The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: The Bear’s Winter House by John Yeoman, illustrated by Quentin Blake
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Christmas undoubtedly starts way too early these...
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Ed Balls, on the detention of nine terrorist suspects, talking sense in the midst of a kneejerk magnacartaist meltdown.
What was clear back in 2005 is there were people who were a real threat but couldn’t be charged. And what did you do? And I understand why those decisions were made. I think the jury’s still [...]
Some things on the internet at which I looked today:
Christian Wolmar, on the “steep rale fare rises”,* which he seems to accept will not stop the growth in rail use, especially with petrol so expensive.
Fraser Nelson, on why Lib Dems can save their seats only by joining the Tories: “If you support Cameron’s govt, why [...]
It would take some going to top the performance that England produced in Melbourne last week, but what better way to end an Ashes series than rubbing the hosts noses in the dirt whilst they are on the ground. Aside from the anomaly in Perth, the tourists form has been nothing short of flawless since [...]
Grant Shapps, the housing minister (right), does not emerge well from the application of the principle that “Everything before the ‘but’ is bullshit“:
This government absolutely supports peoples’ aspiration to own a home. But we also believe that [property] should be primarily thought of as a place to be your home.
Choice timing for Shapps’s Observer interview, [...]
I have an article in The Independent on Sunday in which I observe that David Willetts, who started the year as author of The Pinch, a polemic subtitled How the Baby Boomers Stole Their Children’s Future, ended it as universities minister, engaged in stealing our children’s future and requiring them to pay for it at 9 [...]
On New Year’s Eve, as people across the world celebrated together, Jawaher Abu Rahmah lay alone, struggling for breath in a Ramallah hospital. The day before, the people of her village, Bil’in, in the West Bank, had marched to Israel’s wall, which cuts through half of the village, to non-violently demonstrate against the theft of their land, just as they have done every Friday since construction on the wall began in 2005.
It’s unlikely you’ll know who Marcus Pook is – and indeed I barely knew him – but his death on Boxing Day at the age of 51 deserves to be marked on this blog.
It was here last Summer that I wrote from the Ride Across Britain, a 1,000-mile, nine-day ride that tested the mettle – and, [...]
Chris Grayling, Employment minister (right), said it again yesterday:
We are reforming the welfare system to ensure that work always pays.
Perhaps someone could ask him how that principle is compatible with Nick Clegg’s wizard scheme to pay tuition fees, worth up to £18,000, to students from workless households who have been on free school meals.
Update: Apologies for [...]
After a mid-year round-up of the best to date of the series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, I am now in a position to announce the best of 2010.
457. Has Marilyn Monroe been reincarnated as a shop assistant called Chris? The Committee was unanimous, one vote to nil, in declaring this (right) Overall [...]
Of all the tennis players there are to watch in the world, Justine Henin is one of my favourites. She has that Roger Federer-like quality where you simply yearn to play like her.
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