Here are the Blogs in the Mary Jackson category.
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Saturday, 5 December 2009
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And not in the usual way. Rod Liddle in The Spectator: [W]e have the BBC’s reaction to the referendum in which 57 per cent of Swiss people voted to ban the building of any more minarets in their country. This was, according to someone called Roger Hardy, the corporation’s ‘Islamic ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/05/2009 9:03 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 4 December 2009
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Except civilisation. It is hard to say which is more revolting - the undeserved opulence of the Arab playboys or the squalor of their slave labourers. And those on this site who get hot under the collar about global warming will boil over at the bit about the indoor ski mountain. Thanks to ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/04/2009 2:58 PM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 4 December 2009
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My first dentist was not actually called Mr I. Tugham or Phil McCavity, but may as well have been. His doorbell was somebody's tooth, and his implements were rather primitive. The walls were a sickly shade of green, to match his patients' faces. Things are different at Dr Ziegler's clinic (h/t David ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/04/2009 11:19 AM by Mary Jackson
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Thursday, 3 December 2009
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Has-been, absurdly leftist but occasionally funny, Liverpudlian Jewish comedian Alexei Sayle's best sketch is the simplest. It juxtaposes the quick (and not so quick) and the dead, and, with no trace of nuance, asks why: Jimi Hendrix - dead. Phil Collins - alive. Ginger Rogers - dead. ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/03/2009 4:22 PM by Mary Jackson
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Thursday, 3 December 2009
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Vladimir Nabokov, inventor of the emoticon (ROFLMAO :-), would be pleased to see that it has acquired a touch of nuance. From Newsbiscuit, where it crumbles, cookiewise, every day: Two new emoticons were unveiled at a Microsoft Conference in Philadelphia yesterday. Martin Groonstadt, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/03/2009 8:12 AM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 2 December 2009
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Occasionally - well, quite often in fact - I am asked: "Must you?". This is a num question, with an implied reproach. And the answer is no: I do not have to, but I want to. So, on seeing, in Esmerelda's latest wonderful photo essay on the pub signs, a reference to Devizes, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/02/2009 4:54 PM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 2 December 2009
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There is no such thing as a free lunch, and no such thing as an interest free loan. "Interest free credit" simply means that you can’t negotiate a discount as you could if you paid cash. But “interest free” sounds good, and it makes people feel good. It makes Muslims feel ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/02/2009 1:55 PM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 1 December 2009
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From The Times, with the first sentence deliberately omitted: For more than 40 years Jane Austen’s death in 1817 has been attributed widely to Addison’s disease, a rare condition that only became treatable widely with drugs in the early 1950s. However, after a trawl through the author’s ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/01/2009 7:50 AM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 28 November 2009
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We all know how one small word can make a difference - one small word for [a] Man, God  wot [rot]. But so can a shift key.  Pace e e cummings, it  matters. By the way, is pace just another way of saying "to hell with"? Anyway, here are some famous opening lines. ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/28/2009 4:39 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 27 November 2009
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Posted on 11/27/2009 6:00 PM by Mary Jackson
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Thursday, 26 November 2009
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It's amazing what those nudniks can do with a suffix. From Online Etymology: sputnik  "artificial satellite," 1957 (launched Oct. 4, 1957), from Rus. sputnik "satellite," lit. "traveling companion," from O.C.S. supotiniku, from su- "with, together" ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/26/2009 5:02 PM by Mary Jackson
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Thursday, 26 November 2009
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Best wishes for Thanksgiving - here's hoping y'all manage to catch your planes, trains or automobiles:   ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/26/2009 7:57 AM by Mary Jackson
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Thursday, 26 November 2009
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These anti-Semitism lessons will be held at Birkbeck College. SOAS and LSE students have been learning them at their mother's knee.  From The Times. (Anti-Semitism is spelt every which way, so take your pick.) Britain is to get its first academic institute for the study of anti-Semitism, ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/26/2009 6:20 AM by Mary Jackson
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Thursday, 26 November 2009
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In the school playground of my childhood, there was the odd fight, but I don't remember any female genital mutilation or honour killing. So I thought there was something a little odd about the latest Government initiative to curb domestic violence with lessons in schools. And sure enough, it is ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/26/2009 5:08 AM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 25 November 2009
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Give up. We tried - and failed. Once more, with feeling: Everest? Done. Fermat's Last Theorem? Piece of cake - easier than the penultimate one. But Best Infidel Blogger? Somebody said that it couldn't be done But he with a chuckle replied That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one Who ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/25/2009 3:52 PM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 25 November 2009
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The bastards. We were pipped to the infidel top blog post by Gates of Vienna. Still, couldn't have been by much - we were two percentage points ahead until late in the day, then the results disappeared. Remember, it isn't the winning, it's the taking part. Not....Read More...
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Posted on 11/25/2009 2:22 PM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 25 November 2009
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Not quite, but every bit as ridiculous. From The Times: A straight couple who want to become the first hetrosexuals in Britain to form a civil partnership will launch a legal challenge after a council refused their request. Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle, both 25, said they want the same legal ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/25/2009 7:23 AM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 24 November 2009
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Driving to work this morning I listened to The Choice, a Radio 4 series about people who are forced into choices most of us are spared. Today's guest was mountaineer Cathy O' Dowd, whose story of her encounter, on Everest, with a dying climber, will chill to the bone. Ms O'Dowd's delivery is matter ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/24/2009 2:57 PM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 24 November 2009
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Yes, Zadie Smith is a bit pretentious and very overrated, but does she deserve this? Peter Conrad, a goblin in the Guardian, sinks his white teeth into her latest book. Then rolls it around on his tongue, slurps, gasps, smacks his lips and burps: For Zadie Smith, criticism is a bodily ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/24/2009 2:33 PM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 24 November 2009
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Talking of quality control, it is said that Persian carpet makers always include a deliberate mistake in their carpets, for example the five legged horse depicted here. The reasoning behind this is that only Allah is perfect, and so a perfect man-made carpet would offend him. But the five-legged ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/24/2009 10:03 AM by Mary Jackson
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