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iBet: Belgium are an improving side, Sport

iBet: Belgium are an improving side

Belgium v Azerbaijan, Euro 2012 Qualifiers
Lay under 1.5 goals at 4.2 to one with Betfair
Those of you who took my advice to lay Austria at home to Belgium at the weekend made a nice profit with Belgium coming out comprehensive 2-0 winners. As I said at the time, in my opinion Belgium [...]

By | Sport | Tuesday, 29 March 2011 at 1:00 am

British action in Libya (still) unpopular, Eagle Eye

British action in Libya (still) unpopular

I thought the difference between ComRes, showing public opinion against British military action in Libya, and YouGov, showing support, was down to timing. ComRes’s survey for ITV News was carried out just before and just after the planes went in on 19 March. YouGov’s surveys have been carried out wholly afterwards.
But ComRes continued (on Friday) [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 28 March 2011 at 10:00 pm

British Beer Video Blog, Notebook

British Beer Video Blog

Filmed at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) annual conference, in this episode, we feature some of the new wave of young brewers of British cask-conditioned beer, Peter Amor interviews SIBA CEO Julian Grocock about the health of British Brewing and Pete Brown reviews their Champion British Beers of 2011.

By | Notebook | Monday, 28 March 2011 at 3:28 pm

Burial: The elusive pioneer returns, Music

Burial: The elusive pioneer returns

Burial fans will today be able to get their hands on his first full release in four years. The title track of the EP, Street Halo, is accompanied by two other new releases, NYC and Stolen Dog. While the reaction to last week’s release of his collaboration with Four Tet and Thom Yorke was mixed, [...]

By | Music | Monday, 28 March 2011 at 3:20 pm

“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

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