Entries from June 2006

And the Miniature Collectable Ashtrays?!

BBC – German plans airline for smokers On its website Smintair promises to “bring back the exclusivity in flying encountered in the 1960s”. The plan is to fly two leased Boeing 747s on the Duesseldorf-Tokyo route. … On the website Mr Schoppmann writes nostalgically about the old times when Lufthansa offered its passengers a vast […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Crazy Unbelievable Land

The Times – When everything is illegal, a guilty conscience seeps into your dreams. Harare Notebook by Jan Raath “A TOTAL OF 282 bakeries have been arrested for selling bread above the controlled price,” state radio reported on Friday. Yes, said the young woman with the flashing smile who runs the bakery where I get […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Tiptoeing Ridiculed

LGF – Elephant Not Sighted in Denver God it just sucks the energy right out of you.

Categories: People and Current Events

We're Such Bastards

Unbelievable. Times Online – Three Britons to stand trial in US over Enron The European Court of Human Rights today refused to halt extradition proceedings against three British bankers wanted in the United States on fraud charges relating to the collapse of energy company Enron. … The so-called NatWest Three have been fighting against their […]

Categories: Business & Media

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXII

Comment at Tim Blair‘s, from Dean McAskil: I think I understand this game now because I want to riot.

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Peter Recommends CXLIX

Peter says: This is SO you, it’s not even funny: WorldGlobes.com – Old World Table Top Bar Globe Ah, he knows me well, that guy.

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Let's Speculate

FOXnews – Rowling Says Two Characters Will Die in Final Harry Potter Book So, who do we think it’ll be? I say …no I thought I had a guess but now I don’t. “I have never been tempted to kill him off before the final because I’ve always planned seven books, and I want to […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Now That's Solidarity

Peter showed me this over the weekend. Imagine the size of the box if they sold it as a set. Imagine what the conversation must have been like when he called up for enough grey blocks. Brickshelf Gallery – AircraftCarrier in Minifig Size Harry S. Truman

Categories: Sports and Leisure

The Times, Calmly and Analytically

First: On Friday, a local nutcase called one of the local daily radio talk shows to tell the host that he had no reason to be upset about the Times reporting on the SWIFT thing. Why? Well, “if it isn’t illegal, why is it classified?” So, apparently it’s important to understand that the political left […]

Categories: Business & Media

Them Thar's Fightin' Words

Thank god. AFP – Israel ‘will ensure Hamas govt toppled’ if soldier slain “We will make sure that the Hamas government ceases to operate if the kidnapped soldier is not returned to us alive,” the source told AFP on condition of anonymity. Might put an end to this charade: Israel has vowed to avenge any […]

Categories: War and Peace

Noble Stewards of the Anglosphere

The Times – The sixth form fights back, by William Rees-Mogg<br/> As long as ministers prefer Wayne Rooney to Isaac Newton, Britain’s literary heritage will never be safe Mr Barker was writing about the preservation of the literary heritage. As he observes, “the English language and its literature are all pervasive, and, as our largest […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Mea Culpa

I turned on the game at 92 minutes. Watched the Italians kick it to their side, watched the Australians bounce it back to midfield, watched the Italians get it back to their side, then saw the guy fall. For 92 minutes I didn’t have the TV on and only knew from the BBC site it […]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Get the Shotgun

It’s going to be 92 tomorrow.

Categories: Science and Nature

Married In Oz: The Main Event

FOXnews – Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban Marry in Sydney Yay! (Take that, Tom!) BBC – In pictures: Nicole Kidman wedding, BBC – Kidman marries singer Keith Urban, SMH – A Sydney girl marries, SMH – Mr and Mrs Urban step out Awww. Update: Okay, I was wrong (in my comments somewhere): The Times – […]

Categories: Entertainment

That's Tactful

LGF – Celebration of Islam Scheduled for 7/7 I wonder if they’re trying for a fascist backlash? I mean, this is Europe.

Categories: People and Current Events