Here are the Blogs in the Mary Jackson category.
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Thursday, 17 December 2009
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Writing my Christmas cards the other day placed unusual demands upon my right hand. Perhaps I should say, for avoidance of purient doubt and sinister discrimination, my writing hand. How often, these days, do I put pen to paper? Greetings cards, signatures on dull forms and the occasional Postit note ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/17/2009 3:08 PM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 15 December 2009
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Googling concolorous to see the word's application outside the literary triumvirate of Flann O'Brien, Nabokov and Borges - bet that Pied Beauty bloke wouldn't get a look in -  I came across a note on the Concolorous Moth Action Plan: The Concolorous moth has a very limited distribution in Britain, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/15/2009 10:20 AM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 15 December 2009
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A few weeks ago I posted about epilepsy as art: a dozy bint - sorry, dance artist - trying to induce a seizure on stage. Last night Esmerelda alerted me to a huffy comment from a reader, who quibbled that the public money used for this "transgressive" freak show, this latter-day Hottentot ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/15/2009 8:27 AM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 15 December 2009
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There is just one thing that can be said in favour of our dangerous, dishonest and dull Prime Minister: he kept us out of the Euro. From The Telegraph: These are testing times for the eurozone, the group of 16 EU countries that subscribe to a single currency and the diktats of the European Central ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/15/2009 4:46 AM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 14 December 2009
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The BBC radio news this morning managed to report the murder of a Muslim woman without once mentioning that she was a Muslim or even an "Asian". The Times just about gets there It seems pretty clear that she was murdered for bringing shame on the "Asian" - that is Muslim - "community": An ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/14/2009 7:58 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 13 December 2009
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I love most Christmas carols, and it is hard to single out a favourite. But The Coventry Carol must be in the top five. The Coventry Carol must not be confused with Coventry Carol - we don't talk about her. A bit of background: The Coventry Carol is a Christmas carol dating from the 16th Century. ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/13/2009 1:43 PM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 12 December 2009
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A three cornered cliché from The Spectator's James Dellingpole:  Climategate has gone über-viral......Read More...
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Posted on 12/12/2009 6:54 PM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 12 December 2009
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On the subject of Egypt's treatment of the Coptic Christians, here are parts of a documentary that Channel 4 did a couple of years ago on "Garbage City":   ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/12/2009 11:54 AM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 12 December 2009
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A couple of days ago I asked why, if Zahi Hawass is so keen to "preserve Egyptian identity" he doesn't campaign against the repression of the Copts. To which he would no doubt reply: "Rubbish". Moe Beitiks on "Garbage City" (h/t David Thompson): Cairo has attempted to ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/12/2009 11:38 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 11 December 2009
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Is that rude, or is it me? Moving swiftly on, four-year-olds are being monitored for Islamic brainwashing. Fair enough - in five years' time they'll be old enough to marry. From the Daily Mail: Children as young as four are being monitored by terror police who fear they could be brainwashed by ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/11/2009 4:32 PM by Mary Jackson
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Thursday, 10 December 2009
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Muslims want to get their hands on a stone. This time it isn't to lapidate some hapless rape victim, but to preserve "Egyptian" identy. Ben Macintyre in The Times: The first sight of the Rosetta Stone was so remarkable that the Napoleonic Army, it was said, immediately snapped to attention: ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/10/2009 2:38 PM by Mary Jackson
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Thursday, 10 December 2009
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Remember those analogies you get in tests? Hand is to glove as foot is to ball/boot/mouth. Up is to down as back is to front/back/side/stairs/ladies' chamber. Journalists use them a lot, and they are nearly always limp. Asking "Can Britain Rise Above the Latte?", Chloe Lambert milks the ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/10/2009 9:42 AM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 7 December 2009
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H/t Clark in the comments to my last Marlene Dietrich interlude. Kopf. Fuß. Bis. Kopf. Fuß. Bis. Und so fort. Und so weiter. What is thiß that roareth thuß? Can it be a motorbuß?...Read More...
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Posted on 12/07/2009 2:55 PM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 7 December 2009
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Caitlin Moran in The Times on how beautiful people all look the same: Are you ugly? Are you, though? Perhaps not ragingly munty, but just a bit . . . wonky? Disappointing. A pretty mouth, maybe — pillowy, billowy, clever — but with eyes a bit like pigeon? Beautiful colouring — brown-eyed, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/07/2009 8:27 AM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 7 December 2009
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"The dustbin of history" is a clapped-out cliché. But where should we put it?...Read More...
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Posted on 12/07/2009 8:08 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 6 December 2009
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Yes, I'm sure Islam apologists will point out that Anjem Choudary is an extremist nutter. (Actually, he seems quite intelligent and lucid to me, and he certainly knows his Islam.) But Dr Naseem, Chairman of Birmingham Central Mosque is not regarded as "extreme", and are the two so ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/06/2009 3:08 PM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 6 December 2009
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She was a good egg:     ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/06/2009 2:49 PM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 5 December 2009
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"Do you have a mental health problem," asks Laura Deely, in a Times column headed by this picture: I can't speak for myself, but I think Ms Deely does - she has chocolate on the brain....Read More...
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Posted on 12/05/2009 10:30 AM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 5 December 2009
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Andrew Gilligan in The Spectator: The main evidence that Mr Balls [our aptly named Schools Secretary] has made a massive blunder is a chapter in a Hizb ut Tahrir pamphlet, ‘Education and Identity’, written by one Farah Ahmed. Mrs Ahmed is the head teacher of one of the two ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/05/2009 9:32 AM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 5 December 2009
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Bankers are not the most popular people at the moment. Nevertheless, the City of London is a major contributor to our economy - all those leftists and arty types would be the first to complain if their theatre or library had to close because there was no tax revenue to support it - and it is not ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/05/2009 9:09 AM by Mary Jackson
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