From the daily archives:

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

#654: 2012, Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs, I Watch You

March 27, 2013

There I was, in the posh sandwich shop, in the back street behind BetFred, you know the one, by the crisps, minding my own business, wondering whether I should order a salami and stilton or a turkey bacon and avocado (I told you it was the posh sandwich shop) – when who should walk in, […]

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Sportsnight #1: 1973, Rugby Union, Barbarians v All Blacks

March 27, 2013

Good evening and welcome to Sportsnight. Tonight’s action features rugby union. We are off to Cardiff Arms Park for a match between the Barbarians v the All Blacks, and it is an absolute belter. The game took place on 27th January 1973. It is now 40 years since what is generally regarded as the greatest […]

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Cyprus Endgame: The Killing of the Economy of a Small Country

March 27, 2013

After two weeks of closure, Cyprus’ banks are due to re-open tomorrow.  At the time of writing this post it is not entirely clear whether they will.  Following the moronic original suggestion that €5.8Bn of a €10Bn bailout package was to come from ordinary deposits, even though EU wide insurance is supposed to protect deposits […]

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Education And The Great Class Divide.

March 27, 2013

The other day, I had a conversation with my oldest boy Ryan North – he is nearly 8, and his school are about to put him through some tests. He’s never done proper tests before and he was curious about them. ‘What will you say Daddy,’ he asked me, ‘if I get a D?’ I […]

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Under pressure – We are all in this together

March 27, 2013

“Under pressure Pressure pushing down on me Pressing down on you no man ask for Under pressure that burns a building down Splits a family in two Puts people on streets It’s the terror of knowing What this world is about Watching some good friends Screaming let me out Tomorrow gets me higher Pressure on […]

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Economic Policy and the Avatars of Austerity: Larry Summers Tells It As It Is

March 27, 2013

Earlier today this blog saw a healthy debate about current economic policy and the economics of austerity.  As it happens Monday night saw a, perhaps, somewhat more impressive discussion on the same subject between Mervyn King (outgoing Governor of the Bank of England),  Oliver Blanchard (Chief Economist at the IMF), Axel Weber (Chicago School Economist […]

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