Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Wanted: One Spellchecker

Nicko's Standard col is The Concerned Parents Guide to Sectairainism. Yep, that's what it's called. I just copied and pasted. (I also think an apostrophe after 'Parents' would be good; but the sort of self-help book he's parodying wouldn't have it.)
It's not the parents who hussle to get their children into faith schools who are the nightmare: most simply want the best for their children.

"Hussle"? Is that like hustle and hassle?
But as faith schools expand, Catholic, Anglican and Jewish schools will be matched by Muslim, Hindu and Sikh schools. The case for them is unarguable as long as faith schools persist unchallenged. Yet when they come, we will have the nightmare of children divided by race and religion – the two most noxious sources of conflict on the planet. They will grow up without friends from other religions and with different coloured skins.

So now you know. Send your child to a faith school, and their pigmentation changes.
I'm all for secular schools. I don't think Nick is the best advocate we have.
To the cinema. Here's Scott Adams on oil. And here are links to 163 reviews of Syriana.
Then he's on about public toilets.

JERRY: Anywhere in the city?
GEORGE: Anywhere in the city - I'll tell you the best public toilet.
JERRY: Okay.. Fifty-fourth and Sixth?
GEORGE: Sperry Rand Building. 14th floor, Morgan Apparel. Mention my name - she'll give you the key.
JERRY: Alright.. Sixty-fifth and Tenth.
GEORGE: (Scoffs) Are you kidding? Lincoln Center. Alice Tully Hall, the Met. Magnificent facilities.

Finally, because he's got four things to say this week, he opines that PhDs are worthless. Well, I always thought the academics among my co-bloggers were overqualified blowhards. Mind you, his examination thesis is a bit tough on the sciences, medicine, architecture, and possibly a few other disciplines too.


Blogger Captain Cabernet said...

When I read through Nick's latest my reaction was that he has really become too sad to bother with. FWIW I think he'll find quite a number of "brown" children at Anglican schools. The "white flight" subtext of the opening section is more evidence that he's morphing into Anthony Browne: I can well believe that someone in his state needs whisky "to cope with the London beyond the pub doors".

3/15/2006 05:06:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Nick claims London is "overly endowed with ...young singles and old age pensioners"

This is not true. Young singles, yes (eg. 84% more in 25-29 age group than the UK as a whole) but old age pensioners, definitely not, about 36% fewer proportionally, an amount that gets higher the older you are (this is all London, but inner and outer london very similar).

3/15/2006 05:53:00 PM  
Blogger Sonic said...

"that’s why America insisted on sanctions on Iraqi oil from 1991
to 2003"

America was the biggest buyer of Iraqi oil through this whole period.

3/15/2006 10:10:00 PM  
Blogger Benjamin said...

The Daily Mail beckons for Nick.
But only after he corrects his spelling and punctuation!

3/16/2006 05:27:00 AM  
Blogger marcuse said...

Any chance of posting a précis of Dick Littlecohen's articles at the beginning for those of us who avoid reading the original article?

3/16/2006 04:22:00 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

It does raise the question that perhaps we've missed - is it the Seals of Dacre vis-a-vis Mad Mel, or Littlejohn?

3/16/2006 10:21:00 PM  

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