Here are the Blogs in the Mary Jackson category.
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Tuesday, 7 March 2006
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With thanks to Drunken Blogger...Read More...
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Posted on 03/07/2006 5:53 AM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 7 March 2006
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According to The Times, you can make yourself more intelligent by means of "brain exercises": TACKLING the Times crossword or Su Doku may drive you to distraction — and could transform your intelligence.   NI_MPU('middle'); ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/07/2006 4:19 AM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 6 March 2006
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Harry's Place alerted me to this article by David Thompson, in which he argues that "cultural equivalence is neither compassionate nor fair. It's merely pretentious moral tourism for middle-class lefties. Like the Guardian's Madeleine Bunting." The whole article is worth reading, but ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/06/2006 6:30 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 5 March 2006
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I was once in a café somewhere in North London. They were very short staffed, and the waitresses were rushed off their feet but doing their best to cope. A prominent left wing intellectual tore a strip off one poor girl, who, through no fault of her own, was a little late ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/05/2006 6:48 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 3 March 2006
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There are probably many important things to say about the new leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Menzies Campbell. For US readers not in the know, however, possibly the only important thing to note is the way his first name is pronounced. It is pronounced so as to rhyme with "fingers". "Ming-iss", ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/03/2006 10:02 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 3 March 2006
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In an earlier post I stated that the German language does not lend itself to humour. This is a generalisation, of course, but it is probably fair to say that it does not lend itself to puns. You could probably put this latter generalisation to the test, by counting the number of homonyms. But sticking, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/03/2006 7:36 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 3 March 2006
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Remember the ending of Tess of the D'Urbervilles?  “Justice” was done, and the President of the Immortals (in Aeschylean phrase) had ended his sport with Tess. " Depressing, isn't it? Hardy got it wrong, it seems, and should have made it a bit jollier. Ben MacIntyre ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/03/2006 6:17 AM by Mary Jackson
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Wednesday, 1 March 2006
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The comedian, Linda Smith, died today aged 48. To be honest, this was the first time I heard that she had cancer. She was very funny, though I didn't usually agree with her politics: Voted the “wittiest living person” by radio listeners in 2002, Smith became one of the small band of women ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/01/2006 9:15 AM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 25 February 2006
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This piece by Gerard Baker may be of interest to anyone concerned about the rise of political correctness in American universities. Baker argues that, with the resignation of Harvard's President, Larry Summers, the "closing of the American mind" is one step nearer. TWENTY YEARS AGO ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/25/2006 11:53 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 24 February 2006
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Further to Esmerelda's post on Ken Livingstone, it appears that he has been found guilty of bringing his office into disrepute. London's mayor has been found guilty of bringing his office into disrepute when he compared a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard. The Adjudication Panel ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/24/2006 5:56 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 24 February 2006
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Tom Utley in The Telegraph has a pop at the English, in particular Stephen Fry, and even compares us unfavourably with the Americans. That's "unfavourably" with a "u", Americans being, as Nancy Mitford would say, "non-u". What funny ideas foreigners seem to have about ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/24/2006 5:30 AM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 21 February 2006
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Shakespeare said: "There is no art / To read the mind's construction in the face."    Would he have said that, had he been able to look upon the face of David Irving, who has been sentenced to three years in prison for holocaust denial? Here he is:   Obviously ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/21/2006 11:55 AM by Mary Jackson
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Tuesday, 21 February 2006
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As a devout trencherwoman, I was initially delighted to read of this magic potion brought to us by the French: "Security Feel Better". Well, with a name like that, it could hardly be English, could it? From The Telegraph: France's drinkers can now buy a potion which supposedly stops ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/21/2006 7:27 AM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 20 February 2006
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I remember, many years ago, my university tutor holding up my first essay and that of a fellow student. "I was impressed..." he said, and I inwardly breathed a sigh of relief, "....by neither of these essays." He then dropped the essays, which drifted to the floor, along with ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/20/2006 8:18 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 19 February 2006
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In an earlier post I expressed concern about "over-googling" making one's brain lazy. In particular, children may be cutting and pasting information from the internet without thinking about it. In The Telegraph, Dr Andrew Cunningham, who has taught at two very good schools, laments the ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/19/2006 6:07 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 19 February 2006
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Nick Cohen, one of the few sensible journalists to write for "The Observer", has some pertinent comments about "transgressive" art: Last week, I went to the East End of London to witness the death of the avant-garde. At first glance, Gilbert and George's Sonofagod Pictures: Was ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/19/2006 5:37 AM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 18 February 2006
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The other evening I went to a dinner party at which quail was served in an attempt to be topical. This, of course, was a reference to Dick Cheney's recent mishap. I was rather glad that Bill Clinton's mishap was not making headlines, otherwise our fare might have been less agreeable, as at this members ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/18/2006 5:22 AM by Mary Jackson
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Saturday, 18 February 2006
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What's this nutter going to ban next? Simon Heffer in The Telegraph talks sense on this wretched Labour Government's craze for banning things: Like most patriotic people, and in the spirit of the times, my mind has been concentrated these past few days on the issue of single most importance to our ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/18/2006 4:56 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 17 February 2006
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I will always be grateful for my grammar school education, which gave me and many others like me the opportunity of learning Latin. The grammar school system was the greatest engine of social mobility that the UK has ever known. I will write more about it on another occasion. For now, here is Nick ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/17/2006 7:28 AM by Mary Jackson
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Friday, 17 February 2006
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In a post two or three weeks ago about the trial of Abu Hamza, I argue that a defendant in a criminal trial should be tried solely on the evidence and that other aspects, such as the fact that he is generally agreed to be a "bad lot", or even, in this particular case, that Islam is a ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/17/2006 7:14 AM by Mary Jackson
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