Here are the Blogs in the Mary Jackson
Sunday, 23 April 2006
We are told over and over again that Islam is a religion of peace. Nobody feels the need to say this about Buddhism. Why would that be?
Similarly, we do not hear people protesting that the English can indeed laugh at themselves, or that the French can cook after all. We take it as read. ...Read More...
Posted on 04/23/2006 5:51 AM by Mary Jackson
Saturday, 22 April 2006
Much as I like to mock our Royal Family, I am a staunch monarchist and would defend this irrational and old-fashioned institution against any criticism from outsiders. Here she is again, looking pretty in pink:
Here are some reactions from The Times:
Ye Harte and Garter ...Read More...
Posted on 04/22/2006 6:05 AM by Mary Jackson
Friday, 21 April 2006
The Queen, Gawd bless ‘er, celebrates her 80th birthday:
She’s in good nick, isn’t she? Of course she can afford the best doctors and the best moisturisers. Forget free radicals – her radicals cost a Royal Mint. But for somebody who, as a late relative once ...Read More...
Posted on 04/21/2006 10:02 AM by Mary Jackson
Thursday, 20 April 2006
Rise and shine. Breakfast is ready:
Looks lovely, doesn't it? However, the great British breakfast is under threat from Continental-style snacks of croissants and lattes. From The Telegraph:
A survey found that almost one in three people was aware of a café closing down in their neighbourhood, ...Read More...
Posted on 04/20/2006 4:58 AM by Mary Jackson
Thursday, 20 April 2006
Adapted from this entry on an obscure website:
Samuel Beckett, the lost plays: "Waiting for Vladimir and Estragon" (1954)
A country road. A tree. Evening. Godot, sitting on a low mound, smokes a cigarette and checks his watch.
GODOT: "...Bloody tramps..."
GODOT: ...Read More...
Posted on 04/20/2006 4:24 AM by Mary Jackson
Tuesday, 18 April 2006
This question and many others will be answered here at The Iconoclast.
What is happiness? A cigar called Hamlet?
To be honest, I don't know what happiness is. But that's because I never had happiness lessons at school. From The Telegraph:
Pupils at an independent college are to be taught ...Read More...
Posted on 04/18/2006 5:38 AM by Mary Jackson
Saturday, 15 April 2006
According to Gerard Baker, one "famously erudite example of graffiti" was spotted on the wall of an Oxford lavatory a while back. “Archduke Ferdinand found alive,” it said. “Wars of twentieth century all a big mistake”.
An “example of graffiti”? ...Read More...
Posted on 04/15/2006 6:46 AM by Mary Jackson
Friday, 14 April 2006
Take a look at this:
Yes, it’s Prince Charles, in a dustbin (trash can to Americans), in a student performance of Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame” (with thanks to Esmerelda). For decades students sat around in dustbins or piles of sand and other students ...Read More...
Posted on 04/14/2006 6:09 AM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 12 April 2006
All Easter eggs are a rip off. Usually they are more or less hollow with about three chocolate buttons in them. But look at this, in today's Times:
An Easter egg studded with 100 diamonds and costing £50,000 goes on sale in London tomorrow. The egg, more than two feet high, was sculpted by ...Read More...
Posted on 04/12/2006 4:11 AM by Mary Jackson
Monday, 10 April 2006
Somebody kindly sent me this via email:
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Posted on 04/10/2006 7:42 AM by Mary Jackson
Monday, 10 April 2006
Just when you thought the loathsome Ken Livingstone couldn't sink any lower - what? You never thought that - here he is comparing the poll tax riots of the 1980s to the massacre in Tiananmen Square. From The Telegraph:
Looking out over the Beijing square from the steps of the National Museum ...Read More...
Posted on 04/10/2006 4:34 AM by Mary Jackson
Saturday, 8 April 2006
...if you've never heard of Pope, argues Charles Moore in today's Telegraph. Today's schoolchildren are tested far more than we were, but for what?
Exams today - with their modules, their coursework, and their questions requiring only bite-sized answers - have come to resemble a pervasive aspect ...Read More...
Posted on 04/08/2006 5:51 AM by Mary Jackson
Friday, 7 April 2006
Never let it be said that the Iconoclast blog is shallow. We tackle the big subjects here. Yesterday I discussed beauty. Today I will turn my attention to brains, or more precisely the brain.
The human brain, it is said, is the most complex structure in the known universe. Well it would be, wouldn't ...Read More...
Posted on 04/07/2006 5:00 AM by Mary Jackson
Thursday, 6 April 2006
Alarming news in today's Times:
The average British woman spends £182,528 on beauty products and treatments in her lifetime, which works out at £167 a month or £2,004 a year, a new survey suggests.
£167 a month? On what? Gold leaf face packs? I don't know any "beauty ...Read More...
Posted on 04/06/2006 5:25 AM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 5 April 2006
Although my grammar school – bring them back, now! - was very traditional in many ways, new-fangled ideas were creeping in. For example, we were not taught English grammar; we had to work it out from our Latin lessons. Perhaps worse than this, we were never compelled to learn poetry by heart. ...Read More...
Posted on 04/05/2006 12:50 PM by Mary Jackson
Monday, 3 April 2006
Hands up if you know what this means. You don’t?
I found out only recently, and feel rather self-conscious about using it. I tried it on a traffic warden but got a dusty answer. He said I was being unduly sesquipedalian. Not in so many syllables, of course.
Here, thanks to Hugh ...Read More...
Posted on 04/03/2006 6:10 AM by Mary Jackson
Saturday, 1 April 2006
Over a million Muslims are to take to the streets of London today in a demonstration against Islam. They are to march from the notorious Finsbury Park mosque in North London to the not-quite-so notorious Brixton mosque carrying placards bearing the following slogans:
They're only cartoons.
Israel ...Read More...
Posted on 04/01/2006 4:05 AM by Mary Jackson
Thursday, 30 March 2006
There are many English names containing the word “bottom”. There is Pratts Bottom in Kent, Tikli Bottom in India and Ramsbottom in Lancashire. This last is a very pretty town, which has kept its name despite efforts by some of the locals to change it to a more decorous Ramsdale. Ramsbottom ...Read More...
Posted on 03/30/2006 11:29 AM by Mary Jackson
Thursday, 30 March 2006
Theodore Dalrymple in today's Times makes some wise observations about the French protests, linking them to over-dependence on the State, and warns the British not to get too complacent.
THE SIGHT OF MILLIONS of Frenchmen, predominantly young, demonstrating in deep sympathy and ...Read More...
Posted on 03/30/2006 5:43 AM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 29 March 2006
Further to Esmerelda's post on the loathsome Ken Livingstone, The Telegraph's leader says it all:
Ken Livingstone has brought further shame upon his country by calling the United States ambassador to Britain a "chiselling little crook". This is the latest in a series of xenophobic outbursts ...Read More...
Posted on 03/29/2006 4:55 AM by Mary Jackson