Archive for July, 2007

DSW, #31

July 31st, 2007

Jean Jaurès, French socialist. Born 3 September 1859, shot dead 31 July 1914.

Iban Mayo…

July 31st, 2007

David Millar (just signed for Slipstream) ought to be absolutely furious with Iban Mayo.

On the first day in the Pyrenees, Millar and David De La Fuente of the Saunier-Duval team drove the peloton over the Port de Pailheres at a crazy pace, in the hope that team-leader Mayo could do something on the way up to the stage-finish at Plateau de Beille. But he couldn’t, and lost nearly ten minutes on the final climb. And now we learn he was on drugs too.

Mayo had a terrible tour, finishing 16th at 27’09″. I thought the drugs were supposed to prevent that kind of thing.

The View from my Window

July 30th, 2007

The Summer of the Stoa

July 30th, 2007

What are you reading this Summer, Stoa-readers? What, if anything, do you recommend? Tell me about books (though preferably not about Harry Potter books, unless you’ve got something especially interesting to say about them).

Hari / Cohen Cage Match

July 30th, 2007

This is all terribly, terribly funny. First we have Johann Hari writing about Nick Cohen’s not especially good recent book What’s Left? in Dissent here (with bloggers’ responses here, here, here, here and here). Then we get NC’s reply to JH here and JH’s reply to NC’s reply to JH here, with today’s blog discussion over here [update: subsequently removed].

I want this one to run and run.

TUESDAY UPDATE: Oliver Kamm weighs in, again; AaroWatch has an Ode to Kamm [update: subsequently removed]; and JH has added bits and pieces to his reply to the reply [update: and some of the bits and pieces have been, er, subsequently removed].

WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Indecent Left, Conor Foley, Chris Bertram, Blood & Treasure.


July 29th, 2007

I don’t think I’ll try to become a professional sports photographer any time soon. But here are three images from this afternoon’s racing, anyway.

Quite by chance I seem to have got Alberto Contador in the middle of this pic, on the second half of the first circuit of the Champs-Élysées, flanked by the rest of his Discovery Channel team.

Here comes the peloton!

The Lampre riders, on their way to set up the stage win for Daniele Bennati.

DSW, #161

July 28th, 2007

Jules Guesde, French socialist, born 12 November 1845, died 28 July 1922.