Entries Tagged as 'People and Current Events'

It’s All Greek

I love this. It’s one of the funniest and best-written things I’ve read in a while. I spent the whole time reading it wanting to print it out so I could highlight all my favourite turns-of-phrases. But there’s also a lot going on in it: As soon as I started reading, suddenly all that stupid [...]

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Women Gain Equality In the Workplace, Women Hardest Hit

Mid-way through this interesting interview with Vicky Pryce, whose story is of absolutely no interest to Americans but the vitriol of the whole story caught my attention but for anyone interested, I’m sure Wiki can fill you in without climbing a paywall, I find this: I ask her to describe an average day at her [...]

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Being Used As Line-Sitters For the Boys On a Field Trip Because They’re Jewels, See

From this article: No fairy tales or singing for pupils The head and his deputy at a Muslim free school were allegedly bullied out of their posts by religious hardliners Worse than the not allowing singing (except faith songs), or stringed instruments (why the hell are stringed instruments un-Islamic?), or the headscarves for non-Muslim teachers, [...]

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Pity My Poor Unhappy Swimming Pool

Yeah! Finally! wait but why – Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy (I like this post’s style. It’s sort of Hyperbole and a Half meets Quora.) So yes, now that you’ve gone away and read the whole thing, I agree with all of it, and read the whole thing, except: • I think it’s overstating [...]

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Trains! The “Holy Codswalloping Corruption, Batman” Edition

Technically this is a Peter Recommends, because he’s been referencing it off and on since it was published last October, but he finally sent it to me yesterday: The New Yorker – BOSS RAILThe disaster that exposed the underside of the boom. By Evan Osnos It’s very long, and I could’ve quoted the whole thing [...]

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Lucky Number VII

I don’t think a name announcement necessarily deserves a blog post, but I wanted to use the headline before anyone else does CUZ IT WAS MY IDEA. The Times – Royal baby is named George Alexander Louis Kensington Palace said in a short statement: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that [...]

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Boy Cambridge

I really thought it would be a girl. I kind of hoped it would be a boy so we could avoid all the endless gnashing of teeth over the law changing and whatnot, but I didn’t even think what boy name I’d place a bet on (I was kind of thinking Alexandra would be in [...]

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Serious Question (On Real Estate, Rich People, and Equality)

I have a long essay/rant/screed/ramble in my head on the topic, and honestly, who wants to read that (read also: who wants to type it out), but thinking is easy; working out a solution is another thing entirely. Is there any particular reason of liberty and equality and the rest of all that jazz why [...]

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Read Thy Comics

I’m catching up on Reader and, oh damn this is creepy (from April 9): xkcd what if? – Pressure Cooker Also, on April 14 (the day before the Boston Marathon), the Sunday Times had a piece on the charming leadership of Chechnya: Moscow crime ring run by Chechen police A GROUP of armed thugs accused [...]

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In Praise of the Cigarette Break

(I like this much better than the “the police didn’t even have the cordon in the right place!” line about how the authorities are useless and ra ra the little man, which, honestly, is a stupid thing to say and you’re not going to make friends saying it, guys.) Wheat & Weeds – Not To [...]

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Everything In the World Happened While I Was In Maui: A Collection of Catching Up

First: This video of Margaret Thatcher being interviewed about her efforts to support British fashion in 1984 (I’ve never seen archival news footage from the 80s look this good). I’d embed but the uploader has disabled that so just click the link and the video will be bigger anyway. Margaret Thatcher’s fashion sense – TV-am [...]

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Oh, Maggie.

Photo shamelessly pinched from here, a s me on my phone, too. So Lady Thatcher died yesterday, and I couldn’t possibly manage a round-up of links while on my phone, anyway the best ones have been off The Times’ iPad app, which I can’t link to. What I do want to tap about is this [...]

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On Antis and Phobias

I’ve noticed something! Last night I was reading this, tucked up in bed, in my phone, via Twitter (Daniel Finklestein tweeted it): New Statesman – Mehdi Hasan: The sorry truth is that the virus of anti-Semitism has infected the British Muslim community It’s a shameful fact that Muslims are not only the victims of racial [...]

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It’s Not All Bad News

I just put this on Twitter but I need it for the external memory drive. 26 Moments That Restored Our Faith In Humanity This Year There are many things to undo you entirely, but #15 is my favourite, 3 is adorable, 5 is great, 6 I’ve seen before but is still hilarious (the smilies), 18 [...]

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That Poor Nurse

I certainly hope that it doesn’t turn out that the poor lady who accidentally talked to those two silly DJs about Kate’s hospital stay was hounded by the press to an extent that that’s what turned out to put her over the edge. For one thing, our royal father-to-be will be severely cheesed off, as [...]

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