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Placating Placards

Placating Placards

Like many distant observers of US politics, I was heartened by the Stewart-Colbert Rally for Sanity and/or Fear. These two presenters of topical comedy conspired to deliver a unique event: part-spoof of other rallies, part-statement in opposition to extremism, part-jamboree, […]

Progress Without End

Progress Without End

In the year 4010, U2 lead singer Bono is hosting a dinner party for his rich, beautiful and powerful friends. Their meal finished, the group adjourn to the forward viewing bay of Bono’s personal star cruiser, the GSV Still Haven’t […]

10 Reasons to Give Qatar the 2022 World Cup

10 Reasons to Give Qatar the 2022 World Cup

I am a sourpuss contrarian. Show me an argument, and I will show you the opposite argument. Hence, after re-reading my arguments for why Qatar should not host the 2022 World Cup, I am now compelled by my own contrary […]

10 Reasons not to Give Qatar the 2022 World Cup

10 Reasons not to Give Qatar the 2022 World Cup

There cannot be anyone living in Qatar who is unaware of its bid to host the 2022 World Cup. The tiny Arab state is one of five countries competing for football’s greatest tournament. It shows. For months there have been […]

The Golden Cupid of Pickled Lily Circus

The Golden Cupid of Pickled Lily Circus

Karen Zipslicer woke, and sat bolt upright in her bed. She gasped. The room was black and cold. Then Karen quickly huddled back under the duvet, pulling it over her head. Strange dreams had taken over her nights; Karen could […]

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Favourite Film Instant In-Jokes

Hollywood moviemakers must be full of mirth. As well as having a job that many people envy, and laughing all the way to the bank, they get to indulge themselves with momentary in-jokes, so short and subtle that few viewers […]