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August 21, 2005

Britblog Roundup # 27

Welcome once again to the show that never ends.....well, that’s not really right is it? It ends every Sunday afternoon and then lies dormant for a week. Anyhoo, here’s the Britblog Roundup, your guide to the very best of the British and Irish blogs of the past week. If you’d like to make a nomination for next week simply drop the URL to me at britblog AT gmail DOT com.

First up are two very good posts on the Menezes shooting. Talk Politics and Optimus in Omnis. Backword Dave called that latter one the best post on the subject so far and I agree. A must read.

Craig Murray is also on the same subject.

Stephen Tall compares the Tory leadership race to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Really rather good and I await his similar piece on the competition to replace Ginger Charlie with bated breath.

Old Heatonian has entered the Sun’s competition. That one about barmaids and suntans.

Pootergeek has wound up a large part of the reading public by defending the Playboy pencil cases. He’s also answered his critics at great length.

Chris Lightfoot rather tears apart Oliver Kamm on the subject of the A bombs in Japan. Dan Hardie enlivens the comments section....a proper little spat.

A novelty taxidermist on the coast of South Africa. Apparently they treat rugby players a little differently down there.

Village Hampden takes issue with becoming hyphenated Britons. An interesting point, do we thus become Welsh-Britons? English-Britons?

A Blog From Under the Floorbaords on the exam system. Contrary to what you might think the ever rising pass rate actually shows that the system is doing what it is designed to do. Whether we actually want it to do what it is designed to do is another matter.

Make My Vote Count has further views on the subject of the education system. Disagrees with Polly Pot which must mean he’s on the right lines.

Murkee is trying to get a little game going on Flickr. Sort of like Mornington Cresent but with rules. Looks fun.

Clive Davis is running a series of Transatlantic Voices....talking about the divides and similarities between Europe and the US.

Curious Hamster on the cafe culture and the British way of drinking.....in which he reveals that he is, in at least one manner, most unlike his countrymen.

Anarchy! Anarchy! Tim Ireland infects Legoland with that most appalling of things, free speech. Don’t tell Princess Tony.

Philobiblion with a quick history lesson...the concept of race is not terribly useful in trying to describe Britons.

A fascinating idea for the design of the new coins. Yes, I’d pay more than 50p for a 50p coin like this.

The Curmudgeon gives us the comforting thought of Georges Monbiot’s death. "Stoical ataraxia"?

Graceblog on the NME, pop music and fashion. She’s quite right, not a lot to do with music at all.

Tony Hatfield deserves a much closer look. A retired solicitor writing about the details of the law....this one is on Human Rights law, detainees and deportees. Have a look over the rest of the blog too. Fascinating to get the detail of these things.

Lenin’s Tomb on Bakri and Hamza. Not impressed with them or the way they’re being treated.

Jarndyce on the Bangladesh bombings. Why didn’t 400 bombs in  an ex-colony make much impact here? (Because the correspondents are in New Delhi and Karachi? Ed.)

The Sharpener takes on Rod Liddle. Gets rather the better end of the discussion as well.

The Pub Philosopher remembers Mo Mowlam....his tutor. She really was as good as she appeared.

Mike’s Books on an interesting public sector job. Don’t know whether to write in Squander Two for the job or Slugger O’Toole.

The Angry Chimp has allowed the hoi polloi into his blog. Getting the ideas and styles for posts from other bloggers then rewriting them in his style. Great fun....scroll down to August 19th to see them all.

Little Man in a Toque wishes to dismember the organisers of thte Tour of Britain. Quite right too.

Norm of that blog celebrates his 100th profile by giving us the best answers from the series. Pretty good to have kept an idea going for 100 iterations and some of the answers are indeed very good.

And that’s it! This week’s Britblog Roundup. Keep your eyes peeled for more good stuff to send in next week to britblog AT gmail DOT com.

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