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Do Astronauts Make Good Politicians?
Difficult to tell. They left out Valentina Tereshkova, who is a member of the Russian State Duma.
Uspolitics  space 
Why Brexiteers forgot about the Border
Honest admission of error from@OliverNorgrove. At least I called this one at the time.
brexit  eu  ukpolitics  northernireland  ireland 
3 days ago
Cybersecurity in the works of J.R.R.Tolkien | Kaspersky Lab official blog
Sometimes what you get from literature is rather similar to what you bring to it.
Tolkien  cyberspace  hacking 
4 days ago
Bercow's Brexit decision is legally correct
"In short, the government should not have been caught by surprise. If it intended to create a Brexit showdown in parliament, the Tory’s whips office should have had a better grasp of how to achieve it beyond simply assuming it could run down the clock."
ukpolitics  brexit 
4 days ago
Paddy Ashdown – a frank remembrance
Rather brutal stuff, but necessary reading, from Trevor Smith.
ukpolitics  libdems 
4 days ago
Lou Reed & John Cale dressed as Batman & Robin
In the early days of The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed and John Cale had a day job playing Batman and Robin at birthday parties.
6 days ago
Strange German Exclaves in Belgium
Cut off from the rest of Germany by a Belgian railway line. (The railway closed in 2001.)
Belgium  germany  Maps 
8 days ago
Irish Border: The 310 Miles Breaking Brexit
This is a great profile of @BorderIrish - well worth a look.
Northernireland  ireland 
8 days ago
An Irish pub born in the Dark Ages
1100 years of serving drinks in Athlone!
8 days ago
How I Would Cover the College-Admissions Scandal as a Foreign Correspondent
The USA’s “entire education system is a scam, perpetrated by a few upon the many.”
9 days ago
Fintan O’Toole: ‘Yeats Test’ criteria reveal we are doomed
If Heaney is fashionable, the times are good; if Yeats, watch out!
poetry  ireland 
10 days ago
Jeremy Corbyn and the truth about Tom Bower's book
A thorough and damning demolition by @OborneTweets - himself a conservative.
12 days ago
John Bolton: Trump’s Shrewd National Security Adviser
“He could have risen faster if he had just been less of a dick.” It’s difficult to exaggerate how hard it is to earn a reputation as a dick in Washington.
12 days ago
Nicholas Whyte: EU27 feel their flexibility is repaid with rudeness
My tweets from last weekend, recycled (by permission) by the @newsletter.
ukpolitics  Northernireland  brexit  eu 
14 days ago
Diplomatic Outbursts Mar Xi's Plan to Raise China on World Stage
@PeterMartin_PCM ‏and colleagues reflect on what this means.
15 days ago
Karen Bradley is speaking to the wrong audience on Northern Ireland
@patrickkmaguire is kinder to Bradley than she deserves. (Though not much.)
Northernireland  ukpolitics 
16 days ago
No dealers must dream on: A conversation with Ivan Rogers
Verbatim, so not as well structured as usual, but lots of juicy detail.
ukpolitics  brexit  eu 
17 days ago
The Making of the Fox News White House
Grimly fascinating. (Long read from The New Yorker.)
18 days ago
The death of compromise
Important piece on Northern Ireland and Brexit. Do read.
ukpolitics  eu  brexit  northernireland 
19 days ago
Navigating Blackness In Acting
My @APCOWorldwide colleague Chris Allen reflects.
19 days ago
Surrey University makes £15m cuts and offers redundancy to all staff - BBC News
‘Vice chancellor Max Lu said universities faced "unprecedented pressures", including Brexit’ #TakingBackControl
ukpolitics  academe  brexit 
20 days ago
Ahead, the infinite darkness of war
@praveenswami’s pessimistic take on Pakistan/India relations.
War  india  pakistan 
21 days ago
The Unsolved Mystery of the Earth Blobs
This is absolutely fascinating - strange huge blobs of material deep inside the earth’s mantle.
22 days ago
How should Ireland’s MEPs be elected amidst Brexit uncertainty?
Michael Gallagher argues that votes should be counted twice, covering both possible seat allocations. I agree.
ireland  elections  eu 
26 days ago
Voting with your gut
Brexit and rationality. Interesting.
brexit  democracy  ukpolitics 
27 days ago
Brexiles: ‘It has become okay to make racial comments in UK’
My old friend Andrew Smith tells the story of how post-Brexit racism made him move to Ireland. (He is English.)
brexit  ukpolitics  eu 
28 days ago
Brexit: The narrow precipice to a last-gasp deal
@TonyConnellyRTE has the latest - a better summary than you will read in most British papers.
ukpolitics  eu  ireland  brexit 
28 days ago
Plagiarism, Then and Now
Romance writer Nora Roberts speaks out.
28 days ago
Prespa Agreement - Media Guidelines
How to refer to the citizens and language of North Macedonia.
29 days ago
What we can learn from the White Rose siblings
Fascinating piece on resistance to Nazis and the tragic end of White Rose. Today is the annversary.
war  germany  nazis 
29 days ago
Shamima Begum will not be allowed here, says Bangladesh | UK news | The Guardian
“Bangladesh asserts that Ms Shamima Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen. She is a British citizen by birth and never applied for dual nationality with Bangladesh … There is no question of her being allowed to enter into Bangladesh.”
migration  waronterror 
4 weeks ago
20 Tricks to Appear Smart In Meetings
None of this ever happens in real life.

Except when it does.
4 weeks ago
Becoming Belgian
@GarethHarding has joined the club.
belgium  brexit 
4 weeks ago
Is this Britain’s Macron moment? – POLITICO
One of those questions to which the answer is, “Probably not”.
4 weeks ago
On the Loss of Citizenship
@PaulDBurgess reflects on Brexit.
brexit  ukpolitics  eu 
4 weeks ago
What Happens When Techno-Utopians Actually Run a Country
The fascinating and chilling story of Italy’s Five Star Movement.
italy  politics 
4 weeks ago
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