From the daily archives:

Monday, August 15, 2011

#258: 1980, The Undertones, More Songs About Chocolate And Girls

August 15, 2011

I have a confession to make. I stole the album Hypnotised, which is opened by this song, from my sister Renee. She was given it as a present from a love-struck suitor who wrote in rather scrawly sixteen year old handwriting how much he loved her before giving it to her for Valentine’s Day. And […]

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Off The Rails #8: Obama’s Approval Rating Hits A New Low

August 15, 2011

Today’s piece comes from West Yellowstone, Montana, and features the Bozeman Chronicle. And a stuffed bear in my hotel lobby.  Here’s a quick rundown on themost interesting news. President Obama’s approval rating has hit a new low in the latest Gallup poll: 39% approve, to 54% who disapprove.  These are the worst figures of his […]

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London Riots: David Cameron and the Rhetoric of Responsibility

August 15, 2011

 Today, in a speech in his constituency, in Witney David Cameron began to set out what we can expect by way of policy response from this government as a result of the unprecedented rioting and looting last week.    Now the Prime Minister’s constituency is Cotswolds rural posh – full of second homers and oozing money […]

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London Riots: The Political Fallout

August 15, 2011

The flames may have been extinguished, the glass may have been swept up, and nearly two thousand people have been rounded up and placed into the Criminal Justice System – but the political fallout from the riots has only just begun. Thus far, the response of our politicians and political parties has been underwhelming in […]

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