Monthly Archives: September 2004

The horror

It is possible to make the argument that a Bush victory in the election might in the long run be less disastrous than a Kerry one, simply because it will leave Bush unequivocally responsible for the coming catastrophes for America. … Continue reading Continue reading

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Getting things in proportion

The appearance of activity would be a whole lot easier if I just wrote a script that monitored Juan Cole’s site, and — every time something appeared there — posted a link with a note saying “This demands deep thought. … Continue reading Continue reading

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100,000 rounds

The _Daily Mail_ has decided that we’re finished in Iraq. There is a long dispatch from Max Hastings in Baghdad; and I don’t think any British journalist has better contacts at the top of the Army than Max Hastings. It … Continue reading Continue reading

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Correct Form

Too late, alas, to write to the Empereor Jean Bedel Bokassa, but now I know how I _should_ have signed off my letter, thanks to the Amnesty International guide to composing letters in French. bq.. Pour les souverains, la formule … Continue reading Continue reading

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sex in space

The FWB has circumvented a pet ban by buying an aquarium, and is now researching which fish she should stock it with. Google led her to the Japanese ricefish, or Medaka, “the only species of vertebrate”:http://cosmo.ric.u-tokyo.ac.jp/SPACEMEDAKA/IML2/e/BOOKCONTENTS_E.html attested to have had … Continue reading Continue reading

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Dr Williams’ blessing

Watching the collapse of the Anglican Communion, and, with it, of liberal, civilised Christianity, has been dispiriting for the last twenty years. This is partly because _both_ sides are animated by a fierce destructive zeal. But an added twist is … Continue reading Continue reading

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God damn!

Who knew Mark Steyn could be so funny? Here we were thinking he was just a clever, shameless jeering blowhard, and all along he could make us laugh out loud. bq.. Do you remember that moment of Fallujah-like depravity in … Continue reading Continue reading

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Lego printer

“This,”:http://www.whoot.org/archives/000079.html from NTK, is one of the most awe-inspiring pieces of nerdery ever. Continue reading

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Foiled again

My next _Guardian_ profile was to be “Sybille Bedford.”:http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/books/interviews/story.jsp?story=523617 She’s 93, and has just finished what she says will be her last big book. I secured an introduction from Jane Howard, rang her up, and arranged to meet. I explained … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Turner bequest

Tate Britain is sitting on about Continue reading

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