Stephen Pollard



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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Hurrah for the cuts!

By Stephen Pollard, May 23, 2007

Hurrah for NHS cuts! The Times reports today that some PCTs are, because of financial crises (they're not 'cuts' at all but it makes for an arresting headline) having to cut back on funding for homeopathic treatments:

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In Extremis at the Globe

By Stephen Pollard, May 22, 2007

I couldn't agree more with Sam Marlowe's review of In Extremis, Howard Brenton’s reimagining of the 12th-century historical love story of Abelard and Heloise, which has just been revived at the Globe:

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What about the Palestinians murdered by Palestinians?

By Stephen Pollard, May 22, 2007

David T makes an important point at Harry's Place about the Palestinian deaths in Gaza:

Since the beginning of the year 150 Palestinians have been killed in "internal violence" in Gaza.

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