Sunday, January 14, 2007

I have returned!

Just sorting out some comic pages for two very fine anthologies (if I haven’t blown the deadlines by sunning myself in the Caribbean). I’ll be back in a bit with photos and my votes for best stuff of 2006, but while I’m busy check out these great things:

Woody Allen on string theory (a really funny piece he wrote for The New Yorker in 2003)

Terry Jones on the Iraq War in last Saturday’s Guardian:
Early this year the Bush administration is to ask Congress to approve an additional $100bn for the onerous task of making life intolerable for the Iraqis. This will bring the total spent on the White House's current obsession with war to almost $500bn - enough to have given every US citizen $1,600 each. I wonder which the voters would have gone for if given the choice: shall we (a) give every American $1,600 or (b) spend the money on bombing a country in the Middle East that doesn't use lavatory paper?

Of course, there's another thing that George Bush could have done with the money: he could have given every Iraqi $18,700. I imagine that would have reduced the threat of international terrorism somewhat. Call me old-fashioned, but I can't help thinking that giving someone $18,700 brings them round to your side more quickly than bombing the hell out of them. They could certainly buy a lot of lavatory paper with it.

And the best guided tour of London money can’t buy is currently available from It’s so free they’ll even loan you an mp3 player!

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