Here are the Blogs in the Mary Jackson category.
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Thursday, 18 May 2006
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A wind of change is blowing through the baked bean market. The ultimate convenience food is about to get even more convenient, thanks to an instant version which is heated in a toaster. From today's Telegraph: The food company Heinz has developed a baked bean sandwich which is stored in the freezer ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/18/2006 4:36 AM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 17 May 2006
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As Rebecca posted, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has honoured the UK with a private visit. He attended a lunch hosted by Ken Livingstone. Red Ken, who never met a despot, tyrant or mad mullah he didn't like, called him "the best news out of Latin America in many years". Guests ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/17/2006 2:57 PM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 17 May 2006
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Paul McCartney and Heather Mills are to separate after four years of marriage. Sir Paul and Heather Mills met at a charity event in 1999.     It's going to cost him an arm and a leg. So they'll have more in common....Read More...
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Posted on 05/17/2006 9:02 AM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 17 May 2006
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The French are fighting the culture wars - by stealing our ideas. From yesterday's Times: TIRED of losing the culture wars to the Anglo-Saxons, the French are fighting back with an idea stolen from the ill-fed and badly dressed British. France announced a plan yesterday for rebranding Gallic culture ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/17/2006 5:25 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 14 May 2006
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A few weeks ago, here and here, I wrote about the death of the essay in both schools and universities. Dr Andrew Cunningham deplored its demise in The Telegraph: Don't just blame our text-generation teenagers for not caring about the essay. Blame the exam boards, with their insatiable thirst for ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/14/2006 6:23 AM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 13 May 2006
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David Cameron, the Conservative Party Leader, has promised, if elected, to tear up the Human Rights Act - that most inhuman piece of legislation that led to nine Afghan hijackers being allowed to remain in this country. From today's Telegraph: (Mr Cameron) added: "In too many cases if has ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/13/2006 5:09 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 12 May 2006
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Charles Moore in this week's Spectator on the much over-hyped Da Vinci Code: As the film of The Da Vinci Code approaches, it is difficult for Christians to know what to do. If we were Muslims, and Dan Brown was insulting us, we could run round burning the book and threatening cinema-goers, and before ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/12/2006 9:40 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 12 May 2006
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On the ludicrous decision to allow nine Afghan hijackers to stay in Britain, I have very little to add to this comment in today's Times by Leo McKinstry. The comment is short, so I will reproduce it in full. MR JUSTICE SULLIVAN is lucky he is not facing a prosecution for perverting the course ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/12/2006 6:10 AM by Mary Jackson
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Thursday, 11 May 2006
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I was about to post something about the Telegraph piece on the report into the July 7 bombings, but Esmerelda beat me to it. Now that Esmerelda has covered the serious issue, I will point out something less important, but to me infuriating. The Telegraph piece begins as follows: The July 7 London ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/11/2006 7:42 AM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 10 May 2006
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I was struck by this picture, in today's Times. It is not the worst image of slavery by any means, but in its very pettiness, the cruelty shown here is sickening:  An actress wears a mask made to prevent slaves from eating sugar cane, during a re-enactment of a French slave sale on ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/10/2006 5:26 AM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 9 May 2006
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If you were to make a list of people deserving of sympathy, would Bill Gates be anywhere near the top? Perhaps he should be, argues Rod Liddle in The Sunday Times: Fifty years ago Britain was a gloomy and miserable place. You had Reg and Ron chopping your head off every five minutes, your kids had ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/09/2006 4:46 AM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 8 May 2006
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Jesus fraternised with publicans and sinners, but wouldn't he have drawn the line at estate agents? (I believe Americans call these people real estate agents. As opposed to virtual ones?) It seems that the Church of England is going into partnership with estate agents to offer blessing services to ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/08/2006 5:14 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 7 May 2006
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Some weeks ago I wrote a piece about hundreds and thousands of Muslims taking to the streets of London to protest against Islam and in favour of Israel. In fact I can remember the exact date. It was April 1st.   Astonishingly, some actually fell for this, including - almost but not quite - one ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/07/2006 12:05 PM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 6 May 2006
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If you can guess the rest, you don’t need me to tell you. If you can’t, you will be offended, so it’s best I don’t.   What is a limerick?   Limericks are a type of light verse, usually consisting of five anapaestic lines rhyming aabba, the a-lines being trimeters, ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/06/2006 5:24 AM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 1 May 2006
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Garibaldi made “biscuit of the week”  in February 2002:   A complete one off, the Garibaldi biscuit is unlike any other, and as such commands a unique position in the biscuit world. Where do I begin? It’s got more currants in it than even a fruit shortcake. They ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/01/2006 8:00 AM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 1 May 2006
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This weekend is a Bank Holiday, so it lasts three days. For some this means DIY, Spring cleaning or self-improvement, or worse still “fun for all the family”. For me it means two days of unspecified enjoyment, followed by one day’s delicious idleness contemplating the weekend just ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/01/2006 7:12 AM by Mary Jackson
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Thursday, 27 April 2006
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The much over-hyped "Da Vinci Code" turns out to have been inspired in a rather unusual way. From The Telegraph: The hyper-successful novelist plotted his bestseller The Da Vinci Code while dangling upside down wearing gravity boots attached to an inversion bar, it was revealed this week.... Well, ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/27/2006 4:19 AM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 25 April 2006
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I don’t generally use my full name, Mary-Jane Jackson-Cholmondesley-Featherstonehaugh, for fear it might cause offence in Germany or Slovakia.   A student recently complained that he had been discriminated against by the US Embassy because his name is Mohammed. Somebody once told me that ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/25/2006 9:14 AM by Mary-Jane Jackson-Cholmondesley-Featherstonehaugh
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Monday, 24 April 2006
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Isn't this a good joke to make about crossword puzzles? Or so I thought.  But I was google-thwarted again. Tony Augarde got there first: Cryptic crosswords are particularly good devices for exercising the brain, since compilers deliberately make their clues mysterious and often ambiguous ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/24/2006 2:22 PM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 24 April 2006
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I caught the first part of “Start the Week” on Radio 4 this morning. The guests were Sir Peter Hall (founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company), Simon Callow (actor), Neil Biswas (screenwriter) and Ruth Scurr (biographer), and the subject was “Waiting for Godot”.   A “gang ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/24/2006 5:13 AM by Mary Jackson
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