Britain leads the world in grumpiness

If foreigners want friendly they should go to America Apparently the rest of the world now sees Britain as a much friendlier place, thanks to the Olympic games. This won’t do at all. We are a cold and remote people whose natural instinct is to spurn friendship as though it were a rabid dog. And I think that, if they are honest, this is how other countries would wish us to remain. They knew where they stood with us before, you see, especially the former colonies. They might even have taken a certain Read more [...]

The World’s Only Female Chain Gang

Until I watch the prisoners line up alongside the chains laid out on the ground, I have half imagined that the term 'chain gang’ is being used in a loose and euphemistic way. But no. They are wearing heavy-duty work boots and, as the chains are padlocked around their ankles, they raise their left legs up behind them, bending at the knees like well-trained horses obliging a farrier. What makes this scene even more disturbing is the sex of the prisoners. They are all women. This is Arizona, America’s Read more [...]

Mitt Romney: And I owe it all to… Dad

Mitt Romney has a good luck ritual that involves writing 'Dad' on a piece of paper. What other secret, success-bringing gimmicks there are out there? Mitt Romney has revealed the secret of his new-found popularity, or rather his wife has. Before he starts to speak at a podium he always writes down a single word on the paper in front of him: “Dad”. Touching, isn’t it? So touching, it almost allows you to forget that he is a Mormon. And it is certainly an improvement on Sarah Palin’s autocue, Read more [...]