Entries from October 2005

What Utter and Complete Crap

LGF – Aussie Police Told to Show Tolerance for Wife-Beating Political correctness was supposed to work against domestic abuse, and now it’s encouraging it! As long as it’s not a member of your own family, eh?

Categories: People and Current Events

An International Children's Film Festival!

And I know just who to send for the American Blogging Delegation! Telegraph – What makes a children’s film great?<br/> Next month, London hosts its first ever Children’s Film Festival. Here SF Said explores the curious magic that gives this overlooked genre its particular power, while our critics choose their top 20 kids’ movies of [...]

Categories: Entertainment

The Aussies Are Getting Cheeky

Telegraph – If you want to succeed, follow us Down Under. By Lynton Crosby Let me get it over with right now: yes, you won the Ashes. Well done. You would win one day. Once every couple of decades is fair enough. Enjoy the victory while you can. Cricket, Crocodile Dundee, sheilas, the barbie and [...]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

The Physiognamy of W+S

Times Online – I still believe that this man might be the ‘bodger of blank verse’ Peter Ackroyd I agree. The Portrait Gallery’s reasons are pretty weak, I think. (We were out all day and when we got back the blog wouldn’t work for me. But now I have Hello Kitty leg warmers so it’s [...]

Categories: Art and Literature

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CXLVI

The Stupid Shall Be Punished – Spammenters Have Tiny Penises The first three paragraphs have a lot to do with a post of mine, I Need to Screeeeeeed, about the way “grown-ups” pretend the Iran hostage crisis never happened, leaving people like me who weren’t born with a huge gaping hole in their historical context. [...]

Categories: History

Georgeus Bushius Caesar

Is Hitch his Quintus? NRO – Crossing the Rubicon: The die is cast — or why it ought to be. by Victor Davis Hanson For good or evil, George W. Bush will have to cross the Rubicon on judicial nominations, politicized indictments, Iraq, the greater Middle East, and the constant frenzy of the Howard Dean [...]

Categories: Politics

The English Should Be Fuming

BBC – Smoking out the big question Health campaigners are furious that – thanks to what they see as a classic government fudge – English pubs could soon be the last refuge for smokers in the UK. Provided the bar does not serve food, smokers will be able to puff away with impunity, while their [...]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Press Conferences

Well, I’m convinced. Patrick Fitzgerald for the Supreme Court!

Categories: Politics

The Cheerful Optimism of Historical Perspective

CDR Salamander – Peggy needs a vacation Ah, so refreshing. And not just the ganging up on Peggy part.

Categories: History

Adventures In Wardrobes

Wheat & Weeds – Harmful Influences Jeb Bush is in trouble for putting The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe on the reading lists of Florida’s schoolchildren. Dangerous exposure to Christian thought, don’t you know. I made Peter read it a couple weeks ago. And he got through another two in the series before getting [...]

Categories: Entertainment

Adventures In Radio News

Wheat & Weeds – On The Spot Pre-porting 5:30 am. Alarm goes off in time for ABC radio news at the bottom of the hour. Top story (paraphrasing, but close): “Today could be the day that top Bush administration officials are indicted for revealing the identity of a CIA operative.” That freaking idiot! We’ve known [...]

Categories: Business & Media

(Sort Of) New Music Watch

Telegraph – Japan’s pop princess heads west<br/> Utada has sold 20 million records at home, but can she translate that into UK success, asks Benjamin Secher She is one of the most successful popstars on the planet, but when Hikaru Utada walks into a busy Soho patisserie, she attracts less interest than the custard doughnuts [...]

Categories: Entertainment

The Goblet of Fire Director Hath Spoken!

Telegraph – I was so fearful of breaking the spell<br/> Mike Newell had already directed a string of hits, including Four Weddings and a Funeral. But, he tells David Gritten, the latest Harry Potter film was one of his biggest challenges Yet Newell decided that essentially The Goblet of Fire was “a God-given thriller”. Set [...]

Categories: Entertainment

Marriage, Horses, and Hallowe'en

Times 2 – Has marriage gone out with the bin bags? By Jane Shilling …,Ulrika [Jonsson] recently confided [to the BBC children’s programme What Kids Really Think] a) that it would be nice not to have to work, and that if she ever married again it would be to a millionaire; and b) that “the [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

From Al to Ben

Times Online (yesterday) – Who will history remember as Galileo and Copernicus rolled into one? By Anatole Kaletsky ALAN GREENSPAN HAS often been described as the second-most important man in America, but this is a gross understatement. Historians who study the late 20th century will devote far more attention to the changes wrought in the [...]

Categories: Politics