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Books do furnish the mind, but…

1 March 2008 2:54

Wise old man* says: In the forthcoming volume of his Smoking Diaries (not out till April, but I’ve been reading a proof copy) my old friend Simon Gray makes a… Continue reading

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The Same Old Way

1 March 2008 2:23

It would be something of a stretch to compare Hillary Clinton to Napoleon Bonaparte and Barack Obama to the Duke of Wellington. Nonetheless, as this campaign has progressed and Hillary… Continue reading

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Department of Counting

29 February 2008 19:46

Mike Crowley tracks Hillary’s latest desperate cry for help: "Democrats, the majority of whom have favored Hillary in the primary contests held to date…" Mike wonders how she can claim… Continue reading

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Drudge Breaks Media Silence on Princes Mission

29 February 2008 19:36

A defence* of Royalty: Prince Harry in Afghanistan. Oddly stirring stuff, actually. Good for him and, amazingly, good for the MoD and the media for ensuring that the Prince’s comrades… Continue reading

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If a Little Sparrow beats its wings, does that mean tall buildings fall?

29 February 2008 16:31

On the other hand, some actors really are loopy to the tonsils. To wit, alas, the lovely Marion Cotillard, who is, it seems, a pretty keen conspiracy theorist: Marion Cotillard… Continue reading

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Lessons from the Tomb Raider

29 February 2008 15:33

It’s easy, of course, to mock actors and pop stars and their worthy pretensions to saving the planet. But whatever else one may say of her, I think it’s true… Continue reading

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Parliament of Fools

28 February 2008 16:15

Further to this and this, I see, thanks to Mr Worstall, that no fewer than 72 Members of Parliament have put their name to this Early Day Motion: EDM 982… Continue reading

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Tiger vs Roger?

28 February 2008 8:00

Ah, the great Tiger Woods vs Roger Federer debate continues. Muttblog suggests most scribblers taking part in this Slam-Fest plump for Woods as, comparatively speaking, the greater of the two.… Continue reading

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Department of Political Slogans and Charlatanry

28 February 2008 0:50

If you need a quick explanation for why Hillary Clinton is about to lose to Barack Obama, consider that her chief strategist is Mark Penn and that he boasts of… Continue reading

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Question of the Day

27 February 2008 18:23

If it’s fine for Kosovo to declare its independence from Serbia, should it be OK for Montana to secede from the United States of America?

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Klansmen for Barack?

27 February 2008 18:11

Mike Crowley has a very droll piece in this week’s TNR on how white supremacists seem a) resigned to a President Obama and b) relatively OK with that. It’s a… Continue reading

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What Happened to American Acting*?

26 February 2008 18:46

Quick Oscar** thought: no American actor or actress won an Oscar this year. The four acting awards went to: Tilda Swinton (Scotland), Javier Bardem (Spain) Daniel Day-Lewis (England/Ireland) and Marion… Continue reading

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Fidel: Forever In Our Hearts…

26 February 2008 18:12

Commenting on this post about Fidel Castro’s welcome retirement, a reader wrote, quoting part of my argument: "If conservatives – on both sides of the North Atlantic – were too… Continue reading

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A Country for Old Men?

26 February 2008 17:54

Looking at Americans’ desire to elect a 72-year old John McCain president, David Harsanyi digs up the story of William Henry Harrison – the President who one may fairly say… Continue reading

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Not all roads lead to London

26 February 2008 17:29

Megan notes that there are now more than three million Britons living abroad and argues: I assume this has something to do with the fact that it is very easy… Continue reading

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Twittering…

21 February 2008 3:27

Being envious of friends in Washington who are twittering about what would seem to be a rather splendid lunar eclipse tonight I signed up to Twitter. Needless to say I… Continue reading

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Obama as William Jennings Bryan?

21 February 2008 2:24

Former Bush speechwriter David Frum publishes an entertaining provocation here: Sen. Barack Obama’s admirers sometimes compare him to John F. Kennedy, sometimes to Ronald Reagan, sometimes to Abraham Lincoln. (That… Continue reading

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Canute for President!

21 February 2008 0:35

New Hillary attack! "If speeches could create jobs, we wouldn’t be facing a recession." And as the old saw has it: "If ifs and ans were pots and pans, there’d… Continue reading

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Department of Fancy That!

21 February 2008 0:09

Amazing: MI6′s former chief has denied that the intelligence service murdered Diana, Princess of Wales.

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Gordon’s Hillary Problem?

20 February 2008 21:42

James Forsyth comes up with an(other) excellent reason for hoping Hillary loses: it will be bad for Gordon Brown. Key point: the British political class are obsessed with the US… Continue reading

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Semper Fidelis For Shame

20 February 2008 18:32

I’d actually thought Castro’s retirement would prompt more of this sort of nonsense. I guess we’re still waiting for Seumas Milne to pipe up in The Guardian. Still, the palm… Continue reading

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No Place for Brotherly Love (And Rightly So)

20 February 2008 16:31

Ah Philadelphia, the city where they booed Santa Claus. And, if these lads are anything to go by, also the city where Major League Soccer should put its next team.… Continue reading

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The Mills of History Keep Grinding

20 February 2008 13:45

The morning after the night before: a friend emails, noting Obama’s humping great triumph in Joe McCarthy’s old state, Wisconsin and quips: Can you imagine if you were a rabid… Continue reading

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Where the Wild Things Roam

20 February 2008 11:34

Another splendid obituary from The Daily Telegraph that offers a splendid view of a rather different, if also gruesome, world than with which most of us are familiar. Funny too,… Continue reading

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Is this Hillary’s “best” shot? Get Me Rewrite…

20 February 2008 0:43

Marc Ambinder has quotes from what the Clinton campaign is billing as a "major contrast" speech she will give in Ohio tonight (I assume this is being leaked in an… Continue reading

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