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The creator of The Wire weighs in on his star’s drug arrest, Notebook

The creator of The Wire weighs in on his star’s drug arrest

When I heard that Felicia “Snoop” Pearson, an actress from The Wire, had been arrested in a massive drug sting, I emailed David Simon, the creator of the TV series and the man who plucked her from obscurity, on the off chance he felt like commenting on the affair for today’s Indy.
He replied, half an [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 11 March 2011 at 6:49 am

iBet: Ireland have failed to convince in the Six Nations, Sport

iBet: Ireland have failed to convince in the Six Nations

Wales v Ireland, Six Nations Championship, Saturday 5pm
Lay Ireland at 5/4 with Betfair
Wales have put a bad 2010 behind them with impressive wins in Scotland and Italy and there was no disgrace in beating beaten by England by seven points last time out. They are a normally strong at the Millennium Stadium and indeed that [...]

By | Sport | Friday, 11 March 2011 at 1:00 am

John Hutton: time for Labour to expel him?, Eagle Eye

John Hutton: time for Labour to expel him?

The madness, the madness. I thought this Question to Which the Answer is No was just Mike Smithson, under the illusion that every headline on his Political Betting posts has to qualify for my series. But no, he was merely repeating number 530, asked in all swivel-eyed seriousness by Owen Jones at Liberal Conspiracy (no, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 10 March 2011 at 9:56 pm

Only some revolutions will be televised, Notebook

Only some revolutions will be televised

Another ‘million person march’ happened in an Arab state earlier this week.  Headline news, you might think. At least on Al Jazeera?  Whilst the media continue to focus exclusively on events in Libya, the huge march in the south of Yemen was ignored.
The Qatari-based news channel has played an intriguing role throughout the recent wave [...]

By | Notebook | Thursday, 10 March 2011 at 3:55 pm

Have MP3s killed the art of whistling?, Eagle Eye

Have MP3s killed the art of whistling?

Number 529 in the world famous series, asked by the BBC.
Thanks to PaulH61 and Arieh Kovler.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 10 March 2011 at 3:18 pm

Wenger deserves Uefa misconduct charge, Sport

Wenger deserves Uefa misconduct charge

Decisions sometimes go for you or against you. As if the referee was going to change anything after the final whistle. Managers have to show restraint and discipline. Their continual rantings at the fourth official are pathetic and so was Wenger’s behaviour.

By | Sport | Thursday, 10 March 2011 at 2:58 pm

London Closes for business in Shanghai, Eagle Eye

London Closes for business in Shanghai

The Mayor of London was quick to lap up the publicity surrounding the recent launch of the Chinese Business Association (CBA) set up by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) with his “backing”. The Mayor promised to do all he can “to ensure this city retained its competitive edge…” yet, ironically, he is now busy closing down his office in Shanghai! This illustrates well the short-sightedness of public expenditure cuts in the UK in response to the fragile world economy, coming also on the back of the closure of its Indian offices last year.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 10 March 2011 at 1:54 pm

Rates on hold again, Chunomics

Rates on hold again

If only they televised the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee. Non middle aged men in suits arguing about monetary policy mightn’t sound like your ideal viewing, but forget the jargon and the data sets – this is real human drama played out for the highest possible stakes.
Think mad men. Think massive egos. Thinks some [...]

By | Chunomics | Thursday, 10 March 2011 at 1:19 pm

Referee brandishes ‘invisible yellow’ after forgetting his cards, Sport

Referee brandishes ‘invisible yellow’ after forgetting his cards

In recent weeks we’ve seen a referee dismiss 36 people and one player dismissed for wrestling a ‘Borat look-alike’. The strange goings on for the men in black continued during last night’s Premier League tie between Everton and Birmingham.

By | Sport | Thursday, 10 March 2011 at 1:05 pm

The banking patient died. But the operation was successful, Eagle Eye

The banking patient died. But the operation was successful

So apart from failures by major universal banks in countries that account for almost 40 per cent of EU (plus Switzerland) GDP universal banking has proved itself entirely safe.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 10 March 2011 at 12:53 pm

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