Here are the Blogs in the Mary Jackson category.
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Thursday, 16 February 2006
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Two opinion pieces from The Telegraph dealing with the way in which Britain's wretched Labour Government wants to control and regulate our lives.   First, Boris Johnson rails against health and safety legislation, "elf and safety" as he calls it. He begins by discussing how a Japanese ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/16/2006 4:50 AM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 15 February 2006
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Christina Odone writes about the bottled water myth that so many of us appear to have swallowed: I DID IT, TOO. I carried a sleek plastic bottle of water to the gym, sat a fat glass bottle beside my computer at work and asked “still or sparkling” of my dinner-party guests. Yes, I ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/15/2006 6:23 AM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 13 February 2006
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Mark Steyn has a good piece on blow-up doll rage. Yes, you did read that correctly: From Europe's biggest-selling newspaper, the Sun: 'Furious Muslims have blasted adult shop [i.e., sex shop] Ann Summers for selling a blowup male doll called Mustafa Shag." Not literally "blasted" ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/13/2006 1:21 PM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 13 February 2006
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UK readers, take a trip down memory lane. The BBC  is featuring classic public information films from the last 60 years.  Any US readers who consider the English to be rather quaint with poor dress sense and plummy accents will find that this is really true. "Today's film is a real ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/13/2006 8:54 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 12 February 2006
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Two very good articles from Theodore Dalrymple on the cartoon controversy. In the first, he contrasts the spineless response of the British and Americans to the courageous and robust stance of the French: The French have emerged in this crisis as far stauncher and more fearless and unapologetic ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/12/2006 9:37 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 12 February 2006
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Posted on 02/12/2006 6:31 AM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 11 February 2006
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Today's Telegraph leader argues that we should be celebrating the abolition of slavery rather than continuing to wallow in guilt:   The bicentenary of the abolition of slavery in Britain is an occasion for celebration and renewed commitment. It reminds us of the heroic efforts of William Wilberforce ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/11/2006 6:58 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 10 February 2006
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Here's a strange story from The Telegraph:   A woman was yesterday celebrating the end of a seven-year battle to be removed from Spain's register of deaths after officials insisted she died in 1992. María Antonia Calvo, 43, from Malaga, had a double reason to celebrate as a court's ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/10/2006 4:47 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 10 February 2006
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Jackie Mason in "The Spectator" (subscription required) reflects on why Jews don''t kill over cartoons:  I never saw a Jew going into meaningless fights. That is why you seldom see Jewish football players. A Jew is not going to take a chance in spraining his neck or tearing ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/10/2006 4:20 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 10 February 2006
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Posted on 02/10/2006 3:59 AM by Mary Jackson
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Thursday, 9 February 2006
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Not long ago I came across the coinage "googlebuggered", defined as "the realisation that there is no website which is going to back up your point". How terrible that must be. You may have to refer to a book, or even make your own case. Google is a Good Thing, in many ways, but ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/09/2006 6:09 AM by Mary Jackson
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Thursday, 9 February 2006
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Boris Johnson, writing in The Telegraph, makes some good points about the British Left, arguing that they have "changed their tactics, but not their spots": They are like those poor fishermen in the Andaman Islands, overwhelmed by the 21st century, clinging to their old language and customs, ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/09/2006 5:30 AM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 8 February 2006
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Abu Hamza, aka Captain Hook, didn't always look like this: According to Valerie Fleming, his ex wife and therefore the woman responsible for his being granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK, he used to be a bit of a looker. From The Times: "26 years ago Valerie Fleming fell in love ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/08/2006 6:03 AM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 8 February 2006
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We had "afternoon funny" yesterday, so here, to wish you good morning, is a little joke originally from The Spectator: An Irishman, a Scotsman, a Welshman and an Englishman are captured by the Waffen SS, who, informing them they will be shot, allow them one last request. Irishman: ‘I ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/08/2006 5:50 AM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 7 February 2006
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A little gem from The Sunday Times: CHAMPIONS of the English language are about to mark a momentous point in its 1,500-year history — the creation of its one millionth word. The growing use of Chinglish (Chinese-English) and dozens of other ethnic hybrids has pushed the number of words ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/07/2006 12:33 PM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 7 February 2006
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In “Shut up!” Part 1, I argue that people should be allowed a voice even if they have nothing to say. In Part 2, I change my mind and hint that even the likes of Anita Brookner, winner of the Booker Prize for fiction, critic, art historian and CBE, might best be advised to shut ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/07/2006 11:05 AM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 4 February 2006
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Towards the end of my last blog, “Shut up!” Part 1, I was coming to the conclusion that content is not the only important aspect of speech, and that having nothing to say is not necessarily a reason for keeping quiet. However, I also stated that I have since changed my mind. What caused ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/04/2006 11:03 AM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 30 January 2006
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There are many ways to tell someone to shut up. Some of them are polite, for example, “one moment, please”. Some are brusque: “be quiet”, or “hold your tongue”. Others are rude, but colourful: “button it”, “put a sock in it”, “shut your ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/30/2006 1:24 PM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 29 January 2006
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The New English Review has been live only a few days; perhaps at this stage all bloggers should be singing from the same hymn sheet. Unfortunately, this, my maiden post, must be a dissenting view.   I admire Diana West's work greatly and share her views on Islam. However, I strongly disagree ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/29/2006 7:17 AM by Mary Jackson
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