Entries from June 2006

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXIV

Telegraph – Condi and Sergei air differences over an open microphone The story: Condoleezza Rice, America’s secretary of state, is famed for her sang froid but one person seems to be able to rattle her – Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister. The pair are known to have goaded each other on several occasions, reflecting […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Get This Guy to Vegas

Brett McS last night in the comments: The Germans always do well, even if they have a slightly sub-standard team. They make up for it with clinical execution of intelligent strategy. And I think Germany will win. The BBC? “Clinical Germany win on penalties” And there you have it. Our own World Cup telepath.

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Poor Beagle!

The trailer for the Transformers movie. Poooor Beagle.

Categories: Entertainment

Peter Recommends CL

Dave’s Adventure into Boredom – Possibly the greatest TV advert ever made? …shown on ITV1 last night just before the England World Cup match. Apparently, they’re only ever going to show it the once. Thankfully I caught it, as the quality of the version on [the] website just doesn’t do it justice, in my opinion. […]

Categories: Wildcard

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXIII

Wheat & Weeds – The Tomatoes Don’t Lie, II Ah, those tomatoes. Throw in a little Algore and it’s a recipe for hilarity.

Categories: Food

The Albatross

CDR Salamander – Dutch gov’t falls Hah! (link added in case readers have forgotten what the albatross really means) Update: LGF – Hirsi Ali Controversy Brings Down Dutch Government( I’ll say it again. Hah!

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

God I Love the Feeling of Respect and Credit I Get From My National Media

An interesting photo choice, no?

Categories: Business & Media

Leak Damage

Tom Brokaw, quoted by Hugh Hewitt, on Hardball the other night: “I don’t know of anyone who believes that the terrorist network said “Oh my God, they are tracing our financial transcactions? What a surprise!” Of course they knew they were doing that.” It’s possible. WaPo – Group Asks Gov’ts to Block Data Release London-based […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Angling For a Barge

The Times – Spending royally<br/> The Queen is extremely good value for money Monarchs are, by nature, peripatetic. What would Ye Sunne have made of Queen Elizabeth I’s costly peregrinations around her realm? Would Ye Daylie Looking-Glass, in the name of England’s downtrodden burghers, not have waxed exceeding wrath at the gargantuan sums her father […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Crossed Loyalties

So, yesterday, Reader Brett McS told us in the comments that: Oz is out, Ghana was rolled over by Brazil, as expected, so the time has come to draw out the name of the next team, still in the competition, to support. And the winner is….. France! Then I saw: Telegraph – Spy Divided loyalty […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Send In the Assassins

UPI – Putin authorizes death for Iraqi killers Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered the country’s secret service to locate and kill the Iraqis who executed four Russian diplomats. Putin issued the order after conferring with Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia in Moscow, the Interfax news agency reported. Putin also issued […]

Categories: War and Peace

Next World Cup, We're Goin' to Ghana

They just kill me. BBC – Ghanaians proud after Brazil loss You might be forgiven for thinking that Ghana beat Brazil 3-0, rather than the reverse. But for many people in the streets, the defeat of the Black Stars had little to do with the players. For them the culprit was the man in the […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Uh, Death, Please. No, Cake! Cake!

The Times – The Lambeth walk<br/> The Archbishop of Canterbury shows true leadership No one could accuse Rowan Williams of not saying that extra prayer or going the extra mile along the rocky road. He has wrestled with the tensions, arguments and conflict over homosexual clergy for more than three years in an attempt to […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Poor Solitary Socceroo

I just find this unbearably sweet: SMH – A victim – but one day a king HIS coach said it wasn’t a penalty. His teammates insist it wasn’t a penalty. And more than 20,000 of his fans, watching the game live at Kaiserslautern or at one of the many Fanfest sites round Germany will always […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

President Bush and More Oppression of Muslims

Opinion Journal – The Price of Speaking Out: Why Beijing beat and jailed my sons. BY REBIYA KADEER I was left to contemplate the high price I have paid for speaking out about the plight of my people, the 10 million Turkic Uighurs who have suffered under Communist Chinese rule since 1949. That price began […]

Categories: People and Current Events