Author Archives: Tim Newman

Ashes 2015: Second Test

I only caught the first two days of the second test because on Day 3 I was flying to Thailand, where I am now.  By the time I arrived, the match was all but over. Having predicted in my previous … Continue reading

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Ashes 2015: First Test

Well, it seems the cautious optimism I displayed in my Ashes Preview post was justified: England have thumped Australia in the first test mainly due to their batsmen being able to withstand the Australian bowling attack and the Australian batsmen … Continue reading

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What £3.7bn per year gets you

In a rather confused article entitled The Arrogance of Power, the BBC gives us this gem: Some European countries have no [Presidential] term limits, including Italy, Switzerland and Russia. According to the Russian constitution, Article 81 Clause 3: One and the … Continue reading

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Ashes 2015: Preview and Predictions

Okay, the Ashes are upon us again with the first test kicking off tomorrow.  As is customary around these parts, I will weigh in with my uninformed, narrow views as and when I think I have something to add. Many … Continue reading

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More on American Gun Control

In the summer of 2000 I found myself sat at the counter of a small bar somewhere on the coast of Virginia, USA.  The barman, a man in his 40s with long hair and a beard, was friendly enough and … Continue reading

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The Gay Marriage Decision: Right Outcome, Wrong Reasons

I’ll start this post by saying I am satisfied at the outcome of the US Supreme Court’s decision that gay marriages shall be recognised across the whole nation.  I’m a believer in equality and liberty and see no reason why … Continue reading

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Obama: wrong as usual

The BBC reports on Barack Obama’s reaction to the appalling church shooting in Charleston with the following title: Charleston church shooting: Obama’s ‘hopeless’ push for gun control Why might it be hopeless?  Well, let’s look at what Obama said: “At … Continue reading

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The Bali Nine Seven

This post is an expansion of a comment I left over at TNA’s gaff, and is on the subject of the recent execution of Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the Bali Nine group who were arrested … Continue reading

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Incentives matter, so best not ignore them.

A story was doing the rounds last week that was drawing praise and admiration from various quarters: The idea began percolating, said Dan Price, the founder of Gravity Payments, after he read an article on happiness. It showed that, for … Continue reading

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Visiting Russia just got Harder

I missed this, but late last year Russia introduced compulsory fingerprinting for all foreign visitors: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has ordered fingerprinting of foreigners as part of the processing of visas to enter the country. … The decree, signed by … Continue reading

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