The I XI

30 April 2008 20:35

So, this series has so far featured teams skippered by:  Armstrong, Benaud, Constantine, Dexter,  Edrich,  Fry, Gower and Hutton. Now it’s Imran’s turn to stroll onto the field. 1. Frank… Continue reading

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New Blog!

30 April 2008 16:31

My super-talented wee sister is the latest to succumb to the blogging temptation. Hence the founding of Palette Knife, a daily does of painting, photography and Manchester United. Highly recommended,… Continue reading


Malcolm Marshall Remembered

30 April 2008 14:15

Since I’m too young to have seen Dennis Lillee in his absolute prime, Malcolm Marshall is the greatest fast bowler I’ve watched in my lifetime. He would have been 50… Continue reading


Not Microsoft’s Finest Hour

30 April 2008 12:31

Do you use Microsoft Word? If so you’ll probably remember the hideous "Clippy" who’d pop up to offer entirely unwanted, un-needed, chatty advice every time you tried to write anything… Continue reading


The Future is Specialised

29 April 2008 19:08

Matt Yglesias is absolutely right: The newspaper, as an institution, is an odd one — an enormous bundle of disparate kinds of content whose rationale for existing has to do… Continue reading


Rating the Presidents

29 April 2008 14:15

Shamelessly plundering the idea from Norm, it’s time for an exciting new development here at Debatable Land HQ: Polling! Yes, indeed… And given that this is a Presidential election year… Continue reading


What Bush Hath Wrought

29 April 2008 13:54

Via Marc Ambinder, this graph is not, shall we say, good news for the Republican party’s long-term prospects. Sure, some of these young voters will likely drift to the right… Continue reading


Your Obesity Epidemic Explained

29 April 2008 12:27

This paragraph tells you most of what you need to know: The Scottish Government wants all primary schools to offer two hours of physical activity for all children each week… Continue reading


The Starboard Enterprise

29 April 2008 1:18

Understatement of the Day: Learning a valuable lesson from his predecessors, Friedman is an incrementalist. "I want to talk about what to do this year, not how to colonize the… Continue reading


When Colour Is Worth 10,000 Words

29 April 2008 0:50

Marty Peretz links to this Daily Mail account of an exhibition of photographs taken in wartime Paris which is, for obvious reasons, a matter of some debate in France. And… Continue reading


War Minus the Shooting is Not Actually War

28 April 2008 15:21

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the pundit seeking heft to support his argument must eventually turn to George Orwell. This is, for sure, often a wise decision since… Continue reading

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The Evolution of a Politician

27 April 2008 22:51

Mike Crowley highlights Hillary Clinton’s changing style: April, 1993: "We need a new politics of meaning. We need a new ethos of individual responsibility   and caring. We need a… Continue reading


Boris and Ken and George and Zippy. Plus Bungle of course.

26 April 2008 12:45

Saturday Entertainment: the London mayoral candidates’ Newsnight debate synched to, of all things, Rainbow. It all makes more sense now… Hat-tip: Iain Martin


Department of Common-Sense

25 April 2008 18:31

Sometimes the news isn’t terrible: A doctor caught with 14 ecstasy tablets at a music festival has been allowed to keep his licence to practise. A General Medical Council panel… Continue reading



24 April 2008 13:53

Actually, in the circumstances Gordon Brown may have done about as well as he could have at Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday. But still, as this edited footage demonstrates, Brown was… Continue reading

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Argentina Shock: Good News!

24 April 2008 13:03

Argentina is one of my favourite countries, so it’s especially pleasing to note that, for once, there’s some happy news from that melancholy land. Cato’s Juan Carlos Hidalgo reports that… Continue reading


Waffling in Pennsylvania and in Print

24 April 2008 0:41

On the other hand, PJ O’Rourke isn’t the only one to have lost it. Consider, for instance, Maureen Dowd’s latest column: Is he [Obama]skittish around her [Clinton] because he knows… Continue reading

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Republican Party Busboy

24 April 2008 0:10

Um, whatever happened to PJ O’Rourke? Once upon a time he was funny, even deliciously so. Of course it’s harder for a humourist to shine when his side is in… Continue reading


Cry Heffer for England and St George…

23 April 2008 17:57

Happy St George’s day, English readers. To mark the occasion, the Telegraph offers us Simon Heffer, the would-be John Wilkes of our times, to declare the Union "as good as… Continue reading

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Public to Hillary and Barack: Put Us Out of Our Misery

23 April 2008 2:30

I’m actually watching the Washington Capitals-Philadelphia Flyers ice hockey game* (hurrah for NASN!) but this Marc Ambinder post on the Pennsylvania primary was enough to raise an eyebrow: High Turnout… Continue reading


Corker, Shumble, Whelper and Pigge would be proud…

23 April 2008 1:13

Congratulations to Joe Bavier, a Reuters correspondent in the Congo. You could work years in this trade and never get to tap out an intro like this: KINSHASA (Reuters) –… Continue reading


A Wordsworth Day

22 April 2008 20:13

In honour of the nicest day of the year so far: I wander’d lonely as a cloudThat floats on high o’er vales and hills,When all at once I saw a… Continue reading


H is for Hard Decisions (And Some Easy Ones)

22 April 2008 6:04

After  Armstrong, Benaud, Constantine, Dexter,  Edrich,  Fry and Gower it is clearly time for Len Hutton’s lads to take the field. This, I submit, is a pretty strong ‘H’ XI.… Continue reading


Rupert Murdoch’s Curious NATO Vision

22 April 2008 2:55

From James Joyner: News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch says that NATO is in a “crisis of confidence” because Western Europe is “losing its faith in the values and institutions that… Continue reading


Italy: Screwed-up but not as screwed as you think

22 April 2008 2:07

Matt Yglesias writes: For such a nice country, Italy’s politics seem weirdly screwed up. There’s the famous instability of the governments, of course. And then there’s the fact that their… Continue reading