Regrets, I’ve had a few…

11 February 2008 6:14

Jonah Goldberg: One thing I would like to know is what it says about Matthew Dowd (a perfectly likable fellow) that he eagerly signed up to work for Bush but… Continue reading

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Will ye no’ come back again?

11 February 2008 0:26

Should Berwick leave England and return to Scotland? An unofficial vote is taking place in the English borders town asking locals whether they want to switch from England to being… Continue reading


Ulster Says Yes!

11 February 2008 0:01

John McCain secures the Orange vote: (Thanks to loyal pal RD.)


Department of English/British Conflation

10 February 2008 20:48

Radley, Radley… Please. This isn’t the "British Olympic soccer team" giving the Nazi salute in 1938, it’s the English soccer team. You may think this a minor matter, but I… Continue reading


Today’s picture

10 February 2008 20:39

If I could bring myself to contemplate the wreckage – nay, the horror – of Scotland’s Six Nations campaign I might blog about it. Meanwhile, here’s a picture taken today… Continue reading

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Department of Niche

9 February 2008 12:37

Alan Jacobs at the always-splendid American Scene: Here’s my Little Surprise of the Day: I was reading this blog post about the proposed Microsoft purchase of Yahoo, and saw in… Continue reading


Caucusing amidst the Coloradoans*

9 February 2008 2:01

Caucuses really are a pretty loopy way to choose a Presidential candidate. At least, caucuses run the way they are across the USA are. On the other hand, that permits… Continue reading


The Saintly American

8 February 2008 20:50

Among the many idiocies stuffed into Mitt Romney’s race-quitting speech at CPAC, this one, for which admittedly he cannot bear full responsibility, is a peach: Simon Peres, in a visit… Continue reading


Another reason why mobile phones are bad: editors can find you

8 February 2008 18:25

Things that make you despair: young journalists who have never read Scoop. In a better world that would be a sacking offence. Clive publishes a reminder of the novel’s glories… Continue reading


Get a grip, Ron Burgundy

8 February 2008 18:05

Will Ferrell: clown. Top Hollywood star Will Ferrell last night appeared in University College Dublin to accept a prestigious award in front of 1,500 students. The 40-year-old star of ‘Anchorman’… Continue reading


Sego and Barack and the press

8 February 2008 13:51

Since the British press have been having all sorts of fun over the "snub"*  Gordon Brown thanks to a canceled meeting with John McCain it’s worth noting that press sillyness… Continue reading


Department of Religious Stupidity

7 February 2008 19:48

According to Mitt Romney, Europe is doomed because we’re all a bunch of godless pornographers. Yes, really. But then, here’s what the Church of England has been up to, just… Continue reading

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American history as it’s taught today…

7 February 2008 17:19

Ross and Rod despair, quite naturally, over this poll asking American teenagers to name the "10 Most Famous Americans". Presidents and First Ladies were excluded from the poll. It’s an… Continue reading


Big in Japan. For real…

7 February 2008 16:21

Are books dead? No, just different. Or, rather, story-telling adapts to new technology. To wit, Japan. As the New York Times reports: TOKYO — Until recently, cellphone novels — composed… Continue reading

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Promises, promises…

7 February 2008 14:11

From Is There More to Life Than Shoes: In the court case brought against him for breach of contract over a referendum on the EU Constitution, Brown’s personal barrister has… Continue reading

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Obama Now Officially Front-Runner

7 February 2008 14:03

So says Time Magazine’s (and friend to this blog) Jay Newton-Small: For anyone who thinks this race might be a tie, and yes, David Axelrod, that includes you, there’s a… Continue reading


Iain Dale asks, I respond…

6 February 2008 4:23

Top Brit-blogger Iain Dale asks Ten Questions about the US election: 10. How long before Mitt Romney’s money runs out?9. What circumstances would encourage Michael Bloomberg to run as an… Continue reading

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Athens to their Rome for sure…

6 February 2008 3:19

Sure, Fox and CNN are almost unwatchable (I’m tempted to switch to Al-Jazeera English) but the good folk at The Economist remind one that the BBC is perhaps even worse:… Continue reading


Boston Massacre

6 February 2008 2:52

Shockingly, Massachusetts, perhaps the most racist state* in the country (well, north of the Mason-Dixon line anyway) votes for the white candidate not the black one. This, apparently, is a… Continue reading

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Super Tuesday Tea Leaves…

6 February 2008 2:44

TNR’s John Judis looks at the exit polls and gets to the nub of the matter, not just for tonight but for the campaign for the rest of the year:… Continue reading


Jings! Whatever next?

6 February 2008 1:54

Have I mentioned that this (admittedly old) ghastliness is enough on its own to make me wish Democrats select Barack Obama rather than Hillary Clinton? Well, it’s enough to make… Continue reading



6 February 2008 1:45

Norm’s poll of your favourite English-language novelists has reported its findings. Not a great surprise that Austen and Dickens come first and second. But really, how can Norm’s erudite readers… Continue reading


Super Tuesday Quidditch

6 February 2008 1:35

Vital US election issue: which Hogwarts house would each candidate be in? The Economist reveals all here. In other news, CNN and Fox remain unwatchable. Fancy that! How to choose… Continue reading


Department of Labelling

29 January 2008 21:51

Ezra Klein writes: Sources tell me that the Bush administration has stopped using the term "protectionist" because they found it polls really well. Instead, skeptics will now be termed "economic… Continue reading


God bless German ingenuity

29 January 2008 19:41

Next time you’re stuck on a mountain…