Archive for October, 2004


October 29th, 2004

Hearing about this story on the radio this morning and thinking about next Tuesday’s election combined to remind me of this joke.


October 28th, 2004

While I’ve been uncharacteristically silent, the discussion in one of the comments threads below has wandered off from the West Lothian Question to the Schleswig-Holstein question.

All you need to know about that one, as far as I remember, is that Lord Palmerston is supposed to have said that only three people every understood the Schleswig-Holstein question. Prince Albert was dead. A German professor once did, but then went mad. And he himself did once upon a time, but had forgotten all about it.

Probably apocryphal.

Le Tour, 2005

October 28th, 2004

With the baseball out of the way (and with me not having to say “Wait till next year!” to anyone, for once), we can turn our attention to next year’s Tour de France…

… You can study the route here

(Critics are saying it’s a route designed to stop Lance Armstrong winning again, but (i) I’m not quite sure how you’d design a route to do that: he’s that dominant; (ii) if you did want to mess Armstrong around, you’d want to abolish the team time trial again, which US Postal always manages to win, and they haven’t tried to do that; and (iii) there still seem to be quite a lot of mountains, even if there aren’t quite so many high-altitude finishes as usual. But that’s all very first-impression-ey.)

Go Sox!

October 28th, 2004

ALDS Game 1: @ANA, W9-3
ALDS Game 2: @ANA, W8-3
ALDS Game 3: vs ANA, W8-6
ALCS Game 1: @NYY, L7-10
ALCS Game 2: @NYY, L-1-3
ALCS Game 3: vs NYY, L8-19
ALCS Game 4: vs NYY, W6-4
ALCS Game 5: vs NYY, W5-4
ALCS Game 6: @NYY, W4-2
ALCS Game 7: @NYY, W10-3
World Series Game 1: vs STL, W11-9
World Series Game 2: vs STL, W6-2
World Series Game 3: @STL, W4-1
World Series Game 4: @STL, W3-0

Great Books

October 22nd, 2004

The Guardian today pays tribute to The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

West Lothian Question Gets New Twist

October 21st, 2004

Yes, it’s the latest press release from Tim Collins:

MPs from north of the border should be stopped from voting on issues which affect Cumbrian but not Scottish voters according to South Lakes MP Tim Collins…

Read the rest here.

BOS 10 NYY 3

October 21st, 2004

Commenting on this post, Naunihal asked the other day, “Chris — how do you feel about the championship now?”

I’m feeling fine.

Dead Socialist Watch, #123

October 20th, 2004

Arthur Henderson, one of the founding fathers of theBritish Labour Party, born 13 September 1863, died 20 October 1935.

DSW, #58

October 20th, 2004

Eugene Debs, American socialist leader and Presidential candidate; born 5 November 1855, died 20 October 1926. Links to several of his writings here.

“I don’t want to rise from the working class. I want to rise with the working class”.

Dead Socialist Watch, #122

October 20th, 2004

Samora Machel, FRELIMO leader and independent Mozambique’s first President. Born 1933, died 20 October 1986.


October 19th, 2004

A question: Do readers agree with me that all four of the daily broadsheet newspapers in the UK are less good than they were, say, five or ten years ago?

The Telegraph was less good under Charles Moore than it was under Max Hastings, and has been less good under Moore’s successor (whatever his name is or was) than under Moore. The Independent is approaching a travesty of a newspaper. The Guardian has more bad writing in it than it used to have; and the Times, well, the Times just carries on ploughing the dismal furrow it’s been ploughing for a couple of decades now, declining slowly but exceptionally persistently.

Or am I missing something? Or just getting older?

(Supplementary question: if so, why?)

DSW, #57

October 19th, 2004

John Reed, Oregonian, journalist and witness to the Bolshevik seizure of power; author of the instant classic, Ten Days That Shook The World.

Born 22 October 1887; died of typhus, 19 October 1920.