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Dalglish, the Carling Cup and January transfers, Sport

Dalglish, the Carling Cup and January transfers

Kenny Dalglish: Should you ever go back?
Don’t judge a manager on two games but I do not think you can go back in life – particularly if you have been successful there. Kenny Dalglish was a brilliant player and a fine manager at both Liverpool and Blackburn. I understand why he wanted to return [...]

By | Sport | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 1:10 pm

One year after the earthquake, Haitians need real self-determination, Notebook

One year after the earthquake, Haitians need real self-determination

On Tuesday 12th January 2010, an earthquake of epic proportions hit the Caribbean island of Haiti. Despite international outcry and millions of pounds being poured into the country, we are now one year on, and over a million people are living in tents.

By | Notebook | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 11:15 am

The day Melbourne Park experienced some wet Wimbledon weather, Sport

The day Melbourne Park experienced some wet Wimbledon weather

The ‘Happy Slam’ is known for many things. Its ‘we can do anything’ atmosphere, the genteel patter of play, the thrilling late-night finishes, the sumptuous player’s lounge, the well-stocked media cafe, not to mention the oft-extraordinary tennis.

By | Sport | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 9:00 am

Another day, another corruption scandal for the Golden Globes, Arts

Another day, another corruption scandal for the Golden Globes

I was intrigued, though not entirely surprised, to read allegations of impropriety levelled against the organisers of the Golden Globes by their former PR man, Michael Russell.

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 6:11 am

The Idiot’s Guide to Anorexia, Notebook

The Idiot’s Guide to Anorexia

Inspired by the claims of the now infamous (well done for that) Kenneth Tong, I thought I would use his inane drivel and his theory of “managed anorexia” to compile this, The Idiot’s Guide to Anorexia.
1. Anorexia is NOT a lifestyle choice.
Kenneth Tong claimed that he didn’t promote Anorexia, but “managed anorexia,” a term that [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 1:30 am

iBet: Looking ahead to the Grand National with Becauseicouldntsee, Sport

iBet: Looking ahead to the Grand National with Becauseicouldntsee

Grand National, Aintree, April 9th
Back ‘Becauseicouldntsee’ at 32 to 1, 0.25pts
I’ve availed myself of a small interest in Irish horse ‘Becauseicouldntsee’ at 32-1 for the Grand National in April. No horse is currently shorter than 20-1, yet we know that plenty will go off around the 12-1 mark and ‘Becauseicouldntsee’ could be one of them.
This [...]

By | Sport | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 1:00 am

The Eye of a Needle, Eagle Eye

The Eye of a Needle

Interesting contrast between two articles in The Independent today – a tribute to the newspaper’s pluralism – by Steve Richards, its political columnist, and Sean O’Grady, its economics editor.
Richards compares the challenge to governments posed by the banks to that posed by the trade unions in the 1970s. This is similar to the point made [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 13 January 2011 at 7:41 pm

The case for ‘home abortions’, Notebook

The case for ‘home abortions’

Early Medical Abortion (EMA, aka the abortion pill) is a simple and safe procedure for abortion in the first nine weeks of pregnancy. The treatment involves taking two sets of pills, up to 48 hours apart, to induce a miscarriage.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 13 January 2011 at 4:22 pm

Ready… Aim… Fire., Notebook

Ready… Aim… Fire.

The shooting in Arizona is yielding good mileage for the American 24-hour news machine. A familiar story arc is unfolding with all the features of a tragedy in 3 Acts that will keep news cycles busy for at least a few more rotations. First we had the day itself, producing hour after hour of re-hashed [...]

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 13 January 2011 at 1:43 pm

Do We Have Ahmadinejad All Wrong?, Eagle Eye

Do We Have Ahmadinejad All Wrong?

Number 484 of my Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by Reza Aslan (cool name for Narnia fans) in The Atlantic, with a full-form supplementary question:
Is it possible that Iran’s blustering president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, long thought to be a leading force behind some of Iran’s most hard-line and repressive policies, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 13 January 2011 at 1:02 pm

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