You’ll have done well to avoid the incessent advertisements for tonight’s Channel 4 documentary ‘The Men Who Jump off Buildings’. This dose of Cutting Edge (hopefully) goodness explores the most dangerous of all adrenaline sports; base jumping and follows Dan Witchalls and Ian Richardson as they sneak around dark cities in the hope that they [...]
Yes, we can exclusively reveal that Chelsea Clinton is NOT – as some gossip and even serious news sites continue to contend today – in a tizzy about whether to wear Oscar de la Renta or Vera Wang when she ties the knot at her hush-hush upstate New York wedding on Saturday. A person not [...]
Last year’s collaboration with Scarlett Johansson was probably more aesthetically pleasing but music fans will likely be more excited by Pete Yorn’s latest hook-up with Frank Black, aka Black Francis (not to be confused with Frances Black). The Pixies frontman has produced the LA singer-songwriter’s new self-titled album, which will be released on 28 September.
No great surprises from the Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, at the Treasury Select Committee today, which is a bit sharper than it used to be, thanks to chair Andrew Tyrie and sparky contributions from the likes of Jesse Norman, Chuka Umunna and Andrea Leadsom, all new to the Commons, as well [...]
Can you beat The Churchill Arms in Kensington? Send your picture if you think you can.
I’ve had the large-scale atlas of Yorkshire down off the bookshelves to study the lie of the land around Castleford and Wakefield way.
As the whole world now knows, Cas have plans for a new ground at junction 32 on the M62, Wakey a couple of junctions further west.
Wakefield Council have already said that they will [...]
A Florida church is planning to burn a stack of Qurans on 11th September this year, in a tasteful effort to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Centre.
The Dove World Outreach Center, a non-denominational church in Gainesville, is charmingly trying to rebrand 9/11 as International Burn A Koran Day. If [...]
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It’s old news that the British are stupidly soppy when it comes to their pets. But research by veterinary charity the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), claiming that more than one in three dogs in the UK is overweight, shows that soppiness in the form of an extra portion in exchange for pouchy-eyed and [...]
That’s the parliamentary season done. Time to tidy up some of the stuff on my desktop. Never found time to comment on Tony Blair’s master class in How to Be Prime Minister at the Institute for Government last month.
A transcript, for which I am grateful to OutSec, is here.
There were a few polished aphorisms, which [...]
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