Entries from January 2008

Christians and the Death Penalty: We Fry You Because We Care

Wheat & Weeds – The Task Before Us It is a bleak picture, and Camus was criticized for painting it, but as he wrote in reply, “there is no other life possible for a man deprived of God, and all men are [now] in that position.” But Camus was not the first European to draw […]

Categories: People and Current Events

The Scotsman Taking Britannia Out Back and Dumping Her In a Shallow Grave

Hmm. Daily Mail – Brown banishes 300-year-old tradition by removing Britannia from our 50p coin Gordon Brown’s campaign to promote British values was exposed as a sham last night after it was revealed he personally approved a decision to remove Britannia from the 50p coin. The patriotic symbol – based on a Roman goddess – […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Modern Slavery

I was reading the editorial on the subject before clicking over to the news item below, thinking, when I got to “children as young as seven being kept in abysmal conditions, worked for 19 hours a day and beaten continuously,” that, well, that’s the sort of thing that happens with slavery, isn’t it, which is […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Unusually Like Vole's Vomit

This is from Friday (yes, I finally have a working server and access to the computer. it just takes massively inconvenient server switches and getting up at 8 on a Sunday to do it): The Times – This tastes horrid (in my view)<br/> We food critics have been crippled by the ruling against a newspaper […]

Categories: Food

In Which We Disappear to Do Homeownershippy Things

Meanwhile, this is yet another test. Peter had the blog rebuilding all. night. long, because now it’s built… statically, whereas before it was… dynamically. So it should be faster. For you guys. For me trying to save an entry, it should be slow as hell. But since this bloody Movable Type 4 install, it’s been […]

Categories: Wildcard

My Firstborn Shall Be Called… Damian

I almost titled this “James Joyce For Musicians” but decided to make myself focus on the positive. Telegraph Blogs – After atonality, what next? It could be argued that the first decade of the twentieth century was the richest in musical history: Mahler, Strauss and Debussy were at the height of their powers, while Ravel, […]

Categories: Art and Literature


Wheat & Weeds – A Bishop Who Knows How To Bishop Mentioned this in this week’s potpourri, but I wanted to call attention to the Colorado legislature’s latest blatant anti-Catholic move. (Have Coloradans nothing better to do than harrass Catholics?) This time they’re trying to make it impossible for faith-based institutions to prefer hiring members […]

Categories: People and Current Events

The Fluctuating Desirability of Faith Schools

The Times – Just baptised? How convenient<br/> Those of us who stuck firmly to our churchgoing are sulking about church schools policy, by Melanie McDonagh Ah, the ethos. It’s that curious element in the atmosphere at church schools – and let’s abandon the euphemism “faith” schools, shall we, as if anyone is going to lie […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Bond 22 No More

(Okay, let’s do this thing… Fingers crossed…) BBC – New Bond film title is confirmed The next James Bond film is to be called Quantum of Solace, producers have confirmed. … Craig said the cryptic title referenced how Bond’s heart had been broken at the end of Casino Royale. “Ian Fleming had written about relationships,” […]

Categories: Entertainment

So Long, Small Orange, and Thanks For All the Fish

Peter’s taking me off Small Orange tonight and moving me to Media Temple (lord, how boring), and because only by starting at the bottom can we build ourselves up, this blog is going to go to one of the templates. The code isn’t nearly as elegant as he’d like it to be, mostly because it’s […]

Categories: Uncategorized

Aussie Aussie Princess, Oi Oi Oi!

Sunday Mail – Princess Mary takes up royal duty in Denmark’s Home Guard <img alt=”privateprincessmary.jpg” src=”http://www.ninme.com/photos/privateprincessmary.jpg” width=”350″ height=”530″ “/> Curtsy: Brett McS.

Categories: War and Peace

A Tale of Two Idiotic Mysogyny Crack-Downs

Reuters – Dutch to ban burqas in schools and government offices The Dutch government is set to impose a ban on the Muslim burqa in schools and government offices, media reported on Wednesday, in a retreat from the previous cabinet’s plan for a general ban. and BBC – Dog leash goths ‘hounded off bus’ A […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Of Butterflies and Wheels

The Times – Force in Virtue or in Song<br/> Forty years from Jagger, the case of Amy Winehouse demands different words Almost 41 years ago, Mick Jagger was arrested, tried and sentenced to imprisonment for the illegal possession of four amphetamines without a prescription. While he was on bail awaiting his appeal, this newspaper took […]

Categories: Entertainment

Lies, Damned Lies and Idiots

The Telegraph is excerpting Damian Thompson’s new book Counterknowledge (available in this country, but out of stock on Amazon with no date listed for new shipments): Telegraph – Lies, damn lies and ‘counterknowledge’, by Damian Thompson and Telegraph – How Da Vinci Code tapped pseudo-fact hunger, by Damian Thompson I liked this, from the first: […]

Categories: Science and Nature

Cloverfield Review

So, while I’m on the subject of movies, and can access my servers for long enough to do this for the first time since Sunday, I should do my take on Cloverfield. Bubblehead gave it “3 Uncomfortably Vivid 9/11 Reminders out of five,” but I thought it was damned near perfect. Given what it is, […]

Categories: Entertainment