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Number 472 of the series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked on the front cover of Cosmopolitan. According to my informant.
Who has read the article concerned and observes that texting and driving is not the fault of the person at the other end of a text exchange.
Normally each Christmas, I struggle to find some semblance of spirituality amidst the mass advertising and consumption that has become so prolific and synonymous with the festive period.
Doing some housekeeping, so here is a random selection of blogs from the early part of the year.
Interview with Alastair Campbell, June.
The Air-Breathing Fish, March.
Cassandra unmasked, March.
Why I like Samantha Cameron, February.
The Disintegration of the SWP, February.
Correct Use of “Decimation”, February.
Anyone have any tips on blog archiving?
A seasonal Question to Which the Answer is No, number 471, asked by Pete Wedderburn, the Telegraph’s vet.
With all the grim weather around, it’s a good time to take a look at the Champions League betting. The dates for the first legs of the knockout phase proper are February 22nd and 23rd.
Sir Jack Hobbs and Wally Hammond were arguably two of England’s finest batsmen during their prime, and with that came a particular fondness for Australian tracks. The former, who made his international debut at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in 1928, went on to score 1,178 Test runs at the ground, the highest by any Englishman, while Hammond is the only Englishman to have scored a double-century for England at the 100,000 seater stadium.
If the weather and the ‘elf ‘n’ safety folk allow, then the old tradition of derby games will be alive and well in London this Boxing Day weekend, with two capital derbies bookending the weekend’s Premier League fixtures. First up is Fulham against West Ham at midday on Sunday, and last up is Arsenal against Chelsea on Monday evening in a game with all the ingredients for a sizzler.
Jovel Walker, known to most as Random Impulse, is an electric-guitar-playing-grime-MC from north London. He’s been causing somewhat of a stir on the underground music scene recently with his ‘Refix’ series, which sees him remake and add his own twist on some old and new tracks by artists that he admires. Having sold an impressive amount of mixtapes, all 16,000 of them, Random Impulse has proven that he doesn’t need to sell out or change who he is, musically, to gain fans.
The decision to raise university tuition fees has raised an understandable furore. Although personally I am vehemently against any rise in tuition fees, the situation at least, does provide a space to reflect on global education.
Brett Arends at The Wall Street Journal, in explaining why he does not want an iPad for Christmas, drops this anecdote:
Someone I know — now, as it happens, a British member of parliament — once sat down to play Civilization, a role-playing game [right], on a PC one Saturday evening and didn’t finish until three [...]
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