Not just wrong, but dull

By Stephen Pollard, June 5, 2007

Perhaps I should start a strand: phrases you'll never hear. I have in mind such things as

Gordon will be out of contact - he's spending next weekend at Glastonbury

Have you read Sir Cliff's latest article on game theory?

Steve McClaren: competent

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Turkey or not

By Stephen Pollard, June 4, 2007

Last week I posted on the three worst films ever made. It prompted a fair number of comments.

This is clearly an issue of immense importance, and so I commend to you a fun site, Turkey Or Not, which deals with just this, allowing readers to vote for and comment on turkeys - or not.

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Atherton on the Windies

By Stephen Pollard, June 3, 2007

Even without his background as a player, MIke Atherton would be one of the best sports journalists around. As it is, his experience as an England captain informs his pieces and thus us, the reader. His piece today on the decline of West Indies cricket is typically insghtful. This passage is especially shocking:

This is a team who have to learn again the meaning of such terms as 'work ethic' and 'professionalism'.

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What if it had been Israelis?

By Stephen Pollard, June 3, 2007

Charles Moore had an excellent piece in the Telegraph yesterday on the double standards which apply to the Israeli government and Palestinian terrorists, imagining that it had been the Israelis who kidnapped Alan Johnstone. I won't extract it: do read it all.

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Motty

By Stephen Pollard, June 1, 2007

This just in, from John Motson's commentary on England v Brazil at Wembley. Pondering the drop in crowd noise at the start of the second half:

It's quite noticeable how the noise level has dropped as the crowd have yet to take their seats for the second half.
Er, yes. The crowd aren't there. Difficult to see how they could make a noise...not being there.

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Putting the Yazzmonster in her place

By Stephen Pollard, June 1, 2007

Nick Cohen's performance on Crosstalk, a strand on 18 Doughty Street, has more to commend it than just this, but...to watch him destroy the Yazzmonster is a truly wonderful sight. You can watch it, and relish it, here.

Really, is there a more irritatingly wrong person on the entire planet than Ms Alibhai-Brown?

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Boycotts

By Stephen Pollard, June 1, 2007

Once you start down the boycott route, all sorts of unforeseen consequences emerge:
An American research foundation announced on Thursday that following the decision of the British University and College Union (UCU) to consider launching an academic boycott of Israel it has cancelled its plans to open a grant application process for UK researchers.

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