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By | Digital Digest | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 12:03 pm

Japan’s low credit rating, Chunomics

Japan’s low credit rating

Can’t say I’m that surprised that Japan’s credit rating has worsened. Standard & Poor’s say that their ratings on Japan’s long term government debt have been lowered from to ‘AA-’ from ‘AA’. Well now, this is a nation that makes Greece look prudent, with an overall debt to GDP ratio approaching 200 per cent.

By | Chunomics | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 11:46 am

The Gilles Peterson Awards: Introducing Homeboy Sandman, Notebook

The Gilles Peterson Awards: Introducing Homeboy Sandman

Radio 1 DJ Gilles Peterson hosts an awards event every year to praise up and coming new artists. This year’s main act was the runner up to BBC’s Sound of 2011, James Blake. Although winner Jessie J has taken the pressure off the 22 year-old a little, there’s still a big hype around the producer [...]

By | Notebook | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 10:36 am

“The biggest and most far-reaching mistake”, Eagle Eye

“The biggest and most far-reaching mistake”

No, I haven’t read much of Gordon Brown’s book, Beyond the Crash. My faltering and dutiful attempt prompted musings on the fascinating and life-enhancing qualities of ditch water.
In my defence, I can only say that few others have made much more progress. Or else someone would have reported by now, seven weeks after it was [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 9:44 pm

Groundhog Spat with Johann, Eagle Eye

Groundhog Spat with Johann

I was sorry to see my friend Johann Hari (below), who once supported the invasion of Iraq, repeating some of the most awful and untrue anti-war propaganda in a Groundhog post on this blog. He says that the war “has led to the death of a million people”.
He has said it before (only it was [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 8:01 pm

Did Blair mislead the Inquiry?, Eagle Eye

Did Blair mislead the Inquiry?

One thing for which I respect Chris Ames is that, in his detailed knowledge of Tony Blair’s role in the Iraq war, he is as impatient as I am with the tedious misreporting of the Chilcot inquiry by the antiwar media.
He’s as antiwar as the rest of them, but that does not stop him joining [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 7:04 pm

The case for control orders crumbles, Eagle Eye

The case for control orders crumbles

Let Lord Macdonald’s report signal an end to the argument that only those who have not seen the raw intelligence are opposed to control orders.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 6:40 pm

Michael Jackson hair for sale. Really., The Foreign Desk

Michael Jackson hair for sale. Really.

Press release, just arrived. Repeated without comment (though I do have a disgusted-at-this-ghoulish-exploitation look on my face). The hair is “presented on a display card, perfect for framing”, apparently.
Michael Jackson hair for sale
These hairs originate from the infamous Pepsi commercial (January 27th 1984) where Jackson’s hair caught on fire.
Executive producer for the Pepsi commercial, Ralph [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 6:12 pm

Who will the heroes be for the 2011 Cricket World Cup?, Sport

Who will the heroes be for the 2011 Cricket World Cup?

Heroes have come and gone since the World Cup was established in 1975 so let’s have a look at some of the pivotal knocks that defined careers and gave one-day cricket the glitz and glamour that we have come to endear.

By | Sport | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 5:24 pm

Knightley’s return to the West End in The Children’s Hour, Notebook

Knightley’s return to the West End in The Children’s Hour

Hollywood stars are known for gracing the West End, often when taking a break from film, or to reengage with their classically-trained roots – to varying degrees of success.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 4:27 pm

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