Bits 'N Pieces 'N Stuff
The hereditary mediacrat Giles Coren writes what is actually a refreshingly conservative appeal for the maintenance of high culture in difficult times; certainly a higher career peak than winning the 'Bad Sex in Fiction Award'.
This article has some personal resonance; he writes "if, rather than calling radio phone-ins to say that Len Goodman is a spoilsport, you had learnt the French horn, you would, if nothing else, be able to play your children a bit of Mozart while they sit shivering round the last candle in the house." I really can play the French horn (in F, admittedly, rather than the more common E flat). I wasn't really very good - the best player I've ever heard was a bloke called Ewan McGregor - but having had to flog my own rather expensive horn to a minor public school some years ago, during a slough in fortunes and in an effort to keep oneself independent of the state, is a matter of some regret; as is having been unable to afford to replace it since. Hopefully it found a good home.
And the Mozart horn concertos are considerably more difficult to play than they sound.
The best article on why a bailout for Detroit's auto manufacturers is necessary comes from Thomas Palley. Nobels all round!
The Mayor of London is apparently 'pondering' what the BBC describes as an 'immigrant amnesty'. Regardless of what else might be said of him, Boris Johnson is undoubtedly an intelligent man. He will know the arguments against amnesties - that they don't work and that they only encourage more illegal immigration. Therefore, one can only assume that he is engaging in Cameroonian ethnopandering.
The Vatican has forgiven John Lennon for remarking that The Beatles were more popular than Jesus. The historical record seems to indicate that at all times and under all circumstances, John Lennon was a cheap smartass with limited musical talent of his own, a boor and a bore, with a violently aggressive temper. It says much for us that we have made giants of men like him. However, one cannot criticise the Vatican for exercising its prerogative of forgiveness.