Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Six of the Best 445

Mark Pack looks at the lessons of Lord Ashcroft's poll of Conservative-Liberal Democrat marginals.

"The Labour party's capitulation on social security for the young is not an appropriate response to the modern world, but a dangerous step into the past," says Stuart Weir on Open Democracy.

Jennie Rigg enjoyed her day at the Headingley test match.

While Stumbling and Mumbling ponders the use of nightwatchmen in cricket and much else in "Liam Plunkett and the tragedy of social science".

"Charlie Chaplin was famous in a way that no one had been before; arguably, no one has been as famous since. At the peak of his popularity, his mustachioed screen persona, the Tramp, was said to be the most recognized image in the world." On A.V. Club, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky asks why Charlie Chaplin still matters a century on.

Graham Dukes, on The Grey Hares blog, writes about his part in the early years of the railway preservation movement. "As soon as my academic duties allowed I hastened to Towyn and found myself stepping into the office of Wharf Station, unchanged for the better part of a century. Tom Rolt himself was there, struggling patiently with a Victorian ticket stamping machine."

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