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Online House Hunter: Property’s north face, Property

Online House Hunter: Property’s north face

Grim up north? Certainly not says our Online House Hunter who explores the growing north-south divide in the property market.

By | Property | Thursday, 2 June 2011 at 11:04 am

Reagan: too left wing for today’s Republicans, Chunomics

Reagan: too left wing for today’s Republicans

They were doing a roaring trade at the Ronald Reagan Library this holiday weekend, with crowds so big that the car-park overflowed and visitors were forced to undergo the most un-American ordeal of parking up to a mile from the gate and walking up a steep hill to the ticket office.
Like all modern Presidents, The Gipper preserved his personal memorabilia [...]

By | Chunomics, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 2 June 2011 at 6:41 am

Diluting the Blairite Revolution, Eagle Eye

Diluting the Blairite Revolution

A well-informed reader writes with a useful corrective comment on my recent blog and article about the academies revolution:
You make a big implicit assumption, which is that the findings of the encouraging Machin and Vernoit research (pdf) into the previous Government’s academies (which were schools that had previously been poorly performing) can be applied to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 1 June 2011 at 9:19 pm

Eric Schmidt: Google tried to use personal info from Facebook in data-sharing deal, Science & Technology

Eric Schmidt: Google tried to use personal info from Facebook in data-sharing deal

Google tried to “partner” with Facebook in a bid to gain access to its users’ personal information, the search giant’s executive chairman has revealed. Eric Schmidt believed Facebook data would improve Google’s search function.

By | Science & Technology | Wednesday, 1 June 2011 at 5:44 pm

An autobiography of FIFA, Sport

An autobiography of FIFA

I am FIFA – the single most powerful sports organisation in the world. I am the one that organizes what is undoubtedly the greatest competition one will see every four years.
I have the power to bring joy and despair to millions of people in each country. When I visit you, you know you are about [...]

By | Sport | Wednesday, 1 June 2011 at 5:26 pm

Lessons from History: Obama, Congress and Libyan Intervention, The Foreign Desk

Lessons from History: Obama, Congress and Libyan Intervention

A normal politician may have found it daunting to be the first President in history to be given the stage that once played host to the embalmed body of Winston Churchill and decapitated corpse of Charles I. He may have felt the need to clear his head and schedule with a morning of absolute isolation, [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 1 June 2011 at 3:05 pm

The Conspirator – Trailer, Film

The Conspirator – Trailer

Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.

By | Film | Wednesday, 1 June 2011 at 2:42 pm

Gall’s Law, Eagle Eye

Gall’s Law

A letter to The Independent today:
There is an informal rule in internet comments that any comparison with Hitler and the Nazis immediately closes the discussion and causes the person who made the reference to lose the debate. Perhaps we could have a similar rule to be invoked when anyone blames events today on the prime minister [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 1 June 2011 at 1:45 pm

John Redwood: his part in the credit bubble, Eagle Eye

John Redwood: his part in the credit bubble

Those who were even more laissez faire than Gordon Brown and Tony Blair in the boom shouldn’t be allowed to get away with rewriting history now and presenting themselves as unheeded prophets. Thankfully, with Redwood at least, we have the paper trail to show that he was no such thing.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 1 June 2011 at 1:31 pm

Rugby League: The playlist, Sport

Rugby League: The playlist

I’ve had need lately to draw up a themed programme of music for my forthcoming bash.
As it’s based around a cricket match – my Over-50s versus the callow youths captained by The Guardian’s Andy Wilson, since you asked – I want the game of cricket to be represented.
I’ve tracked down Roy Harper’s “When an Old [...]

By | Sport | Wednesday, 1 June 2011 at 1:02 pm

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