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Everything Went Off A1
Jeremy Noel-Tod | Telegraph | 25 October 2010
Co-author of dictionary of English slang shares some of the fruits of his
research. "Ulysses" yielded 1,000 citations. And who knew that "raspberry"
was rhyming slang, by way of "raspberry tart"?
Under The Sun: Bruce Chatwin
William Dalrymple | TLS | 27 October 2010
Review of Chatwin's collected letters: "Please find waybill for sack which I
have sent air freight today. Contains a number of highly precious
possessions, including a dried chameleon and the eardrum of a lion"
Online Lovebirds: The Facts
John Tucker | Newsweek | 26 October 2010
Interview with Christian Rudder of OK Cupid, who mines customer data,
publishes eye-catching factoids, eg, "People who own iPhones have more sex
than people with BlackBerrys". Great PR value. As proven here
Scott Thomas | Foreign Affairs | 25 October 2010
Organised religion on the rise around the world. Cause and effect of
globalisation. Pentecostalism, Islam spreading fastest. Growing role in
international relations, as religion shapes national foreign policies
Politics And Statistics
Brian Whitaker | Guardian | 25 October 2010
Authoritarian governments across Middle East, notably in Egypt, see national
statistics as dangerous. Rulers want freedom to lie. Transparency leads to
public debate, demands for accountability.
How the industry makes money. How to write scripts, by David Mamet. Viacom's
King Lear... Continue reading...
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