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The wonderfully named Perry Bible Fellowship cartoon strip by Nicholas Gurewitch captures it perfectly. Sadly PBF is no longer published in the Gurdian, but the PBF website has a huge back-catalogue for your amusement.
Thankfully I have recently witnessed some encouraging moments in the fight to save snail-mail. Down with digital sent us a wonderful postcard from west (or is it east?) of the Bann, of course I can't overlook birthday my cards (hundreds!) from late October and best of all this week edunny.com sent me some Obama souvenirs! So it's not all bad.
Happy Friday - send someone a postcard this weekend!
Question 63 asks: “Please provide any other information, including information about other members of your family, that could suggest a conflict of interest or be a possible source of embarrassment to you, your family, or the president-elect.”
What's on your Wall?
Hopefully people applying for senior posts with team Obama won't have posted pictures of them drunk and disorderly in DC on their wall, but according to the NYT "they must include any e-mail that might embarrass the president-elect, along with any blog posts and links to their facebook pages. The application also asks applicants to “please list all aliases or ‘handles’ you have used to communicate on the Internet.” I wonder what happens if you threw a zombie at John McCain during the campaign?
Good to see some fightback in today's Guardian. Clare Chesher, a Brit living in Alaska responds to an earlier piece by the Guardian's Ed Pilkington.
Alaska is bigger than Palin. I'm sure, like me, many people in Northern Ireland would strongly object to being understood with reference to some of our politicians! Oh dear just thinking about that makes me cringe!
President-elect Barack Obama: Renegade
Michelle Obama: Renaissance
Malia Obama: Radiance
Sasha Obama: Rosebud
Vice President-elect Joe Biden: Celtic
Jill Biden: Capri
President George W. Bush: Tumbler
First Lady Laura Bush: Tempo
See the full list here
Oh and since we are on the theme...the Daily Telegraph publishes '50 facts you might not know about Barack Obama.'
Here's a taster:
He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics.
He won a Grammy in 2006 for the audio version of his memoir, Dreams From My Father.
He can bench press an impressive 200lbs.
He applied to appear in a black pin-up calendar while at Harvard but was rejected by the all-female committee.
He doesn't drink coffee and rarely drinks alcohol.
He wears $1,500 (£952) Hart Schaffner Marx suits.
Read more Obamafacts here
...the pros of working from home include all day slipper wearing, the cons: one-sided conversations at coffee break.
...churches with doors on the end of pews scare me. Why?
...right now I feel our window cleaner has the worst job in NI. His hands must be freezing.
...amazing shots (as usual) from the Big picture. Enjoy
With an eye on fans of Bosch the blurb for The Brass Verdict hints at a Haller and Bosch double-act and for me this is part of the problem. Readers of Connelly will know Bosch as a powerful and dominant character. It's true, in Harry Bosch the cliches of crime fiction are writ large. A lonely, rebellious, complex, brooding and violent man stalking LA working out his demons and breaking rules in the name of justice. But I have no problem with cliche in crime fiction as long as the writing is strong and Connelly's is first class. There are few writers who can capture movement, speed and intensity in a narrative like Connelly. Reading a British 'police procedural' after an outing with Bosch is like swapping a Porsche for a bike with a flat tire. However, in giving Bosch a supporting role in The Brass Verdict Connelly makes, I believe, an unfortunate error. Bosch is a ghost in this novel - he's here and there, but has little substance, dropping in and out of the narrative, but never fully part of the story. Aside from a suspiciously 'tidy' denouement one wonders why Connelly decided to include Bosch in The Brass Verdict at all.