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Too hot for America: the TV show Skins, Arts

Too hot for America: the TV show Skins

And so to the latest addition to the long, long list of things which are apparently considered too fruity for American television: the TV show Skins.

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 21 January 2011 at 4:21 am

“Meryl Streep? What, literally?”, Eagle Eye

“Meryl Streep? What, literally?”

One thing from yesterday’s Independent before it slips into the sediment of history. Simon Carr’s report of Meryl Streep’s visit to the House of Commons:
Meryl Streep’s down there.” “Meryl Streep? What, literally? Where?”
“Down there in the Chamber.”
“No, that’s Norman Baker. You can tell by the teeth. If you have difficulty telling Meryl Streep from Norman [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 21 January 2011 at 12:32 am

Friday playlist: Everything Everything picks…, Arts

Friday playlist: Everything Everything picks…

Those of you with Spotify and your boss’ permission to plug in your headphones at work rejoice; Mancunian art rockers Everything Everything pick their favourite tracks for this week’s playlist.

By | Arts | Friday, 21 January 2011 at 12:20 am

The Blame Game – “guilty” parents of anorexics, Notebook

The Blame Game – “guilty” parents of anorexics

Sad news again this morning. Marie Caro, the mother of French model and anti-anorexia campaigner Isabelle Caro who lost her fight with Anorexia late last year, has committed suicide.
Trust the Daily Mail to go with the headline: “”Guilty” mother of dead anorexic model commits suicide.” Marie was overcome with guilt after the death of her [...]

By | Notebook | Thursday, 20 January 2011 at 9:11 pm

Shock therapy for the NHS, Eagle Eye

Shock therapy for the NHS

It’s called “the shock doctrine” and it originated in the University of Chicago over fifty years ago. It was designed by a group of economists headed by right wing ideologue Milton Friedman. They possessed an almost religious belief in an unregulated, laissez faire, free market utopia and their idea was simple; the best way to introduce whole system privatization and an unfettered free market in any arena is through chaos.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 20 January 2011 at 6:18 pm

EU silence no longer acceptable on Ashraf, Notebook

EU silence no longer acceptable on Ashraf

Earlier this month, dozens of buses carrying Iranian regime agents rolled up to the gates of Camp Ashraf in northern Iraq, home to 3,400 Iranian political refugees, where they began a vicious assault against the unarmed residents. Two days earlier, the visiting Iranian foreign minister had reiterated his regime’s demand for the annihilation of the Ashraf refugees, whom Tehran regards as their only serious political opponents.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 20 January 2011 at 5:57 pm

Alan Johnson has left the building, Eagle Eye

Alan Johnson has left the building

So then, not quite a year in office and not quite 40 years of age and George Osborne has already seen off two Labour shadow chancellors – Alistair Darling and Alan Johnson.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 20 January 2011 at 4:56 pm

Manmohan Singh: ‘Who, me?’, Eagle Eye

Manmohan Singh: ‘Who, me?’

When Manmohan Singh was first named India’s prime minister in 2004 – named, not elected, after the Congress president Sonia Gandhi turned down the post – The Economist came out with an amusing, but apt, cover. It showed a puzzled-looking Singh pressing a phone to his ear. The caption read, ‘Who, me?’

By | Eagle Eye, Notebook | Thursday, 20 January 2011 at 3:03 pm

The Brace Position, Eagle Eye

The Brace Position

To assist colleagues in preparation for tomorrow’s hate fest – I mean tomorrow’s session of the dispassionate inquiry into the lessons of the Iraq invasion – I offer a brief guide to the main points.
1. It is not a secret that Tony Blair, from at least November 1997, supported the use of military force to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 20 January 2011 at 12:43 pm

The Great Stall of China, Chunomics

The Great Stall of China

One has to acknowledge that journalists love puns, even bending stories, to fit a headline. So I’m a bit cautious about chucking the phrase “Great Stall of China” into public discourse, but it seems appropriate, in the circumstances.

By | Chunomics | Thursday, 20 January 2011 at 12:08 pm

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