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Bhutan climbs a learning curve for happiness, The Foreign Desk

Bhutan climbs a learning curve for happiness

Jigmi Yoeser Thinley, the 58-year old prime minister of Bhutan, (right) says he was rebellious when he was young with “hair below my shoulders”. In 1974, he even wore jeans to a royal coronation that took place in front of a golden Buddha in Thimpu’s majestic Tashichhodzong.
“Now I am a soldier of tradition” he says proudly [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 29 May 2011 at 1:28 pm

Fighting out of the Fringes: Government Inspector – big cast, big names, big effort, Arts

Fighting out of the Fringes: Government Inspector – big cast, big names, big effort

There was a heady hum of anticipation from the young audience that came to David Harrower’s version of this Russian satire when I arrived to see The Government Inspector.  There was the feel we were in for something big.  A cast of fifteen, two big TV names and a co-production involving the continuously innovative Warwick [...]

By | Arts | Saturday, 28 May 2011 at 6:02 pm

Is this Bigfoot caught on video?, Eagle Eye

Is this Bigfoot caught on video?

I do not know what number this is in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, because I cannot find the first time I asked (and answered) it.
But the Daily Mail is now asking it again, and quoting a woman who insists that it really is Bigfoot this time.
Update: I’ve found it. [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 28 May 2011 at 5:34 pm

Deceptiveness about Iraq, Eagle Eye

Deceptiveness about Iraq

The robustness of Philippe Sands’s opinion that he didn’t agree with the invasion of Iraq is undermined by an article he has written to introduce his talk at the Hay festival today. It praises Daniel Ellsberg, the New York Times and the US Supreme Court for the publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Ellsberg [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 28 May 2011 at 4:53 pm

Have the Metropolitan Police gone mad?, Notebook

Have the Metropolitan Police gone mad?

Of course, I never expected to receive any kind of justice or openness from an investigation which consisted of the Metropolitan Police, whom I consider to be one of the most corrupt and inept institutions in the country, investigating themselves, but their report on my case was even poorer than I could have imagined.

By | Notebook | Saturday, 28 May 2011 at 3:44 pm

Haunted by the spectre of chaos, Eagle Eye

Haunted by the spectre of chaos

The trouble with pedantry is that there is always more of it. I remember the shock of being told, at the age of 24 when I thought I knew everything, that I had misspelt “minuscule”. (By Sarah Benton, the wonderful deputy editor of the New Statesman.) Guy Keleny in his Errors & Omissions column today [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 28 May 2011 at 11:54 am

Do low corporate tax rates reduce revenues but fail to create jobs?, Chunomics

Do low corporate tax rates reduce revenues but fail to create jobs?

The TUC report out today argues that low corporate tax rates reduce revenues but fail to create jobs. Their argument is that the UK enjoys “an extremely competitive tax rate. More than 90 per cent of UK businesses pay the small business rate of 20 per cent while the effective corporate tax rate for large [...]

By | Chunomics | Saturday, 28 May 2011 at 12:00 am

Barcelona v Manchester United – don’t believe the hype, Sport

Barcelona v Manchester United – don’t believe the hype

The perfect final, a clash of the two best teams in the world, a classic in waiting. These are just some of the ways in which Saturday’s Champions League final has been described.

By | Sport | Friday, 27 May 2011 at 5:41 pm

Top of the posts, Notebook

Top of the posts

Our top posts and blogs of the week

By | Notebook | Friday, 27 May 2011 at 3:52 pm

Blackpool the best ‘one-season wonders’ for 13 years, Sport

Blackpool the best ‘one-season wonders’ for 13 years

When their relegation was confirmed last Sunday, Blackpool became the 26th side in the Premier League’s history to be relegated in the first season after coming up from the Championship. In this regard, they are ‘One-season wonders’ (OSWs), and though it won’t be much solace to them, their 39 points made [...]

By | Sport | Friday, 27 May 2011 at 3:34 pm

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