Flying in China and Japan

27 November 2007 8:10

James Fallows has a splendid snapshot (ha!) of the differences between Japan and China: With usual caveats against sweeping generalization, what this made me think was: Japan is all about… Continue reading


England in Sri Lanka; Pakistan in India

27 November 2007 2:50

Cricket Housekeeping: 1. Since this post making the case that Shane Warne is, indisputably, a greater cricketer than Muttiah Muralitharan it’s only fair to note that Murali had the chance… Continue reading


What is the Chief End of Man, anyway?

26 November 2007 23:26

Kieran Healy wants to know how Newsweek can think a line can be fine and blurry: Growing Up Giuliani: Rudy Giuliani was raised to understand that fine, blurry line between… Continue reading


First they take Canberra, then they take…?

26 November 2007 22:56

Melanie Philips, I’m afraid, continues to show signs of becoming Britain’s answer to David Horowitz. Her latest salvo culminates in this absurdity: Annapolis is America’s Munich — and Israel is… Continue reading


In Search of the Perfect Pie

26 November 2007 21:11

As any newcomer to DC must, Megan McArdle bemoans the relative lack of decent pizza in Washington: To a lifelong New Yorker, there is no other sort of pizza than… Continue reading


Does Mark Halperin Have What It Takes?

26 November 2007 17:17

Mercy me. Mark Halperin makes a lateish run for Most Incriminating Column of the Year with this entry, published in today’s New York Times in which he laments how terrible… Continue reading


Bush, Ahmadinejad and The Economist

26 November 2007 4:54

This is the sort of thing that reminds me why I enjoy The Economist‘s under-appreciated sense of humour: George Bush and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are both deeply religious, referring frequently to… Continue reading


Romney’s Plan for Washington

26 November 2007 1:36

Andy Ferguson’s article on the ghastliness of presidential campaign books isn’t quite vintage Ferguson. for one thing he ignores the awkward fact that by all accounts Barack Obama did actually… Continue reading


Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

25 November 2007 18:41

My friend James Forsyth picks up on another of my favoured non-trivial campaign trivia questions*: Barack Obama got the question about who he would invite to his ideal dinner party… Continue reading


Ron Pauls Libertarian Revolution

25 November 2007 14:09

Isaac Chotiner links to Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch’s splendid piece on libertarianism and calls it pretty absurd: I have no idea what most citizens think about smoking bans and… Continue reading


A New and Benign Independence Day!

25 November 2007 6:06

Look, one of the charming aspects of Ron Paul’s Presidential campaign is its amateur nature. By which I mean, of course, the puppyish and extrovert enthusiasm of his supporters. Which… Continue reading


There’ll Always Be an England…

23 November 2007 22:55

Not to intrude into private grief or anything, but how can you children not be amused by this? Croatia rose to the occasion in their crucial Euro 2008 defeat of… Continue reading


Turkey Day Blogging Forecast: Light

22 November 2007 5:26

Happy Thanksgiving, people. It’s a testament to the enduring optimism – and essential good-nature – of the American people that they should schedule (or have scheduled for them) two family… Continue reading

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Huckabees Chuck Norris Ad (Video)

21 November 2007 18:05

Via Garance, here is by far and away the best advertisement of this interminable presidential election campaign: UPDATE: Daniel Larison makes the good point that Huckabee’s two word plan for… Continue reading

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The Experience Primary

21 November 2007 3:13

Probably the strongest experience I have in foreign relations is the fact that I spent four years living overseas when I was a child in southeast Asia. ~Barack Obama I… Continue reading

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19 November 2007 21:04

If Saturday’s events in Glasgow (and Tel Aviv) confirmed anything it was the primacy of international football as a communal sporting experience. Rugby and cricket (my first two loves) have… Continue reading


A Nation Dares to Dream

17 November 2007 5:01

‘Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled, Scots, wham Bruce has aften led, Welcome tae your gory bed, Or tae Victorie! ‘Now’s the day, and now’s the hour: See the front… Continue reading


A pillock on his gap year?

16 November 2007 20:02

Bob Marshall-Andrews, the independent-minded Labour MP for Medway is a Whip’s nightmare. But he’s the sort of stout citizen any parliament worth the name needs more of. Years ago, we… Continue reading

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Markets All Around

16 November 2007 19:28

Union Edition: About 30 people picket in front of a bank in downtown Washington, D.C., wearing big yellow signs that read: "Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters." They shuffle about in… Continue reading


Saddle sore

16 November 2007 2:48

OK, this is obviously extremely odd behaviour. But where’s the crime here? There’s no victim. There’s no lewd or offensive public display. Nothing at all. And yet this poor sod… Continue reading


Alex Salmond’s Southern Helpers

15 November 2007 23:40

Sometimes it is useful to be reminded that the English are often barely more knowledgeable about Scotland than Americans are about Canada.Today’s Guardian piece "Life Without Scotland" is by turns… Continue reading

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Giuliani and Romney: Heroic Warriors and Leaders of Men

15 November 2007 20:36

Mitt Romney was so desperate to serve his country in the late 1960s that rather than go to Vietnam (as he so  very much wanted to) he was compelled to… Continue reading

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Department of Better Sports Writing Please: Tennis Division

15 November 2007 19:27

Sure, Roger Federer has not been quite so magnificent this year as he has been these past three years. Defeats to Canas (twice), Nalbandian (also twice) and Djokovic in Montreal… Continue reading


Not Writing is the new Not Reading

14 November 2007 21:03

Jack Shafer explains why journalists are so keen on writing about the Hollywood wrtiers’ strike and, more to the point, why we all root for the plucky scribblers in this… Continue reading


Correction of the Day

14 November 2007 14:31

Definitely from the Department of Too Good to Check: CORRECTIVE: Paris Hilton Story                                              … Continue reading