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January 6, 2007
John Wilcock - January 6, 2007

 

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2010
December 25, 2010
December 18, 2010
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December 4, 2010
November 27, 2010
November 20, 2010
November 13, 2010
November 6, 2010
October 30, 2010
October 23, 2010
October 16, 2010
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September 25, 2010
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August 28, 2010
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June 26, 2010
June 19, 2010
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May 29, 2010
May 22, 2010
May 15, 2010
May 8, 2010
May 1, 2010
April 24, 2010
April 17, 2010
April 10, 2010
April 3, 2010
March 27, 2010
March 20, 2010
March 13, 2010
March 6, 2010
February 27, 2010
February 20, 2010
February 13, 2010
February 6, 2010
January 30, 2010
January 23, 2010
January 16, 2010
January 9, 2010
January 2, 2010

2009
December 26, 2009
December 19, 2009
December 12, 2009
December 5, 2009
November 28, 2009
November 21, 2009
November 14, 2009
November 7, 2009
October 31, 2009
October 24, 2009
October 17, 2009
October 10, 2009
October 3, 2009
September 26, 2009
September 19, 2009
September 12, 2009
September 5, 2009
August 29, 2009
August 22, 2009
August 15, 2009
August 8, 2009
August 1, 2009
July 25, 2009
July 18, 2009
July 11, 2009
July 4, 2009
June 27, 2009
June 20, 2009
June 13, 2009
June 6, 2009
May 30, 2009
May 23, 2009
May 16, 2009
May 9, 2009
May 2, 2009
April 25, 2009
April 18, 2009
April 11, 2009
April 4, 2009
March 28, 2009
March 21, 2009
March 14, 2009
March 7, 2009
February 28, 2009
February 21, 2009
February 14, 2009
February 7, 2009
January 31, 2009
January 24, 2009
January 17, 2009
January 3, 2009

2008
December 27, 2008
December 20, 2008
December 13, 2008
December 6, 2008
November 29, 2008
November 22, 2008
November 15, 2008
November 8, 2008
November 5, 2008
November 1, 2008
October 25, 2008
October 18, 2008
October 11, 2008
October 4, 2008
September 27, 2008
September 20, 2008
September 13, 2008
September 6, 2008
August 30, 2008
August 23, 2008
August 16, 2008
August 9, 2008
August 2, 2008
July 26, 2008
July 19, 2008
July 12, 2008
July 5, 2008
June 28, 2008
June 21, 2008
June 14, 2008
June 7, 2008
May 31, 2008
May 24, 2008
May 17, 2008
May 10, 2008
May 3, 2008
April 26, 2008
April 19, 2008
April 12, 2008
April 5, 2008
March 29, 2008
March 22, 2008
March 15, 2008
March 8, 2008
March 1, 2008
February 23, 2008
February 16, 2008
February 9, 2008
February 2, 2008
January 26, 2008
January 19, 2008
January 12, 2008
January 5, 2008

2007
December 29, 2007
December 22, 2007
December 15, 2007
December 8, 2007
December 1, 2007
November 24, 2007
November 17, 2007
November 10, 2007
November 3, 2007
October 27, 2007
October 20, 2007
October 13, 2007
October 6, 2007
September 29, 2007
September 22, 2007
September 15, 2007
September 8, 2007
September 1, 2007
August 25, 2007
August 18, 2007
August 11, 2007
August 4, 2007
July 28, 2007
July 21, 2007
July 14, 2007
July 7, 2007
June 30, 2007
June 23, 2007
June 16, 2007
June 9, 2007
June 2, 2007
May 19, 2007
May 12, 2007
May 5, 2007
April 28, 2007
April 21, 2007
April 14, 2007
April 7, 2007
March 31, 2007
March 24, 2007
March 17, 2007
March 10, 2007
March 3, 2007
February 24, 2007
February 17, 2007
February 10, 2007
February 3, 2007
January 20, 2007
January 13, 2007
January 6, 2007

2006
December 30, 2006
December 23, 2006
December 16, 2006
December 9, 2006
December 2, 2006
November 25, 2006
November 18, 2006
November 11, 2006
November 4, 2006
October 28, 2006
October 21, 2006
October 14, 2006
October 7, 2006
September 30, 2006
September 23, 2006
September 16, 2006
September 9, 2006
September 2, 2006
August 26, 2006
August 19, 2006
August 12, 2006
August 5, 2006
July 29, 2006
July 22, 2006
July 15, 2006

 

 


January 6, 2007

SEVERAL LONDON PUBLISHERS are facing the new year with the belated realization that celebrity may not sell as many books as they had planned. True, the advances were paid to “celebrities” scarcely known outside Britain: footballers Wayne Rooney ($1.8 million)  and Ashley Cole ($475,000), Victoria Cross medal winner Johnson Beharry and TV host Michael Barrymore ($1.8 apiece) but three of the books have sold under 20,000 copies (and the third under 50,000). A biography by Rupert Everett sold 20,000 copies in return for his $1.8m advance. Private Eye magazine points out that to pay back a million-pound ($1.8m) advance it would be necessary to sell 200,000 books at $35 each.

KOREAN TV DRAMAS are next in line for adaptation now that American networks—impressed by the success of the former telenova Ugly Betty—are looking more closely at foreign television for ideas. “Unlike U.S. soap operas which go on for years” writes ad executive Karen Wang,” (Korean telenovas) have a story arc that eventually comes to a close”.

THE BATTLE BETWEEN Indian reservations and states over gaming rights is likely to intensify now that Connecticut has extracted 25% of net profits ($220 million last year) from the Mashantucket Pequot tribe in return for granting a virtual gaming monopoly in the state. Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act states are supposed to be prohibited from assessing charges on Indian gaming revenues, but Connecticut claimed to have discovered a loophole by allowing video poker machines. According to CFO magazine, some critics called it “a legislative shakedown” while Mel Towle, legal adviser for another tribe, says; “We shouldn’t be blackmailed into revenue sharing”. Nevertheless, other states are anxious to apply similar tactics.

MORE GLOOM AND DOOM. New Scientist  says the endless amounts of pollution we are pouring into the sea is causing hypoxia, a low-oxygen condition which results in “dead zones”, some as large as small countries, where nothing can live. More than 200 of these off coastal waters have already been identified, one of the largest of which is the northern Gulf of Mexico where 30 U.S. states have contributed to the problem. Improving sewage and reducing fertilizer-laden run-off from farms could be remedies but these are unpopular with industry a well as expensive, the mag says, and thus have met “feeble political commitment and attempts to discredit the underlying science”.

A GERMAN GAME SHOW, Wetten dass? (Wanna bet? ), that has been a hit for almost 20 years has been bought and is being adapted by ABC. “You get real people who claim they can do something outrageous like being dropped into a chair from 50 feet in the air” explains producer Phil Gurin. A team of observing contestants bet money on whether the stunt can be accomplished successfully.

CUTLERY MADE FROM hardened, molded potato starch (guaranteed to decompose with six months of burial) has been such a success in the U.S., it is now being introduced to Britain where it will hopefully replace more and more of the 2 billion plastic spoons, knives and forks used each year. 

WHEN THE COST OF of Berlin’s new railroad station—tagged “the Glass Cathedral” --neared one billion dollars, a cost-saving flat, concrete roof was installed instead of the artistic one designed by architect Meinhard. Von Gerkan, sparking a predictable row. “There is not a writer in the world who would accept a few pages being ripped out of his book” declared von Gerkan. “I feel the same way about this building”. German Railways boss Hartmut Mehdorn responded: “A property owner who is having a house built doesn’t let the architect dictate what kind of ceiling should be put in the living room, so why should we?”

So far the courts have agreed with the architect.

“One should never speak badly of a lady, no matter how unladylike her behavior, but take my word for it, Paris Hilton is no carnal, dangerous temptress, smoldering in black satin and luring men to her doom. She is cheaper than a Brooklyn pier hot dog back in 1949 and as sexy as Boy George in drag”—Taki in the Spectator

BRITAIN'S HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONER is preparing a report for the United Nations recommending that the “smacking” of children should be banned.  Children’s charities claim that smacking can lead to physical abuse and is no different from common assault.  But the parental choice lobby denies this.  Novelist Anne Atkins, author of books about child rearing, says: “Smacking doesn’t harm the child.  It’s a very effective, simple way of discipline that’s less painful than losing a treat.

FOR A CENTURY AND A HALF until 1680, the favorite wine of the British upper class was the sweet, fortified wine called malmsey, which Shakespeare (in Henry IV) called “a marvelous searching wine.”  The bard referred to it as “canaries” for it was created in the Canary Islands, which now plans to revive its production.  The average price of a bottle is expected to be more than $30.

MEANWHILE, AFTER YEARS of trying to export their Lindisfarne Mead to California just paid off for a couple on tiny Holy Island, off Britain’s northeast coast. Lindisfarne is the medieval name for Holy Island where St Aidan’s Winery produces 75,000 bottles of the honey-infused ale  which sells for about $12, a drink that goes back thousands of years. Bacchus, the Greek god of wine, is said to have been a beekeeper.

TICKETS FOR this year’s Burning Man at Black Rock in August go on sale next week, the first 10,000 for $195 if bought on line, later ones for $250 or $280. Organizers claim that production costs average out to about $222 for each attendee.

THE WILCOCK WEB: In an innovative experiment ostensibly to examine the role of genes, researchers at the University of Buffalo used a laser to install a fluorescent advertising logo on the wings of a butterfly…..After a spate of “fratricidal incidents”, the Indian army has enlisted yoga instructors in an attempt to bring down stress levels in its ranks…..“Wrongly translated or bizarre” English is so common on Shenzhen street signs that the local newspaper has launched a “spot the errors” contest….. Thailand’s zoo has found an eager market for the bookmarks, paper fans, key chains and notebooks crafted from the poo of its two pandas…. Russia is planning to erect a statue of Sherlock Holmes… Rotterdam’s new sustainable Dance Club will feature rainwater toilets, “biological beer” and a dance floor whose surface contains crystals that generate electricity when trodden or danced upon…. A study in which CFO  magazine asked air travelers for their biggest complaints found 75% listed cramped seating….After yet another gibe from the British press about the expected influx of immigrants when Romania joins the EU next month, the country’s biggest paper, Libertatea, fired back by accusing the Brits of exporting “pedophilia, drunkenness and hooliganism… Undeterred by the weak dollar, affluent American tourists are still flooding into London prompting the flagship of the InterContinental chain to charge $9,000 a night for the best suites in its newly refurbished hotel….. No  one traveling on a business trip would be missed if he failed to arrive-- Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929)

DECEMBER 30/06

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