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New Statesman: "Movember is divisive, gender normative, racist"

Amazon reviews explain just how good Samsung 4K TV is.

Kamchatka looks like Mordor. (Admit it - you only know where Kamchatka is because you've played Risk...)

Why do so many people think that video games are for boys?

Man successfully sues wife over ugly children. (To be fair, they are really ugly. Yeah, that makes me a bad person, I know.)

What Chancellors Do and Don't Influence.

Who could Ed Miliband replace his inept Shadow Chancellor with?

Assessing Nelson Mandela, by a British diplomat in South Africa at the time of his release.

It turns out that Margaret Thatcher was working hard to negotiate Mandela's release when most other world leaders were happy to push for sanctions and forget about him.

Larry Correia does really good signed copies.

It's finally the end for the VW Camper Van.

"I think taxes should be higher." "I'd be happy to pay higher taxes." - Common sentiments among certain sections of society. So how much did these people give voluntarily in extra taxation last year? A grand total of £604.48.

Interesting map of American English dialects and accents.

24 Rules for Being a Gentleman in 2014.

And 24 Rules for Being a Lady in 2014.

How the Media Will Report the Apocalypse.

I love it when people live up to their stereotypes. Today's stereotype: Glaswegians.

This month's Headline of the Month, from today's Metro.

After the footballers who look like lesbians and the meerkats who look like Nigel Farage and the otters who look like Benedict Cumberbatch, it's the Empress of All The Russias who looks like David Cameron.

Comments

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andrewducker
Dec. 18th, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
I admit it!
philmophlegm
Dec. 18th, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
Yakutsk! Irkutsk!
iainjcoleman
Dec. 19th, 2013 02:13 am (UTC)
That Thatcher letter is terribly interesting. What is its provenance?
philmophlegm
Dec. 19th, 2013 11:04 am (UTC)
It was declassified by the South African government's (the ANC led one) Department of Foreign Affairs in 2005, according to the Margaret Thatcher Foundation website.

Given the intransigence of the Botha administration at that time, sanctions were only ever going to cause them to dig their heels in further (something that the Zulu leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi agreed with: http://www.ifp.org.za/Newsletters/130409wn.htm ). This leaves Thatcher-haters and Apartheid-haters in the uncomfortable position of having to acknowledge that Margaret Thatcher did more to end Apartheid than any other contemporary world leader.
eledonecirrhosa
Dec. 19th, 2013 02:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you - the media apocalypse one has made my day. Especially the shipping forecast bit.

I'n sure last year there was a 'bearded lady' interviewed on Woman's Hour who had decided to take part in Movember.
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