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Irish Radio at its best

This is a great spot by a friend. Story from local Irish newspaper the Southern Star.

Here’s a good one. A Cork radio station was running a competition for the best effort to find words that weren’t in the dictionary but that would make sense when used in a sentence. The prize was a trip to Alicante. A caller rang in. ‘Hi, what’s your name?’ said the DJ. Caller: ‘Hi, me name’s Denis.’ DJ: ‘OK Denis, what’s your word?’ 

Caller: ‘Goan … spelt G-O-A-N, pronounced “go-an”.’ DJ: ‘You’re quite correct Denis. Goan isn’t in the dictionary. Now for the trip to Alicante! How can you use that word so as to make a logical sentence?’ Caller: ‘Goan feck yourself!’

The DJ immediately hung up and took other calls, all unsuccessful, until: DJ: ‘Hi, what’s your name?’ Caller: ‘Hi, me name’s Brendan.’ DJ: ‘Well Brendan, what’s your word?’ Caller: ‘Smee…spelt S-M-E-E, pronounced “smee”.’

DJ: ‘You are correct, Brendan, “smee” is not in the dictionary. Now for the trip to Alicante! How can you use that word so as to make a logical sentence?’ Caller: ‘Smee again! Goan feck yourself!’

Osama Bin Laden is dead

It has just been announced that Osama bin Laden is dead. It is 4.12 am in the UK.

More later.

Front pages reviewed at midnight: Tuesday 15 March 2011

Japan again dominates the front pages with all the papers focussing on the nuclear angle. Very little between them tonight, all fairly straight reports of the events

Front pages reviewed at midnight: Tuesday 22 February 2011

Another night where all the newspapers bemoan the fact they have no one in Libya. The Times and The Guardian have the same reporters as last night, both of whom summarise other coverage. The Indy has a special report by Robert Fisk on Gaddafi, but Fisk is currently in Beirut.

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A brief absence

Sorry I didn’t do last night. I have to be up at 4.30 for a job so will be missing tonight’s blog as well.

Sorry all

7 leading thinkers react to the ‘turmoil’ in the Middle East

Tonight I went to an Intelligence Squared event entitled “Turmoil in the Middle East: Is the genie of democracy out of the bottle?” where 7 key academics and journalists on the Middle East reacted to the events in recent weeks.

On the panel were Oxford academics Tariq Ramadan and Eugene Rogan, brilliant SOAS academic Deniz Kandiyoti, City Uniersity academic Rosemary Hollis, journalists Nabila Ramdani and Roger Cohen and American military strategist Edward Luttwak.

I can’t go into too much detail as it was a two-hour event but I wanted to summarise the top 5 points I took away.

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Front pages reviewed at midnight: Wednesday 9 February 2011

The Guardian and The Indy have Tory funding, The Telegraph has alzheimers (perhaps literally) while The Times and The Mail have no story at all. No prizes for guessing what image of the night is (though I did call it earlier), with all the papers bar the Indy having the shot of Meryl Streep as Lady Thatcher

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Al-Megrahi’s release may have been wrong, but so was his imprisonment

There is so much being unsaid in the continuing debate over the ‘Lockerbie bomber’ Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi that I felt I had to write something. It now appears that the British government may have been pressuring for the release of Al-Megrahi in order to secure economic deals with their new allies in Libya, which is contrary to international law and despicable behaviour. But this is obscuring a wider debate about whether Al-Megrahi was guilty in the first place.

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Front pages reviewed at midnight: Tuesday 8 February 2011

The Guardian leads with the failings of the Big Society, the Indy bemoans the failure of the Egyptian revolution, The Telegraph calls on Cameron to do something about Lockerbie and The Mail focuses on junk food.

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Front pages reviewed at midnight: Thursday 27 January 2011

The Times leads with Egypt, the Indy and the Guardian have yet another field day on the News of the World scandal, The Telegraph has a story about defence and the Mail leads with speed cameras.

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