This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Duck Dynasty, a show I’ve never seen on a cable channel I have no access to, should never have been put on the air. Ditto Paula Deen, who if she was a male comedian would have made a living making redneck jokes, meaning both of them were put on the air for the purposes of […]

Categories: Entertainment

That Scottish Diaspora

Is Red still here ever? The Independent – Like it or not, the Scots and the English are flesh and blood Inspect the details of this diluted nationalism and one thing becomes clear. It embraces, even celebrates, a cross-border world. By Boyd Tonkin The best bit: Elements of bathos accompanied the unveiling of Alex Salmond’s […]

Categories: History

Jackie’s Strength

I wasn’t planning on posting anything to mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination (but lord if you’ve seen the Zapruder Film Stabilized…) because I wasn’t alive during the 60s and I don’t think it often contributes much to over-romantisize that particular decade, even at it’s most tragic. What would I say, as I have […]

Categories: History

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 […]

Categories: People and Current Events

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 […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Peter Recommends CXLVI

Cracked (god, the ADS; avert your eyes from them) – The 6 Weirdest Things We’ve Learned Since 9/11, by David Wong I like this. I especially like #6 “Terrorism Totally Works!” (it goes in reverse order, so #6 is first), for pointing out the amount of money we spent and how utterly inefficient it is […]

Categories: War and Peace

Protesting Starbucks: The Celebrity Chef Edition

So I listened to Jamie Oliver’s appearance on BBC’s Woman’s Hour last week, which is about 22 minutes long, it’s the first segment, and it’s very interesting, especially this bit towards the end: JO: This recession is NOT going like everyone says, I can tell you that. Jane Garvey: What do you base that on? […]

Categories: Food

*Cough* Feminism

Can I just say, notwithstanding anything else (because, God, let’s face it, the cast of characters is getting way too big to follow), I wish Good Luck to Chelsea Manning, formerly of Bradley fame, and hope that she’s able to cope with whatever it is she’s going through on top of, oh gee, the terrible […]

Categories: War and Peace

Becoming Chinese

So this is very good, and although it’s long (although, not as long as I thought it would be; I was reading it this morning on my phone and emailed it to myself to finish later because I thought I was less than halfway but it turned out I had one paragraph left and the […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Death on the Nile

Mark Steyn: The Princess and the Brotherhood For nine decades, Egypt has fled modernity. For my part, I would bet Egypt’s fate will be largely driven by its fiscal ruin. Morsi is a good example of what happens when full-blown Islamic rule is put into effect in a country without the benefit of oil. He’s […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCCII

Guardian – G8 leaders reveal their TripAdvisor guide to Lough Erne Now we know what statesmen really think, Northern Ireland tourism is set for a boost. By Victoria Coren The whole thing is hilarious, but a taster: “Problem with gym” I am afraid problem with gym. Full of American presidents. I am vaiting, vaiting. Eventually […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

In Which We Discover the Origins of the Turkish Protests

What. The. Hell: Guardian – The view from Taksim Square: why is Turkey now in turmoil? By Elif Shafak It all started as a peaceful sit-in to save one of the last remaining public parks in a city of almost 14 million people. I mean, really? The government has been adamant about razing the park […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCC

As usual, the title cards and captions are the best part. The book title, too, is the best part. But the really best part is how Putin’s headshot has no captioning at all. That’s the best part. It’s interesting that this is uploaded by somebody whose titles are all in arabic, so, obviously, for an […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

*Bursts Into Applause*

I’ve been reading this, via Janice Turner’s Twitter feed, on my phone, and I’ve gotten up to “there are criticisms flying about” and I had to get up and link to it on here because I just keep laughing out loud and doing subtle air punches (we’ve just had dinner, the child is in bed, […]

Categories: Art and Literature

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 […]

Categories: People and Current Events