Pop recalls soy and chop suey

Joseph Aloysius Ratzinger, aka Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the State of the Vatican City, Servant of the Servants of God, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, recalls joy and […]

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Time for a bit of Swedish says Miliband Minor

UK Labour leader Ed Miliband spent yesterday in Stockholm, hosted by his Swedish counterpart, Stefan Löfven. As part of the outing Miliband Minor toured the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, a specialist science and engineering research centre and university. In addition to addressing the Swedish parliament, the visit was for Miliband a PR opportunity to […]

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Deconstructing the royal spectacle (Undressing Anne Boleyn)

The old misanthrope in me loves a literary essay written at someone else’s expense. Such writing can be cruel, but when the subjects are either born into or adopt privilege, such as Kate Windsor (née Middleton), they are to a degree fair game. Celebrities survive only with a thick skin, and I doubt that they […]

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On taxing fat and fizzy

Well-intentioned interventions from UK medical professionals that address the growing problems of obesity and poor nutrition often display an ignorance of real-world human behaviour and economics. This damages the credibility of those who make such pronouncements, and people continue with their unhealthy lifestyles and expanding girths. The latest call from medics in Britain is for […]

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Cycle ride announcement: Lovely Lea & Epping Forest Explorer

Ride: Lovely Lea & Epping Forest Explorer When: Sunday 24 February 2013 Meet: 10:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich SE10 9LW After the faux-spring balminess of this past weekend, it’s likely to be a bit nippy this coming Sunday, but the conditions should be fine for a spin up the Lea Valley to Waltham Abbey, […]

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An imaginative reading of the Royal Charter on UK press regulation

Writing in The Staggers, Media Standards Trust director Martin Moore comments on the draft Royal Charter for the establishment of a new industry regulator to succeed the publishers’ luncheon club known as the Press Complaints Commission. The Media Standards Trust is the begetter of the celebrity-fronted Hacked Off lobbying group which calls for state regulation […]

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So it’s farewell then, Dr Ratzinger

The foul stench of religious cant emanating today from the airwaves and pages of the world’s press is nauseating, but it should subside within a day or two. In the meantime, best that those of us who hold religion in contempt make the satirical most of the “shock” resignation of Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger from his […]

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Israeli science and the British media

Like Stephen Hoffman over at Harry’s Place I applaud the esteemed Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland for hosting its recent Science Week, but the argument that the British press is hesitant to report on science in Israel is specious. One can reasonably argue that Israeli science gets relatively little coverage in what are […]

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Labour luvvies look to wreck libel law reform

Only a short time ago leading Labour politicians were eager to associate themselves publicly with the Libel Reform Campaign… Today, said Labour politicians, or at least those among them who sit in the House of Lords, threaten to sabotage libel law reform with a back door attempt to establish statutory regulation of the press by […]

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Religion – it’s either true or it isn’t

What is wrong with this statement? “These new atheists remain incapable of getting beyond the question, ‘Is it true?’ They assume that by ‘true’ we agree them to mean ‘literally true’. They also assume that if the answer is ‘no’, then that closes everything. But it does not. Just because something is not literally true […]

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