The return of Shock and Awe

I remain (queasily) supportive of the overall aims of the invasion of Iraq and even (implausibly) optimistic about the likely outcome but I’m certain that AC130 gunships, first used to terrorise civilians in Vietnam, subsequently improved upon in Grenada, Panama and GW1, are not the kind of weapon an occupying power should be using anywhere,… Continue reading The return of Shock and Awe

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Management lessons from Ramsay and Blair

I always had Gordon Ramsay down as a superannuated Sunday Supplement wanker. Tonight I saw the first of his Kitchen Nightmares on Channel 4, in which he was parachuted into Silsdon in Yorkshire to fix the unfixable – a diabolical restaurant/bar called Bonaparte’s. Inevitably, he failed, and Bonaparte’s was shuttered by the end of the… Continue reading Management lessons from Ramsay and Blair

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Sharing recipes

Foodster is a lovely idea but shouldn’t it be a Wiki?

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On two wheels

If you’re a parent (or if you’ve ever been a small child), you’ll understand the significance of this picture. Olly, 5, learned how to ride his bike without stabilisers. We missed out on our soft-focus moment of parental joy, though (“You won’t let go will you Daddy?”) because Olly somehow figured out how to do… Continue reading On two wheels

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Misguided spam warrior

If you’re the Northern gentleman who calls me on my mobile at all hours of the day and night (01:15, Saturday morning, for instance), withholds his phone number and then asks me “how’s the spam business, Steve?”, I’d like you to know the following (I figure you’re clever enough to find my mobile phone number… Continue reading Misguided spam warrior

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Big journalism

Vintage Vanity Fair this month (May). Great pity you can’t get this stuff online (can you?) – you’ll have to buy a copy. Dominick Dunne forgives Martha Stewart (he’s a friend of hers and attended the whole trial); Bryan Burrough, Evgenia Peretz, David Rose and David Wise closely examine the gruesome Bush administration’s rush to… Continue reading Big journalism

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The New Localism

Alan Milburn, proper Blairite (retired), has got the faith (you’ll need to have a FT.com subscription). He thinks Labour’s third term goal should be ‘subsidiarity‘. He wants Labour to embrace decentralisation, devolution, community-level decision making and law enforcement and all things modishly grass-roots – ‘the new localism’ he calls it. Of course, I think he’s… Continue reading The New Localism

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Do me a favour, Ms Figueroa!

The sainted geeks at Google want to read your email and embed relevant ads in return for 1GB of free storage. News at 11. Sounds like a pretty good trade. We planned to do exactly this at another.com (which was, as I’m sure you’ll remember, the UK’s number one email service for a heady year… Continue reading Do me a favour, Ms Figueroa!

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A small selection (just the prescription medicines, I think) of products advertised in the comment spam I’ve been deleting from my weblog every day for a couple of months now (just one of the many services I quietly perform on your behalf with no reward and little thanks). I do hope Robin can get that… Continue reading tramadol, codeine, acyclovir, propecia, fioricet, levitra, phentermine, adipex, ambien, vioxx, flexeril, wellbutrin, skelaxin, valium, diazepam, alprazolam, viagra, xanax

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Oh shit

MRSA – the hospital super-bug – is well-and-truly out of the hospitals (and getting more super by the day – it kills between 25 and 43% of its victims). Species-level ecological trends like this really sort out the optimists from the pessimists. If you’re a classical anti-growth green or an eco-warrior there’s really only one… Continue reading Oh shit