Entries from November 2005

Mahdi Me!

RFE – Iran: President Says Light Surrounded Him During UN Speech Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad says that when he delivered his speech at the UN General Assembly in September, he felt there was a light around him and that the attention of the world leaders in the audience was unblinkingly focused upon him. Hm. I […]

Categories: Electronics

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CLVII

A jeep ad, at Frederick Samuel. Brilliant.

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Ooh, I'm Feeling Depressed!

Times2 – Why I won’t turn my back on Santa Claus, by Caitlin Moran Third item: Banishing blues Last week a report was published claiming that swimming with dolphins can relieve depression. A team from Leicester University took 30 patients with mild to moderate depression to Honduras, and encouraged them to swim with dolphins. While […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Oh Effing Heck II

Nothing like a little cultural sensitivity and respect to win over the good will of foreign markets. And make all Americans look like less of a bunch of ignorant, money-grubbing, base jerks. Reuters – Hollywood geisha raise eyebrows in Asia “Memoirs,” reported to have cost its makers $85 million, can ill afford to alienate moviegoers […]

Categories: Entertainment

I Think He Liked the Movie

“Laudatory” doesn’t cut it, describing this review: Newsweek – Capturing Kong: Hobbits made Peter Jackson a titan. How’s the view from the top? Judging from an exclusive screening of his new movie, ‘King Kong,’ it’s thrilling. By Devin Gordon But this one’s for Jack Black fans: Black, meanwhile, is the surprise pick. Jackson and Walsh […]

Categories: Entertainment

EU Warrants

The Telegraph – Home front. By Philip Johnston<br/> Search first, charge later: the EU way But imagine if Austria could order the Met to search Mr Irving’s home and office in England for evidence, and seize papers and documents. Could it possibly be right for the British authorities to enter a person’s home at the […]

Categories: Politics

Could Paul Martin Really Be Subject to Parliamentary Rules?!

BBC – Canada government ‘set to fall’ Canada’s Prime Minister, Paul Martin, faces a no-confidence motion in parliament which his minority Liberal government is widely tipped to lose. It is expected that an election would then be called in early 2006. Monday’s no-confidence motion was introduced by three opposition parties last week, after Mr Martin […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

The Times Endorses Mother-Daughter Marriage

This has been exactly my argument about civil unions and gay marriage! Except every time I tried to articulate it, it came out wrong, hence its glaring absence from these pages… Times Online – I want to get hitched to my chick, by Carol Sarler<br/> I’m pro civil partnerships for gays — but why can’t […]

Categories: Politics

My Poor Censoring Hand Is Cramping

The Sunday Times – Bad, bad vibrations… By India Knight Here’s a bit of news: in the past year Tesco, Boots and Superdrug have started stocking vibrating [Censored!] (so that’s your Christmas presents sorted out, then). Personally, I’d prefer it if the market were flooded with those French green peppercorns that come in little glass […]

Categories: People and Current Events

This Should Please Retail Workers

The Australian – PM protects Christmas Day holiday Especially the grocers unions.

Categories: Business & Media

And Here I Thought the Writers Union Had to Follow the Apocalypse Now Script?

The Australian – Willis film to show diehard GIs ‘fighting for freedom’ by Sarah Baxter, Washington ANGERED by negative portrayals of the Iraq conflict, actor Bruce Willis is to make a pro-war film in which US soldiers will be depicted as brave fighters for freedom and democracy. It will be based on the exploits of […]

Categories: Entertainment

Are You At Risk From Abstemiousness?

The Sunday Telegraph – How to tell if you might be ebriated. By Oliver Pritchett To help readers, as licensing hours are relaxed and the festive season approaches, I have prepared this useful guide, Ten Tell-Tale Signs That You May be Sober. Very funny.

Categories: People and Current Events

Keep an Eye On Your Children

The Sunday Telegraph – What’s wrong with children paying for us? By Emma Duncan It’s not as though there’s any need for today’s middle-aged to save. After all, in the unlikely event that younger people object to the Government extracting ever-larger slices of their pay packets to finance their elders’ fun, by the time we’re […]

Categories: Politics

A Christmas Column: You're All Going to Die.

A little spreading of good cheer: The Sunday Telegraph – God isn’t big enough for some people. By Umberto Eco We are now approaching the critical time of the year for shops and supermarkets: the month before Christmas is the four weeks when stores of all kinds sell their products fastest. Father Christmas means one […]

Categories: People and Current Events

All the Efficient Social Mechanisms Have to Go Out of Fashion

The Sunday Times – Help the obese: snigger, by Christopher Hart I was once stranded for 24 hours in Houston, self- proclaimed Fat Capital of the World, and I have never seen so many enormously fat people in my life, nor felt such a juvenile but well-nigh irrepressible urge to laugh out loud. The reason […]

Categories: Science and Nature