASBO generation go to chokey, do they get to keep their hooded robes?

12 May 2008 13:54

Elsewhere in Britain, it’s good to see a much-hounded, misunderstood minority finally getting their due: Hundreds of Pagan worshippers locked up in British jails have been given the right to… Continue reading


The Brown Chronicles: The Laughing Stock Years

12 May 2008 13:14

Memo to Gordon Brown. This sot of caper explains why people are beginning to think you are in fact a fool: Gordon Brown will not receive the Dalai Lama in… Continue reading


A New Kind of Campaign?

11 May 2008 19:18

From the New York Times today: In a sign of what could be an extremely unusual fall campaign, the two sides said Saturday that they would be open to holding joint… Continue reading


Stick a Fork in Brown…

11 May 2008 18:34

More and more, it seems that Gordon Brown’s government becomes eerily reminiscent of John Major’s hapless ministry. Each day brings a fresh wave of damaging stories that sink the government… Continue reading


Irn Bru For Me And You

11 May 2008 13:57

Irn Bru – the fabled amber nectar of the glens, the monarch of the fizzy pop world – has always been distinguished by the quality of its advertisements. Happily, this… Continue reading


The Most Preposterous Thing I’ve Read All Week…

11 May 2008 13:36

And amazingly, it has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton. No, it’s Rangers’ Christian Dailly who, having seen the referee keep the Ibrox club’s SPL title ambitions alive yesterday had… Continue reading


A Tartan Army Polka

10 May 2008 11:49

Ah, apparently we’re supporting Poland this summer. Good to get that decided early. AFTER 10 years of being unable to cheer on their favourites at the finals of a big… Continue reading


Not too late to make your vote count…

9 May 2008 16:43

Voting continues in our exciting quest to determine the most over-rated and under-rated Presidents in American history. But don’t fret, it’s not too late to cast your ballot before the… Continue reading


Souterville on the hill…

8 May 2008 19:44

Special to Souter-born, Phoenix-residing reader MG, here’s a photograph of Selkirk, taken from the hill above my parents’ house: