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.
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.
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.
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.
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?’
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 [...]
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.
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