Weirdest book review ever

There are, obviously, strong historical connections between Australia and the UK. These have created cultural similarities - probably more and closer than most Australians would be willing to admit. The two countries are diverging as time passes, but Australia's still culturally closer to the UK than anywhere else I've visited outside of the British Isles. … Continue reading Weirdest book review ever

A gift for old times’ sake

The Awl, which is still excellent, has a poem purportedly in the style of Philip Larkin on the UK cuts crowdsourcing farce: An Elegy For England We sold the swans for meat and all the toffs came 'round to feast Big Ben went to a very wealthy sultan from the East The price we put … Continue reading A gift for old times’ sake

Good answer to a rhetorical question

On a fairly standard CiF article about the death penalty (the Americans are planning to execute a woman who was involved in a plot to kill her husband, but who was demonstrably too stupid to have led it; everyone sane disapproves; everyone evil and vindictive approves strongly), the standard liberal joke question came up: i've … Continue reading Good answer to a rhetorical question

Easy answers to simple questions, #423

From the comments on Charlie Brooker's excellent Guardian piece on the insane fuss over the not-a-mosque not-at-ground-zero: How many Saudi's would object to a Church being built in one of their cities if they were asked and polled? How many Americans object to a mosque? How many in Switzerland recently voted against minarets? Are they … Continue reading Easy answers to simple questions, #423

What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-08-22

I've eaten more Subway and KFC on this trip than in the previous 2 years combined. Curse, and yet bless, Finchley. # Excellent hangover day with family. Impressively, I wasn't even the most ruined, despite being highly ruined #welshgenes # LHR T3 isn't a great terminal, but the champagne bar is jolly enough. Next stop: … Continue reading What I’ve been up to, week ending 2010-08-22

Finding a new Foster home

So there's an interesting piece on Bloomberg quoting the Sunday Times saying that Fosters Group, the Aussie wine and beer company, might sell its beer operations (branded Carlton & United Breweries, confusingly enough) to SABMiller. This makes sense. Since I was working as a drinks industry reporter getting on for ten years ago, I've been … Continue reading Finding a new Foster home

And the JB returns

Apologies for complete lack of recent content: I've been assortedly in the UK and Hong Kong, trying to squeeze a year's worth of catching up with people, a wedding and a stag do into two and a half weeks. I'm now planning to chain myself to the desk for a couple of weeks and do … Continue reading And the JB returns