Here are the Blogs in the Mary Jackson category.
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Wednesday, 18 November 2009
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David Thompson: [T]he latest work by Chen Wenling [is] over six metres tall, is made of fibreglass and paint, and, naturally, it’s a deep and devastating critique of global capitalism. The piece is called What You See Might Not Be Real, though some prefer a less cryptic title: The Big ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/18/2009 3:02 PM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 18 November 2009
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As opposed to "red leather yellow leather", which is a rather unfair English tongue twister for the Chinese. From http://www.fa-kuan.muc.de:80/SHISHI.RXML. That's a hyperlink, not a set of expletives. And remember to read from right to left, otherwise you won't be able to say it half so well: The ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/18/2009 12:58 PM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 18 November 2009
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From the BBC, which refers to the savages who stoned her as "Islamists". Why the -ism? What part of their actions is not sanctioned by Islam? A 20-year-old woman divorcee accused of committing adultery in Somalia has been stoned to death by Islamists in front of a crowd of about 200 people. ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/18/2009 7:33 AM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 17 November 2009
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Never trust a man who says discourse. Or hegemony. Or, especially, hegemonic discourse. Especially if he's a Muslim, and especially if he's talking about killing apostates. Harvard "Muslim Chaplain" - a contradiction in terms if ever there was one - wins the prize for the most sinister ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/17/2009 4:22 PM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 17 November 2009
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I have just learned that the late Edward Woodward - will they bury him with three wooden headstones? - was married to Michele Dotrice. She played Betty opposite Michael Crawford's Frank Spencer in Some Mother's Do 'Ave 'Em, an endearing and thoroughly unsophisticated sitcom. "Oooh Betty" ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/17/2009 3:19 PM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 17 November 2009
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A cynic, said Oscar Wilde, knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. At 19, Alex Parry, who won £6.5 million on the Euromillions, is too young to be a cynic. She plans to treat herself to a "blue Vauxhall Corsa", a small, modest car, that has served me well. Ms ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/17/2009 2:57 PM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 17 November 2009
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This joke has legs - like Long John Silver. From Hedgehog from Hell:  ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/17/2009 8:42 AM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 16 November 2009
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Lawrence Auster squeals that this is "the deliberate abasement of the United States by its president". Whatever Obama's intentions, the disparity in height makes it rather the opposite.  Were he standing upright, it would be Japanese meets Obamanese....Read More...
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Posted on 11/16/2009 10:36 AM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 16 November 2009
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What do you call a man with a wooden head? Edward What do you call a man with 3 wooden heads? Edward Woodward What would you call a man with 4 wooden heads? I don't know either, but Edward Woodward would Would you happen to know anyone with 5 wooden heads? I dunno, but Edward Woodward would ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/16/2009 9:58 AM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 16 November 2009
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So farewell, then Edward Woodward The man with three Wooden ‘eads Edward Woodward would Was my catchphrase Now you wouldn’t © E. J. Throbb, aged 17¾...Read More...
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Posted on 11/16/2009 9:07 AM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 16 November 2009
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Born in Germany to Turkish parents, Betuel rejected Islam at nineteen, having had doubts for some time. Being those few years older than Rifqa Bary makes her safer, but no apostate is ever completely safe. Here (h/t Gates of Vienna) she tells her story. I like the translation - by not sticking ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/16/2009 8:54 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 15 November 2009
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For a bracing dose of common sense - impassioned common sense at that - I turn to Tina Trent's blog Crime Victims Media Report. Here she puts the Fort Hood killings in context: What happens if you sign a hate crimes bill, and then all the wrong types of people commit “hate crimes?” Well, ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/15/2009 4:12 PM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 15 November 2009
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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious news from Newsbiscuit: Self styled ‘nanny’ Mary Poppins has today been served with a court order banning her from all child minding activities. Following the hearing, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Social Services department issued ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/15/2009 2:43 PM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 15 November 2009
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I dislike the word "competency" and dislike even more its plural "competencies". There is a word "competence" and a word "skills". "Competencies", used to mean the skills of a competent person, is unnecessary. Increasingly "competencies" is ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/15/2009 11:49 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 15 November 2009
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Evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller has written a book called Spent, subtitled Sex, Evolution and the Secrets of Consumerism. Is "Spent" a pun, or is it me? There are not, I suspect, many laughs in evolutionary psychology, a mean little discipline, which at best justifies male chauvinism, ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/15/2009 10:44 AM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 14 November 2009
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Ed West's blog at The Telegraph: Oh no, not another call for a slave trade apology – come on, it’s raining outside and we’re miserable enough as it is. But hold on a minute. As AFP reports: Traditional African rulers should apologise for the role they played in the slave ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/14/2009 10:06 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 13 November 2009
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Macroglossus sobrinus, or long-tongued fruit bat, is a species of megabat. Take my word for it. Unless it bats fruitily for the other side, it has an unfair advantage in the mating game. It's dog eat dog out there, no word of a lie....Read More...
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Posted on 11/13/2009 4:37 PM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 13 November 2009
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Everyone's at it. Is this an enthusiasm that should be curbed? The Telegraph reports on pteropodidic ptonguing:  Fruit bats regularly engage in oral sex, according to groundbreaking new research published in Science magazine. The study found that more than two-thirds of female short-nosed fruit ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/13/2009 7:46 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 13 November 2009
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Are A-Levels, once the gold standard of education, to be dumbed down so much that they can be marked by computer? If so, candidates had better not risk anything too clever. Like Shakespeare's "Never, never, never, never, never." From The Times: They are some of the most memorable ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/13/2009 7:22 AM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 11 November 2009
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If you're going to be done for speeding, it would be nice to be done by the Georgian police. Especially as their tactics comprise rocking to and fro in a static car singing beautiful harmony, and later driving on what is to them the wrong side of the road. I have a special affection for the Georgians, ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/11/2009 4:12 PM by Mary Jackson
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