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TALLRITE BLOG 
ALPHABETICAL INDEX

This index lists, in alphabetical order, all articles in the archive, including the current week, which have been published in 
the main Tallrite Blog (www.tallrite.com/blog.htm).  
The first issue appeared on Sunday 14th July 2002

To find an archived article, 
do an alphabetical search or a Ctrl-F search, 
or simply scroll the subject titles.
A date-order index is also available

You can write to me at blog2-at-tallrite-dot-com
(Clumsy form of my address to thwart spamming scanning software)

 A

B

 

$100 Oil: Déjà Vu

Death to the Two-Tier Health System

Coalition Troops in Iraq Are Legitimate Targets

Evil” Behaviour of Catholics 

Jews Rule the World by Proxy

"Miserly" Aid Giving by the USA

No Limits Free Diving

Slay Them Wherever Ye Catch Them

"The Sun" & Squids

Unethical” and Anti-“Unethical” Industries

You Don't Bring Me Flowers Any More

You're a Liar !

40,000-Year Voyage from China to Polynesia

70 Virgins or 70 Raisins ?

911 In Plane Site

A                                                                Top of Page

A Doctor Lives through Katrina in New Orleans

A Humble Odyssey

A New & Disturbing World Order

A Particularly Malodorous Peerage

A Ruby for Caroline

A Song for Jonny

A Tale of Three Leaders

A Tale of Two Islamist Peace Offers

A Tale of Two TV Interviews

A Valediction for Charles Clarke

Aaron Barschak - Comedian, Linguist, Footballer, Paint-Sprayer

Abdul Ameer Kadhum : A True Iraqi Hero and Patriot

Abraham's Scope for Incitement to Hatred

Abominable CAP

Abortion as Genocidal Sexism and Racism

Abu Mazen : A Great Hope for Palestinians

Abuse à Liberation à Pain à Reconstitution

Abysmal War Reporting

Achievement by Arithmetic  

Adding to the Gaiety of the Human Condition

Aer Lingus Self-Destruction

Afghanistan Joins Cyberspace

AfghanistanOne Year On

Afri, Another Left-Wing Political “Charity”

African Financial Scams

African Grey Sings Argentine Anthem

Agony Aunt Mailbag

Agricultural Protectionism and Confiscatory Subsidies

Aid for Africa's Poor, Please, Not its Tyrants

Aid Prolongs Poverty in the Developing World

Airport Scanners

Alan Sugar - Afraid of his Gobby Apprentices

Alcohol Over-Consumption

Almonds are Forever

Alternative Dentistry

Altruism of Smokers and Drinkers

American Tale of Two Shoplifters

Americans Outsource Their Oil and Pollution

America's Threats

Amnesty International’s Ambiguity over Torture

Amnesty’s Communist Human Rights Week

Amnesty's Strange Approach to Human Rights Violations

Amrozi Rejoices in his Death Sentence

An American Ponders Iraq

An Imaginative Arctic War

An Oily Double Bluff

Angela Merkel Evokes Barbra Streisand

Anti-Abortion Rally in Dublin - and a Drone

America’s Strong-Horse Weak-Horse Choices

Ancient Greeks' Astronomical Computer

Animal Military Technology

Animals With Attitude

Annual Eight Billion €uro Present for Northern Ireland

Anonymous Donor's Daughter

Another Curious Northern Ireland Election

Another Foreign Invasion - Yawn

Another Nobel Peace Laureate Goes Native, Over Iran

Antidisestablishmentarianism Not Yet Dead

Anti-Catholic Ireland

Anti-Japan Mobs Protest Too Much in Beijing

Anti-Semitic Zayed Centre Shut Down

Anti-Smoking Nannies Escape from the Nursery

Anti-Warriors' Arguments Makes No Sense

Anybody Here Seen Kerry?

Apartheid Wall

Apartment in Budapest

Apology to the Russians

Arab Crimes Against Palestinians Overlooked

Arctic Warming

Are You Happy ?

Are We Safer?

Armless Fun

Arnie for Governator

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Winning Smile

Astronomical Perspective

Attitudes Towards Gaza Humanitarian” “AidFlotilla

Audio-Economist - An Unexpected Application

Auschwitz Confession

Australian Spiders Fight Back

Austria Rubbishing its EU Presidency

                                                                Top of Page

Baa Baa, Two Bags Full

Baby-Boomers Bosses Bail Out Baby-Boomer Brethren

Barroso's EU Convicted Commission

Bam Earthquake - A Threat to Iran’s Dictators ?

Barclays Is Not Just a Bank

BBC and the Virgin Mary

BBC: Three Times It's Enemy Action

BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Beached Wales

Beardie Wierdie

Beautiful but Deadly

Beautiful Ian Paisley

Beauty of the €uro

Belcanto, Budapest - A Restaurant Review

Belligerent Adult Bullies Love Bluff, Hate Death

Belligerent Disproportionality

Below-Cost Selling in Ireland

Bertie: Because He's Worth It

Best Value Cars

Better Fly Sultan Air

Beware Extended Warranties

Beware the Peak-Oil Salesman

Beware the Wrath of Melanie Philips!

Bias Signals BBC's Demise

Big-Boss to Fugitive to Captive

Big Countries Escape EU Punishments

Biffo's Limericks/Offalies

Billions and Trillions

Billy Joel, the Piano Man

Bin Laden and the Latest Audio Tape

Bin Laden Is Dead

Bin Laden Lives On ;-]

Bin Laden Springs Back to Life

Bitter and Sweet Tale of Israel and Palestine

Black-on-Black Racism

Blair Should Apologise to Edward

Blast Those Ears

Blessed Coffee

Blind Dentists ?

Blockbuster Memory

Blogger of 2003

Blogiversary Nbr 4

Blue and White

Blue Tomato - A Restaurant Review

BNP Membership Travails

Bollards

Bombe Surprise at Toulouse Airport2

Bombing Iran's Nuclear Facilities

Booby-trapped Civilians in Northern Ireland

Botox

Bouncing Gore-Tex

BP's Brilliant Management of its Blowout

BP's Macondo Catastrophe - How it Happened

British Conservatives Need to Radicalise Themselves

British Politicians Are Sorry So Sorry

Brotherly Racism

Bud, the Rancher

Burma and How to Boycott the Chinese Olympics

Burma/Myanmar: Observations from a Trip

Burning Money

Bush Is Losing the Easy Challenges

Bush's Undemocratic Election

C                                                                Top of Page

Calculating Chinese Children

Call Them IslamoNazis

Callaghanomics Slays Blaironomics

Cameron as Clinton

Canada Solves Air-Terrorist Problem

Canada's Visible Yet Hidden Energy

CAP Juncker

Captain Sir Alan Mcilwraith

Cargo Handling at Italian Airports

Carvings Uncovered by Tsunami

Catfish to Arms

Catholic Church & Sexual Abuse

Catholic Church : A Source of Evil ?

Catholic Coffee Morning in Rome

Celebrities and their Animal Problems

Celebrity Politicians and Anti-Zionism

Centenarian Tallrite Blog

Charles Kennedy, Alcoholic

Chatting Whilst Asteroid Collides

Cheap Iraq War

Check Out That C-4

Chef Richard Corrigan Witters

Chernobyl Twenty Years On

Cheyney Dead, Not Saddam

Chess for Everyone

Chicanes in the Middle East Road Map

Chico Simone Stairs No More

Child Pornography and Sentencing

Child Shahids

Chilling Prospect of an Obama Presidency

China's Great Famine

China's Military Ambitions

Chinese Communists Harvest Live Human Body Organs

Chinese Magic Square

Chinook Helicopter Crash

Chirac's Bizarre Behaviour

Chirac's Misery

Choice Reaganisms

Chopping Bits Off Babies

Christian Churches in Europe

Chutzpah

Cigarette Smoke vs Car Pollution

Civil Partnership as Sexual Apartheid

Clare Short of Options

Classical Music, Composers and Instruments

Clean Water Instantly

Climate Change: Lecture + Rebuttal + Refutation = Lawsuit?

Climate Changeology Cult

Climategate Scandal - Bye-bye Nopenhagen

Clive Sinclair Strikes Again

CND Fears Too Much Nuclear Disarmament

CND - The Duracell Bunny

CNN and the Gay Brigadier General

Colin Powell's Repartée

Collins : Hero or Villain ?

Combating Terrorism, EU Style

Combustible Demographic Youth Bulge

Comfort Breaks

Comical Ali

Coming Irrelevance of the UN Security Council

Common Sense from Muslim Leaders

Compare Your Pay

Computer Hardware Problem

Conflict of Whose Interest ?

Confusion Caused By “Bad” Guys With Principles

Consequences of Withdrawal from Iraq

Conspitulations to China's Communist Party
on its 60th Anniversary

Containment is Deadlier than War

Contempt for Irish Citizens over Gitmo

Corporate Manslaughter to Lawmakers' Manslaughter

Corrib – Ireland’s Last Offshore Development for a Generation

Cost of Domain Names

Cosying Up to Blood-Soaked Tyranny

Crazy University Courses

Crazy World

Cricket World Cup Wobbles

Criminal Deception by Creditor Banks

Croke Park and the Hated Foreign Games

Cruel and Unusual Abortion

Crunchy Paper and a Bogus Bog

Culturally Sensitive Policing

Cut-Price Airline Triopoly  

Cut-Price Airline Triopoly to Duopoly

Cutting Prices, Breaking Laws

Cyprus and the EU

Cyprus Gas Is All Gas

D                                                               Top of Page

Dammed Greenhouse Gases

Damn It Feels Good To Be A Banker

Dancing Bush

Danish Cartoons, Again

Darwinism: Not Just About Animals and Plants

David Beckham and Il Suo Pacco

David Kelly, Sainted Martyr

DawQuinn: Atheism Nil, God 1

DCU Debate: “That this house would vote for Obama

Dealing with Uncertainty

Death of a Soviet Tyrant

Death to Irritants

Deck of Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

Deck of Weasels

Declare Drug-War on Users and Kids

Defending the British Empire

Defending Your Home, With Force

Demands More English Taxpayer Handouts

Demise of Common Sense

Democracy Challenge to Irish Left

Demoting European Culture

Depraved Northern Ireland 

Depicting a Social Model

Destroying Jews

DG for the BBC

Dhimmi Jimmy the Jew-hater

DHL Missile Strike in Baghdad - The Inside Story

DHL Shootdown Over Baghdad

Diary of Botched 2007 UK Bombings

Disgruntled Hispanic Soldiers

Dishonest Blogging

Dispatching Cold Callers

Dissing the Haka

“Diversity”[!] in Irish Media

Do Fathers and Mothers Matter?

Doctor Atkins Keeps You Fat

Do-Gooders Building Buildings in Developing World

Dodge This

Does Protestantism Stand for Anything?

Domestic Vermin Need a Robust Response

Donations to China and Burma by Text

Don't Be a Jew

Don’t Harmonise Taxes

Don't Lower the Drink Drive Limit

Don't Underestimate Your Goldfish

Don't Wait to Restructure

Down With Tanya Streeter

Dreaming About Equalisation, Obviously

Drowning in Oil: BP & the Relentless Pursuit of Profit
- A Review

Drugs : The New Future for Sport

Dublin Climbing Skyward - At Last

Dublin Spire

Duels with Dual Senators

Dyson Vacuum Cleaner - It's Disastrous Unique Selling Point

                                                                Top of Page

E-Mail Irritants De-Bunked

Early Iraqi Handover Prompt Early US Election

Economic Truisms

Egyptian Eclipse

Electricity and Money - An Iraqi's Solution

Elephant in the Feminists' Room

Elton John vs Paddy Manning

Enda Kenny's Makeover

Engineering a Physical Rose, Theoretical & Cool

English Language Abuse

Enron Justice, US Style

Environmental Tobacco Smoke

Equal Opportunity Insulter

Escaping from the Boot of a Car

ESM Raises its Ugly Head for Greece

ESM Treaty - A Totalitarian Abomination

Eternal Russian Empire

EU Afraid of European Anti-Semitism

EU Deals Unravelling

EU Elections Will Enliven the EU

EU Membership Will Be Bad for Turkey

EU Security Levels

EU Uncompetitiveness 

European Immigration and Repopulation

EU's Qualified Majority Voting Scam

Excommunicate Mugabe

Excusing the Beslan Murderers

Execrable Lisbon “Reform” Treaty

Exploring Diplomatic Avenues

External Interference by Lisbon Foreigners

Extreme Accounting

F                                                                 Top of Page

Fai Chun - Year of the Snake

Fake Cartoons

Fall of Mengistu, Tyrant of Ethiopia

Fallacy of Gordon Brown’s Five €uro Tests

Falling from Heights

Falsely Inferring that Israel Targeted Children in Gaza

Fatness - A Matter of Education Not Poverty

Fiasco Over Diana's Butler

Fastidious Sharks

FIAT to STUPID to LOVE

Fifteen Laws Broken in Eleven Minutes

Fighting Climate Change: Whom Do They Think They're Helping?

Fighting Spam

Fijian Appetite

Finland/Russia Border Raids

First Picture of Earth From Mars

Fiscal Treaty Referendum Ballot Paper

Fisked - The Economists' Appalling Anti-Israel Cover Story

Five Coin Trick

Five Meg Hard Drive

Five Ministers Do the Work of 14 in N Ireland  

Five Times More Fun Than Soccer

Five Top Email Scams

Fleeing From Iraq and Afghanistan

Flossing for Glory

Flotilla Nbr 2 - Some Thoughts

Flt Lt Henry Botterell, 1896-2003

Flying Guantanamo Class

Flying Jokers

For Love of Totalitarian Mass Murderers

For or Against the War

Foreign Policy By Eurovision

Forgotten Lessons of Post Invasion Management

Forthright Australian Leaders

France's Curious Democratic Process

Frances and the Unknown Hakka Woman Who Saved her Life

Franco Stole Children of Murdered Enemies

Frank Carson One-Liners (RIP)

Free Health Cover for European Trippers

Free Speech in the USA

Freedom and Democracy Through Military Might

Freedom Institute Blog Awards Obviously Wrong-Footed

Freeing Up Literature

Free-loading Quaker Pacifists

French Leadership Still Protecting Tyrants

Frenchman Fights Terror

Fresh Fish Challenge

From Gaseous Russia to Gasless Ireland, Without Love

From the British Newspapers

Fuel Shortage in a Land of Oil

Funny Googling

Fun Cars

FXB Monkstown - Restaurant Review

G                                                                 Top of Page

Garglegate: Biffo's Irresponsible Partying

Gazan Casualties: Who Do/Don't Deserve Sympathy

G U B U

Gallipoli Through Turkish Eyes

Galloway & Hitchens Debate Iraq

Gang of Three (Plus One)

Gang Warfare in Warri, Nigeria

Garlic Is Good for your Health, Apparently

Gay Marriage

Gaza Ghetto

Geldof on Africa

Generation and Disposal of Solid Waste

George Bush the Comedian

George Bush, Rugby, Food, Endurance, Nudity

Gerhard Schröder Going Downhill

Gerhard Schroeder Standing Tall

Gerry Adams the Sanctimonious “Catholic

Get Out of Irish Banking

Ghost House

Giant Leatherback Turtle

Giant Python

Gibraltar - How Not To Woo It

Giving the Finger

Global Hunger Misrepresented

Global Warm-mongers Keep on Scamming

Going Naked for Peace

Golf Clubs and the Ladies

Good Riddance Sheikh Yassin

Good Riddance to the Beast

Good Riddance to Zacarias Moussaoui

Google Zeitgeist

Googling to Weapons of Mass Destruction

Gordon Brown's Phoney Anglicisation

Gordon Divorces Prudence

Gorgeous but Irresponsible Ségolène Royal

Gorgeous Libel

Graham's Sporting Week

Greenery Gone Mad

Greenland for the Greens, Ireland for the Angry

Ground Zero Mosque

Growing Respectability of Statutory Rape

Gulf War II vs Gulf War I 

Gummy Smile

H                                                                 Top of Page

Hague House for Rent

Haïti - Old, Proud, Forlorn

Halal and Kosher Slaughter

Half a Million Dollars to Smoke Cigarettes

Hamas ... the Future Peacemaker

Hamas/Hizobllah/Syria/Iran: an Evil Continuum

Harbouring a Mass-Murderer

Harry Potter and the Vibrating Broomstick

Has Gordon Brown Become Anti-British?

Hat Trick of North Over South

Hate-isms Are Only for the Approved Victim Groups

Hating Anti Religious Hatred

Have Fun with your Economic Stimulus

Heartening Riots in Iraq

Heligoland & Dune

Herbal Cigarettes

Heroic Hillary Under Fire in Bosnia

He's Back !

Hide those Sexy Women in Athens

Highest Position in the World

Home-made Cruise Missile

Honda Fails to Work - 605 Times

Hong Kong - A Democratic Opportunity Let Slip

Hole in the Hole-in-One

Holiday Apartment Near Malaga

Horseburger Groans

How do the Spanish troops feel ?

How Good Is Your Credit ?

How Not to Woo

How Representative is Your Democracy ?

How Slippery Girls Do the Conger

How to Beat the Claw Game

How to Subvert Democracy

Hubris Over Darfur

Human Imagination

Human Rights Watch and its Obfuscations

Human Rights Without Responsibities - A Car Without Brakes

Hunt Museum and Nazi Looting

Hunts Vindicated from Nazi Slurs

I                                                               Top of Page

I Love You” for Polyglots

Ian Paisley Rescues the IRA - As Usual

Ian Revue and the Inland Revenue

Iceland Goal Celebration

Iceland in the EU?

Ideas are Mightier than the Sword

Idiots Cause Heart Attacks

Ignorance and Prejudice in 2004/5

Ignorance Rules Reactions to Macondo Blowout

Illegality and Immorality in Iraq

Image of 2006

In Defence of Religious Offence

In Mugabe's Zimbabwe, Words Kill

Incest and Infanticide

Industrial Accidents and Root Causes

Inevitable Grexit - How It Will Happen

Instant Water Purification

Intermezzo, Timişoara - Restaurant Review

Insurance and Drugs Cartels in Ireland 

Inventing Conflict in Presidential Interviews

Invite Old Europe to Bid for Iraq Reconstruction Work

Iona Institute Launched

IRA Apology

IRA & Foreigners

IRA Stand-Down and Sinn Féin Bona Fides

IRA Top Heavy Command Structure

IRA’s ‘Legitimate’ Targets

Iran Approaches Its Velvet Revolution

Iran's Nuclear Threat to be Defanged

Iraq : To Warmonger or Negotiate ?

Iraq Anti-Warriors' Sterile Arguments

Iraq Reconstruction Work

Iraq - The Exhilarating Notion of 2006

Iraq Three Years On

Iraqi Defence Minister Under House Arrest

Iraqi Kurds Will Lose from the War

Iraq's "Apparatus of Lies"

Ireland at War Overseas

Ireland - Europe's Refugee Haven

Ireland Flatfooted in Palestine

Ireland Leads on Smoking

Ireland's About-to-Crash Housing Boom

Ireland's Constitutional Child Rape

Ireland's Open Door Asylum Policy

Ireland's Phoney Lisbon Poll

Ireland's Spending on Public Education

Ireland's Surrendered Sovereignty in Action

Irish American Election - the role of beer

Irish Blasphemy

Irish Blog Awards 2006

Irish Judiciary Copy Catholic Church

Irish Medical Terminology

Irish Ministers in Unwelcome Global Photos

Irish Reunification ? Forget It !

Irish Senior Citizens Parliament and Lisbon

Is France Perfidious ?

Is The Economist Anti-Semitic

Islam's Affinity for Entropy

Isle of Man TT - Because It's There?

Israel's Bleak Options

Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

Issue 222’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 221’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 220’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 219’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 218’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 217’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 216’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 215’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 214’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 213’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 212’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 211’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 210’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 209’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 208’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 207’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 206’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 205’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 204’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 203’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 202’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 201’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 200’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 199’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 198’s Comment to Cyberspace

Issue 197’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 196’s Comment to Cyberspace

Issue 195’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 194’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 193’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 192’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 189’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 188’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 187’s Comments to Cyberspace

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Issue 183’s Comment to Cyberspace

Issue 182’s Comments to Cyberspace

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Issue 180’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 179’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 178’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 176’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 175’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 174’s Comments to Cyberspace

Issue 172’s Letters to the Press

Issue 171's Letters to the Press

Issue 170's Letter to the Press

Issue 169's Letter to the Press

Issue 168's Letters to the Press

Issue 167's Letters to the Press

Issue 166's Letters to the Press

Issue 165's Letters to the Press

Issue 164's Letters to the Press

Issue 163's Letters to the Press

Week 162's Letter to the Press - Formerly filed under W for Week

It’s the Lies that Get Them - Every Time

J                                                                 Top of Page

Jack Welch - GE's Charismatic CEO

Jail for Andreotti

Japanese Error Messages

Japanese Poodlamb

Jemimah Khan as Islamic Ambassador

Jet-Man

Jews and Tibetans

Jews Annoyed at Catholic Prayers

Jihad Front Lines

John Browne's Body of Lies A-Smoldering

John Kerry as Commander-in-Chief ?

John Kerry's Accidental Heroics

John PIlger on Afghanistan, Iraq etc

John-Charles de Menezes, the 53rd Victim

Journalism During the Iraq War

Judge Raps

Judge the Rose of Dublin ... and of Tralee?

Juncker's a Guy Who Can't Hear No

Juvenilising the US Supreme Court

Joyously Surfing Japan's Tsunami of Suffering

K                                                                 Top of Page

Ken Clarke BATting for North Korea

Kiddies' Brain Teaser

Killing Fields of Bali

Killing People on Building Sites

Killing Your Own

Kilroy's Not Here

King of Abdullah of Jordan

Know Your Customers

Kow-Tow President

Kurds, Turks and Northern Iraq

Kyoto Protocol

Kyoto Protocol is Bad for Humanity 

Kyoto: Ratify and Ignore - Like Everyone Else

L                                                                 Top of Page

Lack of Spouses for Chinese Men

Lara Marlowe Enrages Me

Latin Lovelessness Perpetuates British Outposts

Leap Year's Day - 29th February 2004

Learning to See

Leinster's Glory

Lee Evans and Bohemian Rhapsody

Legible Signature

Legitimately Rejecting Legitimate Electoral Results

Leopold Bloom and Artistic Incomprehensiblity

Let Spectators Boycott Beijing Olympics

Let the Green Goose Hiss

Let Your Credit Card Protect You

Let's NOT Roll

Let's Roll - Again

Let's Roll with Jake

Liberation of Hong Kong on 30 August 1945 - 70th Anniversary

Liberia - How Did It Get Where It Is ?

Lion World, Yangon - Restaurant Review

Lip Service and Inaction for Kyoto

Lisbon Slogans and Platitudes

Lisbon - Someone Should Make the Case for Change

Little Mean Green Sumo Machine

Long Live Looters

Lord Lucan the Entertainer

Los Argentinos - Restaurant Review

Love Saddam Hate Rugby

Love-Sick Royals : Margaret, Charles & Edward

Love Will Find a (Technological) Way

Low Cost Taxis Please

Lucky Indeed

Lula da Silva at Davos

Lusitania Double Whammy

M                                                                 Top of Page

Macondo Commentary - More Ignorance

Mad Fish Disease 

Madness of Voluntary Redundancy

Madonna & Child

Madrid Massacre

Make Her Pay

Making a Bad Deal Good 

Making Light of Slaughter

Malampaya Oil & Gas Field, Philippines

Manifesto of a Manager

Mao Demoted

Marching for a Ppease

Mark Humphrys

Married Biological Parents and Children

Mars Gets Close

Mass Child Abuse in Palestine

Mass Spam

Ma.terial Breach

Mazda 626 GLX 2.0i Automatic For Sale

McCanns & Portuguese Police Brilliance

Measure Yourself Before Drink-Driving

Medication by Beer

Memory Watch

MEMRI's Arabic Mistranslations ?

Men Are Like Turtles

Men in Boxes

Michael Jackson’s Plastic Surgery

Michael Jansen - Female Muslim

Microsoft's Chief Executive in Action

Middle East Turmoil Explained

Mieskuoro Huutajat

Militants or Terrorists ?

Milk Protest Turns Sour

Misdirected Anti-War Protests

Miss World 2002

Miss World 2003

Miss World and Islam

Missing Bill Clinton

Missing Mubarak

Misunderestimating Bush

Mixing Miles and Kilometres

Moby Dick and the Blob

Mock the Veil

Monckton vs Gibbons on Climate and AIDS

Moral Guidance from the Old Testament

Morality of Bombing and of Total War

More Climate Faeces

More Innocents Die as Russia Mishandles Another Crisis

More Scandalous Politics from Trócaire

Mortality of Santa Claus

Morality According to a Soap

Mosquitos at a Tropical BBQ

Mugabe Evicts Landless Black Farmers

Multiple Mass Killers

Munster and Tough Rugby

Mummy to the Rescue in Guinea Foul

Murdering Your Own Children

Murphy's Lesser-known Laws

My (ahem) Latest Crime Novel

My (ahem) New Crime Novel

N                                                                 Top of Page

N Korea Goes Apologetic … and Nuclear

Naked Vaulter

Name Changers

National Forum on Europe Should Recuse Itself from Lisbon

NATO Still Seeking Indictees Karadzic and Mladic

National Leaders and Child Rape

Nature vs Nurture

Nauru - Enriched and Impoverished by Guano

Nazi Hunters Hunting Hunts

Nemesis Stalks Pre-Emptive Rewards

Never Be Gazumped

Never Trust the BBC Again

New Gadgets

New Seat Belt System

New Wine for Seniors

New Zealand Quashes Cruise Missile Development

News From Iraq Can Also Be Good

Newt Gingrich on Islamic Violence

Nice Treaty Referendum

Nice Treaty; Ireland's Referendum Nbr 2

Nigeria Picking Fights

Nigerian Oil Industry in Costly Disarray

Nigerian Tales Return

Nigeria's Pernicious North-South Divide

Nine-Eleven Remembered with Hatred

Nip in the Air

No Americans in Normandy in 1944

No ethnic cleansing of Palestinian Arabs

No Money in Blogging

No Need to Take to the Streets When Logic Is On Your Side

No Representation Without Taxation

No WMDs in Iraq

Noam Chomsky Rants in Dublin

Noam Chomsky's Imperial Ambitions

Non-Future of ISISstan

Non-Israeli Massacres and Israeli Non-Massacres

Non-News about Iraq Legal Advice

North Korea and Iraq

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This is nonagenarian Alistair Urquhart’s incredible story of survival in the Far East during World War II.

After recounting a childhood of convention and simple pleasures in working-class Aberdeen, Mr Urquhart is conscripted within days of Chamberlain declaring war on Germany in 1939.

From then until the Japanese are deservedly nuked into surrendering six years later, Mr Urquhart’s tale is one of first discomfort but then following the fall of Singapore of ever-increasing, unmitigated horror. 

After a wretched journey Eastward, he finds himself part of Singapore’s big but useless garrison.

Taken prisoner when Singapore falls in 1941, he is, successively,

Chronically ill, distraught and traumatised on return to Aberdeen yet disdained by the British Army, he slowly reconstructs a life.  Only in his late 80s is he able finally to recount his dreadful experiences in this unputdownable book.

There are very few first-person eye-witness accounts of the the horrors of Japanese brutality during WW2. As such this book is an invaluable historical document.

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Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies
Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies

This is a rattling good tale of the web of corruption within which the American president and his cronies operate. It's written by blogger Michele Malkin who, because she's both a woman and half-Asian, is curiously immune to the charges of racism and sexism this book would provoke if written by a typical Republican WASP.

With 75 page of notes to back up - in best blogger tradition - every shocking and in most cases money-grubbing allegation, she excoriates one Obama crony after another, starting with the incumbent himself and his equally tricky wife. 

Joe Biden, Rahm Emmanuel, Valerie Jarett, Tim Geithner, Lawrence Summers, Steven Rattner, both Clintons, Chris Dodd: they all star as crooks in this venomous but credible book. 

ACORN, Mr Obama's favourite community organising outfit, is also exposed for the crooked vote-rigging machine it is.

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Superfreakonomics
This much trumpeted sequel to Freakonomics is a bit of disappointment. 

It is really just a collation of amusing little tales about surprising human (and occasionally animal) behaviour and situations.  For example:

The book has no real message other than don't be surprised how humans sometimes behave and try to look for simple rather than complex solutions.

And with a final anecdote (monkeys, cash and sex), the book suddenly just stops dead in its tracks.  Weird.

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False Economy: A Surprising Economic History of the World
A remarkable, coherent attempt by Financial Times economist Alan Beattie to understand and explain world history through the prism of economics. 

It's chapters are organised around provocative questions such as

It's central thesis is that economic development continues to be impeded in different countries for different historical reasons, even when the original rationale for those impediments no longer obtains.  For instance:

The author writes in a very chatty, light-hearted matter which makes the book easy to digest. 

However it would benefit from a few charts to illustrate some of the many quantitative points put forward, as well as sub-chaptering every few pages to provide natural break-points for the reader. 

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Burmese Outpost, by Anthony Irwin
This is a thrilling book of derring-do behind enemy lines in the jungles of north-east Burma in 1942-44 during the Japanese occupation.

The author was a member of Britain's V Force, a forerunner of the SAS. Its remit was to harass Japanese lines of command, patrol their occupied territory, carryout sabotage and provide intelligence, with the overall objective of keeping the enemy out of India.   

Irwin is admirably yet brutally frank, in his descriptions of deathly battles with the Japs, his execution of a prisoner, dodging falling bags of rice dropped by the RAF, or collapsing in floods of tears through accumulated stress, fear and loneliness. 

He also provides some fascinating insights into the mentality of Japanese soldiery and why it failed against the flexibility and devolved authority of the British. 

The book amounts to a  very human and exhilarating tale.

Oh, and Irwin describes the death in 1943 of his colleague my uncle, Major PF Brennan.

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The Lemon Tree, by Sandy Tol, 2006
“The Lemon Tree”, by Sandy Tol (2006),
is a delightful novel-style history of modern Israel and Palestine told through the eyes of a thoughtful protagonist from either side, with a household lemon tree as their unifying theme.

But it's not entirely honest in its subtle pro-Palestinian bias, and therefore needs to be read in conjunction with an antidote, such as
The Case for Israel, Alan Dershowitz, 2004

See detailed review

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Drowning in Oil - Macondo Blowout
This
examines events which led to BP's 2010 Macondo blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. 

BP's ambitious CEO John Browne expanded it through adventurous acquisitions, aggressive offshore exploration, and relentless cost-reduction that trumped everything else, even safety and long-term technical sustainability.  

Thus mistakes accumulated, leading to terrifying and deadly accidents in refineries, pipelines and offshore operations, and business disaster in Russia.  

The Macondo blowout was but an inevitable outcome of a BP culture that had become poisonous and incompetent. 

However the book is gravely compromised by a litany of over 40 technical and stupid errors that display the author's ignorance and carelessness. 

It would be better to wait for the second (properly edited) edition before buying. 

As for BP, only a wholesale rebuilding of a new, professional, ethical culture will prevent further such tragedies and the eventual destruction of a once mighty corporation with a long and generally honourable history.

Note: I wrote my own reports on Macondo
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Published in April 2010; banned in Singapore

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how the death penalty is administered and, er, executed in Singapore,

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the corruption of Singapore's legal system, and

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Singapore's enthusiastic embrace of Burma's drug-fuelled military dictatorship

More details on my blog here.

+++++

Product Details
This is nonagenarian Alistair Urquhart’s incredible story of survival in the Far East during World War II.

After recounting a childhood of convention and simple pleasures in working-class Aberdeen, Mr Urquhart is conscripted within days of Chamberlain declaring war on Germany in 1939.

From then until the Japanese are deservedly nuked into surrendering six years later, Mr Urquhart’s tale is one of first discomfort but then following the fall of Singapore of ever-increasing, unmitigated horror. 

After a wretched journey Eastward, he finds himself part of Singapore’s big but useless garrison.

Taken prisoner when Singapore falls in 1941, he is, successively,

bullet

part of a death march to Thailand,

bullet

a slave labourer on the Siam/Burma railway (one man died for every sleeper laid),

bullet

regularly beaten and tortured,

bullet

racked by starvation, gaping ulcers and disease including cholera,

bullet

a slave labourer stevedoring at Singapore’s docks,

bullet

shipped to Japan in a stinking, closed, airless hold with 900 other sick and dying men,

bullet

torpedoed by the Americans and left drifting alone for five days before being picked up,

bullet

a slave-labourer in Nagasaki until blessed liberation thanks to the Americans’ “Fat Boy” atomic bomb.

Chronically ill, distraught and traumatised on return to Aberdeen yet disdained by the British Army, he slowly reconstructs a life.  Only in his late 80s is he able finally to recount his dreadful experiences in this unputdownable book.

There are very few first-person eye-witness accounts of the the horrors of Japanese brutality during WW2. As such this book is an invaluable historical document.

+++++

Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies
Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies

This is a rattling good tale of the web of corruption within which the American president and his cronies operate. It's written by blogger Michele Malkin who, because she's both a woman and half-Asian, is curiously immune to the charges of racism and sexism this book would provoke if written by a typical Republican WASP.

With 75 page of notes to back up - in best blogger tradition - every shocking and in most cases money-grubbing allegation, she excoriates one Obama crony after another, starting with the incumbent himself and his equally tricky wife. 

Joe Biden, Rahm Emmanuel, Valerie Jarett, Tim Geithner, Lawrence Summers, Steven Rattner, both Clintons, Chris Dodd: they all star as crooks in this venomous but credible book. 

ACORN, Mr Obama's favourite community organising outfit, is also exposed for the crooked vote-rigging machine it is.

+++++

Superfreakonomics
This much trumpeted sequel to Freakonomics is a bit of disappointment. 

It is really just a collation of amusing little tales about surprising human (and occasionally animal) behaviour and situations.  For example:

bullet

Drunk walking kills more people per kilometer than drunk driving.

bullet

People aren't really altruistic - they always expect a return of some sort for good deeds.

bullet

Child seats are a waste of money as they are no safer for children than adult seatbelts.

bullet

Though doctors have known for centuries they must wash their hands to avoid spreading infection, they still often fail to do so. 

bullet

Monkeys can be taught to use washers as cash to buy tit-bits - and even sex.

The book has no real message other than don't be surprised how humans sometimes behave and try to look for simple rather than complex solutions.

And with a final anecdote (monkeys, cash and sex), the book suddenly just stops dead in its tracks.  Weird.

++++++

False Economy: A Surprising Economic History of the World
A remarkable, coherent attempt by Financial Times economist Alan Beattie to understand and explain world history through the prism of economics. 

It's chapters are organised around provocative questions such as

bullet

Why does asparagus come from Peru?

bullet

Why are pandas so useless?

bullet

Why are oil and diamonds more trouble than they are worth?

bullet

Why doesn't Africa grow cocaine?

It's central thesis is that economic development continues to be impeded in different countries for different historical reasons, even when the original rationale for those impediments no longer obtains.  For instance:

bullet

Argentina protects its now largely foreign landowners (eg George Soros)

bullet

Russia its military-owned businesses, such as counterfeit DVDs

bullet

The US its cotton industry comprising only 1% of GDP and 2% of its workforce

The author writes in a very chatty, light-hearted matter which makes the book easy to digest. 

However it would benefit from a few charts to illustrate some of the many quantitative points put forward, as well as sub-chaptering every few pages to provide natural break-points for the reader. 

+++++

Burmese Outpost, by Anthony Irwin
This is a thrilling book of derring-do behind enemy lines in the jungles of north-east Burma in 1942-44 during the Japanese occupation.

The author was a member of Britain's V Force, a forerunner of the SAS. Its remit was to harass Japanese lines of command, patrol their occupied territory, carryout sabotage and provide intelligence, with the overall objective of keeping the enemy out of India.   

Irwin is admirably yet brutally frank, in his descriptions of deathly battles with the Japs, his execution of a prisoner, dodging falling bags of rice dropped by the RAF, or collapsing in floods of tears through accumulated stress, fear and loneliness. 

He also provides some fascinating insights into the mentality of Japanese soldiery and why it failed against the flexibility and devolved authority of the British. 

The book amounts to a  very human and exhilarating tale.

Oh, and Irwin describes the death in 1943 of his colleague my uncle, Major PF Brennan.

+++++

Other books here

Rugby World Cup 7s, Dubai 2009
Click for an account of this momentous, high-speed event
of March 2009

 Rugby World Cup 2007
Click on the logo
to get a table with
the Rugby World Cup
scores, points and rankings.

 

After 48 crackling, compelling, captivating games, the new World Champions are, deservedly,
SOUTH AFRICA

England get the Silver,
Argentina the Bronze.  Fourth is host nation France.

No-one can argue with
the justice of the outcomes

Over the competition,
the average
points per game =
52,
tries per game =
6.2,
minutes per try = 13

Click here to see all the latest scores, points and rankings  
Click on the logo
to get a table with
the final World Cup
scores, points, rankings and goal-statistics

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Cuddly Teddy Bears
looking for a home

Click for details  “”


Neda Agha Soltan, 1982-2009
Neda Agha Soltan;
shot dead in Teheran
by Basij militia

Good to report that as at
14th September 2009
he is at least alive.

FREED AT LAST,
ON 18th OCTOBER 2011,
GAUNT BUT OTHERWISE REASONABLY HEALTHY

Support Denmark and its caroonists!

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Alt Tag  

Andrew Sullivan

Atlantic Blog (defunct)

Back Seat Drivers

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Black Line  

Blog-Irish (defunct)

Broom of Anger 

Charles Krauthammer

Cox and Forkum

Defiant  Irishwoman  

Disillusioned Lefty

Douglas Murray

Freedom Institute  

Gavin's Blog 

Guido Fawkes

Instapundit

Internet Commentator

Irish Blogs

Irish Eagle

Irish Elk

Jawa Report

Kevin Myers

Mark Humphrys 

Mark Steyn

Melanie Phillips

Not a Fish

Parnell's Ireland

Rolfe's Random Review

Samizdata 

Sarah Carey / GUBU

Sicilian Notes  

Slugger O'Toole

Thinking Man's Guide

Turbulence Ahead

Victor Davis Hanson

Watching Israel

Wulfbeorn, Watching

 

Jihad

Terrorism
Awareness Project

 

Religion

Iona Institute
Skeptical Bible  

Skeptical Quran  

 

Leisure

Razzamatazz Blog  

Sawyer the Lawyer

Tales from Warri

Twenty Major

Graham's  Sporting Wk

 

Blog Directory

Eatonweb

Discover the World

 

My Columns in the

bullet

Irish Times

bullet

Sunday Times

 

 What I've recently
been reading

The Lemon Tree, by Sandy Tol, 2006
“The Lemon Tree”, by Sandy Tol (2006),
is a delightful novel-style history of modern Israel and Palestine told through the eyes of a thoughtful protagonist from either side, with a household lemon tree as their unifying theme.

But it's not entirely honest in its subtle pro-Palestinian bias, and therefore needs to be read in conjunction with an antidote, such as
The Case for Israel, Alan Dershowitz, 2004

See detailed review

+++++

Drowning in Oil - Macondo Blowout
This
examines events which led to BP's 2010 Macondo blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. 

BP's ambitious CEO John Browne expanded it through adventurous acquisitions, aggressive offshore exploration, and relentless cost-reduction that trumped everything else, even safety and long-term technical sustainability.  

Thus mistakes accumulated, leading to terrifying and deadly accidents in refineries, pipelines and offshore operations, and business disaster in Russia.  

The Macondo blowout was but an inevitable outcome of a BP culture that had become poisonous and incompetent. 

However the book is gravely compromised by a litany of over 40 technical and stupid errors that display the author's ignorance and carelessness. 

It would be better to wait for the second (properly edited) edition before buying. 

As for BP, only a wholesale rebuilding of a new, professional, ethical culture will prevent further such tragedies and the eventual destruction of a once mighty corporation with a long and generally honourable history.

Note: I wrote my own reports on Macondo
in
May, June, and July 2010

+++++

Published in April 2010; banned in Singapore

A horrific account of:

bullet

how the death penalty is administered and, er, executed in Singapore,

bullet

the corruption of Singapore's legal system, and

bullet

Singapore's enthusiastic embrace of Burma's drug-fuelled military dictatorship

More details on my blog here.

+++++

Product Details
This is nonagenarian Alistair Urquhart’s incredible story of survival in the Far East during World War II.

After recounting a childhood of convention and simple pleasures in working-class Aberdeen, Mr Urquhart is conscripted within days of Chamberlain declaring war on Germany in 1939.

From then until the Japanese are deservedly nuked into surrendering six years later, Mr Urquhart’s tale is one of first discomfort but then following the fall of Singapore of ever-increasing, unmitigated horror. 

After a wretched journey Eastward, he finds himself part of Singapore’s big but useless garrison.

Taken prisoner when Singapore falls in 1941, he is, successively,

bullet

part of a death march to Thailand,

bullet

a slave labourer on the Siam/Burma railway (one man died for every sleeper laid),

bullet

regularly beaten and tortured,

bullet

racked by starvation, gaping ulcers and disease including cholera,

bullet

a slave labourer stevedoring at Singapore’s docks,

bullet

shipped to Japan in a stinking, closed, airless hold with 900 other sick and dying men,

bullet

torpedoed by the Americans and left drifting alone for five days before being picked up,

bullet

a slave-labourer in Nagasaki until blessed liberation thanks to the Americans’ “Fat Boy” atomic bomb.

Chronically ill, distraught and traumatised on return to Aberdeen yet disdained by the British Army, he slowly reconstructs a life.  Only in his late 80s is he able finally to recount his dreadful experiences in this unputdownable book.

There are very few first-person eye-witness accounts of the the horrors of Japanese brutality during WW2. As such this book is an invaluable historical document.

+++++

Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies
Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies

This is a rattling good tale of the web of corruption within which the American president and his cronies operate. It's written by blogger Michele Malkin who, because she's both a woman and half-Asian, is curiously immune to the charges of racism and sexism this book would provoke if written by a typical Republican WASP.

With 75 page of notes to back up - in best blogger tradition - every shocking and in most cases money-grubbing allegation, she excoriates one Obama crony after another, starting with the incumbent himself and his equally tricky wife. 

Joe Biden, Rahm Emmanuel, Valerie Jarett, Tim Geithner, Lawrence Summers, Steven Rattner, both Clintons, Chris Dodd: they all star as crooks in this venomous but credible book. 

ACORN, Mr Obama's favourite community organising outfit, is also exposed for the crooked vote-rigging machine it is.

+++++

Superfreakonomics
This much trumpeted sequel to Freakonomics is a bit of disappointment. 

It is really just a collation of amusing little tales about surprising human (and occasionally animal) behaviour and situations.  For example:

bullet

Drunk walking kills more people per kilometer than drunk driving.

bullet

People aren't really altruistic - they always expect a return of some sort for good deeds.

bullet

Child seats are a waste of money as they are no safer for children than adult seatbelts.

bullet

Though doctors have known for centuries they must wash their hands to avoid spreading infection, they still often fail to do so. 

bullet

Monkeys can be taught to use washers as cash to buy tit-bits - and even sex.

The book has no real message other than don't be surprised how humans sometimes behave and try to look for simple rather than complex solutions.

And with a final anecdote (monkeys, cash and sex), the book suddenly just stops dead in its tracks.  Weird.

++++++

False Economy: A Surprising Economic History of the World
A remarkable, coherent attempt by Financial Times economist Alan Beattie to understand and explain world history through the prism of economics. 

It's chapters are organised around provocative questions such as

bullet

Why does asparagus come from Peru?

bullet

Why are pandas so useless?

bullet

Why are oil and diamonds more trouble than they are worth?

bullet

Why doesn't Africa grow cocaine?

It's central thesis is that economic development continues to be impeded in different countries for different historical reasons, even when the original rationale for those impediments no longer obtains.  For instance:

bullet

Argentina protects its now largely foreign landowners (eg George Soros)

bullet

Russia its military-owned businesses, such as counterfeit DVDs

bullet

The US its cotton industry comprising only 1% of GDP and 2% of its workforce

The author writes in a very chatty, light-hearted matter which makes the book easy to digest. 

However it would benefit from a few charts to illustrate some of the many quantitative points put forward, as well as sub-chaptering every few pages to provide natural break-points for the reader. 

+++++

Burmese Outpost, by Anthony Irwin
This is a thrilling book of derring-do behind enemy lines in the jungles of north-east Burma in 1942-44 during the Japanese occupation.

The author was a member of Britain's V Force, a forerunner of the SAS. Its remit was to harass Japanese lines of command, patrol their occupied territory, carryout sabotage and provide intelligence, with the overall objective of keeping the enemy out of India.   

Irwin is admirably yet brutally frank, in his descriptions of deathly battles with the Japs, his execution of a prisoner, dodging falling bags of rice dropped by the RAF, or collapsing in floods of tears through accumulated stress, fear and loneliness. 

He also provides some fascinating insights into the mentality of Japanese soldiery and why it failed against the flexibility and devolved authority of the British. 

The book amounts to a  very human and exhilarating tale.

Oh, and Irwin describes the death in 1943 of his colleague my uncle, Major PF Brennan.

+++++

Other books here

Rugby World Cup 7s, Dubai 2009
Click for an account of this momentous, high-speed event
of March 2009

 Rugby World Cup 2007
Click on the logo
to get a table with
the Rugby World Cup
scores, points and rankings.

 

After 48 crackling, compelling, captivating games, the new World Champions are, deservedly,
SOUTH AFRICA

England get the Silver,
Argentina the Bronze.  Fourth is host nation France.

No-one can argue with
the justice of the outcomes

Over the competition,
the average
points per game =
52,
tries per game =
6.2,
minutes per try = 13

Click here to see all the latest scores, points and rankings  
Click on the logo
to get a table with
the final World Cup
scores, points, rankings and goal-statistics

Weblog Commenting and Trackback by HaloScan.com

2013 RWC7s Logo

Gift Idea
Cuddly Teddy Bears
looking for a home

Click for details  “”


Neda Agha Soltan, 1982-2009
Neda Agha Soltan;
shot dead in Teheran
by Basij militia

Good to report that as at
14th September 2009
he is at least alive.

FREED AT LAST,
ON 18th OCTOBER 2011,
GAUNT BUT OTHERWISE REASONABLY HEALTHY

Support Denmark and its caroonists!

Thousands of Deadly Islamic Terror Attacks Since 9/11

BLOGROLL

 

Adam Smith  

Alt Tag  

Andrew Sullivan

Atlantic Blog (defunct)

Back Seat Drivers

Belfast Gonzo

Black Line  

Blog-Irish (defunct)

Broom of Anger 

Charles Krauthammer

Cox and Forkum

Defiant  Irishwoman  

Disillusioned Lefty

Douglas Murray

Freedom Institute  

Gavin's Blog 

Guido Fawkes

Instapundit

Internet Commentator

Irish Blogs

Irish Eagle

Irish Elk

Jawa Report

Kevin Myers

Mark Humphrys 

Mark Steyn

Melanie Phillips

Not a Fish

Parnell's Ireland

Rolfe's Random Review

Samizdata 

Sarah Carey / GUBU

Sicilian Notes  

Slugger O'Toole

Thinking Man's Guide

Turbulence Ahead

Victor Davis Hanson

Watching Israel

Wulfbeorn, Watching

 

Jihad

Terrorism
Awareness Project

 

Religion

Iona Institute
Skeptical Bible  

Skeptical Quran  

 

Leisure

Razzamatazz Blog  

Sawyer the Lawyer

Tales from Warri

Twenty Major

Graham's  Sporting Wk

 

Blog Directory

Eatonweb

Discover the World

 

My Columns in the

bullet

Irish Times

bullet

Sunday Times

 

 What I've recently
been reading

The Lemon Tree, by Sandy Tol, 2006
“The Lemon Tree”, by Sandy Tol (2006),
is a delightful novel-style history of modern Israel and Palestine told through the eyes of a thoughtful protagonist from either side, with a household lemon tree as their unifying theme.

But it's not entirely honest in its subtle pro-Palestinian bias, and therefore needs to be read in conjunction with an antidote, such as
The Case for Israel, Alan Dershowitz, 2004

See detailed review

+++++

Drowning in Oil - Macondo Blowout
This
examines events which led to BP's 2010 Macondo blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. 

BP's ambitious CEO John Browne expanded it through adventurous acquisitions, aggressive offshore exploration, and relentless cost-reduction that trumped everything else, even safety and long-term technical sustainability.  

Thus mistakes accumulated, leading to terrifying and deadly accidents in refineries, pipelines and offshore operations, and business disaster in Russia.  

The Macondo blowout was but an inevitable outcome of a BP culture that had become poisonous and incompetent. 

However the book is gravely compromised by a litany of over 40 technical and stupid errors that display the author's ignorance and carelessness. 

It would be better to wait for the second (properly edited) edition before buying. 

As for BP, only a wholesale rebuilding of a new, professional, ethical culture will prevent further such tragedies and the eventual destruction of a once mighty corporation with a long and generally honourable history.

Note: I wrote my own reports on Macondo
in
May, June, and July 2010

+++++

Published in April 2010; banned in Singapore

A horrific account of:

bullet

how the death penalty is administered and, er, executed in Singapore,

bullet

the corruption of Singapore's legal system, and

bullet

Singapore's enthusiastic embrace of Burma's drug-fuelled military dictatorship

More details on my blog here.

+++++

Product Details
This is nonagenarian Alistair Urquhart’s incredible story of survival in the Far East during World War II.

After recounting a childhood of convention and simple pleasures in working-class Aberdeen, Mr Urquhart is conscripted within days of Chamberlain declaring war on Germany in 1939.

From then until the Japanese are deservedly nuked into surrendering six years later, Mr Urquhart’s tale is one of first discomfort but then following the fall of Singapore of ever-increasing, unmitigated horror. 

After a wretched journey Eastward, he finds himself part of Singapore’s big but useless garrison.

Taken prisoner when Singapore falls in 1941, he is, successively,

bullet

part of a death march to Thailand,

bullet

a slave labourer on the Siam/Burma railway (one man died for every sleeper laid),

bullet

regularly beaten and tortured,

bullet

racked by starvation, gaping ulcers and disease including cholera,

bullet

a slave labourer stevedoring at Singapore’s docks,

bullet

shipped to Japan in a stinking, closed, airless hold with 900 other sick and dying men,

bullet

torpedoed by the Americans and left drifting alone for five days before being picked up,

bullet

a slave-labourer in Nagasaki until blessed liberation thanks to the Americans’ “Fat Boy” atomic bomb.

Chronically ill, distraught and traumatised on return to Aberdeen yet disdained by the British Army, he slowly reconstructs a life.  Only in his late 80s is he able finally to recount his dreadful experiences in this unputdownable book.

There are very few first-person eye-witness accounts of the the horrors of Japanese brutality during WW2. As such this book is an invaluable historical document.

+++++

Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies
Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies

This is a rattling good tale of the web of corruption within which the American president and his cronies operate. It's written by blogger Michele Malkin who, because she's both a woman and half-Asian, is curiously immune to the charges of racism and sexism this book would provoke if written by a typical Republican WASP.

With 75 page of notes to back up - in best blogger tradition - every shocking and in most cases money-grubbing allegation, she excoriates one Obama crony after another, starting with the incumbent himself and his equally tricky wife. 

Joe Biden, Rahm Emmanuel, Valerie Jarett, Tim Geithner, Lawrence Summers, Steven Rattner, both Clintons, Chris Dodd: they all star as crooks in this venomous but credible book. 

ACORN, Mr Obama's favourite community organising outfit, is also exposed for the crooked vote-rigging machine it is.

+++++

Superfreakonomics
This much trumpeted sequel to Freakonomics is a bit of disappointment. 

It is really just a collation of amusing little tales about surprising human (and occasionally animal) behaviour and situations.  For example:

bullet

Drunk walking kills more people per kilometer than drunk driving.

bullet

People aren't really altruistic - they always expect a return of some sort for good deeds.

bullet

Child seats are a waste of money as they are no safer for children than adult seatbelts.

bullet

Though doctors have known for centuries they must wash their hands to avoid spreading infection, they still often fail to do so. 

bullet

Monkeys can be taught to use washers as cash to buy tit-bits - and even sex.

The book has no real message other than don't be surprised how humans sometimes behave and try to look for simple rather than complex solutions.

And with a final anecdote (monkeys, cash and sex), the book suddenly just stops dead in its tracks.  Weird.

++++++

False Economy: A Surprising Economic History of the World
A remarkable, coherent attempt by Financial Times economist Alan Beattie to understand and explain world history through the prism of economics. 

It's chapters are organised around provocative questions such as

bullet

Why does asparagus come from Peru?

bullet

Why are pandas so useless?

bullet

Why are oil and diamonds more trouble than they are worth?

bullet

Why doesn't Africa grow cocaine?

It's central thesis is that economic development continues to be impeded in different countries for different historical reasons, even when the original rationale for those impediments no longer obtains.  For instance:

bullet

Argentina protects its now largely foreign landowners (eg George Soros)

bullet

Russia its military-owned businesses, such as counterfeit DVDs

bullet

The US its cotton industry comprising only 1% of GDP and 2% of its workforce

The author writes in a very chatty, light-hearted matter which makes the book easy to digest. 

However it would benefit from a few charts to illustrate some of the many quantitative points put forward, as well as sub-chaptering every few pages to provide natural break-points for the reader. 

+++++

Burmese Outpost, by Anthony Irwin
This is a thrilling book of derring-do behind enemy lines in the jungles of north-east Burma in 1942-44 during the Japanese occupation.

The author was a member of Britain's V Force, a forerunner of the SAS. Its remit was to harass Japanese lines of command, patrol their occupied territory, carryout sabotage and provide intelligence, with the overall objective of keeping the enemy out of India.   

Irwin is admirably yet brutally frank, in his descriptions of deathly battles with the Japs, his execution of a prisoner, dodging falling bags of rice dropped by the RAF, or collapsing in floods of tears through accumulated stress, fear and loneliness. 

He also provides some fascinating insights into the mentality of Japanese soldiery and why it failed against the flexibility and devolved authority of the British. 

The book amounts to a  very human and exhilarating tale.

Oh, and Irwin describes the death in 1943 of his colleague my uncle, Major PF Brennan.

+++++

Other books here

Rugby World Cup 7s, Dubai 2009
Click for an account of this momentous, high-speed event
of March 2009

 Rugby World Cup 2007
Click on the logo
to get a table with
the Rugby World Cup
scores, points and rankings.

 

After 48 crackling, compelling, captivating games, the new World Champions are, deservedly,
SOUTH AFRICA

England get the Silver,
Argentina the Bronze.  Fourth is host nation France.

No-one can argue with
the justice of the outcomes

Over the competition,
the average
points per game =
52,
tries per game =
6.2,
minutes per try = 13

Click here to see all the latest scores, points and rankings  
Click on the logo
to get a table with
the final World Cup
scores, points, rankings and goal-statistics

Weblog Commenting and Trackback by HaloScan.com

2013 RWC7s Logo

Gift Idea
Cuddly Teddy Bears
looking for a home

Click for details  “”


Neda Agha Soltan, 1982-2009
Neda Agha Soltan;
shot dead in Teheran
by Basij militia

Good to report that as at
14th September 2009
he is at least alive.

FREED AT LAST,
ON 18th OCTOBER 2011,
GAUNT BUT OTHERWISE REASONABLY HEALTHY

Support Denmark and its caroonists!

Thousands of Deadly Islamic Terror Attacks Since 9/11

BLOGROLL

 

Adam Smith  

Alt Tag  

Andrew Sullivan

Atlantic Blog (defunct)

Back Seat Drivers

Belfast Gonzo

Black Line  

Blog-Irish (defunct)

Broom of Anger 

Charles Krauthammer

Cox and Forkum

Defiant  Irishwoman  

Disillusioned Lefty

Douglas Murray

Freedom Institute  

Gavin's Blog 

Guido Fawkes

Instapundit

Internet Commentator

Irish Blogs

Irish Eagle

Irish Elk

Jawa Report

Kevin Myers

Mark Humphrys 

Mark Steyn

Melanie Phillips

Not a Fish

Parnell's Ireland

Rolfe's Random Review

Samizdata 

Sarah Carey / GUBU

Sicilian Notes  

Slugger O'Toole

Thinking Man's Guide

Turbulence Ahead

Victor Davis Hanson

Watching Israel

Wulfbeorn, Watching

 

Jihad

Terrorism
Awareness Project

 

Religion

Iona Institute
Skeptical Bible  

Skeptical Quran  

 

Leisure

Razzamatazz Blog  

Sawyer the Lawyer

Tales from Warri

Twenty Major

Graham's  Sporting Wk

 

Blog Directory

Eatonweb

Discover the World

 

My Columns in the

bullet

Irish Times

bullet

Sunday Times

 

 What I've recently
been reading

The Lemon Tree, by Sandy Tol, 2006
“The Lemon Tree”, by Sandy Tol (2006),
is a delightful novel-style history of modern Israel and Palestine told through the eyes of a thoughtful protagonist from either side, with a household lemon tree as their unifying theme.

But it's not entirely honest in its subtle pro-Palestinian bias, and therefore needs to be read in conjunction with an antidote, such as
The Case for Israel, Alan Dershowitz, 2004

See detailed review

+++++

Drowning in Oil - Macondo Blowout
This
examines events which led to BP's 2010 Macondo blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. 

BP's ambitious CEO John Browne expanded it through adventurous acquisitions, aggressive offshore exploration, and relentless cost-reduction that trumped everything else, even safety and long-term technical sustainability.  

Thus mistakes accumulated, leading to terrifying and deadly accidents in refineries, pipelines and offshore operations, and business disaster in Russia.  

The Macondo blowout was but an inevitable outcome of a BP culture that had become poisonous and incompetent. 

However the book is gravely compromised by a litany of over 40 technical and stupid errors that display the author's ignorance and carelessness. 

It would be better to wait for the second (properly edited) edition before buying. 

As for BP, only a wholesale rebuilding of a new, professional, ethical culture will prevent further such tragedies and the eventual destruction of a once mighty corporation with a long and generally honourable history.

Note: I wrote my own reports on Macondo
in
May, June, and July 2010

+++++

Published in April 2010; banned in Singapore

A horrific account of:

bullet

how the death penalty is administered and, er, executed in Singapore,

bullet

the corruption of Singapore's legal system, and

bullet

Singapore's enthusiastic embrace of Burma's drug-fuelled military dictatorship

More details on my blog here.

+++++

Product Details
This is nonagenarian Alistair Urquhart’s incredible story of survival in the Far East during World War II.

After recounting a childhood of convention and simple pleasures in working-class Aberdeen, Mr Urquhart is conscripted within days of Chamberlain declaring war on Germany in 1939.

From then until the Japanese are deservedly nuked into surrendering six years later, Mr Urquhart’s tale is one of first discomfort but then following the fall of Singapore of ever-increasing, unmitigated horror. 

After a wretched journey Eastward, he finds himself part of Singapore’s big but useless garrison.

Taken prisoner when Singapore falls in 1941, he is, successively,

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part of a death march to Thailand,

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a slave labourer on the Siam/Burma railway (one man died for every sleeper laid),

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regularly beaten and tortured,

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racked by starvation, gaping ulcers and disease including cholera,

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a slave labourer stevedoring at Singapore’s docks,

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shipped to Japan in a stinking, closed, airless hold with 900 other sick and dying men,

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torpedoed by the Americans and left drifting alone for five days before being picked up,

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a slave-labourer in Nagasaki until blessed liberation thanks to the Americans’ “Fat Boy” atomic bomb.

Chronically ill, distraught and traumatised on return to Aberdeen yet disdained by the British Army, he slowly reconstructs a life.  Only in his late 80s is he able finally to recount his dreadful experiences in this unputdownable book.

There are very few first-person eye-witness accounts of the the horrors of Japanese brutality during WW2. As such this book is an invaluable historical document.

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Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies
Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies

This is a rattling good tale of the web of corruption within which the American president and his cronies operate. It's written by blogger Michele Malkin who, because she's both a woman and half-Asian, is curiously immune to the charges of racism and sexism this book would provoke if written by a typical Republican WASP.

With 75 page of notes to back up - in best blogger tradition - every shocking and in most cases money-grubbing allegation, she excoriates one Obama crony after another, starting with the incumbent himself and his equally tricky wife. 

Joe Biden, Rahm Emmanuel, Valerie Jarett, Tim Geithner, Lawrence Summers, Steven Rattner, both Clintons, Chris Dodd: they all star as crooks in this venomous but credible book. 

ACORN, Mr Obama's favourite community organising outfit, is also exposed for the crooked vote-rigging machine it is.

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Superfreakonomics
This much trumpeted sequel to Freakonomics is a bit of disappointment. 

It is really just a collation of amusing little tales about surprising human (and occasionally animal) behaviour and situations.  For example:

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Drunk walking kills more people per kilometer than drunk driving.

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People aren't really altruistic - they always expect a return of some sort for good deeds.

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Child seats are a waste of money as they are no safer for children than adult seatbelts.

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Though doctors have known for centuries they must wash their hands to avoid spreading infection, they still often fail to do so. 

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Monkeys can be taught to use washers as cash to buy tit-bits - and even sex.

The book has no real message other than don't be surprised how humans sometimes behave and try to look for simple rather than complex solutions.

And with a final anecdote (monkeys, cash and sex), the book suddenly just stops dead in its tracks.  Weird.

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False Economy: A Surprising Economic History of the World
A remarkable, coherent attempt by Financial Times economist Alan Beattie to understand and explain world history through the prism of economics. 

It's chapters are organised around provocative questions such as

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Why does asparagus come from Peru?

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Why are pandas so useless?

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Why are oil and diamonds more trouble than they are worth?

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Why doesn't Africa grow cocaine?

It's central thesis is that economic development continues to be impeded in different countries for different historical reasons, even when the original rationale for those impediments no longer obtains.  For instance:

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Argentina protects its now largely foreign landowners (eg George Soros)

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Russia its military-owned businesses, such as counterfeit DVDs

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The US its cotton industry comprising only 1% of GDP and 2% of its workforce

The author writes in a very chatty, light-hearted matter which makes the book easy to digest. 

However it would benefit from a few charts to illustrate some of the many quantitative points put forward, as well as sub-chaptering every few pages to provide natural break-points for the reader. 

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Burmese Outpost, by Anthony Irwin
This is a thrilling book of derring-do behind enemy lines in the jungles of north-east Burma in 1942-44 during the Japanese occupation.

The author was a member of Britain's V Force, a forerunner of the SAS. Its remit was to harass Japanese lines of command, patrol their occupied territory, carryout sabotage and provide intelligence, with the overall objective of keeping the enemy out of India.   

Irwin is admirably yet brutally frank, in his descriptions of deathly battles with the Japs, his execution of a prisoner, dodging falling bags of rice dropped by the RAF, or collapsing in floods of tears through accumulated stress, fear and loneliness. 

He also provides some fascinating insights into the mentality of Japanese soldiery and why it failed against the flexibility and devolved authority of the British. 

The book amounts to a  very human and exhilarating tale.

Oh, and Irwin describes the death in 1943 of his colleague my uncle, Major PF Brennan.

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