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Stock Pot

Stock Pot, originally uploaded by Adam Tinworth.

It’s been something of a domestic day today, as I prepare a batch of food for Mum to eat in my absence. I’ve had a lot of succcess with soups, so I had a nice chicken stock simmering away as the sun slowly set down, orange light filtering over the field behind the house.

I never seem to get the time to really cook, and by �really cook� I mean from basic ingredients upwards, so a few hours just pottering around in a good-sized kitchen was bliss.

Slightly more detail than you normally get for a token photo post, I know, but I do like to share�

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Nintendo Taking The Wii

My, my. Foreign companies really seem to want to amuse us with their naming right now.

Recently, Fraser found the unfortunately-named job site Jobby.

Now, as Chris points out, Nintendo has named its new games console the Wii. That’s pronounced �wee�, folks. Clearly, somebody didn’t do their culture research. I’m looking forward to the handheld version, the Wee Wii.

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Tony and the John Majorettes

As I sit here in rural retreat, connecting to the world through my iBook, I can’t help but be amazed by New Labour’s steady transformation into a John Major tribute band.

Shock! John �shagger� Prescott becomes a David Mellor for the 21st Century.

Horror! As inept government ministers are too busy attacking the press to notice the hundreds of convicted serious criminals roaming the streets instead of being deported.

Amazement! As nurses don’t buy what’s being told to them by the health minister.

My sympathy goes out to any Labour party activists on the ground, trying to drum up support for next week’s elections. Their nominal leaders seem to be determined to make their lives very, very hard.

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links for 2006-04-25

Spend with The Spectator

The Spectator, that crusty old beast of political magazines, is getting a make-over. And there’s one very interesting change:

MediaGuardian.co.uk | Press&publishing | D’Ancona reshuffles Spectator team (registration required, annoyingly):

Van der Post will edit of a new section titled You Earned It, which will chronicle and celebrate the fashions, trends and luxuries of modern life.You Earned It will capitalise on the boom in luxury goods advertising, which is benefiting the Financial Times magazine, How to Spend It.�The Spectator has always been loved for its arts and books coverage and its relish for the good things in life. These new pages will broaden the magazine’s appeal to existing and to new readers,� Mr d’Ancona said.

It’s fascinating how our current cultural obsession with objects (as opposed to ideas, experiences or relationships) is infecting even the most conservative of journals.

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Why Disagreement Doesn’t Make You Evil

There’s an interesting post over at Samizdata, which quotes Andrew Norton of the Centre for Independent Studies and Policy magazine as saying that many people on the soft left of politics are more concerned with appearing to be good people through their politics than the consequences of those politics. (I’m paraphrasing here. Quoting a quote from a post whose body is the quote seems to me to be an act that would lead to my post disappearing into a recursive black hole.)

The quote reminded me of the biggest online argument I’ve ever had, in which my co-arguee eventually stalked off, vowing never to darken my virtual doors again. I forget what caused the argument, but I know what he was doing that annoyed me: he jumped to an assumption about what I believed, and then refused to move from that position, even when I explicitly said �that is not what I believe�. He then had to start accusing me of lying or concealing my true position to justify his continued defence of his original statement.

In a posting some months before, he’d equated politics with morality, suggesting that they were one and the same thing. Now, I believe that humanity’s a pretty clever thing (and somewhat lazy), and usually only develops two completely separate words when two separate words are needed, usually for meaning, but sometimes just for tone. I dismissed the idea as bit of juvenile posturing. It was in light of the later argument that I realised the danger in blending the two ideas: it stifles debate. If morality and politics are synonyms, then somebody who takes a different position from you is not just expounding a variant idea, they’re wrong – and possibly evil. They must be evil because you’re good and they disagree with the politics that are the bedrock of your goodness.

And when your natural reaction is to brand those of different political views to you as evil, you’re walking a dangerous path indeed.

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