The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming by Lemony Snicket
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It is a “famous” photograph, apparently, but I haven’t seen it before, so it’s my best of the year. From The Atlantic via Marbury. A sign that is supposed to read “restaurant” in China, where they rely heavily on automated translation. (Marbury also links to this great example of automated translation gone wrong.)
Bradford’s decision to get rid of Glen Hall one year into a three year contract is a reminder that overseas recruitment is not a precise science.
The essence of democracy is disagreement, not consensus. As Karl Popper argued, we should beware the idea that exists a Rousseauian “general will” of the public, that can be identified by political leaders.
It is a strange notion to believe that the Australia of the past two decades have handed over the reigns to a side that simply does not look organised. Many who saw the drubbing that England suffered four years could never have imagined such a turnaround, with such a gulf in class.
The Chancellor says that “Europe cannot repeat the same mistake” on banking stress tests. Yet Osborne himself seems to want more of the same.
Number 479 of my Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by Gene at Harry’s Place. But he is acting merely as a channel for some of the stranger elements of the US conservative movement, who seem to think that Islamists have copied the tactics of the old Revolutionary Socialist League (the Militant [...]
On January 1st, 2011, Egyptians awoke to a disaster. Twenty-one people had been killed after a bomb exploded outside a Coptic Christian church in Alexandria.
Juventus V Parma, Italian Serie A, Kick off 11.30am
Lay under 1.5 goals at 3.3 to one with Betfair
On the whole, Serie A has been low scoring this season and in truth the whole mentality of the way they play football in Italy is that they rarely rack up ‘cricket scores’.
However, all eight of the home [...]
To get a gist of the public reaction to what I found a very emotional, honest expose of a man who I’m sure has already had his share of abuse and humiliation, I followed the #britainsfattestman hashtag on Twitter. I was expecting a plethora of abusive messages – people always do attack easy targets – but nothing could prepare me for the torrade of sickening comments, sneers and whatever other disgusting crap was coming out of these thoughtless Twitterers.
The catch-up service:
Charles Arthur, on a device (right) to charge your phone while you walk. Not sure it’ll catch on: it’s one minute walk time for one minute talk time.
Ed Yong, on analysis of language change using Google’s astonishing database of 12 per cent of all books ever published.
David Aaronovitch, in tomorrow’s Times (pay wall), [...]
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