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Tunisia is burning…, Notebook

Tunisia is burning…

On Saturday morning, 100 people gathered outside the Tunisian embassy in London.  The blustering wind could not dampen their spirit; a revolution had happened.  A girl standing next to me introduces herself as Kaouther Ferjani; she says that her father was a political opponent of President Ben Ali, and she has been unable to visit [...]

By | Notebook | Sunday, 16 January 2011 at 9:52 am

Six-Point Lead for Yes Campaign in AV Referendum, Eagle Eye

Six-Point Lead for Yes Campaign in AV Referendum

ComRes for the The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror tomorrow asked the official question drafted by the Electoral Commission (the Government’s earlier version, right) for the referendum in May:
At present, the UK uses the “first past the post” system to elect MPs to the House of Commons.  Should the “alternative vote” system be used instead?
Yes 36%
No 30%
Don’t [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 15 January 2011 at 7:30 pm

Poll Alert, Eagle Eye

Poll Alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror. As well as the usual voting intention question, we have asked people how they would vote in the May referendum by putting to them the wording of the official question, proposed by the Electoral Commission:
At present, the UK uses the “first [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 15 January 2011 at 11:19 am

iBet: Back goals at Elland Road, Sport

iBet: Back goals at Elland Road

Championship: Leeds v Scunthorpe
Lay under 1.5 goals at 4 to one with Betfair
Leeds have provided fantastic entertainment at Elland Road this season. Their 13 games have produced 49 goals at a whopping average of 3.76 per game. They meet Scunthorpe on Saturday who have yet to register an away draw all season – [...]

By | Sport | Saturday, 15 January 2011 at 1:00 am

“Something is going on with him”, Eagle Eye

“Something is going on with him”

A lot of people have commented, and brilliantly, on Barack Obama’s Tucson speech on Wednesday. But this is the biscuit. Peggy Noonan (right), one of the greatest political wordsmiths, and a conservative, who has been bitingly dismissive of the President recently, hails the speech in the grandest terms:
About a third of the way through, the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 10:49 pm

The Fifa Balloon D’Or went to the wrong player, sort of, Sport

The Fifa Balloon D’Or went to the wrong player, sort of

This year the Balloon D’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year awards merged and, as with everything FIFA awards, the winner was undeserving (although at least Qatari forward, Yusef Ahmed, didn’t win).  The new award broke the conventions of its predecessors and was actually awarded to the best player in the world.  This [...]

By | Sport | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 5:30 pm

Best of 2010: England Test squad on the march, Sport

Best of 2010: England Test squad on the march

In a topsy-turvy year that contained controversy, elation and the retention of the Ashes, England are proving themselves to be world-beaters. Two heavyweights in the shape of Sri Lanka and India are making the trip to Blighty next year, but in 2010, we have seen a disciplined, confident and fearless side that have merited every success achieved.

By | Sport | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 4:45 pm

Did Australia’s obsession with global warming contribute to the Brisbane floods?, Eagle Eye

Did Australia’s obsession with global warming contribute to the Brisbane floods?

Rich pickings in the wreckage. A second Question to Which the Answer is No about the Queensland floods. The above is number 486 in the series, asked by Brendan O’Neill, editor of Spiked, at the Daily Telegraph.
Thank you to New Humanist.
Number 485 was asked by Accuracy in Media:
Will Piers Morgan Save CNN?
This is, strictly, a Question [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 4:34 pm

The Day After Tomorrow….Today??, Sport

The Day After Tomorrow….Today??

Call me paranoid, call me a conspiracy theorist, hell, call me Sheila if you want (but only on Thursdays), but a few things have been happening recently that have made me think, maybe the Mayans were right, and the world is going to end in 2012.

By | Sport | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 3:39 pm

Ear To The Ground: RoxXxan, Notebook

Ear To The Ground: RoxXxan

I first came across Birmingham-born RoxXxan in 2009, when she attended my club night, ChockABlock. She was surrounded by a very male-dominated audience, waiting patiently for her turn to jump on the microphone, something I hadn’t seen a female MC do in a very long time; it was definitely refreshing to see.

By | Notebook | Friday, 14 January 2011 at 2:49 pm

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