Here are the Blogs in the Mary Jackson category.
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Tuesday, 28 March 2006
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Yesterday's Times carried a news item on a "new European league of IQ scores". Here it is: It is disappointing that we are not "top nation", but on the other hand we would not wish to be "too clever by half", that very English insult. So does the article express pleasure ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/28/2006 3:44 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 26 March 2006
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The Spectator's book reviews are very entertaining this week. Byron Rodgers takes a hatchet to Marion Elizabeth Rodgers' biography, Mencken: The American Iconoclast with such evident glee as to make one suspect sibling rivalry, although as far as I know, writer and reviewer are not related. I confess ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/26/2006 8:22 AM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 25 March 2006
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Damning with faint praise is a big subject. Or not a small one, at any rate. I will tackle it a greater length on another occasion, when time permits. Today, however, I would like to share this example from a book review by Jonathan Sumption in The Spectator (subscription required). The book in question ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/25/2006 11:20 AM by Mary Jackson
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Thursday, 23 March 2006
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In an earlier post I refer to the claim that using an unfamiliar word can increase your brain power. If this is true, my IQ has suddenly shot through the roof. In an article in today's Times there are a number of words which must be unfamiliar to most of us outside Norfolk. (That is Norfolk, England, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/23/2006 5:49 AM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 22 March 2006
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UK readers will probably remember a TV sitcom called "The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin". Starring Leonard Rossiter, also of  "Rising Damp", and, as is less well known, "Le Petomane", this series is partly known, at least by me, for the line : "Progress! There's ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2006 9:18 AM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 22 March 2006
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Something sensible in The Guardian, albeit on a frivolous subject. This makes a change, because The Guardian usually says silly things about serious subjects. Thanks to Harry's Place for alerting me to the Lucy Mangan's fatwah on the iPod: It's not enough that I have to feign interest in people's ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2006 5:39 AM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 22 March 2006
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Common sense from the House of Lords: Dozy bint A school which was told it unlawfully excluded a Muslim pupil for wearing a traditional gown has won its appeal at the House of Lords. The Court of Appeal had said Denbigh High School had denied Shabina Begum the right to manifest her religion ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2006 5:14 AM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 21 March 2006
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Sense from Libby Purves on the revolting French youths: Much employment law is good and necessary. People have families, mortgages, commitments. It is not fair for richer and more powerful people to treat them cavalierly. But what the French proposal opens up is the idea that if you are under 26 ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/21/2006 5:09 AM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 20 March 2006
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I loathe the EU and all its works. Fortunately The Telegraph generally agrees with me. Here is Daniel Hannan, a Conservative MP: Two years from now, the European constitution will be in force - certainly de facto and probably de jure, too. Never mind that 15 million Frenchmen and five million swag-bellied ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/20/2006 3:55 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 19 March 2006
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Remember 1066? It's payback time. From the Sunday Times: THE Duke of Westminster’s purchase of a famous Paris flea market is the latest rout in what is being decried on the French side of the Channel as a British invasion. “Not only have you stolen ‘our’ Olympic Games, you ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/19/2006 7:36 AM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 18 March 2006
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In the interests of decorum, one website is restricting the use of profanity to "poker-faced pun(s)". What would Edward II think of that? For my part, I cannot abide double entendres, especially if somebody slips one in without you noticing. But if one pops out by mistake, what can ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/18/2006 9:06 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 17 March 2006
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The expression "ride a hobbyhorse" was recently the subject of some confusion, indignation, metaphor mixing and not a little mirth. (Is "hobbyhorse" one word or two? I've seen both "hobbyhorse" and "hobby horse" many times. Today I am going to plump for one word ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/17/2006 5:43 AM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 14 March 2006
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Naked capitalism comes to China. From The Telegraph (where else?): Chinese brides traditionally married in red, the colour of happiness. Then white weddings were introduced from the West, with women posing in ivory silk, supported by grooms in black tie. The latest fad, though, is simpler - the ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/14/2006 6:47 AM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 14 March 2006
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I suggested in an earlier post that the internet is a good servant but a bad master. This story in The Telegraph about plagiarism at Oxford confirmed my view. I was actually quite shocked to read it: Plagiarism at Oxford appears to be rife among both undergraduate and postgraduate students, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/14/2006 5:01 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 12 March 2006
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Educational standards are continually rising, politicians tell us. Every year, more and more students pass A levels and GCSEs, and more of them are getting top grades. And of course more people are going to university. Soon 50% of young people will go to university, or "uni" as it is ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/12/2006 6:09 AM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 11 March 2006
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"What have I done?" said Christine:"I've ruined the party machine.To lie in the nudeIs not very rude,But to lie in the House is obscene."   Apologies for the silly title of this post. It is an attempt to link two themes - the 1963 sex scandal and bad haircuts.   My ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/11/2006 7:24 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 10 March 2006
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John Profumo died today, aged 91. He is best known for the forty years he spent as a charity worker at the refuge centre, Toynbee Hall: To the residents of Toynbee Hall, he was "a saint" Yes, that's right - his charity work. And Monica Lewinsky is best known for her efficiency as a White ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/10/2006 5:04 AM by Mary Jackson
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Thursday, 9 March 2006
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Ladies, or indeed gentlemen, do not fall in love with a scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This snippet from The Telegraph explains why. (And no, my use of the word "snippet" has no bearing on the matter in hand.) Scientists have developed an electronic wine glass that ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/09/2006 7:21 AM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 8 March 2006
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Ben MacIntyre in The Times has some choice words to say about telegrams: Mark Twain once received the following telegram from his publisher: NEED 2-PAGE SHORT STORY TWO DAYS. Twain replied: NO CAN DO 2 PAGES TWO DAYS. CAN DO 30 PAGES TWO DAYS. NEED 30 DAYS DO 2 PAGES. Twain was making ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/08/2006 6:50 AM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 8 March 2006
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Alice Thompson in The Telegraph argues that "you should be rich or poor under this Government - otherwise you're stuffed": If you are living on benefits, smoke, drink, have out-of-control children and like shoplifting on the side, then the Government can help. It will provide you ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/08/2006 5:22 AM by Mary Jackson
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