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May 5, 2007
John Wilcock - May 5, 2007

 

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November 5, 2011
October 29, 2011
October 22, 2011
October 15, 2011
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October 1, 2011
September 24, 2011
September 17, 2011
September 10, 2011
September 4, 2011
August 27, 2011
August 20, 2011
August 13, 2011
August 6, 2011
July 30, 2011
July 23, 2011
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July 2, 2011
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May 28, 2011
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May 7, 2011
April 30, 2011
April 23, 2011
April 16, 2011
April 9, 2011
April 2, 2011
March 26, 2011
March 19, 2011
March 12, 2011
March 5, 2011
February 26, 2011
February 19, 2011
February 12, 2011
February 5, 2011
February 5, 2011
January 29, 2011
January 22, 2011
January 15, 2011
January 6, 2011

2010
December 25, 2010
December 18, 2010
December 11, 2010
December 4, 2010
November 27, 2010
November 20, 2010
November 13, 2010
November 6, 2010
October 30, 2010
October 23, 2010
October 16, 2010
October 9, 2010
October 2, 2010
September 25, 2010
September 18, 2010
September 11, 2010
September 4, 2010
August 28, 2010
August 21, 2010
August 14, 2010
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July 31, 2010
July 24, 2010
July 17, 2010
July 10, 2010
July 3, 2010
June 26, 2010
June 19, 2010
June 12, 2010
June 5, 2010
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

 

 


May 5, 2007

AN Un-NAMED U.S. sponsor has funded a pair of full-time gamblers to check out the casinos in England with a view to setting up shop there. One of the things Mr. X wants to know, however, is to what extent having constant sex affects a gambler’s luck. “We are a very active couple into tantric sex for as much as 12 hours a day” says Wild Jack (his preferred pseudonym), “and our sponsor’s theory is that sex makes you more alert and helps you to pick up on helpful little pointers you might otherwise miss”. His partner, Crazy Amy, 33, says the 30-year age gap between them is unimportant. “I am madly in love with Jack and think he is totally sexy”. So far, Mr. X’s investment—he’s promised $100,000 a year for three years—seems to be paying off. The sex-crazed pair won almost $2500 their first week.

THE FULL PAGE ADS scream FREE! for an offer of the first four of the new “presidential” dollar coins. All you have to do is to send $8 for the packaging they come in—plus shipping and handling, of course. Truly it is said that a sucker is born every minute.

A RECKLESS RAP DVD called Stop Fucking Snitching has so permeated some communities that gang-bangers are getting away with murder —literally. Witness intimidation  has made it increasingly difficult for prosecutors to win murder cases and “brutal retaliation” has resulted in mistrust of the police who are usually unable to provide adequate protection. “In many Baltimore neighborhoods, talking to the law has become a mortal sin, a dishonorable act punishable by social banishment or worse” writes Jeremy Kahn in the Atlantic . “The gang-land code of silence, or omerta, has spread from organized crime to the population at large”.

      The magazine says that gangsta culture has been romanticized through rap music and other forms of entertainment…the motto Stop Snitching expounded in hip-hop lyrics and emblazoned on caps and T-shirts has become a creed.Think how bold criminals must be to make a DVD” says Judge M. Glynn. “It shows that threatening snitches has become mainstream”.

THE NEW LIQUID GOLD with which North Africa hopes to cash in on world markets is oil—olive oil. All but 5% of the world’s olive trees grow round the Mediterranean with Spain, Italy and Greece the world’s top three producers of olive oil. Eager to supplant Spain as leader, Italy is helping to upgrade facilities in Tunisia where 56 million olive trees support more than half a million families. Technology is still so old fashioned in some places that many presses continue to use a donkey walking around in circles dragging a stone to crush the crop. Spain, in its turn, is helping Morocco to increase the area under olive cultivation tenfold. Officials there are hopeful that more olive trees will be as lucrative as the cannabis plants they replace.

SPEAKING OF OIL or, in this case, oils, CFO magazine carried a story about former media tycoon Walter Maninnen who spends up to $50,000 on art and estimates it accounts for 40%of his net worth. “My art assets have outperformed everything else over the past 25 years” he says, estimating that he has averaged 11% annual growth mainly because of his art. Some works have doubled in value, and one painting—Lilies of the Field by Theresa Bernstein cost him $2,000 an is now valued at $150,000. Web-based information has helped potential art investors to get into the field but, warns CFO, “You need a keen eye, hours of research and perhaps a savvy advise or two to discern good values”.

“New Orleans is the only place in America where it’s essential to have two or three long dresses. It’s an English thing, men in black tie and I love dressing up. There’s some serious partying here. We used to think our friends were just glad to see us, just celebrating our return. Now we know life is like that all the time”—Helen Mirren talking about the house in New Orleans she shares with her director husband Taylor Hackford. (They also a house in Los Angeles, a flat in London and a farmhouse in France).

PLANNING TO EXPAND its coverage, EuroNews has signed a deal with the Dish network to transmit its almost all-image programs and is in discussion with major cable companies. What makes it easier to transmit in six languages is that there is  minimal narration accompanying the pictures –no anchormen, no commentators—just bare bones pictorial, especially the best-known show, No Comment, which has no words at all, just original sound. Owned by a collection of different TV networks, EuroNews runs pictures from amateurs as well as professionals and claims 6.6million viewers.

THE WILCOCK WEB: Pints of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream are on sale at the 99c store—but so far only the unpopular strawberries and kiwi flavor….Mid-fifties man. Recently discovered guilt. Can’t wait to try it out. Box #729 reads a classified ad from the London Review of Books, reproduced in collection the mag recently published….. A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people opined the great Thomas Mann…..”Television has raised writing to a new low” declared Samuel Goldwyn…..NBC’s Tim Russert says he’s offered “a full hour” to all leading presidential candidates but so far only John Edwards has done it…. Regional dialects are more pronounced than ever, despite the influence of television and other mass media according to the Atlas of North American English. Utne Reader says it’s because we don’t model our speech on radio or television, “we just want to sound like our friends”.….. A t-shirt bearing the iconic Che Guevara portrait flanked by Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him forms the cover to an eponymous book by the Conservative publisher American Compass…..The June issue of the cult magazine, cigar aficionado, is part-devoted to ”Cuba after Fidel”…..Farmers in Bolivia want cocaine to be protected as an internationally recognized regional product (such as France’s champagne) and there is a drive to replace the olive branch on the national flag with the coca leaf ….. Road repair in North Wales is undergoing a reappraisal after the grit sprayed to de-ice frosty surfaces (made from a new blend of sugar, starch and cereal) was eaten by nomadic sheep…..Time is an herb that cures all diseases—-Benjamin   Franklin ( 1706-90)

APRIL 28/07

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