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Sophistry Corner: Argh!

Sophistry Corner: Argh!

Edvard Munch’s The Scream. OK, it does have something about it. If you happen to be drunk, on a diet of sweet-smelling oriental herbs or four years old. That someone would pay nigh on $120,000,000 (that’s right, one-hundred and twenty million dollars) for one of four similar pieces is just insane Read the rest of this entry »

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Sophistry Corner: The Wedge

Sophistry Corner: The Wedge

First of all, I’m not talking about those suicidally silly shoes worn by female fashionistas with a penchant for toppling over, or even those strange-tasting always slightly dry objects supposedly made from potato that you can find in some fast-food restaurants. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sophistry Corner: Stupid Americans

Sophistry Corner: Stupid Americans

These people continue to make me chuckle. America, the land of the overly earnest, the painfully literal, and the mid-bendingly litigious. A country where a clown, a religious nut or the mentally incapacitated can run for President. A country where a twelve year old girl can get the armies of Civil Liberties ninnies into gear after being punished for posting uncomplimentary comments on Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sophistry Corner: Olympic Quiz

Sophistry Corner: Olympic Quiz

This is not a quiz on athletics, swimming or boxing. I am not going to ask you who won the men’s 100 metres gold medal at the 2000 games, nor am I going to test your knowledge on the various dressage disciplines or about the width of the gynmastics balance beam. In fact, that is not about sport at all – perhaps not surprising given that from what I have seen so far, much of the Olympics these days is not about sport at all. Read the rest of this entry »

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Who’s afraid of the Big Bad (Grey) Wolf?

Who's afraid of the Big Bad (Grey) Wolf?

Yep, it’s another Daily Mail Nazi (for that, read Adolf Hitler) story. I keep joking about articles placing the Führer in Latin America, and it appears that the folks at the DM have been reading my requests. Hurrah! Read the rest of this entry »

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Sophistry Corner: EU bunch of jokers

Sophistry Corner: EU bunch of jokers

I have a love-hate relationship with the European Union. I am a pan-European. I believe in the idea of a pan-European culture. I have since I was knee-high to a grasshopper been a staunch Germanophile. I have a French girlfriend. I love travelling through Europe and taking in everything that wonderful continent has to offer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sophistry Corner: Get me a bucket.

Sophistry Corner: Get me a bucket.

Earlier this week I didn’t feel too well after having a Sainsbury’s chicken and bacon sandwich – I am now convinced that they buy their chicken from one of those “dodgy geezers” featured on those formulaic investigative documentaries – but a quick glance at the Guardian this morning has got me reaching for the proverbial sick bucket once again. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sophistry Corner: Celebrity Edition

Sophistry Corner: Celebrity Edition

A short one to start the week, and the appearance on Sophistry Corner for everybody favourite unwanted guest, Tony Blair – who continues to have this nasty habit of turning up like a bad smell to add some pointless comment to an ongoing debate. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sophistry Corner: What a div(a).

Sophistry Corner: What a div(a).

I really have had enough of “race card” stories – good old “is it because I is black?” scenarios. You know, the sort of accusation that gets fired at you when you step out of line when referring to or dealing with a member a protected minority – particularly individuals that have one of their shoulders adorned with that special sort of soggy chippy-chip. Clearly, somebody somewhere is making a shedload of money from this. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dumbing Down, Down, Down.

Dumbing Down, Down, Down.

Call me a word snob, but I occasionally despair at some of today’s journalistic offerings. While one can accept that the common or garden tabloid is aimed at those for whom words of more than two syllables constitute a mental challenge, this surely cannot be applied to our more “highbrow” publications. Read the rest of this entry »

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