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“Obama is Awesome”: the transcript, Eagle Eye

“Obama is Awesome”: the transcript

Can’t seem to update my blog on the “Obama is Awesome” video without losing the embed code.
One of my friends, who took a reasonable view in opposition to British participation in the Iraq invasion, didn’t appreciate it. “A crude caricature of a small portion of the anti-war majority in the US, mixed with some of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 28 March 2011 at 2:54 pm

iBet: England the invincibles, Sport

iBet: England the invincibles

Back England to go through the campaign unbeaten, Euro 2012 Qualification
4-6 with Bet 365
Not much to go at Monday night and a good time to look for some long term value. England were mighty impressive in winning us a few quid on Saturday and the price of 4-6 available with Bet365 for them to go [...]

By | Sport | Monday, 28 March 2011 at 12:55 pm

Lost in Translation: The Peddling of Party Politics, Notebook

Lost in Translation: The Peddling of Party Politics

While pondering the philosophical and social turbulence that defined his generation Pulitzer prize winner Robert Frost famously said: “Poetry is what gets lost in translation”. He was talking, of course, about subtlety, about the ability to infer a suggestion that goes beyond the bullish rhetoric that surrounded him and gave raise to European fascism.
Sitting here now, [...]

By | Notebook | Monday, 28 March 2011 at 11:41 am

There is an alternative, but it is not the Labour Party, Notebook

There is an alternative, but it is not the Labour Party

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people marched through London to demonstrate against the governments’ cuts and to advocate for an alternative. The demonstration ended with a rally at Hyde Park, but the fact that Ed Miliband, head of the Labour Party, was invited to speak at the rally, is an insult.
Let us not have [...]

By | Notebook | Monday, 28 March 2011 at 11:20 am

‘The Return of Ulysses’ as travestied by ENO, and honoured by Pierre Audi; and Peter Brook’s ‘A Magic Flute’, Arts

‘The Return of Ulysses’ as travestied by ENO, and honoured by Pierre Audi; and Peter Brook’s ‘A Magic Flute’

Substituting a modest ‘a’ for the usual ‘the’, Peter Brook’s ‘Flute’ comes courtesy of seven barefoot singers, two dreadlocked actors, a pianist, simple lighting changes, and thirty bamboo poles: the flute isn’t played, but hovers magically in the air. Those who dislike this production itemise the things that aren’t there: no Three Ladies, no Three [...]

By | Arts | Monday, 28 March 2011 at 10:42 am

A toxic cocktail, Notebook

A toxic cocktail

My body would stiffen and I’d look away as the tourniquet was tightened around my arm. If I was lucky they’d find a vein first time, and insert a needle. This remained in place for hours, while a cocktail of drugs flowed into my body.

By | Notebook | Monday, 28 March 2011 at 10:17 am

Games review roundup: Crysis 2; Pilotwings Resort; Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition; Ridge Racer 3D, Games

Games review roundup: Crysis 2; Pilotwings Resort; Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition; Ridge Racer 3D

A weekly roundup of our bite-size games reviews, this week featuring nanosuited power games in Crysis 2; the flight paths of Wuhu Island in Pilotwings Resort; more fisticuffs from Ryu, Zangief, et al in Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition; and don’t mirror, don’t signal, manouvre anyway in Ridge Racer 3D.

By | Games, Notebook | Monday, 28 March 2011 at 9:38 am

Online House Hunter: A house by the sea, Property

Online House Hunter: A house by the sea

Has the spring sunshine started you dreaming about a home by the sea? Our online house hunter points you in the right direction.

By | Property | Monday, 28 March 2011 at 7:00 am

Blogging through illness: help or hindrance?, Health

Blogging through illness: help or hindrance?

Sharing your deepest secrets with strangers over the internet shouldn’t come naturally, should it? What did we do with ourselves before we discovered that we could use the world wide web as a platform to vent, to moan, to release all the thoughts that otherwise are compartmentalised in the depths of the mind, refusing to [...]

By | Health, Notebook | Sunday, 27 March 2011 at 9:10 pm

Second City Blues, Eagle Eye

Second City Blues

Just caught up with a speech (pdf) given by Andrew Adonis, former Transport Secretary and driving force behind the academy schools programme, in Birmingham the other day.
Former Cabinet ministers tend not to give interesting speeches, but this is an exception. The Liberal Democrat deputy leader of Birmingham council found it a little too interesting for [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 27 March 2011 at 5:03 pm

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