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NEWS AT A GLANCE

. More than nine-tenths of the railway passengers in England travel third-class. — The Nelson Evening Mail, October 20 1906 . ‘The is cat washing dishes’ is an 18th-century expression for the reflection of water on the walls of a room. A skate’s vagina is anatomically similar to a woman’s. Just because a thing is true does not mean that [...]

The Kings and I

A festive gripe about Cornelius’s lovely ‘Three Kings‘ – and the solo I have never got to sing in it. – For The Oldie

NEWS AT A GLANCE

. One-fiftieth of the inhabitants of Spain are nobles. — The Nelson Evening Mail, October 4 1906 . The beheading of the sperm whale is a scientific anatomical feat, upon which experienced whale surgeons very much pride themselves. Great lips take hydration and balls. Pease pudding has been flagged up by airport security on more than one [...]

NEWS AT A GLANCE

. Throughout Denmark there is not one person over 10 years of age who cannot read or write. — The Nelson Evening Mail, September 4 1906 . There is a whale whose voice is too low to communicate with other whales. Seatbelts do not statistically improve your chances of surviving a car accident. London’s Mithraic temple is [...]

NEWS AT A GLANCE

. The average salary of professors at Dublin University is £530. — The Nelson Evening Mail, March 14 1907 . The persecution of Christians is now worse than at any time in history. Toto’s ‘Africa’ is one of Myleene Klass’s all-time favourites. The Hillsborough disaster is still in the news. Simon Bolivar, a Venezuelan military and [...]

Bollcks to the new-born king!

Troll(ing) the ancient Yuletide carol. – For The Spectator

On the ecstasy of finally getting Sky HD (with the FF, PAUSE, and RW options)

FRASIER: ‘… and I’ve never felt more alive!’ [30x FF] sponsor’sdeodorantad(tagline=grammaticalerror)Channel4fillerhypsersentimentalfilmofIndianmagic realistnovel(youcantellfromtheColdplay)highstreetdrugstoreposhboyadolescentcomedian/AmazonLacoste mansprayoverpricedforeignchocolatewithpurposefully’cosmopolitan’misspellingmakeupArgos1/2Snickers (JoanCollinsnotMrT)supermarketArgos2/2peopleLovin’somethingVinceVaughanChristmasvehicle/C4plug deodorantagain [PLAY] FRASIER: ‘You can’t imagine the thrill I felt…’

Christmas afternoon

My stomach holds forth: now, like a blocked-up U-bend; now, a woodpecker.

I am unimpresed by Brazilians

Reviewing some photographs from South America.