Sunday, March 22, 2015

Six of the Best 500

Peter Oborne reviews Blair Inc. by Francis Beckett, David Hencke and Nick Kochan - an investigation of the former PM's business dealings since leaving office. "The authors reveal that Azerbaijan helps to fund Progress, the Blairite pressure group inside Labour."

"The polling station is a kit of essential parts, like a field hospital, erected inside another building. Also like a field hospital, it is governed by very exact procedures, and is capable of coping with sudden rushes of people interspersed by longeurs." Election Aesthetics looks at an institution we politicos depend upon but take for granted.

Nick Barlow is blogging like a god at the moment. Here he brings us some prominent columnists' response to the eclipse.

English Buildings on the charming Looking Round London by Helen Carstairs from 1938 or thereabouts.

Hy-Brasil - the lost phantom island to the west of Ireland - is sought by Mysterious Universe.

"As a captain he led by example – Dave Mackay never left the pitch without having given every ounce of effort possible and he demanded nothing less from his team mates. But, his leadership was not merely a matter of fist shaking exhortation: his greatest attribute as a captain was that all the players he played with wanted his good opinion." The Immortal Jukebox pays tribute to a football legend who died recently.

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