Here are the Blogs in the Mary Jackson category.
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Wednesday, 30 December 2009
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"I didn't know what day it was when you walked into the room," rasped Rod Stewart some time in the Seventies. Perhaps he was in the Phillipines, Alaska or Samoa. It's New Year's Eve tomorrow. In the meantime (geddit?) here are some Quite Interesting facts about the International ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/30/2009 3:47 PM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 30 December 2009
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More at Wikipedia. What do you get when you cross a Persian with a Siamese? A twinning combination: ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/30/2009 2:35 PM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 30 December 2009
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While my mother was staying with me over Christmas I took her to a favourite restaurant that I normally go to with friends. The owner was delighted to meet the mother of a regular, tactfully refrained from telling her how much I normally drink, and dispensed, along with a glass of port on the house, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/30/2009 6:01 AM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 29 December 2009
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Paul Virilio is a manly kind of name. Here he is on speed, as it were (my emphasis). Read it as fast as you can: Paul Virilio's treatise The Aesthetics of Disappearance -- more virtuosic meditation than traditional scholarship -- considers the motivations and repercussions of a contemporary society ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/29/2009 4:50 PM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 29 December 2009
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Say what you like about Giles Coren, he is funny in his own right, as well as having a famously funny father. His writing shows signs of strain at times - he needs to try harder if he is to achieve the late Alan Coren's effortless brilliance. Victoria Coren, on the other hand, has the surname and not ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/29/2009 12:47 PM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 29 December 2009
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There's the odd rotten pear. I had been wondering why the once funny and down-to-earth Jeanette Winterson had lost her touch. I now learn that she is stepping out with dreary psychobabbler Susie Orbach. This may turn out to be Winterson's banana skin. I don't trust thin people who make ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/29/2009 12:24 PM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 26 December 2009
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Christmas is the season of goodwill to all twaddle. Television is terminally twaddled, and as the newspapers all tell us,  "we" -  that is the conspiratorial "we" of journalists - don't mind because we're too tired or sozzled to notice. But the newspapers themselves ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/26/2009 8:11 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 25 December 2009
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"Merry Christmas!"...Read More...
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Posted on 12/25/2009 4:50 AM by Mary Jackson
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Thursday, 24 December 2009
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Further to Esmerelda's Klezmer-style Jingle Bells, "Return to the great Jewish themes of outsider-ness & redemption with 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'--- in Yiddish": ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/24/2009 6:18 PM by Mary Jackson
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Thursday, 24 December 2009
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Personent Hodie - one of my favourite carols: ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/24/2009 5:50 PM by Mary Jackson
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Thursday, 24 December 2009
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Jack Lemmon as "Bud" Baxter has just discovered that the girl he loves loves someone undeserving. And so, on Christmas Eve, he goes to drown his sorrows. Feel the misery in one of the best films of all time, The Apartment: ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/24/2009 11:00 AM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 23 December 2009
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Rosemary Soohkdeo, wife of Barnabas Fund Director Patrick, would not use a term like "dozy bints" to describe a Western woman foolish enough to convert to Islam. Nevertheless, she is unflinching and outspoken on the subject of Christian women who convert. Some, it seems, are as old as eighty. ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/23/2009 2:22 PM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 22 December 2009
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Few comedy writers can bring themselves to quit while they're ahead. And most comedy series keep chugging along, running on empty before they peter out with a phut. Fawlty Towers is an exception - each episode is a jewel. Perhaps they ran out of money - constraints, even financial, can be liberating ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/22/2009 1:43 PM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 20 December 2009
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Americans who wish to give 110%, redouble their efforts, thereby getting one up – or two up – on those lazy Brits. Or so says Hugh. What does today's philosopher Barry Dainton say? In the philosophical literature on self and personal identity, fission examples are ones in which one ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/20/2009 9:54 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 20 December 2009
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An intrusive piece of management speak exhorts the human resource component to find his – or of course her – “best self”. But one’s “best self” can be but a poor copy of Barry Dainton’s “Phenomenal Self”, reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement. ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/20/2009 9:45 AM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 19 December 2009
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Reader Alan draws attention to Nick Cohen's piece on the (rather daft) TV series Spooks. From Standpoint Magazine: The real MI5 deals with radical Islam almost to the exclusion of all other threats. The BBC's fictional MI5 deals with every threat except radical Islam. I appreciate there are better ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/19/2009 4:37 PM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 18 December 2009
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What the bloody hell is a "holiday season"? Where has this "Happy Holidays" malarkey come from? It's brass monkeys out there, yet Americans are apparently stripping off to their swimming trunks (or whatever they call them), grabbing a bucket and spade and sporting a little stick ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/18/2009 4:55 PM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 18 December 2009
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Did Keats love Fanny Brawne for her brains? If not, what? ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/18/2009 4:04 PM by Mary Jackson
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Thursday, 17 December 2009
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Former Conservative MP George Walden nails it on the Tzip Livni arrest warrant. From The Times: As a piece of legal grotesquerie, the attempted arrest of the former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has its funny side. The biggest joke lies in the role of the UN. It was the UN Human Rights Council ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/17/2009 3:59 PM by Mary Jackson
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Thursday, 17 December 2009
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So says yesterday's Times leader on the Tzipi Livni affair: The application of law to warfare is among the greatest advances in Western civilisation over four centuries. In the name of human rights, that tradition is being traduced by a politicised campaign to harass the statesmen of a democracy. ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/17/2009 3:43 PM by Mary Jackson
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