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Smells like teen spirit: an interview with the cast of Skins, Notebook

Smells like teen spirit: an interview with the cast of Skins

Ever since it stormed onto our screens four years ago, Skins has never been far away from controversy. Now on it’s fifth series and third group of teenagers to be launched into a whirlwind of debauchery, I caught up with Jessica Sula and Sean Teale who play Grace and Nick in the show, as they talk about the mixed reactions to this series and their own experiences with sex and drugs.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 24 March 2011 at 6:00 am

iBet: Simply – England are better than Wales, Sport

iBet: Simply – England are better than Wales

Wales v England, Euro 2012 Qualifiers, Saturday 3pm
Back England at 1-2
Wales have only scored once in their three qualifying games so far – against Switzerland, Montenegro and Bulgaria – so they won’t be relishing a competitive game against the old enemy England. In contrast England have only conceded once and have scored seven times. Put [...]

By | Sport | Thursday, 24 March 2011 at 1:00 am

The Cost of Obesity, Notebook

The Cost of Obesity

£4.2 billion is spent on obesity every year by the NHS. Pretty huge. This astonishing amount of money is spent on gastric bypass operations, stomach stapling, jaw wiring, cosmetic surgery and medications for diabetes, high blood pressure and numerous other problems brought on by living lazily on a diet of, well, crap.
Today, whilst lazing [...]

By | Notebook | Thursday, 24 March 2011 at 12:00 am

Sometimes we need a bit of Commons traditionalisation, Eagle Eye

Sometimes we need a bit of Commons traditionalisation

A shocking trend worsened at Prime Minister’s Questions today. I do not refer to the Speaker’s habit of adding on time for stoppages. (Today’s was not the worst, possibly because the Budget was following – the last question was called at nearly 12.32 – I haven’t kept a record, but I am sure that others [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 23 March 2011 at 10:20 pm

A Dog That Just Barked, Eagle Eye

A Dog That Just Barked

The bomb in Jerusalem today reminds me of a dog that hasn’t barked for a while – since, according to the BBC, 2004. There was a time, it seemed, when suicide bombings were a frequent occurrence in Israeli life, especially in Jerusalem. Then they built The Wall.
The separation barrier was widely condemned outside Israel. Plainly, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 23 March 2011 at 9:45 pm

Was all alien life sucked into a black hole after ‘white dwarf hypernova’ star explosion… and could it wipe us out too?, Eagle Eye

Was all alien life sucked into a black hole after ‘white dwarf hypernova’ star explosion… and could it wipe us out too?

They have twigged at the Daily Mail. Someone up there has finally seen my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No on this blog. So now they are doing it on purpose. Two in one. Numbers 539 and 540.
I should end it here.
But they won’t stop me that easily.
Many thanks to PaulH61.
Picture: Alamy

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 23 March 2011 at 7:52 pm

Budget 2011: Fuelling growth?, Chunomics

Budget 2011: Fuelling growth?

I have no doubt that the Plan for Growth the Chancellor announced, plus his commendable determination to tame the public finances, will raise the UK’s underlying growth rate, though the benefits will not be seen for many years.

By | Chunomics | Wednesday, 23 March 2011 at 6:05 pm

Miliband fails to meet the challenge, Notebook

Miliband fails to meet the challenge

If March 23rd will be remembered for anything in the catacombs of history it certainly won’t be for the somewhat lack-lustre retort of Labour leader Ed Miliband in the House of Commons. Whereas George Osborne may get a footnote, a short line along the lines of “Chancellor continues doomed plan for [...]

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 23 March 2011 at 5:36 pm

James Watt’s perfect engine, Notebook

James Watt’s perfect engine

When the great steam engineer James Watt died in 1819 his family turned the key in the door of his attic workshop, and it lay largely undisturbed, gathering dust for years.
Then a few historians of the Industrial Revolution gained special access. One was Watt’s biographer J P Muirhead who was deeply affected. He saw:

‘all [...]

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 23 March 2011 at 5:27 pm

And the New Statesman’s view on Libya is …, Eagle Eye

And the New Statesman’s view on Libya is …

I quote from the press release announcing the position taken by the New Statesman on the issue of the day, namely military intervention in Libya:
In an Editor’s Note, Jason Cowley argues that today’s politicians should heed the warnings of John Stuart Mill before embarking on another military adventure in a Muslim country.
“This week, once again, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 23 March 2011 at 4:28 pm

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