Entries from November 2007

Friendship In a Furry Cuddly Shell

Curtsy: this collection. I like the last one. Y’all.

Categories: Catblogging

Vincit Motto

This is so fun! Times Online Blogs – Want a motto? Do it in Latin., by Mary Beard (rofessor in classics at Cambridge and classics editor of the TLS) I am delighted to see that some of the contributors to the great British national motto competition realised that a bit of Latin might help out […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Annapolis Optimists

I get the feeling people don’t have much faith in this little Israeli-Palestinian tête-a-tête-du-jour today. There’s the “farce” angle, the “sham” angle, the inevitable all-we-need-is-willpower angle from the Telegraph, and now the Syrian angle: Opinion Journal – Condi’s Road to Damascus<br/> The price America will pay for her Syrian photo-op. BY BRET STEPHENS Put simply, […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Racaille Return

BBC – Paris rioters ‘criminals’ says PM French PM Francois Fillon has said that youths who have rioted for two nights in the Paris suburbs are “criminals”. More than 80 police officers were injured, four seriously, during the second night of clashes, police unions have said. … The youths said they were avenging the two […]

Categories: People and Current Events

The Yushchenko of Beauty Queens

BBC – Beauty queen undeterred by attack Organisers of a beauty pageant in Puerto Rico are investigating a case of sabotage after a contestant’s dress and make-up were covered with pepper spray. Good heavens.

Categories: Entertainment

Appealing Asian Models

(someone tell Skippy to stand down) The Times – Asian Model<br/> Rudd will do best if he is wary of his own party In replacing him with Kevin Rudd, Australia has opted not for a revolutionary shift in policy but for a softer and more rounded version of the status quo. There will be some […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Lord Palmerston, Call Your Office

Western Standard (March 27, 2006) – Sensitive to a fault, by Mark Steyn In 1847, a man called Don Pacifico, a Portuguese Jew living in Greece, had his house burned in an anti-Semitic riot. He appealed to the Greek government for redress (the sons of some ministers had been involved) and got nowhere. But he […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Druid: Mouth Open Again

Oh dear. The Sunday Times – US is‘worst’ imperialist: archbishop THE Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the United States wields its power in a way that is worse than Britain during its imperial heyday. Rowan Williams claimed that America’s attempt to intervene overseas by “clearing the decks” with a “quick burst of violent action” […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Separate, Different, Better

So, Jeremy’s usually good at a good tear, but this one’s really special: The Sunday Times – We’ve been robbed of our Englishness, by Jeremy Clarkson As the nation settled down on Wednesday night to watch England play Croatia, I sensed an air of optimism in the land. A feeling that all would be well. […]

Categories: History

My Mountain Hame

I’ve had this kicking about for the past couple of days. It’s from the 21st. Telegraph – A welcome move away from Braveheart bilge. By Alan Cochrane It is excellent news that Scottish history is to be made a compulsory component of Higher examinations and the Scottish Qualifications Authority is to be congratulated on this […]

Categories: History

Amen, Brother.

Telegraph – Pope to purge the Vatican of modern music The Pope is considering a dramatic overhaul of the Vatican in order to force a return to traditional sacred music. After reintroducing the Latin Tridentine Mass, the Pope wants to widen the use of Gregorian chant and baroque sacred music. In an address to the […]

Categories: Art and Literature

Let's Go to Majorca!

Radio Netherlands – Sustainable Zeppelins? Airships or Zeppelins are a sustainable form of aviation. At least according to Senator Wolfgang von Zeppelin, grandson of the famous German airship pioneer Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin. It’s somehow comforting that there are still von-Anythings left in the world, much less von Zeppelins. “At present it is not possible […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Flying Giant Flapjack o' Cuteness

(title referencing this cuteness classic.) Telegraph – Mobula Ray pictures reveal spectacular leaps They’re 12 feet wide!

Categories: Science and Nature

The Iron Froggy

(Awful title, isn’t it? But it was the first the that popped into my head sort-of rhyming with Lady.) NY Sun – Collapse of Rail, Subway Strike Is a First Success for Sarkozy Yesterday, the strike of rail and subway workers that has crippled France for nine days was clearly crumbling, as workers began returning […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Planet: Protected

Daily Mail – Meet the women who won’t have babies – because they’re not eco friendly At the age of 27 this young woman at the height of her reproductive years was sterilised to “protect the planet”. And thank god she did.

Categories: Science and Nature