Entries from March 2006

Sir Tom

The Times – Unusual<br/> Tom Jones enjoys the grey, grey gravel of Buckingham Palace It may not be unusual to be loved by anyone, or to have fun with anyone, or, indeed, to be mad, or even sad, with anyone. But it is, frankly, unusual for a son of the Rhondda Valley whose father worked […]

Categories: Entertainment

Something's Rare Alright

Times Online – US woman hostage freed in Iraq Jill Carroll, an American freelance reporter, was freed today almost 12 weeks after being abducted at gunpoint on a Baghdad street but said that she still had no idea why she was kidnapped or by whom. Just says “was freed”. Can’t tell if they just showed […]

Categories: War and Peace

It's the Duckblogging Sensation That's Sweeping the Nation

The Stupid Shall Be Punished – The Newest Internet Fad! Well, as of today there’s one more. The lucky readers of this post are witnesses to history in the making. TSSBP is proud to present the start of a new blog sensation: Thursday Morning Duck-blogging! All you have to do is take pictures of the […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Cem Stells

It’s been a while since this popped up. Which I can read too much into, but I’d rather sip my Sleepy Time. Wheat & Weeds – Pie In The Sky My home state is the latest to allocate big bucks on embryonic snake oil research. I forgot to mention that on St. Patrick’s day Hubby […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Haka Haka Haka

Stuff – Aussies hacked off with the haka In the first week of competition, the haka has been performed countless times by athletes and supporters alike. Now the Australian media have called for Te Rauparaha’s Ka Mate battle cry to be accorded its due respect. The Australian’s Wayne Smith said the haka gave him chills, […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

The Unions' Age Problem

The Telegraph – Time to pension off public-sector militants Few private sector workers under the age of 45 will understand what is going on. Their parents were used to an economic culture blighted by the British disease of striking, in which it was sullenly accepted that capricious and pointless withdrawals of labour were part of […]

Categories: Business & Media

Peter Recommends CXVI

Fortune Mag – The sleeping giant goes on the offensive: Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft is ready to take the offensive. No, I do not. Nor do my children. My children–in many dimensions they’re as poorly behaved as many other children, but at least on this dimension I’ve got my kids brainwashed: You don’t use […]

Categories: Business & Media

Wonderful Local People

The Times – Sure, we all want to save the world. But fiddling and tickling won’t do it. Alice Miles I always want to ask those hippy types whether they walked to India or wherever it is they are eating banana pancakes that week, because it seems to me that you cannot profess a deep […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Like a Pig in (Chemical-Free) Muck

I read this yesterday, and thought it was just hilarious, so meant to leave it for the end of the day, but didn’t, so now it’s getting buried at the beginning of today, for my sins. The Times – Charles finds heaven as royal organic show hits the Punjab The Prince of Wales was bringing […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Journalists Making Friends With the Italians

What a moron. AP – Justice Scalia Chastises Boston Newspaper The Boston Herald reported Monday the justice made “an obscene gesture, flicking his hand under his chin” in response to a question about whether lawyers might question his impartiality in matters of church and state… But Scalia said in his letter the gesture is not […]

Categories: Business & Media

Roman Holiday

FOXnews – Afghan Christian Convert Flees to Italy Italy granted asylum Wednesday to an Afghan who faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity, and Premier Silvio Berlusconi said the man was in the care of the Interior Ministry after arriving in Italy earlier in the day. … Anticipating that Italy’s Cabinet would […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CLXXXIX

Bruno Bozzetto – “Europe and Italy” I was going to say I especially liked the landing, but then I though, hell with that, the whole thing’s freaking hilarious. Curtsy to CDR Salamander.

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Living Vicariously Through Horses

Tim Blair – BIRD NOT TALKING (the updates) We all have someone to project onto that rooster.

Categories: People and Current Events

Student Protests, Natch

You know, it amazes me. I’ve heard a couple headline updates on the radio today, with sound effects of the protests that “have turned violent” as “students” demonstrate against laws changed and you all know the rest. And none of them seem to want to train their expert, trained, inquisitive minds on this image: <br/> […]

Categories: Business & Media

Explaining the Benefits of Democracy

The Telegraph – The future is still orange All this is a long way from those heady revolutionary days. Yet voters have been given a democratic chance to pass judgment on a government that has not met their expectations. And why can’t we hold out until that happens in the Arab world before we pass […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs