CB Fry’s XI

7 April 2008 0:51

After Armstrong, Benaud, Constantine, Dexter and Edrich it must be time for a bit of Fry. 1. Roy Fredericks (WI) 2. Jack Fingleton (AUS)3. CB Fry (ENG) (Capt)4. Tip Foster… Continue reading


The Outrage is What Isn’t Seen as Outrageous

6 April 2008 14:49

Terrific Nick Cohen column today, decrying the feebleness of a new ITV political satire show that oh-so courageously portrays Gordon Brown as some sort of Scottish miser. The truth, of… Continue reading

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The View from My Window

6 April 2008 12:35

April 6th, 2008, 12 noon. Scottish Borders. Bloody April, eh? UPDATE: April 6th, 2008, 5.30pm…

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Video of the Day

2 April 2008 23:03

"It would give me the greatest of pleasure watching non-compliant tax-payers going to jail. That’s the kind of person I am." Bertie Ahern, then Minister of Finance, 1993.


The Thinking Voter’s Clown?

2 April 2008 20:09

Another splendid Sarah Lyall dispatch from London, this time on the nonsense of Boris vs Ken in the London mayoral election. It’s a fine, entertaining, breezy read but the best… Continue reading


Storm in a Taoiseach…

2 April 2008 19:20

We knew everything we needed to know about Bertie Ahern from the moment his mentor Charlie Haughey declared that of all the young thrusters in Fianna Fail, Ahern was "the… Continue reading

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The People Are Sovereign: Be Afraid

2 April 2008 17:48

A universal franchise is, of course, a Good Thing. Yet, via Kieran Healy, comes news of this Pew finding: There is little evidence that the recent news about Obama’s affiliation… Continue reading


Department of Timing

2 April 2008 14:06

The Scotsman today: Page 1: Mystery of Severed Head Found on Arbroath Beach Page 18: The Awe Inspiring Beauty of Scotland’s Beaches

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Nightmare in Hamilton

1 April 2008 20:50

Attention cricket fans: this is the best video you will have seen in ages. Left Arm Chinaman reconstructs the miserable first test between England and New Zealand… using blu-tack. Genius.… Continue reading


Sell-By Dates Can Kill Too

1 April 2008 18:03

Intro of the Day: NIKOLSKOE, Russia (Reuters) – Fourteen members of a Russian doomsday cult on Tuesday abandoned the remote underground bunker where they had been hiding for nearly half… Continue reading


Hillary as the Italian Stallion?

1 April 2008 17:33

Oh god. Here she goes again. ABC’s Jake Tapper reports that: In a speech in Philadelphia today, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, will compare herself to Philly icon Rocky Balboa. "Well,… Continue reading


Department of the Wrong End of the Stick

1 April 2008 4:23

Setting aside the issue of whether or not a House of Lords committee can accurately be considered "influential"… Record levels of immigration have had "little or no impact" on the… Continue reading


Washington, You Have a Problem

1 April 2008 3:21

The invasion of Iraq may have been deeply unpopular in much of the world, but this is the sort of horrific story that has done the United States much more… Continue reading

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The Guardian gets it wrong! Surprise!

1 April 2008 2:23

Homophobia Rife In British Society, Landmark Equality Survey Finds screams the Guardian’s headline. Really? Well, up to a point: Britain’s 3.6 million lesbian, gay and bisexual people see themselves confronted by… Continue reading

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The Case for Jim Webb

1 April 2008 1:09

I mentioned some of the factors that make Jim Webb, the Democratic Senator from Virginia, a less than entirely compelling Vice-Presidential pick for Barack Obama, here. To recap: when he… Continue reading


Aye Been? Up to a point…

31 March 2008 17:12

From today’s edition of The Scotsman: AS A town steeped in its common riding* traditions, the Royal and Ancient Burgh of Selkirk has tended to concentrate on reliving its past.… Continue reading


Department of Charming Understatement

31 March 2008 15:29

James Forsyth looks at Northern Rock’s annual report and finds that its opening line is: "2007 was a difficult and challenging year for Northern Rock" Indeed so. I do hope… Continue reading


Carmen May Seriously Damage Your Health…

31 March 2008 0:24

Anthony Holden in The Observer: Carmen is back at Covent Garden for the first time since last summer’s Orwellian smoking ban and I’m delighted to report that the Royal Opera… Continue reading


Department of self-promotion

30 March 2008 18:12

You want to know more about the state of the sports memorabilia market? Of course you do. From my piece in this week’s Spectator: As was so often the case,… Continue reading


It’s not the books, it’s you…

30 March 2008 16:48

God forgive me, but I do enjoy tales of woe from the Manhattan dating scene. The latest dispatch from the front lines comes courtesy of Rachel Donadio in today’s New… Continue reading


I am Wolfgang Schauble! I am Jacqui Smith!

30 March 2008 15:44

Ha! Those canny Germans! they published the fingerprint of German Secretary of the Interior Wolfgang Schäuble (link is to a Google translation of the German original). The club has been… Continue reading


Edrich’s XI

30 March 2008 0:26

So here we are again. After Armstrong, Benaud, Constantine and Dexter we come to John Edrich’s XI. 1. John Edrich (ENG) (Capt)2. Matthew Elliott (AUS)3. Bill Edrich (ENG)4. George Emmett… Continue reading


Department of Incentives*

29 March 2008 20:05

This time in poor Colombia: Funded in part by the Bush administration, a six-year military offensive has helped the government here wrest back territory once controlled by guerrillas and kill… Continue reading


Thought for the Day

29 March 2008 0:44

Courtesy of Charles Moore in this week’s Spectator: Reviewing Stephen Robinson’s new biography of Bill Deedes in these pages last week, Peregrine Worsthorne was fierce against his old colleague. Worsthorne… Continue reading


Department of Trying Too Hard

28 March 2008 22:33

Travis Daub at Foreign Policy:         A couple weeks back, we pointed out that John McCain likes to refer to America as "She," a habit that I… Continue reading

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