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Why is everyone pretending about Ireland’s debt?, Chunomics

Why is everyone pretending about Ireland’s debt?

Just a footnote on the further €24billion of recapitalisation the Irish banks need to keep them going.
Shortly before Christmas last a bunch of financial journalists, myself included, were summoned at short notice to the Irish embassy in London to meet the minister  of foreign affairs, Michael Martin, who was offering a briefing on the state [...]

By | Chunomics | Friday, 1 April 2011 at 11:34 am

Online House Hunter: Friday quiz, Property

Online House Hunter: Friday quiz

How well do you know your house and the housing market? Try our Online House Hunter’s fun quiz…

By | Property | Friday, 1 April 2011 at 7:00 am

Motorcycle Diaries – KTM RC8R 2011, Notebook

Motorcycle Diaries – KTM RC8R 2011

In my eyes, this is simply one of the most beautiful motorbikes ever made, but in the past it had some obvious faults…let’s see if KTM have listened to the feedback on this year’s top of the range version, which is a jaw droppingly low £13,000 compared to last year’s £15k model!

By | Notebook | Friday, 1 April 2011 at 6:00 am

iBet: Enjoy the madness at Peterborough, Sport

iBet: Enjoy the madness at Peterborough

Peterborough v Bournemouth, tonight 7.45pm
Lay under 1.5 goals at 4.5 to one
You’ve got to love watching Peterborough. The Posh have played 19 games at home this season, and all of them have produced at least two goals. In fact only one of them has finished under the 2.5 goals line. This [...]

By | Sport | Friday, 1 April 2011 at 12:01 am

“Yes, we would make two-thirds of the cuts”, Eagle Eye

“Yes, we would make two-thirds of the cuts”

Gratified to see Evan Davis (right), in his interview with Ed Miliband on the Today programme, use the same analysis of Labour’s policy on the deficit as my post on Tuesday. He asked Miliband to accept that Labour planned to cut spending by two-thirds as much as the Government intends to do: 63 per cent [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 31 March 2011 at 3:29 pm

UN resolutions; only applicable to support our interests, Notebook

UN resolutions; only applicable to support our interests

UN security resolution 1973.  UN security resolution 1973.  UN security resolution 1973. Now it makes it legal for us to arm the Libyan ‘rebels’, the same ‘rebels’ that were working for Gaddafi a few weeks ago, the same Gaddafi it was OK for us to arm a couple of months before that, the same Gaddafi [...]

By | Notebook | Thursday, 31 March 2011 at 3:26 pm

The rise of melancholic dance music, Music

The rise of melancholic dance music

Smiling disco divas turn back – the dancefloors have had a melancholic makeover- but still upbeat enough to simultaneously dance and cry to. The arguable leader of the pack is James Blake, who burst (well, shuffled uncomfortably) onto the scene towards the latter end of last year, dropping bassy beats with some of the most [...]

By | Music, Notebook | Thursday, 31 March 2011 at 2:57 pm

Fulham v Blackpool – expect a Thriller, Sport

Fulham v Blackpool – expect a Thriller

Fulham play Blackpool at the weekend, and while the visitors have a reputation as the Premier League’s entertainers, expect them to be upstaged this Sunday.
If you hadn’t heard already, Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed will be unveiling a statue of Michael Jackson shortly before the game. The Egyptian millionaire commissioned the effigy after the performer’s [...]

By | Sport | Thursday, 31 March 2011 at 1:38 pm

The soap opera that is English football, Sport

The soap opera that is English football

Oh how the English love a good struggle and a debate! Hats off to the media and all those involved in English football for keeping us interested in what was admittedly a wasted week of international football.
John Terry. Bless him! If not for him, papers wouldn’t have sold as much. Fabio Capello – he deserves [...]

By | Sport | Thursday, 31 March 2011 at 12:30 pm

In it for the long run: why rock stars don’t run marathons, Sport

In it for the long run: why rock stars don’t run marathons

I was having dinner with friends a month or so ago, enjoying a glass of red wine with my meal, when one of them said ‘so you’re still drinking then?’
Now I’ll be honest, it hadn’t crossed my mind to stop. I’d obviously avoided drinking to excess as there are few things as awful as running [...]

By | Sport | Thursday, 31 March 2011 at 11:59 am

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