Monthly Archives: December 2006

Randoms

* I think the _New Scientist_ has just published its most haunting headline: [“Moths drink the tears of sleeping birds”:http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn10826&feedId=online-news_rss20] * The _Mail’s_ hatchet job on Tom Butler this morning deserves proper analysis. I particularly like the way that they … Continue reading Continue reading

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Not just loopy: fruity too

How quickly one forgets true lunacy. I was looking for something entirely different when I stumbled across [“a letter that Conrad Black wrote”:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fopinion%2F2003%2F07%2F26%2Fdt2601.xml] to the _Telegraph,_ which he then still owned, in the summer of 2003. It is fashionable now … Continue reading Continue reading

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a thought parked here for later use

A thought about the dislocation of modern conservatism; in particular about the unfashionability of pessimistic or tragic views of the human condition. These have fallen out of fashion partly because they seem to have no predictive value. Doom has been … Continue reading Continue reading

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Blowing own trumpet

It’s a long time since I wrote “this obit”:http://www.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,,1974182,00.html of Frank Johnson. I wish it had had to wait longer for publication. But it is, I think, quite good. Continue reading

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Progressives in praise of eugenics

I have mentioned before here one of my favourite books, _An outline for Boys and Girls,_ which is a left-wing encyclopaedia from the early Thirties, edited by Naomi Mitchison. Since she knew all the smart lefty young people, it is … Continue reading Continue reading

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On hating computers

When I got back last night, one of the four fans which seem to be needed to run a quiet computer was making a hidous graunching noise. I really hate that kind of thing when I am trying to work, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Oh Fjuckby!

A wholly “glorious story”:http://www.svd.se/dynamiskt/inrikes/did_14263712.asp in this morning’s _Svenska Dagbladet._ Eleven villagers from the hitherto unremarked settlement of [“Fjuckby, north of Uppsala”:http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&om=1&z=14&ll=59.972367,17.591686&spn=0.036637,0.038538], have written to the government petitioning for it to change its name to something less reminiscent of “sex-related activities … Continue reading Continue reading

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Thought for the Day

And in our studio this morning, we have the Bishop of Southwark, with thought for the day. Good morning Tom. “Erm. Thank you, erm. We all have to face questions in life. Some questions fill us with existential horror: ‘Would … Continue reading Continue reading

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Thank God Bush will never read it

Melanie Phillips [“slips entirely the surly bonds of earth”:http://www.melaniephillips.com/diary/?p=1416] in her latest, which appears to call for a nuclear assault on Syria as well as Iran. How else is one to interpret her demand that %(loony) the states that are … Continue reading Continue reading

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The most perfect proof of God

This is from Anthony Kenny’s book _The Unknown God,_ a collection of essays on the God of the philosophers: bq. Is the ontological argument valid? Professor Timothy Smiley of Cambridge once offered a succinct and trenchant argument in favour of … Continue reading Continue reading

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