The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: The Bear’s Winter House by John Yeoman, illustrated by Quentin Blake
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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), [...]
Samuel Coates tries and fails to ask one of my Questions to Which the Answer is … well, you get the idea:
Do you ever feel like starting a more positive meme, so you’re not Mr No all the time?
To which the answer is Yes: I tried being positive about Britain’s finest peace-time prime minister of [...]
Sir Jack Hobbs, Wally Hammond, Herbert Sutcliffe; these names are the elite of English cricketing legends and Alastair Cook (189) is undoubtedly writing himself into Wisden’s history books. Unfazed by who was sending down the next delivery, the opener went about his business in sublime fashion, almost as if the ball was magnetised to his bat as he tore in to a bewildered bowling attack.
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