My Top Ten in the New Review, the Independent on Sunday magazine, yesterday was Party Conference Speeches. Margot James, the Conservative MP, liked the list but wanted YouTube links. I’ve found seven of them.
1. Hugh Gaitskell, 1960 “There are some of us who will fight, and fight, and fight again, to save the party we [...]
I have a Top 10 Sayings of Douglas Adams in The Independent on Sunday today.
I cheated again in my Top 10 in The Independent on Sunday, squeezing 11 absurd car names into my list by including an extra one in the introduction.
I thought the three stupidest were the Qashqai (as Joe Crowley said, it sounds like “cash cow” in a Northern Irish accent), the Bongo Friendee and the Twingo.
My “Top 10″ in The Independent on Sunday this week was Unsung Villains – people in history who have not had as bad a press as they deserve. The idea was suggested by Tom Doran, who also nominated Erich von Ludendorff, possibly the best on the list.
It was only after it appeared that I realised that [...]
My Top 10 in The Independent on Sunday’s New Review yesterday was Laws, including Godwin’s, Conquest’s Third, Murphy’s, Muphry’s and Parkinson’s. I cheated to get an 11th into the introduction, Twyman’s Law (“If a statistic looks interesting or unusual it is probably wrong”).
But I had to leave other good ones out.
Quinlan’s Law was suggested by [...]
The latest Top 10 is in The Independent on Sunday today.
A few contributions were too late for me to include. Judy Keiner sent me her top 10:
Chutzpah; Machismo/macho; Schadenfreude; Apparatchik; Nomenklatura; Jihad/ jihadi; Mañana; Ummah; Schmaltz(y); Omerta.
Adam Standring wrote:
When people ask for untranslatable words in Portuguese, ’saudade’ is nearly always mentioned first. This describes [...]
My Top 10 in The Independent on Sunday today is Politicians Who Rejected Their First Names. Actually, it was politicians known by their middle names, which was one reason why George Osborne was not on the list.*
I could almost have done it on prime ministers alone: James MacDonald, Arthur Chamberlain, Robert Eden, Maurice Macmillan, James [...]
Following my Top 10 American Footballers’ Names, Pete from Sheffield writes to say that this is his favourite topic of all time. He supplies his top 10 names:
Craphonso Thorpe (pictured)
Two of those were on my list: the rest are of exceptional quality. And Pete adds an [...]
The Top 10 series in The Independent on Sunday’s colour supplement New Review started with the “Top 10 Worst Beatles Songs”. This Sunday’s “Top 10 Misquotations” has already gone to press. But I still need your help with the following weeks.
To try to impress the new editor I have three articles in The Independent on Sunday today.
In the political column I suggest that the local election results on Thursday were not good enough to give Labour any confidence of winning a majority at the next general election.
This is partly on the grounds that the UKIP [...]
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