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Archive for November, 2006

Why I outta…

Listen, we’ve all felt like this from time to time, but clearly, violence is not the answer.
“President Bush has pledged to work with the new Democratic majorities in Congress, but he has already gotten off on the wrong foot with Jim Webb, whose surprise victory over Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) tipped the Senate to […]

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No one could fail to notice the recent stink about the cancellation of Tony Judt’s lecture called “The Israel Lobby & US Foreign Policy” at the Polish Consulate in New York on October 3rd last (well, it’s not a stretch. If you read the New York Review of Books you might be). Shortly before the […]

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Christmas Books

Over on Irish Election Adam Maguire asked people to recommend their favourite political books. I noticed, after going through my books for the LibraryThing that I’ve gathered more fiction than non-fiction over the years. Curiously though, I’ve only read two novels this year (perhaps unconsciously redressing this). I’ve added the couple of political books that […]

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The newspapers over the weekend carried a lot on the poisoning of the ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, who, until his untimely death, was an aide of the exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky (also known as Borya).
While many lashed through the possible theories the one aspect that seemed to be emphasized was the potential political […]

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No doubt any one interested in the neither end of modern fiction, by which I mean the fashions of literary baloney that are carried by the winds of newspaper publicity, have heard that Thomas Pynchon has published a new novel this week.
Of course there’s always going to be a cadre of readers who eagerly await […]

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Define: Scangerbee

Scangerbee,(noun): Someone who wanna, wanna, wanna bee a scanger
Gavin Friday going back to his ‘roots’.

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If the Annuals looked like a bunch of kids going bazzurk with their instruments at Vicar Street on Sunday night, then the main act, the Flaming Lips, seemed as if they were performing at a really well organised kids party. Of course it was the kind of kids party that most of the punters at […]

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“They are but children”, I said to Jim when I arrived in towards the end of the second song of the Annuals set. Jim thought so too and told me that it was the same with Beirut, who played support to Calexico in the Olympia back at the beginning of November. Zach Condon* was so […]

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In the Young Ones Rik Mayle played Rick the agit-prop politics student who shouted ‘fascist’ whenever he started to lose an argument. The character was a satirical swipe at all those mid 80’s student lefties who simply regurgitated Trotskyite slogans and spitted out their venomous hatred of the Tories and Margaret Thatcher at every available […]

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