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They don’t eat horses, do they?

The news of beef burgers in several big supermarkets around the UK and in Ireland being contaminated with horse meat is all over the headlines today. It reminded me of this picture that I took in Brenham, Texas, last summer. At the time, I was surprised to see it — I’d never heard of horsemeat being an issue in Texas. I knew from living in France and visiting other countries that people do eat horse but...

Bloggers: what are we good for?

I love this question. Coming from the print world, I often talk to 3 kinds of fellow ink-stained wretches. 1. The ones who are plugged in or getting plugged in to social media and love the freedom and power it brings 2. The ones who want to get all social media’ed up and are a bit scared (despite controlling budgets of large departments or writing award-winning copy) 3. The ones who are sure that bloggers and...

Dressing up for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

One of the big surprises of living among the English (and there are many) is how much they love to dress up. Americans may work Halloween like a mofo, but the English wouldn’t settle for just one day a year. Fancy dress is a standard not just of children’s parties and All Hallow’s Eve. Attending balls in elaborate costume is as much a part of university as beer bongs are in America. It continues...

Launching the UK’s ONE Mum blogger programme

Over the years I’ve become pretty jaded about charity appeals. I don’t question the need for people to extend help to one another for all kinds of reasons, and many organisations do many good works. But I question whether the influx of money to poverty-stricken areas is used to greatest effect and whether it simply creates a reliance on international aid. One of the latest initiatives by the charity ONE...

My day on 9/11

“This is so fucked up” “What are you talking about?” “Turn your TV on.” Ten years ago I was sitting on my sofa in Brooklyn when my friend B. IM’ed me on AOL Instant Messenger a little after 8:45. I turned on the TV and saw what so many other people did – smoke billowing, newscasters reporting that a plane had hit one tower of the World Trade Center. The two of us IM’ed back and forth, trying to deduce what exactly...

Attention, women: America’s Tea Party doesn’t want you

So much has been written and said about the Tea Party and how it taps into the old-fashioned economic and family values. The image that the party and indeed far-right socially conservative groups like to promote is one of middle American wholesome goodness, untainted by the long-hairs on the West Coast or the elites on the East. But the latest pressure the groups have brought on the negotiating of a new budget deal...

Playtime is over for New York parents

What does any NYC parent worth his or her salt do when they feel their child’s nursery education is not up to snuff? Of course – they sue. The Times wrote yesterday about the lawsuit brought byNicole Imprescia against her daughter’s preschool. You can read that piece on the Times’s site (even if you’re not a subscriber, for £1 you got all of the stories from today’s paper plus...

One of Jane Russell’s finest moments

I first saw Gentlemen Prefer Blondes while researching a story for Premiere magazine (may it, like Jane Russell,  rest in peace). If anything makes you despise modern-day romcoms, it’s watching classic versions like this. The storylines are always just a little convoluted (in this case, two girls – one a gold digger, one with a heart of gold – are followed on a cruise ship by a private detective...

Has “Jewish” become a schoolyard insult?

The news that the president of the National Union of Students was subjected to anti-semitic abuse last week was disturbing, but as the student protest have become more chaotic and fractured, I had chalked up some of that to a small group of idiots demonstrating their, well, idiocy. But tonight I heard a segment on Radio 4 in which students of various ages talked about how “Jewish” has become an...

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