Bye Bob

Aug 31

I keep the other blog just for cricketing matters, usually, but this post is a bit special.  

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The Animal Kingdom and how to fight it

Aug 26

Man, we are incessantly told, is the most deadly creature on earth. Homo sapiens, so they keep telling us, have highly developed brains that put them ahead of any other species in times of conflict. The only real threat to humans, we hear, is humankind itself. Well of course they say that. It’s comforting to ignore the fact that these...

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Lefties vs Righties, a 200-year-old comparison

Aug 26

Edmund Burke First of all, I don’t consider myself left or right wing. I consider myself of the left on some issues, of the right on others. But I do think this: right wing writers write better than their left wing counterparts. Or at least, they do when their writing is explicitly political (let’s leave the Romantics out of...

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Link-me-up 2

Aug 26

HMV, Oxford St, in the 1960s. 500 of London’s lost pubs. 20 Celebrities with amazing libraries. Beautiful post on resonance. Keynes vs Friedman in rap. I didn’t actually know about this element of the Nazi regime. Now totally outdated as a subject but…two of the best articles I’ve read on the credit crunch. While...

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Thoughts on the riots

Aug 23

The announcement by the Prime Minister that gangs were at the centre of the looting and his announcement of a new ‘drive’ to stamp them out was easily the most predictable statement to come out of the riots. As narratives go, it’s an easy sell. Gang leaders orchestrated the violence, and while there were plenty of opportunistic...

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