Submitted by Alexander on 5 February 2014 - 2:20pm
At first glance there isn’t much common ground.
Hoffman, who died of a heroin overdose on 2 February at age 46, was an immensely talented thespian, arguably the best character actor of his generation.
At 44, Sally is almost Hoffman’s age, but her sole conspicuous accomplishment so far is being married to John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons and therefore one of Britain’s most important politicians.
Submitted by Alexander on 4 February 2014 - 2:28pm
Some people do exercises to get their day started, which is fine. We’re all entitled to eccentricities, and this isn’t the worst one.
It is, however, one of the most annoying. This obsession with one’s physique betokens sybaritic self-indulgence, a tilt towards the body and away from the mind.
One also detects a certain holier-than-thou attitude there, some claim to moral ascendancy. Yes, the well-toned chap seems to be saying, I pay attention to my body – unlike you.
Submitted by Alexander on 3 February 2014 - 1:29pm
The world is blessed with 206 independent states. Only one of them has its legitimacy, and indeed right to survive, questioned.
Submitted by Alexander on 31 January 2014 - 2:27pm
Last week a 53-year-old denizen of a small town in the Urals went to see his older friend and mentor, aged 67.
In the good Russian tradition the two friends cracked a bottle of what in common Russian parlance is called ‘white wine’ (vodka to you). The report of the incident doesn’t mention if a second bottle saw the light of day, but on general principle and lifelong empirical evidence I’d think it likely.
Submitted by Alexander on 30 January 2014 - 9:13am
It has been raining for quite a while now, and Albion isn’t just misty but submerged.
This causes every manner of acute discomfort and sheer annoyance. And of course it’s in our nature to look for culprits whenever there’s something we don’t like.
Submitted by Alexander on 29 January 2014 - 6:57pm
When even Daily Mail writers begin to repeat leftie shibboleths without bothering to think first, you know it’s the end of the world.
Witness Tom Leonard’s hagiographic obituary of the American folk singer and communist activist Pete Seeger who died at 94 on Monday, and I didn’t even know he was sick, or indeed still alive.
“Whatever you might think of Seeger’s sometimes sanctimonious politics,” writes Leonard, “they weren’t some marketing gimmick but a way of life and, so he believed, a tool for change.”
Submitted by Alexander on 28 January 2014 - 11:32am
Yesterday’s incident in central London was simple, but its implications anything but.
Just before the lights were to turn green, an Audi edged into the cycle-only box. Law’s law and all that, but drivers hate those.
After all, we pay for the privilege of having our locomotion assisted by an internal combustion engine. The car itself is pricey, and then there are road and registration taxes, parking charges, maintenance costs and what have you.
Submitted by Alexander on 27 January 2014 - 11:48am
Elect the Milibandits in 2015, and by the end of their term they’ll clear Britain’s deficit, promised Ed Balls. Then we’ll begin to reduce our national debt.
“Without fiscal discipline and a credible commitment to eliminate the deficit,” explained Ed, “we cannot achieve the stability we need.”
Few will argue. Some, however, will doubt that such commendable goals can be achieved by any government led by our two fast Eddies, Balls and Miliband. Their CV gives little grounds for optimism.
Submitted by Alexander on 25 January 2014 - 12:11pm
William Shakespeare invented 1,700 words now in common use, which is more than an average Englishman uses or, if comprehensively educated, even knows (yes, there must be exceptions, thanks for reminding me).
Not only that, but the Bard contributed enough aphorisms to the language to justify one wit’s quip: “What I hate about Shakespeare’s plays is that they’re so full of clichés.”
Yet Shakespeare didn’t fill the whole Thesaurus of Quotations, just much of it.
Submitted by Alexander on 24 January 2014 - 2:10pm
Repeat after me, so I can hear you:
Our culture is no better than any other, just different. Louder! It’s no better! Just different! And, when all is said and done, not that different either!
Good. But now that we’ve added our voices to the received mantra, let’s consider just how different.