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It is reasonable to question Lord Carlile’s judgement on control orders, Eagle Eye

It is reasonable to question Lord Carlile’s judgement on control orders

Carlile’s views should be taken seriously. And he has shown his independence of mind by his willingness to criticise the police’s over-use of stop and search. Yet I don’t think his analysis on control orders should be uncritically accepted.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 8:23 pm

New ‘like’ features on independent.co.uk, Notebook

New ‘like’ features on independent.co.uk

Our latest social initiatives at The Independent are designed to give users access to our content through social networks in categories which are more representative of what they’re interested in.

By | Notebook, Sport | Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 7:14 pm

Alarming Cliché Count, Eagle Eye

Alarming Cliché Count

David Mills draws Nick Clegg’s article for today’s Sun to my attention, saying, in the tone of Obi-Wan Kenobi when Qui-Gon Jinn tests Anakin Skywalker for midi-chlorians, that it contains “more clichés per 100 words than any piece of political copy I have ever seen.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 6:13 pm

Ashes heroes, Hodgson gone, and how to bring back the magic of the FA Cup, Sport

Ashes heroes, Hodgson gone, and how to bring back the magic of the FA Cup

So I’ve clearly been celebrating the Ashes victory out in Aus for far too long, and haven’t got around to writing a blog for a few days, although I do have a reason, turns out you can get something called “Sprinklers Elbow”, a terrible condition which can strike at any time, if you happen to have been doing the Sprinkler dance to every Australian you see for about a week!

By | Sport | Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 5:36 pm

It’s a hoax! The Great Twitter Pro-ana Experiment…, Notebook

It’s a hoax! The Great Twitter Pro-ana Experiment…

We all knew it anyway. Here lies the explanation behind the ridiculous behaviour of a cretin named Kenneth.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 5:32 pm

The FA are the only joke in the Ryan Babel tweet saga, Sport

The FA are the only joke in the Ryan Babel tweet saga

Liverpool winger Ryan Babel posted a mocked-up picture of Howard Webb on Sunday on the social networking site Twitter.
The image showed the referee wearing a Manchester United shirt, along with the words: “And they call him one of the best referees? That’s a joke. SMH (shaking my head).”
Babel apologised for the post later that same [...]

By | Sport | Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 2:58 pm

The Diamond loses its sparkle, Eagle Eye

The Diamond loses its sparkle

Diamond also kept stating that Barclays was a well managed bank that came through the crisis in good shape. This is a myth. Barclays had made $22.9bn in write downs by the first quarter of 2010.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 1:59 pm

The Greatest Literary Moments in Film (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Film), Arts

The Greatest Literary Moments in Film (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Film)

The upcoming release of Never Let Me Go, adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro’s widely acclaimed novel, will doubtless prompt a familiar anxiety in cinema audiences.  Palms will sweat over plot deviation, expletives will be uttered about the casting of Keira Knightley.  The fear that a film will butcher a beloved book is so widespread that you [...]

By | Arts | Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 1:59 pm

Inflammatory political rhetoric: a musical view, The Foreign Desk

Inflammatory political rhetoric: a musical view

Inflammatory rhetoric is something that, recently,  I’ve been thinking about a great deal; about its capacity to drown out more reasoned political debate, and to give rise to rage.  Following the shooting of the Democrat congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the death of six members of her audience at a public meeting, the Republicans are currently [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 12:33 pm

Lionel Messi teaches us that being selfish is good, Sport

Lionel Messi teaches us that being selfish is good

The old adage which you hear on the training ground that the ‘team comes before the player’ needs to be thrown out of the window.
If you think that you are the best, don’t look for your semi-talented, occasionally good but generally mediocre team mates to support you, but just take that ball and run like [...]

By | Sport | Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 12:26 pm

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