Monthly Archives: November 2005

The World According to Leo Blair

The art of the polemic is not dead – or, as yet, illegal. Warning, may be slow to load, but stick with it.   (hat tip to CuriousHamster)

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Bush On Wheels

"We always knew Bush spent an inordinate amount of time home on the range, but we just thought he was a bit workshy and easily bored with ruling the free world. It turns out he’s been honing himself as a … Continue reading

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Chihuly At Kew

Dale Chihuly is an artist working with glass. I’ve seen his chandelier in the V&A museum in London and been duly impressed. I’d like to be able to wander around Kew Gardens at the moment to be able to see … Continue reading

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Was Bush Joking?

This is an extraordinary story, if true. And I hope that if it is true, then Bush was making a crass joke. The alternative – that he was being perfectly serious – is almost too horrifying to contemplate.

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Microsoft Opens Up Office

Interesting to read that Microsoft has announced that it will be submitting the XML formats of Office to the standardisation body of Ecma International together with other companies.   Even more interesting to read that the companies include BP and … Continue reading

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The Battle Of Poznan

Even in the EU, not all countries support equal rights for gay people. Witness this report from Poland.

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More Executions

Two more gay men have apparently been publicly executed in Iran for the ‘crime’ of being gay. As I’ve said before, I have a lot to be thankful for about the accident of my birthplace.

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Talk To The Hand

A rather good interview in the New York Times. It’s by Deborah Solomon, who interviews Lynne Truss, the author of Eats, Shoots and Leaves, and now Talk To The Hand. I get the feeling that Ms Solomon didn’t quite know … Continue reading

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At Swim, Two Boys

We went to the local theatre last night. We had tickets to see "At Swim, Two Boys" – a dance work produced by Earthfall, in collaboration with Jamie O’Neill, who wrote the book of the same name. The book is … Continue reading

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Has the World Gone Mad?

It must have, if Baileys is truly the best-selling liqueur in the world.

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Christmas Is Coming…

So here’s a gift idea for you. Tasteful, doncha think? I’m sure, as the blurb says, that it would be a conversation starter at any gathering – as in "who let that loon in here?" or "I wouldn’t be seen … Continue reading

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OLPC

That stands for One Laptop Per Child – a project aimed at providing a cheap and robust laptop to children in developing countries. It’s aimed at bridging the so-called Digital Divide.   It’s certainly an ambitious project, and has caught … Continue reading

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Allah’s Creatures

I see that Ayaan Hirsi Ali has finished the script of Submission II – the followup to the film that caused outrage in the Muslim community last year. She doesn’t seem to have relented in her efforts to point out … Continue reading

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How Much Time?

The shortfall in pensions continues to be an issue in the news. I see that the UK government is proposing to raise the retirement age from 65 to 67. I’m sure that some people might well think well, it’s only … Continue reading

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Reliving The Experience

There was a documentary on BBC this week about the London bombs of 7/7/2005. I didn’t see it. Rachel did though. She was caught up in the bombings, and watching the documentary made her relive the experience. Read it.

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One Down, Four To Go

Apparently, Osama bin Laden wants the United States to convert to Islam, ditch its constitution, abolish banks, jail homosexuals and sign the Kyoto climate change treaty. These are from his statements now gathered together in a book, according to this … Continue reading

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Almost Impossible

And talking of ID cards, I see that Dame Stella Rimington, ex-head of MI5, has let the cat out of the bag. She has made the obvious point that ID cards would "only be of some use if they could … Continue reading

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I Am Not A Number…

…I am a free man. If that phrase strikes you as a plea against ID cards, then you’re probably too young to have seen The Prisoner – one of the seminal TV series of the 1960s. The Guardian reports today … Continue reading

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Those Crazy Swedes

These were created by a Swedish designer. They’ve sold out. It’s very much the sort of thing that would appeal to the Dutch, who tend to have a fairly earthy sense of humour. I fully expect to see serried ranks of … Continue reading

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Excuse Me?

Sometimes I think that the human psyche can’t get any weirder. Then I read this. Oh well, at least he’s won some sort of Darwin award and taken himself out of the gene pool…   (hat tip to Kameron at … Continue reading

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