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Google has begun offering downloads of its Chrome, Picassa and Earth programmes in Iran for the first time after a US embargo banning their transfer was relaxed.
Thanks to Danny Finkelstein (pay wall), I’ve just remembered the Salisbury Convention:
The Conservatives found a way to address (or more correctly try and address – I don’t think it will succeed) anti-politician sentiment and the difficulties they have with seat distribution with one measure – reducing the number of MPs. This was in their manifesto [...]
Number 490 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by Paul Goodman, the excellent former Tory MP at Conservative Home. Speaking of the voters of Hull, Michael Gove said:
If they’re wise enough to vote Liberal Democrat at the next local elections in Hull, or for the Conservatives in any [...]
You might have expected Warrington to try to muzzle Joel Monaghan this week – but not a bit of it.
In case you missed it, Monaghan is the Australian player whose spot of bother with a dog has seen him depart those shores for a new lease of life over here.
It was brave on his part [...]
How safe is our history in this age of budget cuts? And is ‘history’ as a subject in itself doomed in a digital continually-updated age?
Now I’ve set out across the Tasman I have no other opportunity to stop – it’s New Zealand or bust. I’ve got my wind generator working, the solar panels working. I’m on my last can of diesel, down to about 14 litres, but the way I have been going recently that will do me for nine days.
I’ve written before about the talented writer Mayank Austen Soofi, a young man who splits his time between a “serious” job with an Indian newspaper and his real love, which is traipsing around Delhi, talking to its residents and writing about them in beautiful prose. Mayank must never sleep; he writes a total of five [...]
Leeds v Arsenal, FA Cup Replay, Kick off 8pm, ITV1
Lay under 1.5 goals at 4 to one with Betfair
We got away with this bet a little bit when the teams met at the Emirates – Arsenal coming up with a late penalty to secure the winnings. However, the stats and trends make the bet worth [...]
More work for the Rebuttal Service. My colleagues in the LBLM&C (London-based liberal media and culturati) will be excited in tomorrow’s newspapers about Sir John Chilcot’s exchange of correspondence with Sir Gus O’Donnell, the Cabinet Secretary (below), which the Iraq Inquiry published today.
Sir John says he is “disappointed” that Sir Gus won’t agree to the [...]
As part of the FA’s ‘Respect’ campaign, English football’s governing body has launched a new video inviting ‘football fans to unite against the gobby morons and join Respect F.C.’
Neil Ruddock plays the ‘gobby moron’ character with genuine conviction, which shouldn’t really come as a surprise for a self-styled football bad boy with a nickname like [...]
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