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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.
The Hitch’s first proper job in journalism was as Social Science Correspondent [...]
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.
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”.
Ten years ago, five students joined a martial arts school and learned the disciplines of Wushu and the bonds of friendship. Today, both will be put to the test after they and a former student stumble into a child kidnapping ring.
Abel is a nine-year-old boy whose confounding behaviour and refusal to speak has landed him in a mental health facility near his home.
ESPN America’s Michael Kim speaks with Villareal’s American-born striker Giuseppe Rossi about the NBA, MLB and reality TV.
There are huge positives to take from the Smiley Culture demonstration on Saturday. An under-represented section of society took to the streets to demand freedom, justice and an end to police brutality. Two and a half thousand people, over-whelming Afro-Carribbean, of all ages, marched with pride, determination and joy in their hearts. No arrests were made; the people were organised, united and refusing to be silent.
QPR v Derby, Championship, tonight 7.45pm
First goal odds, Lay a goal in the first ten minutes at 5-1 with Betfair
There have been early goals in the last two QPR games but I’m prepared to bet that there won’t be tonight. Prior to Taarabt’s first minute strike against Barnsley and Hulse’s seventh minute goal against Scunthorpe, [...]
I give up, when such a talented and intelligent a statesman as John Reid is reduced to spouting rubbish about electoral reform (“above all AV is not British”) just because he is on the same platform as the Prime Minister doing the same.
The column I wrote in November pronouncing the death of the Alternative Vote [...]
Forget Arsene Wenger’s immature touch-line tantrum.
Liverpool’s late, late equaliser cannot mask the profound flaw of Arsenal’s side. A consistent, muscular, no-nonsense force in central defence is so desperately needed in red and white colours. Only after splashing some cash on a back-line marshal will the North Londoners be able to play with substance as well [...]
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