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The World’s Top 100 Thinkers

What do Pope Benedict XVI, Germaine Greer, and Paul Wolfowitz have in common? They all feature in Prospect Magazine's "top 100 world public intellectuals". Read More »

Critical Moment in British Politics

Political historians may well reflect that yesterday, 12 April 2005, was a watershed in British politics. Read More »

2004 as seen by a 2100 historian

A historian from 2100 (the middle of the Sino-American era) look backs on 2004. 1. 2004 was the middle of what historians know as the American era. President George W Bush was re-elected and like many leaders of the dominant force in a given moment of history, he will isolate America at the same time as seeking to extend its ... Read More »

The Da Vinci Code Banned

I must be one of the few people yet to read ‘The Da Vinci Code’. So, it is perhaps strange that I should be found pontificating about it. But since when have the facts got in the way of a good story? The best-seller has just been banned in Lebanon after complaints by Catholic leaders that it was offensive to ... Read More »

Naomi Campbell Goes Public on Drugs

Two years after winning her privacy action against the Mirror, and just a few months after the Lords overturned the Mirror’s succesful Appeal, Naomi Campbell has told Michael Parkinson that she first took drugs 10 years ago. “I did a drug, a speedy drug,” she says in the show. Parkinson asks whether it was like cocaine. Campbell replies: “Uh-huh” before ... Read More »

Lauren Bacall and Nicole Kidman – Shadow Boxing

“Bacall hits out at co-star Kidman,” shouts the headline on the BBC website. Shock, horror! My eye was drawn to the story immediately. What was going on? Had the sprightly 79 year-old thrown a deft right jab at her fellow thespian? Well no, the sum total of the story was: “Veteran actress Lauren Bacall has labelled co-star Nicole Kidman a ... Read More »

Tony Blair Needs to Make Himself Heard

Many serious questions were discussed in Tony Blair’s conference yesterday. The keywords in the source code of the full transcript give a flavour: “reshuffle, Beslan, Olympics, School, Siege, Milburn, Smith, Andrew”. They are not comprehensive as, for example, the thorny subjects of the IRA and of hunting came up. With regard to hunting, we had the following exchange – as ... Read More »

A ‘Feel’ For Robbie Williams

‘Feel’, the biography of Robbie Williams by Chris Heath, has just been published. In researching and writing ‘Feel’, Heath spent nearly two years working with Robbie Williams. But, is this a biography? I have to admit to being confused. Looking through newswires and sites, I noticed that some refer to the book as a biography and others as an autobiography. ... Read More »

Bosnia Salutes Bruce Lee

I was cheered to hear that the war-torn Bosnian city of Mostar has just announced that it is to erect a statue to remind people of Bruce Lee’s “loyalty, friendship, skill and justice”. The man who came up with the idea, writer Veselin Gatalo said: “Lee is a true international hero and is a hero to all ethnicities in Bosnia ... Read More »

Britney Spears Memorabilia

Going, Going, Gone! Associated Press reports today on an unusual Britney Spears used item for sale: ” There are over two dozen auctions of used chewing gum on eBay, each claiming their product has been spit out by the 22-year-old singer. Prices go as high as $14,000, but most are for significantly less.’ My first thought was ‘what about the ... Read More »