Archive for June, 2004

Baseball Update

June 30th, 2004

From the New York Times:

Vice President Dick Cheney spent about 20 minutes in Manager Joe Torre’s office and in the clubhouse shaking hands with players before the Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 11-3, last night at Yankee Stadium….During the singing of “God Bless America” in the seventh inning, an image of Cheney was shown on the scoreboard. It was greeted with booing, so the Yankees quickly removed the image.

So even Yankees fans have at least one redeeming feature.[via lbo-talk]

England Back in UK

June 25th, 2004

As if there were any doubt. An entertaining headline, over at the BBC.

The Second, Third and Fourth Times as Farce

June 25th, 2004

England go out to the first decent side they meet in the knock-out stages, in a quarter final to a team managed by Scolari, etc. But at least there’s a new name — David Beckham’s, no less — to inscribe in fiery letters in the annals of embarrassing penalty misses alongside Stuart Pearce, Gareth Southgate, David Batty…

The list goes on, doesn’t it?

Harry’s Back

June 24th, 2004

Over here. And Marc’s started posting again, too, though he, like me, is now smothered in examination scripts…

Just Dead Socialist Watch

June 23rd, 2004

Marc Mulholland writes:

My bleedin’ Daily Moiders is playing up and I can’t update (maybe time for a move). Given my enforced silence, I’d be appreciative is you could post a DSW notice at the Stoa for Nimrod Sejake who has just died aged 83. Nimrod was a marxist and cadre of the ANC for decades (he once shared a cell with Nelson Mandela). I knew him back in Ireland and he was perhaps the most impressive militant I have ever met. There’s an obit from the Irish Times here.

Thanks for that, Marc.So Harry’s still down, Tim Ireland‘s admitted defeat, and now the Daily Moiders is playing up. These are dark times for the World of Blogs.

Berlusconi, Crooner

June 23rd, 2004

Crooked Timber’s Henry Farrell has bought himself a copy of Silvio Berlusconi’s recent album, and is unimpressed.

Vacation Tophet

June 21st, 2004

Yes, it’s back — now that termtime is over, and only days after being declared “moribund?” over at Crooked Timber by Henry Farrell.

Things of un-Beauty

June 21st, 2004

I watched England v Croatia earlier this evening, the first match of the European Championships that I’ve followed on the TV rather than on the radio, and what really struck me was just how physically repulsive a big chunk of the England team is.

David Beckham was once reasonably good looking, but is now clearly trying to look nasty with his general lack of hair and tattoos and facial expressions; Wayne Rooney is a talented striker, but very ugly indeed; David James has cultivated some exceptionally unpleasant facial hair; and Paul Scholes looks like, well, Paul Scholes (fine header, though, at the end of the first half). The rest of the team isn’t so bad. But those four are quite hideous. Perhaps they can play the quarter-final against Portugal with bags over their heads to spare the viewing public.

(The Croatians were a far better looking team, even if their football was less accomplished. And it goes without saying that the Croatian fans were kinder on the eye than their English counterparts.)

UPDATE [22/6/04]: Will has posted some general theoretical rubbish on the subject. And [an UPDATE to the UPDATE, also 22/6/04], Jamie’s just pointed out in the comments that he was onto this important subject last week here and here, and has a sort-of evolutionary biological explanation for it all, which, if true, is terrifying in its implications.

MORE UPDATES [also 22/6/04]: Backword Dave weighs in, although he dissents from the damning judgment on David James, above. And Gwydion the Magician agrees, but observes that “the point Chris misses is that the players are quite representative of the nation as a whole”, and that “[h]aving spent time recently in five countries, I think it would be hard to deny that British men and women are on average the ugliest people in the advanced industrial world.”

Bad, Sad News

June 21st, 2004

Norm reports that Harry’s Place — in many ways, the most remarkable of the British political blogs — has had a horrible crash. So let’s hope a lot of the content can be salvaged from the Google cache, or somewhere equivalent.


June 20th, 2004

Cars trailing Portuguese flags are driving through the middle of Oxford right now honking their horns, which, if you ask me, is splendid.

Henges, Ancient and Modern

June 20th, 2004

Well, we sort of had a plan to go and see the sun rise at Stonehenge tomorrow morning on Midsummer Day, just because a friend sort of offered us a lift. But that offer of a lift fell through, and it’s not going to happen, which may or may not be a shame. I don’t know.

I haven’t been to Stonehenge in a while. But I have been to Carhenge much more recently, in the Summer of 2000, and Carhenge is really quite something.

Dead Socialist Watch, #104

June 20th, 2004

Clara Zetkin, German Social Democrat, Sparticist and Communist, born 5 July 1857, died 20 June 1933.