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Top 10 Mixed Metaphors, Eagle Eye

Top 10 Mixed Metaphors

My Top 10 in The New Review, The Independent on Sunday magazine, on Sunday was mixed metaphors. The best was possibly Ernest Bevin’s:
I don’t like it. When you open that Pandora’s box, you will find it full of Trojan horses.
This was supplied by the great and wondrous Francis Wheen, at whose feet I learned depressingly [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 18 March 2014 at 4:15 pm

Ibet: Lewandowski To Notch Against Zenit; Second Half To Open Up At Old Trafford, Football

Ibet: Lewandowski To Notch Against Zenit; Second Half To Open Up At Old Trafford

Of the two Champions League ties on Wednesday night I would be happier taking a position about the Dortmund game than the fixture at Old Trafford.

By | Football, Notebook, Sport | Tuesday, 18 March 2014 at 1:26 pm

How Not to Disagree, Eagle Eye

How Not to Disagree

Those of us on the moderate left have an uneasy relationship with the Guardian. It should be our natural home, a place for woolly liberals to communally wring our hands, and this is indeed the image “Guardian reader” once called to mind; the lentil-friendly constituency most memorably (and damningly) satirised in the work of Posy [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 17 March 2014 at 6:55 pm

‘Back to the Garden’: A compelling portrayal of ordinary people, Arts

‘Back to the Garden’: A compelling portrayal of ordinary people

I found myself caring deeply about these painfully ordinary people, and hoping they could find a way through their problems.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 17 March 2014 at 2:42 pm

Dish of the day: English chefs, Dish of the Day

Dish of the day: English chefs

Not so long ago, the catering industry was the go to place for those who didn’t know what they wanted to do, or couldn’t do much else.

By | Dish of the Day | Monday, 17 March 2014 at 1:58 pm

Peak UKIP Postponed, Eagle Eye

Peak UKIP Postponed

I may have been wrong about “peak UKIP”. I wrote recently that, having failed to come up with a sensational by-election win, of the kind that delivered the oxygen of publicity to the Liberals, the SDP and the Lib Dems in their years of trying to break up the two-party system, UKIP would probably come [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 17 March 2014 at 1:46 pm

Why Prince Charles can be relieved Tony Benn is no longer around.

Prince Charles can be mildly relieved that Tony Benn is no longer with us, though he may not know the reason. Benn was a privy councillor. The Privy Council as such has not met since 1952. What are called Privy Council meetings are actually just brief gatherings of a handful of ministers who are there [...]

By | McSmith | Monday, 17 March 2014 at 10:20 am

Tony Benn: Maudlin Remembrances, Eagle Eye

Tony Benn: Maudlin Remembrances

Tom McNally, political secretary to James Callaghan, Labour MP 1979-81, SDP 1981-83, leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords and Justice Minister until last year, to the Mile End Group in December 2006:
One of the reasons why I want to live a long life is to be around when Wedgie pops his [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 16 March 2014 at 7:34 pm

Ed Balls on the lessons he has learned, Eagle Eye

Ed Balls on the lessons he has learned

Ed Balls was on The Andrew Marr Show this morning. He had a nice line about learning from experience, trying to turn his service in Gordon Brown’s government to his advantage:
I’ve made mistakes as well. We should have been tougher on regulating the banks when George Osborne kept telling me I was being too tough. [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 16 March 2014 at 3:56 pm

Interview with Paul Wolinski of 65daysofstatic: “We had very little idea what we were doing”, Arts

Interview with Paul Wolinski of 65daysofstatic: “We had very little idea what we were doing”

10 years ago 65daysofstatic released their debut album, The Fall of Math and fans of wildly skittering synth beats married to epic sweeping vistas of grandiose guitar noise rejoiced. Remfry Dedman asked founder member Paul Wolinski how the album has impacted on the bands career, then and now.

By | Arts, Music, Notebook | Sunday, 16 March 2014 at 9:37 am

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