Monthly Archives: January 2006

Blow jobs: the conclusion

UPDATE: we can all argue this with even greater authority now that the article [“has appeared online”:http://www.powells.com/review/2006_01_17.html?&PID=18] David Weman said in comments that he was sure “the article”:http://www.thewormbook.com/helmintholog/archives/2006/01/blow_jobs_and_doom.html#001690 was silly because “Matt Yglesias”:http://yglesias.typepad.com/matthew/2006/01/why_cant_i_get_.html#comments had said so. Here is actual conclusion … Continue reading

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Sic transit, without recycling

Here is “a well told story”:http://feeds.feedburner.com/CreekRunningNorth?m=491 that is greatly to the credit of Country Joe MacDonald, a man I would admire even if he didn’t name his band after such interesting creatures. Continue reading

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Blow jobs and doom

There is “an extraordinary”:http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200601/oral-sex and very thought-provoking piece in[1] the _Atlantic_ magazine this month about the sexual habits of American teenage girls. It seems to be widely reported, and may even be true, that they offer blowjobs as we used … Continue reading Continue reading

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Teasing Nick Cohen

I didn’t get any reply to “my offer of a drink”:http://www.thewormbook.com/helmintholog/archives/2006/01/shorter_nick_cohen.html#001684 with Nick, perhaps because I teased him about being wrong about the war – nobly wrong, perhaps, wrong from admirable motives – but still completely and utterly shit-faced wrong … Continue reading Continue reading

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The size of what?

A review in the _FT_ Magazine of Edward Castronova’s _Synthetic Worlds,_ “a book”:http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0226096262/andrewbrownssite on online gaming, asks bq. “when will synthetic worlds become economies worth reckoning with? They are already real, and are the fastest growing economies in the world. … Continue reading Continue reading

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Strictly for smartarses

The FWB has just sent me a bumper sticker, arising from her latin homework bq. _Sic hoc adfixum in obice legere potes, et liberaliter educatus et nimis propinquus ades_ Continue reading

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More soho memories

In 1980, Jeffrey Bernard had been a hopeless alcoholic for fifteen years but he had only turned professional seven years before, when he started a weekly column on his life in the Spectator. The magazine had hired him as television … Continue reading Continue reading

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Flotsam on the coast of Bohemia

If I had not drunk with her on occasion I would not have believed [“this obit of Sandy Fawkes”:http://telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/12/30/db3001.xml&sSheet=/portal/2005/12/30/ixportal.html] could be truthful, but the _Coach and Horses_ really was like that. Only the _Telegraph_ can do this sort of obituary … Continue reading Continue reading

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Shorter Nick Cohen

I’ve been exchanging emails with my old chum, who laboured by my side for _years_ to keep upright the bar of the Angel in Old Street; he tells me %(sane)I’m writing a book on what’s happened to the Left provisionally … Continue reading Continue reading

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Comprehensive education

*The scene:* a class of fifteen year olds being taught "personal and social development", in a largely middle class comprehensive school. The teacher presents them with an ethical dilemma, from her pack of materials. *Teacher:* Annie is pregnant *Children:* Whoo! … Continue reading Continue reading

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