Stephen Pollard






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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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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