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How civilisations fall

By Stephen Pollard, June 1, 2007

Tim Worstall has a superb fisking of a piece of health nonsense in the Independent:

I am well-doctored, to put it mildly. I probably consult more doctors than Woody Allen, who has separate screenings of his movies for his doctors. Everyone is entitled to a hobby; mine just happens to be my health, and what a fascinating hobby it is.

Start with a hypochondriac then.

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When the left loved Zionists

By Stephen Pollard, June 1, 2007

I have a piece in this week's Jewish Chronicle on the 40th anniversary of the Six Day War. Here's an extract:

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Sorry

By Stephen Pollard, June 1, 2007

Apologies for the lack of posts yesterday - I was at a wedding. I didn't think it would be that polite to sit there bashing out posts on my Blackberry!

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Another hat

By Stephen Pollard, May 31, 2007

I have a Notebook in The Times today, which you can read here. I've written about two topics: Arts Council England's refusal to give £174,000 towards subsidising some concerts celebrating the 150th anniversary of Elgar's birth; and speeding police:

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al Jazeera English - the best, by far.

By Stephen Pollard, May 30, 2007

Iain Dale is spot on in his estimation of Al Jazeera English:

I had assumed it was just Arab propaganda, but boy was I wrong. I sat transfixed for an hour as I watched story after story about world affairs without a hint of any kind of bias. This wasn't your typical soundbite reporting, it was indepth stuff from around the world.

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Bad films. Bad, bad films.

By Stephen Pollard, May 30, 2007

The two most discerning film critics I know - they work as a team - are Alex and Harry Solomons. That they are my nephews is irrelevant. They have impeccable judgement, and are regulars at their local cinemas.

They saw Pirates of the Caribbean last weekend, and their strongly expressed view is that it is the worst film they have ever seen. You have been warned.

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A good man forced out by lesser men

By Stephen Pollard, May 30, 2007

To coin a phrase: there are two sides to every story.

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The real antisemitism underlying the boycotters

By Stephen Pollard, May 29, 2007

One of the more unpleasant aspects of the existence of Jewish communal organisations is that they are subjected to outbreaks of antisemitism. Some of it is physical, some verbal.

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Comments

By Stephen Pollard, May 29, 2007

My apologies to those of you who have had difficulty leaving comments. Fingers crossed it's all sorted, so please fire away. Usual rules apply - anything goes so long as it's relevant, and not libellous or offensive (and I decide that - and if you don't like that, tough!).

If by any chance you do still have a problem, please let me know via the 'email me' button. Thanks.

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A new TV network

By Stephen Pollard, May 29, 2007

I suppose you'd call this JewTube. This Jerusalem Post story has the background on www.JewishTVNetwork.com

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Go to Fidelio - now!

By Stephen Pollard, May 28, 2007

I went to the first night (well, afternoon, to be precise as it was, unusually, a matinee) of the Royal Opera House's new Fidelio. I'm going to try to write about it more fully later on, but for the moment I'll simply say besiege the box office until you get a ticket.

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I is an idiot

By Stephen Pollard, May 24, 2007

We exchanged contracts yesterday for an eye-watering sum of money on a new house. Talk about one being born every day. What we should have done is have a kip on Hampstead Heath.

(via James Forsyth)

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Kouchner's appointment and the Iraq war

By Stephen Pollard, May 24, 2007

Oliver Kamm has an interesting post here about Bernard Kouchner's position on the Iraq war. Bizarrely, it has been reported that he was an advocate of war. Actually, it's not that bizarre given that the report of Kouchner's views is by one Neil Clark, for whom the word idiot was clearly coined.

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The Shrum curse watch

By Stephen Pollard, May 24, 2007

Daniel Finkelstein rightly highlights the importance of Bob Shrum:

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Welcome to each other

By Stephen Pollard, May 24, 2007

Jew killer meets all round killer. I think this is what is known as a meeting of minds.

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Not mine

By Stephen Pollard, May 24, 2007

The Times has this story about Britain' first transgender mayor, Jenny Bailey. She tells us that: "People can take me as a role model if they want."

Actually, I'll pass on that offer.

It set me pondering, though. Why is it always - at least it seems that way - male to female sex changes, and never female to male? (No doubt someone will correct me and supply figures showing no such phenomenon.)

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Music blogs

By Stephen Pollard, May 23, 2007

I'd like to give a plug to a couple of music sites which I look at regularly. Jessica Duchen's classical music blog does just what it says on the tin - it's regularly updated with good links and thoughts.

I'm also slightly addicted to a really quite bonkers site, Opera Chic:

I'm a young American woman in Milan...and you're not. I go to La Scala a lot...and you don't.

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