Here are the Blogs in the Mary Jackson category.
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Tuesday, 24 November 2009
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Here is a report (in English) from France 24. It's slightly irritating in that it suggests that the EDL and Islam4UK are two sides of the same coin. However, try as they might, they can't find any racism. The natives are getting restless, that's for sure....Read More...
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Posted on 11/24/2009 5:16 AM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 23 November 2009
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It seems The Original of Laura isn't up to much. Alexander Theroux in the Wall Street Journal: The last card of "The Original of Laura" is a poignant list of synonyms for "efface"—expunge, erase, delete, rub out, wipe out, obliterate. Although we might hope that Nabokov was ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/23/2009 5:34 PM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 23 November 2009
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As of 12.30 GMT, we're in the lead in the Best International Infidel Blogger Category. It's a close run thing, though, and a lot can happen between now and tomorrow when polling stops. So, if you haven't done so already, and you think - and who wouldn't? - that New English Review is the Best International ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/23/2009 6:29 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 22 November 2009
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There has been some talk of philosophy today, which needs to be set to music. And who better to do this than Monty Python? And where better than live at the Hollywood Bowl? Watch and learn, and if you don't like it, what the heck? It's only a collection of sense data: ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/22/2009 6:10 PM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 22 November 2009
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Talking of the deep sea, The Blue Planet shows those weird creatures in superb detail. I don't think our own Esmerelda Weatherwax could produce better footage. I'm not a great fan of nature programmes, but The Blue Planet was excellent. Looking at some of these creatures, you wonder why people ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/22/2009 3:27 PM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 22 November 2009
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Continuing our weekly probe into the arts, they say an artist should suffer for his work. Here, from the BBC (h/t David Thompson), is an artist who fits the bill. She doesn't foot it, though, the taxpayer does that: A dance artist with epilepsy is to try to induce a seizure on stage. Rita Marcalo ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/22/2009 8:55 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 22 November 2009
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Whatever you think about global warming, it's best not to let artists anywhere near the subject. Their opinions are as predictable as they are on Israel, and every bit as vacuous. Remember Michael Jacksons portentous "Earth Song"? Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker's response - mooning and pretending ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/22/2009 8:21 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 22 November 2009
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Here, from the Times Literary Supplement, is the first part of a letter on the subject of "Things-in-the-World": Sir - I am surprised by Jerry Fodor's surprise that Michael Tye was saying (October 16) that "things-in-the-world ... are constituents of (not just causes of, but ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/22/2009 8:07 AM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 21 November 2009
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New English Review has been shortlisted for Best International Infidel Blogger in the Infidel Blogger Aliance Awards. We're not doing brilliantly so far, although it's good to be on the shortlist. Vote for us now. If you don't mind, that is. Say what you like about NER - we know a rotten ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/21/2009 9:36 AM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 21 November 2009
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that short articles about Jane Austen either begin with "It is a truth universally acknowledged" or contain some worn out wordplay on Pride and Prejudice. Today we have the latter, although "Snide and Prejudice" is not as good as "Pies ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/21/2009 8:25 AM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 21 November 2009
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Reviewing a dull, one-note docudrama on the life of Enid Blyton, The Spectator's James Dellingpole pulls the BBC up for an anachronism: [P]eople didn’t say ‘inappropriate’ to signify bad behaviour. That’s late 20th-century, non-judgmental therapy speak. More likely they ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/21/2009 7:45 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 20 November 2009
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....It is better not to see them being made.' So said sausage-eater-in-chief, Otto von Bismarck. This was before the Yes Minister campaign to save the Great British Sausage from being re-branded by Eurocrats as the "emulsified high-fat offal tube": Yes Minister is offally ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/20/2009 6:10 PM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 20 November 2009
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The Wyrd Sisters, Magrat, Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax - for it is she -  are weirdly wired for sound and vision:  Weird....Read More...
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Posted on 11/20/2009 11:40 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 20 November 2009
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I've recently acquired an American colleague - she would probably say co-worker - who thinks the word "weird", used on its own, is weird, and weirdly British. Our conversation went something like this: Her: The system's not working again; maybe there are, like, issues. But the IT guy said ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/20/2009 7:38 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 20 November 2009
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A friend who works in local government has just acquired a new manager. This new broom has made  a few broad brush promises: Partner with local communities Work together to achieve goals Embrace added value Drive out efficiency Local councils are notoriously inefficient ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/20/2009 7:19 AM by Mary Jackson
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Thursday, 19 November 2009
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Yes Minister, and Yes Prime Minister were Margaret Thatcher's favourite TV programmes. I had always believed them to be completely and utterly British, but I heard on the radio this morning that they have spawned variants across the globe. Now there is going to be a Ukrainian version - how will ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/19/2009 3:57 PM by Mary Jackson
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Thursday, 19 November 2009
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Who says there are no famous Belgians? Brussels has sprouted a new Emperor. From the BBC: EU leaders have chosen the Belgian Prime Minister, Herman van Rompuy, to be the first permanent European Council President. The other top job created by the Lisbon Treaty - foreign affairs supremo - has gone ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/19/2009 3:25 PM by Mary Jackson
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Thursday, 19 November 2009
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There is no man so awful that he can't get some woman to fall for him - and that includes Mohammed. This week's Dozy Bint is Italian "hostess" Alda Ribeiro. (Apparently "hostess" doesn't mean upmarket tart in Italy as it does in England. And I'm the Queen of Sheba.) From The ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/19/2009 4:20 AM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 18 November 2009
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I thought the deal was you sold your soul to the devil. But the EU takes our soul and we pay. Something not quite right. From the Taxpayers' Alliance, via Samizdata:   And here's Daniel Hannan, demolishing the Euromyths. The EU needs us more than we need them:  ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/18/2009 4:45 PM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 18 November 2009
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It isn't just the bull: Sumer is icumen in, Lhude sing cuccu! Groweþ sed and bloweþ med And springþ þe wde nu, Sing cuccu! Awe bleteþ after lomb, Lhouþ after calue cu. Bulluc sterteþ, bucke uerteþ, Murie sing cuccu! Cuccu, cuccu, wel singes ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/18/2009 3:11 PM by Mary Jackson
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