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Prince Charles, the publicist, and a colourful Hollywood lawsuit, Arts

Prince Charles, the publicist, and a colourful Hollywood lawsuit

I fear that blows will soon start to be thrown below the belt in the many ongoing legal battles involving the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which organises the Golden Globes.
The latest public figure to be dragged unwittingly into one of the group’s disputes, I can reveal, is Britain’s very own Prince Charles (pictured). His [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 28 January 2011 at 5:28 am

iBet: Peterborough are tremendous value, Sport

iBet: Peterborough are tremendous value

Colchester v Peterborough, League One
Lay under 1.5 goals at 4.3 to one with Betfair
Tonight I’m getting with my favourite goals bet with my favourite team for delivering then, and that’s Peterborough, in my bid to make it a dozen winning main IBets in a row. The Posh have been tremendous value this season wherever they [...]

By | Sport | Friday, 28 January 2011 at 1:00 am

Fuelling anger, Chunomics

Fuelling anger

Rumours growing that George Osborne is going to cancel the planned 1p + inflation hike in fuel duty scheduled for April. Clever old George – again.

By | Chunomics | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 5:42 pm

A Carling Cup thriller, despite a couple of empty seats, Sport

A Carling Cup thriller, despite a couple of empty seats

You never quite know in football but Arsenal will be hot favourites to beat Birmingham City in the Carling Cup final at Wembley.
There is such a gulf in class between the squads and the Blues are struggling to score goals from their strikers. But Alex McLeish, proving to be a very good manager, has created [...]

By | Sport | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 5:35 pm

Rugby League: What happened to the Lost Generation?, Sport

Rugby League: What happened to the Lost Generation?

Ever wondered what happened to rugby league’s Lost Generation?
Garry Schofield, now in charge at Barrow after 13 years out of club coaching, made a telling point at the launch of the Northern Rail Cup.
In a nutshell, it is that the game cannot afford to lose players of his era, like Denis Betts, Daryl Powell, Shaun [...]

By | Sport | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 4:16 pm

Deja vu all over again, Chunomics

Deja vu all over again

I’ve just seen that the Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou, has ruled out defaulting on or restructuring his country’s government debts, despite advice from prominent economists such as Ken Rogoff that Greece needs to do precisely that and to take a sabbatical from the euro.

By | Chunomics | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 3:58 pm

Sarko-nomics, Chunomics

Sarko-nomics

It is sometimes difficult for the British and for the rest of the world to understand the European mentality. That is to say the mentality of some of Europe’s leaders. Hence President Sarkozy’s extra-loud declaration of commitment to the euro, just in case we didn’t believe it the first time.

By | Chunomics | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 3:20 pm

Murder of Ugandan gay activist, David Kato: a response, Uncategorized

Murder of Ugandan gay activist, David Kato: a response

Yesterday David Kato, a Ugandan gay rights activist, was beaten to death in his home.  His murder came a few months after a tabloid had published an article exposing him and other people as homosexual, in what was a very modern witchhunt.  Following the publication of that article, he received several death-threats; the police are currently investigating the circumstances of [...]

By | | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 2:43 pm

Jamie Dimon’s brave words, Chunomics

Jamie Dimon’s brave words

The head of JP Morgan, Jamie Dimon should be given some credit for bravery, or chutzpah or something. Following Bob Diamond of Barclays the other week in front of British MPs, Dimon has travelled to the World Economic Forum in Davos to call for a stop to “banker bashing”. Hi s argument, like Bob’s, is that not all banks went bust in the crash – a “huge misconception” – and that JP Morgan and others were a “stabilising” influence. They would no longer “bend down and accept” the insults and abuse.

By | Chunomics | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 1:08 pm

Richard Keys and the ancient art of the apology, Sport

Richard Keys and the ancient art of the apology

As someone who has been doing ridiculous things on a regrettably regular basis since an early age I am probably better acquainted than most with the etiquette of apology.
If Richard Key’s ill advised outpouring on Talksport is anything to judge by the erstwhile Sky Sports presenter is not a man who is accustomed to saying [...]

By | Sport | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 12:46 pm

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