Entries from March 2012

Political Octaves

This made the rounds on Twitter the other day. “What the Left can learn from the Right,” I think was the upshot. Prospect Magazine – Last hope for the left The liberal, secular world view may hold sway over western elites, but it is struggling to answer the conservative challenge. By David Goodhart The thesis: [...]

Categories: Politics

Mark Steyn’s Speaking Tour

I’ve had this open for a few weeks and it’s worth finally linking to: The Spectator (Australia) – Silence this infidel Mark Steyn’s recent appearances in Australia remind us why he’s a world leader in defending free speech, by Rowan Dean

Categories: People and Current Events

Ooge Tracks o’ LAND!

Election results from our Intrepid Queensland Election Correspondent Brett McS: Conservatives retake Queensland! Labor down to seven (7!) seats, Conservatives 75!, Greens 0 (and down on percentage), independents and still undecided, the remaining few of 89 seats total. Political commentators gob-smacked. Campbell Newman is the new Premier (no ‘lame duck’ sessions for us). Former Major [...]

Categories: Politics

Ghost Ship

Creepy: BBC – Japan tsunami ‘ghost ship’ drifting to Canada A Japanese fishing vessel swept away by the March 2011 tsunami has been spotted adrift off the west coast of Canada. An aircraft patrolling the seas off British Columbia saw the 15m (50ft) vessel seen floating 275km (170 miles) from the Haida Gwaii islands on [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

Roughly the Size of the San Francisco Bay

Heap big boat, chiefie: Mercury News (click for slideshow!) – MSC Fabiola container ship arrives at the Port of Oakland Apparently it’s the largest vessel ever to dock on these shores. That is, it’s the largest containership ever to call any seaport in North America.” So how d’you like that. (That second link via DredgingToday.com, [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

Oh Julian, Make Everything Good Again

News to warm RC2′s heart: Daily Mail – Hollywood’s Titanic got it all wrong, says Julian Fellowes as he attacks film’s factual inaccuracies Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has attacked James Cameron’s blockbuster movie Titanic for its factual inaccuracies. He says that his own four-part TV mini series about the 1912 disaster will ‘set the [...]

Categories: History

Other Books What I Been Reading

I read more than just The Hunger Games, people. Honest I do. Please don’t judge me. I’ve also read these worthwhile and erudite works: Pigeon English: This was very good. About a young boy from Ghana who moves into a council flat in London with his family, leaving his father behind to finish some things [...]

Categories: Art and Literature

Eurovision and the Humperdinck: This Blows My Mind

India Knight today tweeted: *tiny voice* I rather like Englebert Humperdinck’s Eurovision song. I do too: Azerbaijan is still not in Europe though.

Categories: Entertainment

The Hunger Games: Mea Culpa

So, where was I all last week? Reading The Hunger Games. I’m sorry! A coworker lent it to me! And it’s one of those stupid books (then series of three books) where if you don’t just finish the damned thing you’ll be up all night every time you pick it up so you might as [...]

Categories: Art and Literature

Finally Some Good Ideas From the NAACP

This amused me: The Corner – Mark Steyn: Let’s Have Burkina Faso Run U.S. Elections The NAACP have asked the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva to investigate U.S. voter ID laws. The U.N. Human Rights Council includes such paragons of human rights — and free elections — as China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Libya (elected [...]

Categories: Politics

The Warron Wimmin

The other day I retweeted a thing from Jonah Goldberg (in two parts): You know a real war on women is happening in Afghanistan, where they throw acid in the face of girls trying to read. Saying that women should be charged for their own birth control is a “war on women” is grotesque by [...]

Categories: Politics

Coastal Towns: Italy Vs the US

I just came across this on one of my fashion blogs: It’s a photo of Cinque Terre, in Italy. I’ve never heard of it. For comparison, here’s some beachfront property in Aptos, California (which I have heard of but only because I live here, so you probably haven’t): *cries*

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

A Thing About Marriage

So, lots going on in the culture wars. There seems to be two sides (as represented on my Facebook feed, anyway): “Oh hey I’m against [X] but won’t really explain why very well, if at all” and “PEDOPHILE PRIESTS SO SHUT UP”. Right. So anyway, here’s a thing that explains at least the gay marriage [...]

Categories: Politics

I Would Read These Books

Lists of Note – The Fake Books of Charles Dickens When Charles Dickens moved into Tavistock House in 1851, he decided to fill two spaces in his new study with bookcases containing fake books, the witty titles of which he had invented. And so, on October 22nd, he wrote to a bookbinder named Thomas Robert [...]

Categories: Art and Literature

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXXXIV

This is amazing. I love the bit about the cat. Language alert. Extracts from Emma Thompson’s diaries while shooting Sense and Sensibility, from ‘The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay and Diaries’

Categories: Entertainment