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Public Address 05/04/07 - Big Easter Blog Bundle!

PUBLIC ADDRESS 05/04/07 - Big Easter Blog Bundle!

British style | Apr 05, 2007 10:54
Russell Brown's Hard News

It's good news that the captured British sailors are to be released - and a vindication of the British government's diplomatic approach. Raising the temperature would have been indulging the banality of the Iran leadership's rhetoric. Of course, the Americans didn't help, with Bush referring unhelpfully...,


A Pylon In My Back Yard | Apr 05, 2007 10:35
David Slack on his own account

When I was a pre-schooler, there was a monstrous power pylon about two paddocks away from our house. I see all the lamentation in the modern media about what those great electric brutes can do to a body, and I can't help wondering if its effects didn't turn me away...,


The Harvard Centre for Self Evident Studies | Apr 04, 2007 11:43
Damian Christie - Cracker With Attitude

Attuned as I am to the plight of new mothers, it was with some interest I recently read about a study carried out by Harvard Medical School. The study looked at factors that would help (or hinder) new mothers from losing their post-baby pounds. And it came to...,


Part 16: Charisma - Just a Dark Horse? | Apr 04, 2007 11:20
AYE CALYPSO: An exclusive Cricket World Cup blog

After another clinical, efficient display against less than stellar opposition, the Black Caps are rightly feeling satisfied with themselves. But a dark cloud hangs over the team. Apparently they lack charisma. No, not the need for an Olympic medal winning horse roaming the outfield, but that indefinable magic that gives...,


Step away from the lipstick, ma'am | Apr 04, 2007 10:14
Graham Reid's many things

It used to be that getting behind a group of mainland Chinese at the check-in meant lengthy delays at an airport because of language and passport problems. Now the new problem-people are women with babies. And maybe women in general. Yes, we flew back from Australia the other day, just...,


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