From the daily archives:

Sunday, May 20, 2012

#466: 1996, Beth Orton, Someone’s Daughter

May 20, 2012

I don’t know if it’s more of a reflection on us (because of our song choices), you (because of the ones you decide to play), or simply the bias in the history of popular music but I noticed there were very few women in George’s recent run down of the Songs To Learn And Sing […]

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Week 20: Villain – Ratko Mladic

May 20, 2012

This week’s award for the villain of the last seven days goes to former Bosnian Serb General, Ratko Mladic. The resumption (and then unscheduled adjournment) of the trial this week at the Hague is enough by itself to prompt this award. Let’s remind ourselves of the charges against Mladic: genocide, persecution, extermination and murder, deportation, terror […]

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Week 20: Prat – Joey Barton

May 20, 2012

This week’s Prat of the Week award goes to QPR Captain, midfielder and Tweetmeister, Joey Barton. As a footballer Joey Barton is a bit of a conundrum. On one hand, his attempts to express opinions that go beyond the mind numbingly facile that we usually get from footballers is refreshing; but, on the other hand, […]

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Week 20: Hero – Francois Hollande

May 20, 2012

This Week’s Hero of the Week is newly elected President of France, Francois Hollande What a difference an election or two makes.   Only two weeks ago, austerity was the unchallengeable economic orthodoxy throughout Europe.  And then on the same day a parliamentary election in Greece gave the two parties that have dominated Greek politics for […]

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GrExit: Five Potential Impacts Part 2

May 20, 2012

This is Part 2 of a post I started yesterday on the potential political and economic impacts of a Greek Exit from the Euro. 3. The Eurozone Periphery The most immediate impact outside of Greece is going to be felt in the other countries of the Eurozone periphery who have been struggling hardest to convince […]

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