Matthew Engel on the existential crisis of cricket (and me on the President of the MCC's buttocks)

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England
Sat 21st Oct 17 - 16:24

Embed from Getty Images Matthew Engel has a magnificent polemic on the state of cricket in today's Guardian: This is not the game that enraptured me when I was six years old. Nor the game I have written about happily for much of my adult life. I don't care about the St Lucia Zouks. And I won't care about whatever names the 12-year‑olds in marketing invent for the new made-up teams when the existing English Twenty20 is engulfed by yet another new competition in the years ahead. This wretched idea was sold to the county chairmen by bribery - an ... (more)

Zurich + John le Carré = winning combination

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Sat 21st Oct 17 - 15:59

Combinations such as wine and food are often discussed and tuned to maximise pleasure. Less mentioned is the art of combining the right audio book with the right walk. (more)

Cimarron, or how to erase feminism

Posted on From the Heart of Europe
Sat 21st Oct 17 - 14:02

Cimarron won the Academy Award for Outstanding Production in 1931, beating East Lynne, The Front Page, Skippy and Trader Horn. I haven't seen or heard of any of the others. I have seen City Lights, which was released in the August 1930-July 1931 eligibility window, and is a far far better film. It did not get a single Academy Award nomination. Cimarron was the first film to be nominated in every eligible Oscar category, and won two of the others - Best Writing and Best Art Direction. Here is a recent trailer: Cimarron is the lowest-ranked of any winner of ... (more)

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Posted by tim on ten pence piece
Sat 21st Oct 17 - 12:16

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New date for Wapley Owl Prowl

Posted by Paul Hulbert on Focus on Sodbury, Yate and Dodington
Sat 21st Oct 17 - 12:01

The Owl Prowl at Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve, which had to be postponed last Friday due to high winds, has now been rescheduled for Friday 10 November at 7 pm. This Owl Prowl will be led by well-known local expert Ian McGuire. Ian's owl prowls are a night-time walk in woodlands for all the family where you can learn about British owls through his iPad video presentations and through the evening he will be calling wild tawny owls in the hope that one will call back and possibly fly in for everyone to view. Owl prowls are suitable for ... (more)

Why California's musical road sounds terrible

Posted by Mark Pack on Mark Pack
Sat 21st Oct 17 - 11:25

In Lancaster, California, there's a musical road. When you drive over it, it plays the William Tell Overture. Unfortunately, it's out of tune. Here's why. (more)

My tweets

Posted on From the Heart of Europe
Sat 21st Oct 17 - 11:00

Fri, 12:56: RT @APCOBXLInsider: our very own @nwbrux is number 37 on the @EURACTIV #EUInfluencers list Fri, 15:08: Sad news. Fri, 16:05: RT @ajeganov: 37th of 40 top #EUinfluencers: @nwbrux of @APCOworldwide, dressed up as @carlbildt for the occasion v... Fri, 16:15: The Top 40 #EUInfluencer (s) #17 #13 #37 #40 Fri, 18:34: People Watching: the Desmond Morris Guide to Body Language Sat, 10:45: The Bush Twins Want to Set the Record Straight Surprisingly interesting. (more)

The Blood is the Life for 21-10-2017

miss_s_b | The Blood is the Life for 20-10-2017 I posted The Blood is the Life for 20-10-2017 to my dreamwidth blog BBC sorry over gay conversion tweet - BBC News Tarantino on Weinstein: 'I Knew Enough to Do More Than I Did' In which Quentin Tarantino notices the missing stair he's been carefully stepping over for decades. Hopefully more men will start to have revelations like this about more than just Harvey Weinstein Fatal Attraction of Fake Facts Sours Political Debate Tim Harford posts about the rise of fake news. Depressing, but worth reading none the less. Okonedo, Gleeson ... (more)

LibLink: Nick Clegg: Finally the Brexit spell is beginning to lift: MPs are beginning to stand against it

Posted by NewsHound on Liberal Democrat Voice
Sat 21st Oct 17 - 10:58

In Nick Clegg's latest iNews column, he says that MPs are finally starting to flex some muscle in the Brexit process. He is as bold as to say that he believes Parliament will actually save the country from its fate. Nick's article is important because it gives those who think that our fate is inevitable a clear route map to a better future. He says that if Parliament votes down the deal, the two year Brexit clock will stop ticking: Next October, Brexit Secretary David Davis will present the Government's threadbare Brexit deal to the House of Commons for approval. ... (more)

The National Trust needs to grasp the nettle on hunting

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black
Sat 21st Oct 17 - 10:44

I used to be a member of the National Trust but left in disgust in 1990 when its ruling council voted to effectively ignore an all-member vote to ban deer hunting on Trust land. As well as stately homes, the National Trust owns thousands of acres of valuable land throughout the UK, including large parts of Gower, where they act as an effective bulwark against those who might want to destroy or undermine it as Britain's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As a leading conservation advocate and a trustee of our natural heritage, the National Trust in my view ... (more)