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  • Major Miller's summer au revoir

    Stephen Pollard
    Jul 7, 2009

    It's the big day. I know you're all eager with anticipation and counting the minutes down until the 8.50 at Uttoxeter this evening.

    Yes, it's Major Miller's last run until his summer holidays. After his fall last time at Aintree he's back over hurdles in a 3 mile handicap. It's a tough ask, because he has to carry 11 stone 11, but Nicky Henderson says he hasn't ever had him moving so well before.

    He's 9/1 at the moment. I'll have a small each way bet.

  • Tweet your prayer

    Jessica Elgot
    Jul 6, 2009

    The Kotel, (@thekotel) a Twitter service is allowing Jews around the world to post their prayers to the Western Wall in Jerusalem...via Twitter.

    They explain on their website the service they offer includes a delivery of your tweet-prayer directly to the wall.

    "All you need to do is to tweet your prayers and wishes, and they’ll be printed on real paper, cut down to small notes, and placed in the Wall."

  • Jihadists are fine in the civil service, but not anonymous expenses rip-off posts

    Stephen Pollard
    Jul 6, 2009

    Excellent post on Harry's Place pointing out the discrepancy between the treatment by the civil service of Lisa Greenwood and Azad Ali:

    the one hand we have Lisa Greenwood getting sacked for anonymously
    expressing her outrage over MP the expenses scandal. On the other we
    have Azad Ali openly glorifying jihad.
    are Civil Servants governed by the same code of conduct, but only one
    gets sacked – and it’s not the one lambasting the British state or
    promoting violence against Israel.
    What a disgrace.

  • Influential Jews, Bernie Ecclestone and the BBC

    Stephen Pollard
    Jul 6, 2009

    We'll be having more on Bernie Ecclestone's Hitler interview later today - watch the JC site.

    But in the meanwhile, I had a bizarre conversation yesterday with a Today programme producer, who wanted me to go on this morning to talk about it. 'What aspect?', I asked. 'How it will have gone down with inflential Jews who support F1', the woman replied.

    'What do you mean 'influential Jews'?' I asked. 'Ummm - those with lots of money who support F1'. 'Can you tell me which ones you are referring to?', I replied. 'Ummm, Philip Green? I assume he must be involved'. The conversation went on in similar vein.

  • Ten Days - out now!

    Stephen Pollard
    Jul 6, 2009

    Forgive the plug, but my new book, Ten Days That Changed The Nation - the Making of Modern Britain, is out today.

    Here's what the blurb on the back says:

    Sometimes it is not big events or great men or women that change
    history. Often, an apparently trivial occasion or insignificant
    decision changes everything.

  • Holy Smoke

    Marcus Dysch
    Jul 3, 2009

    Non-smokers like me have benefitted from the many advantages of the smoking ban which began two years ago this week.

    For one, you can have a night out at a pub or club and not come home smelling like a chimney sweeper.

    Almost three years ago I suffered a lengthy bout of bronchitis. It wasn’t pleasant and during my recovery I was convinced that I felt worse on a Sunday morning, having more-often-than-not been in a smoke-filled club the night before.

  • No future

    Simon Rocker
    Jul 3, 2009

    "The plague of intermarriage and assimilation is sapping us of our people in a way as deadly as gas chambers."

  • One for Sudoku Fans

    Candice Krieger
    Jul 2, 2009

    Earlier this year, I wrote about Israeli architect Eyal Amitzur who created a three-dimensional version of the popular puzzle Sudoku.
    His version, called Tredoku, uses the same rules as Sudoku but comes as a 3D image on the page. The game has since taken off appearing in syndication in newspapers around the world, including The Times. The game even has its own Facebook group with more than 4,500 fans.
    A freelance architect working in Tel Aviv, Mr Amitzur, 33, runs games design company Mindome. He was introduced to Sudoku two years ago but says he found it monotonous. Genius. My new line: "I don't do Sudoku because it's monotonous. Nothing to do with it being too hard." Anyway, he created a harder version that uses an infinite number of possible 3D shapes. I predict it will soon become a household to rival Sudoku. Watch this space (if, like me, you are unable to fill it in).