Culture

Yorkshire Tea

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Loony leftists gonna loon: Yorkshire Tea has urged social media users to “try to be kind” after the popular brand became embroiled in a row involving a leading Tory politician.   Chancellor Rishi Sunak posted a picture on Friday of him appearing to make a huge tea round for his Treasury staff.   The Twitter […]

Culture

The ACLU is dead, long live the new ACLU: the FSU

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On the cusp of the Free Speech Union’s launch here’s a really timely interview by Tom Slater at Spiked with Ira Glasser: Glasser, 82, is one of the most important civil-liberties advocates of the past 50 years. He was executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1978 to 2001, helping to turn it […]

Crime

Caroline Flack and the CPS

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Apparently Caroline Flack’s death is the fault of the CPS: Caroline Flack: Crown Prosecution Service under fire for ‘dogged pursuit’ of TV star over domestic abuse charges I agree that the CPS probably should have dropped the case when the man involved said he didn’t want to pursue it. But I don’t really buy the […]

Culture

Comedy Unleashed review

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I travelled to London on Tuesday to visit Comedy Unleashed (at the Backyard Comedy Club in Bethnal Green), as my new mate Toby Young was performing. (This is going to be a name-dropping review, can’t really avoid that, so let’s get started with it.) Also, I’d been wanting to go for ages as it’s a […]

Culture

Slatey McSlateface

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Where would the human race be without Slate? Here’s their latest advice column: Dear How to Do It,   I (a man) live in a large house along with six brothers, all adults and close to each other in age, two of whom I am having sex with. I am naturally much closer to them […]

Culture

Nutt job

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I hope anyone who’s going to the pub tonight takes sensible precautions, and brings a straw: According to Nutt, the optimal dose is 5gm a day, which is about a third of a glass of wine or half a pint of light beer.   Pubs do not serve 40ml measures of wine, he said, but […]

Culture

Roger Scruton RIP

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I was stunned to hear of Roger Scruton’s death yesterday. He wrote to me only last week, telling me that he was enjoying my novel, and that he was in good spirits regarding his health, so I wasn’t expecting this at all. I even posted my letter back to him on Friday. I had seen […]

Culture

YYZ

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It might seem strange to celebrate Neil Peart’s life with a video that features an animation of him, rather than the real thing, but it’s a brilliant animation that really highlights his drumming skills. (And it’s one of the classic Rush tracks. Never liked anything they did after the 80s.)   Social media

Culture

In a galaxy far, far away…

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Why does every young Telegraph newspaper writer – I say ‘writer’ rather than ‘journalist’, because these ‘investigators’ no more get off their chairs and go outside and investigate than I do – have to be woke-friendly? Can they really not hire anyone normal any more? Take this Ed Power hack, who has the intellectually-challenging job […]

Culture

Blowin’ in the wind

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Never let it be said that this blog only attacks the left. Consider the story of Tristan Morgan, the folk-singing neo-Nazi who almost incinerated his own head while he was trying to burn down a synagogue in Exeter in 2018 (human torch action at 1:16): Mind you, if he’s a neo-Nazi then he’s probably better […]

Creatives

Turns out Marlon Brando was channelling Gene Kelly

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The Independent complains that Ricky Gervais has betrayed Hollywood’s tradition of classiness: Ricky Gervais’s performance at last night’s Golden Globes was enough to make Gene Kelly turn in his grave. Once upon a time, Hollywood was synonymous with elegance and class but Gervais’ tirade of nasty and smutty jokes proved that tabloid culture has leaked […]