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Purple prose, Eagle Eye

Purple prose

Oh well. It’s doomed then. The Purple Book, a collection of essays by Labour modernisers echoing The Orange Book of Liberal Democrats, will have a theme, according to Rachel Sylvester in The Times (pay wall):
The overarching theme will be the need to move away from reliance on a big State and redistribute power to individuals [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 19 April 2011 at 10:12 am

Cameron’s problem with listening, Eagle Eye

Cameron’s problem with listening

David Cameron has just come off the Today Programme with a strong defence of the Government’s now famous NHS ‘listening exercise’. But there is a suggestion around Westminster that the man who came up with the idea was not Mr Cameron but his new spin doctor Craig Oliver.
Mr Oliver is said to have persuaded his [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 19 April 2011 at 9:23 am

Online House Hunter: Not quite so average, Property

Online House Hunter: Not quite so average

An average-priced house doesn’t have to be average in appearance. Our Online House Hunter Alan Cleaver zooms in on some of the unusual homes and locations available for £232,628.

By | Property | Tuesday, 19 April 2011 at 7:04 am

Honda CBR250R 2011 vs Kawasaki Ninja 250R 2011 Shootout, Notebook

Honda CBR250R 2011 vs Kawasaki Ninja 250R 2011 Shootout

There is a new pretender to the throne of the coveted 250cc market, trying to steal the Ninja’s dominance, so we put the new kid on the block, the Honda, up against its market leading rival, to see who comes out on top

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 19 April 2011 at 6:00 am

Tribal voters are a dying breed, Notebook

Tribal voters are a dying breed

Tribal British voters are a dying breed. New polling by YouGov for IPPR shows that almost two thirds of voters say that more than one political party represents their views and values. Less than one in five say that only one party comes close to reflecting their views and values and that they are strongly opposed to all others. It’s not just retail politics, it seems that British voters are becoming more promiscuous as they become less tribal.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 19 April 2011 at 6:00 am

iBet: An in-form Wayne Rooney at St James’ Park suggests goals, Sport

iBet: An in-form Wayne Rooney at St James’ Park suggests goals

Newcastle v Man Utd, Premier League, tonight 7.45pm

Lay under 1.5 goals at 3.2 to one
Newcastle home games are much more prolific than their away fixtures. Their 16 fixtures at St James’ Park have seen 59 goals at an average of around 3.7 goals a game. Only Man Utd have scored more goals at home than [...]

By | Sport | Tuesday, 19 April 2011 at 12:01 am

Forensics age Tibet’s “disappeared” Panchen Lama, Arts

Forensics age Tibet’s “disappeared” Panchen Lama

Tibet’s Panchen Lama is a figure of utmost religious and political importance. In Tibet, the Panchen and Dalai Lamas have a mutually significant relationship. The Panchen Lama is involved in selecting the next Dalai Lama and vice-versa. In recent years, the identity of the Panchen Lama has become a source of dispute and political leverage [...]

By | Arts | Monday, 18 April 2011 at 8:30 pm

Footnotes to Genius, Eagle Eye

Footnotes to Genius

I am again dipping in and out of Christopher Hitchens’s memoir, Hitch-22, after a pause to digest the sudden succession of political memoirs (Mandelson, Blair, Campbell vol 2, Richards, Cowley and Kavanagh, Seldon and Lodge).
I have come across several gems, often in footnotes.
Exhibit 1.
The Hitch’s first proper job in journalism was as Social Science Correspondent [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 18 April 2011 at 5:46 pm

In it for the long run: marathon day, Health

In it for the long run: marathon day

So where to begin? Sunday 17th April 2011: London Marathon day. As anyone following this blog will know the fact that I was getting up at 6.00am to take part was achievement enough. After a week of injury hell I was so delighted to be joining the race everything else seemed somewhat irrelevant.

By | Health, Sport | Monday, 18 April 2011 at 5:37 pm

Is Sugar Toxic?, Eagle Eye

Is Sugar Toxic?

A question asked by the New York Times. Number 589 in the series. Along with number 590:
Is Sitting a Lethal Activity?
At a time when, as Peter Lattman pointed out (via Alex Massie), the top four most emailed NYT headlines were all questions.
And one of the articles begins with the words “Dr Levine’s magic underwear”.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 18 April 2011 at 4:05 pm

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