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Cricket World Cup: Windies or bust…, Sport

Cricket World Cup: Windies or bust…

It is simply not possible for England to produce a convincing ODI performance at present. Defeated at the hands of Bangladesh yesterday, frustration will be growing amongst players, coaching staff and fans as a lack of conviction once again proved their downfall.
Even with a crystal ball you could not predict which England team would elect to [...]

By | Sport | Saturday, 12 March 2011 at 7:43 pm

No to AV takes lead in referendum campaign, Eagle Eye

No to AV takes lead in referendum campaign

The No vote has overtaken Yes for the first time in a poll asking the official referendum question on changing the voting system, reports a new ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror tomorrow.
At present, the UK uses the “first past the post” system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 12 March 2011 at 7:38 pm

Conversional Wisdom, Eagle Eye

Conversional Wisdom

I missed this from Alastair Campbell on Monday, which sums up the “Col Gaddafi is Tony Blair’s Fault” idiocy better than any other:
A lot of this is about our media, which moves so easily from one conventional wisdom – ‘Gaddafi is changing’ – to another – ‘It was so obvious he was never changing at [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 12 March 2011 at 1:00 pm

Warning: this item contains high-strength grammar, Eagle Eye

Warning: this item contains high-strength grammar

And a badly painted door (right). It is about compound adjectives, the hypenating or non-hyphenating thereof. The priceless Guy Keleny, proving that he is a prince among pedants:
“The former Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Menzies Campbell, said: ‘This mission was ill-conceived, poorly-planned and embarrassingly-executed.’” That is from Tuesday’s report of William Hague’s Commons statement about the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 12 March 2011 at 11:50 am

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll for The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror tomorrow.
It will be interesting to see whether it supports Thursday’s YouGov poll, which gave Labour an 11-point lead, its largest since the “election that never was” in September 2007.
We have also repeated our Alternative Vote referendum question, as will be asked [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 12 March 2011 at 11:29 am

Top of the posts, Notebook

Top of the posts

Our top posts and bloggers over the past week

By | Notebook | Friday, 11 March 2011 at 3:45 pm

Swivel-eyes, Eagle Eye

Swivel-eyes

I am sorry that I have upset Owen Jones, who takes exception to my suggestion that he fell foul of Godwin’s Law (which, for new readers, holds that the first person in an argument to make reference to the Nazis loses).
This was unfair, because he was making precisely the point, in his original post, that [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 11 March 2011 at 2:53 pm

Kobe Bryant deserves the MVP over Derrick Rose, Sport

Kobe Bryant deserves the MVP over Derrick Rose

Michael Jordan may have spoken too soon.
Earlier this week, the one-time face of the Chicago Bulls franchise crowned All-Star point guard Derrick Rose “the MVP of the season.”  But has Michael forgotten that it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish?  And who’s a better closer than Kobe Bryant?  No [...]

By | Sport | Friday, 11 March 2011 at 2:13 pm

Is the Japanese earthquake the latest natural disaster to have been caused by a ’supermoon’?, Eagle Eye

Is the Japanese earthquake the latest natural disaster to have been caused by a ’supermoon’?

Questions to Which the Answer is No Bad Taste Special Issue. Number 532, asked by Guess Which Newspaper.
Thank you to Graham, who suggests further questions that are very likely to appear in tomorrow’s GWN:
“Was the Iraq war/the Hutton report/Tony Blair the cause of yesterday’s tsunami?”
or
“Was David Kelly’s death caused by a supermoon?”

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 11 March 2011 at 1:49 pm

Championship preview: Rivals hoping for QPR punishment, Sport

Championship preview: Rivals hoping for QPR punishment

A caveat to clubs has been issued: communicate clearly with governing bodies and do not agree deals with tertiary members over players.
Queens Park Rangers felt the wrath for allegedly breaking the rules this week, for the Football Association have assailed the Championship leaders with seven counts of breaching regulations relating to third-party ownerships and agents, [...]

By | Sport | Friday, 11 March 2011 at 12:52 pm

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