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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

The Trafalgar Square kettle: these are the facts, I was there, Notebook

The Trafalgar Square kettle: these are the facts, I was there

In the coming days, various media and political commentators who have not done so already will have their say on the the violence seen at Trafalgar Square. It will be worth asking how many of them actually saw any of it for themselves. These are the bare facts from inside the kettle, written neither in condemnation nor in support of any faction.

By | Notebook | Sunday, 27 March 2011 at 3:44 pm

Gates and Buffett show rich Indians how to help the poor, The Foreign Desk

Gates and Buffett show rich Indians how to help the poor

DELHI: It’s easy to be cynical about people like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett doling out millions and even billions of dollars to poor and needy communities world-wide, having made their fortunes working the world markets – one in information technology and the other in finance. It’s also easy to be cynical about Indian businessmen [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 27 March 2011 at 10:47 am

“Obama is Awesome”, Eagle Eye

“Obama is Awesome”

Thanks to Blair Supporter for finding this fabulous YouTube film entitled “Coworkers Compare Iraq and Libya”. Satirising anti-war arguments against the Iraq war, he asks if she is happy that “Obomber” is attacking a country that has no WMD and innocent civilians will die. She responds: “Obama is awesome.” Or: “Obama is cool and awesome.” [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 26 March 2011 at 10:26 pm

“Anybody who doesn’t have regrets is an idiot”, Eagle Eye

“Anybody who doesn’t have regrets is an idiot”

I haven’t covered Blair hatred for a while. It’s pretty irrelevant and I was getting no closer to understanding its psychopathology.
When a commenter on this blog says, “Blair is worse than Hitler, not in terms of scale, but in terms of honesty”, there doesn’t seem much point in even noting it. And just because Katharine [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 26 March 2011 at 6:35 pm

Running Commentary by Paddy Ashdown, Eagle Eye

Running Commentary by Paddy Ashdown

Paddy Ashdown is interviewed by Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson in The Times today (pay wall). He is accurately rude about the Labour Party’s positioning:
He predicts that Labour will look increasingly like “a bunch of superannuated students shouting from the sidelines”.
But what is more interesting is his scepticism about the NHS reforms:
If someone asks me, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 26 March 2011 at 5:35 pm

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