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Monday, August 20, 2007

Extra! Extra!

Eleven extras were injured on the set of Tom Cruise's forthcoming movie, Valkyrie. According to the BBC website, police said there were "no findings to suggest anyone famous was involved". Oh, that's alright then. Or have we reached the point - like the tree falling in the woods - where if a celeb isn't present, then an event has not actually taken place?

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Sunday, August 19, 2007


A review of Richard Nixon and the Rise of Affirmative Action: The Pursuit of Racial Equality in an Era of Limits (American Intellectual Culture) appears here (scroll down to book reviews). This review does it justice with a higher word count.

You can buy the book at these links:

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

The League of the Just ...

The weekend is closing in and individual summer holidays are starting or ending. Various last-minute headaches are passed onto my desk, from people who are either on the brink of going away or recently returning to an overflowing inbox (and not just from Facebook notifications).

One of the few sensible observations in Theodore Dalrymple's otherwise dismal book Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass is the way felons use the word "just" to minimise the seriousness of their crimes, as in "it was just a poxy fractured skull".

Countless people in the modern workplace deploy the same technique, as in "would you mind just having a quick look at this before close of play today?" Before long even purists like myself are doing it too, just prior to requesting something absurdly inconvenient.

There's no justice, there's just "just".

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