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This blog has so far been a Pope-free zone. Then I received an email press release from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights in America headed, “Atheists must apologize for Hitler.” I was going to press delete, which is what I do with crank emails, when I noticed that it attributed a quotation [...]
So you want a new smartphone and you’ve heard about this week’s launches from Nokia and HTC. But are they really any good? The Independent has had extensive access to both the Nokia N8 and the HTC Desire Z to bring you the first definitive judgements.
Both phones are bigger than the iPhone they hope to [...]
After a short break (I was on holiday), it’s time to return the clash of the journalistic titans that is our weekly rundown of the top Independent blog posts.
Who writes this of whom?
[He] ranked spiritual truth above all other values. He was willing to alienate anyone, old friends and future ones, in its pursuit … He would do what he thought right however uncomfortable or unpopular it would be.
You have to admire this intellectual courage … “A man of conscience is one who [...]
Three initial thoughts occur, on reading of the retirement of Andrew Flintoff, and ahead of the deluge of career obituaries we can look forward to tomorrow. The first relates to the potential he never fulfilled, the second to his finest hour, and the third to his character.
It’s said of all but the greatest players in any [...]
I spent a delightful hour in the office of fashion designer and cycle nut, Sir Paul Smith, a couple of weeks ago. He revealed how a pair of sunglasses dashed his teenage dreams of becoming a pro rider, and lamented the decline of the craftsman.
If there was any remaining doubt about the suit tycoon’s cycling [...]
Based on US sales alone, Halo: Reach is now the biggest entertainment launch of 2010 in the USA, eclipsing the three-day opening weekends of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters.
1. To be ruthlessly exposed as a sham or intellectually incoherent in a column by David Aaronovitch
2. To read a column by David Aaronovitch and be incredibly cheesed off that you agree with every word and didn’t write the damn column yourself, even though you were planning to next week
Both apply to my experience of reading [...]
I know I overuse the word priceless. But this is priceless. Word for word, from The Harvard Crimson, the oldest college newspaper in America:
A crowd of roughly fifteen locals gathered to protest the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s appearance last night at Harvard Square’s First Parish Cambridge Church, a scene that a passerby said [...]
Ever wondered why menus barely ever display calorie figures (however approximate)?
Logic provides two answers:
1. They can’t be bothered and are worried about getting a fat lawsuit if they get it wrong. Maybe it’s not practical for grub at the small local pub, but surely others can follow the example of the Real Greek chain.
2. They [...]
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