Archive for September, 2006

Much Missed

September 23rd, 2006

My dear friend Ewen Green died last week at 47, after years of wrestling with multiple sclerosis. His obituary appears in today’s Independent.

DSW, #116

September 23rd, 2006

Pablo Neruda, poet, born Parral, 12 July 1904, died of leukemia in Santiago, 23 September 1973.

Patriotic Moment

September 22nd, 2006

I don’t often have patriotic moments, but my British heart swelled with pride when I read these words:

Figures from Mintel reveal that we eat a tonne of crisps every three minutes in the UK.

I think that’s a tremendous (multi-) national achievement. I’m not sure, however, that this is the reaction I’m supposed to be having.

New Year Question

September 22nd, 2006

If there are any Calendar Bores out there, can he or she (but, more likely, he) tell me how often the French Republican New Year and the Jewish New Year coincide? It seems that from sunset this evening until midnight Paris time we have overlapping New Year festivities, which I don’t think I’ve ever noticed before.

(Will French Republican Jews celebrate with especial vigour this evening, or do they worry that that would compromise their French Republican identity? I like to think that they will.)

Iraq UN Human Rights Report

September 22nd, 2006

Download it here.

This page links to the six earlier reports published by the same office.

Happy New Year!

September 22nd, 2006

It is, of course, Décade I, Primidi de Vendémiaire de l’Année CCXV de la Révolution today, in the ongoing calendrical celebration of the people’s triumph over monarchical tyranny that is the French Republican Calendar.

Bandiera Rossa Trionferà

September 22nd, 2006

Following Bob Timbs’s by-election victory in Lye Valley last night, the Labour group is once again the largest group on Oxford City Council, and that’s a very good thing.

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