Blogs

“Whom do the voters really want?” (“That’s nice.”), Eagle Eye

“Whom do the voters really want?” (“That’s nice.”)

Fifteen years ago today Tony Blair won the first of three elections. To mark this momentous anniversary, a few things.
1. The man himself has been interviewed by China Daily TV. The story is here, and the video is here, which I do recommend for the interviewer (pictured), who is wonderful. A couple of times he [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 1 May 2012 at 9:45 pm

Should Your Dog Be Watching TV?, Eagle Eye

Should Your Dog Be Watching TV?

Lovely Question to Which the Answer is No asked by The New York Times. Number 796 in my series.
Thanks to Emily Purser.
And here comes another, asked by The Atlantic:
Are Indie Movies Getting Too Pretty?
(Something to do with high definition pictures.) Number 797.
We have done this one before (slightly different wording about robots I think), but [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 26 April 2012 at 8:15 pm

Was Einstein the world’s worst husband?, Eagle Eye

Was Einstein the world’s worst husband?

Tom Watson MP is waiting for me to write my “must do better” article about David Cameron, now that Ed Miliband has slumped to an eight-point lead with ICM, the pollsters usually most cautious about the level of Labour support.
Well, he’ll have to wait. Because the Daily Mail has just asked number 795 in my [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 23 April 2012 at 7:16 pm

Is this the Loch Ness Monster?, Eagle Eye

Is this the Loch Ness Monster?

I may have done this one before, as I think the Daily Mail automatic generator of Questions to Which the Answer is No has been switched to its “eco” setting, so that it produces recycled material. I’ll call this one number 792 in the series, but the whole series may disappear into the time-space vortex [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 21 April 2012 at 2:19 pm

Was Shakespeare a Jewish woman?, Eagle Eye

Was Shakespeare a Jewish woman?

Number 788 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by the Jewish Book Council, itself reporting Matthue Roth’s article at My Jewish Learning, which is headlined merely, “Was Shakespeare a Woman?” (The answer is still no.)
Thanks to Anthony Cox.
Number 789 was asked by Nile Gardiner:
Is Hillary Clinton becoming an [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 17 April 2012 at 9:43 pm

Was Winston Churchill to blame for Titanic?, Eagle Eye

Was Winston Churchill to blame for Titanic?

Lovely. Number 785 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No was asked by The Sun nearly three weeks ago. Thanks to Stuart for spotting it.
Meanwhile, catching up. Number 786 was asked yesterday by Charles Garcia on CNN:
Is Castro Cuban-Americans’ Hitler?
Thanks to James Whetlor.
Number 787 has been turned out by the automatic [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 14 April 2012 at 11:23 am

Did MI6 Agent Kill Spy in Bag?, Eagle Eye

Did MI6 Agent Kill Spy in Bag?

Now I know that the Daily Mail is doing it on purpose. Yesterday it put number 783 in the world-famous series of Questions to Which the Answer is No on the front page.
The story comes complete with that adornment of the genre, the list of “The Unanswered Questions”. I suspect many of those are numbers 784 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 1 April 2012 at 11:48 am

Should Obama use the Nuclear Option to Eliminate Joseph Kony?, Eagle Eye

Should Obama use the Nuclear Option to Eliminate Joseph Kony?

Thick and fast. Number 780 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, asked by Christwire. (Update: Arieh Kovler kindly points out that the site is a spoof; so its inclusion in my series is a fine example of postmodern ironic humour.)
Thanks to Tim Miller.
Then there is number 781, asked by Sunny [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 29 March 2012 at 4:58 pm

“Recurrent Spontaneous Anomalous Physical Events Suggestive of Poltergeist Activity: Evidence for Discarnate Agency?”, Eagle Eye

“Recurrent Spontaneous Anomalous Physical Events Suggestive of Poltergeist Activity: Evidence for Discarnate Agency?”

Number 779 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, and it is an early favourite for Best of 2012.
The above is the title of the lead article in the current edition of the Journal of the Society of Psychical Research, Vol. 76.1, No 906, January 2012, by Paul Burgess, of the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 27 March 2012 at 7:52 pm

Are video games just propaganda and training tools for the military?, Eagle Eye

Are video games just propaganda and training tools for the military?

Number 775 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, asked by The Guardian recently. Grateful to Gothic Gardener not just for spotting the question but for directing me to one of the games that is in constant use in barracks (pictured).
Determined to compete with the Daily Mail, The Guardian also asks [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 20 March 2012 at 12:01 pm

Property search
Browse by area

Latest from Independent journalists on Twitter