A blog by Patrick Crozier

April 28, 2003

The Tories' vicious circle
Patrick Crozier

It works like this:

They go down in the polls

So, fewer people want to join them

So, power is increasingly concentrated in the gerontocracy

So, they get ever more out of touch

So, they go down in the polls.


April 21, 2003

Clones surprise scientists by being different
Patrick Crozier

From the Times. This is dynamite. Same DNA - different characteristics - including different physical characteristics.

April 20, 2003

Defeating terrorism
Patrick Crozier

In a hand-wringing display typical of a certain type of bleeding-heart toff Max Hastings, writing about the Stevens Enquiry in the Telegraph, says:

The answer to terrorists, whether in the guise of the IRA or al-Qaeda, can never lie in seeking their destruction through emulation.
So what is the fucking answer then? A bit more hand-wringing maybe? A bit more fudge? It is precisely the failure of the government to pursue an effective counter-terrorist strategy that got us into this situation in the first place.

Anyway, I don't know. Bombing the crap out of Osama and his supporters doesn't seem to have done the US any harm. Who knows, maybe they're onto something.

April 18, 2003

Censorship: what it is and what it isn't
Patrick Crozier

Camille has the lowdown.

April 10, 2003

The MSS fan site
Patrick Crozier

Seems I am not the only one to imagine that Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf has a great future ahead of him. See his fan site. My favourite quote:

"I think you should cast Brian Blessed [in the role of MSS] and blithely insist that he looks and sounds exactly like MSS, ignoring all the evidence to the contrary."

April 09, 2003

Round 3: Elevator v. Lift
Patrick Crozier

Pretty straight forward UK win here. Lift is shorter and just as descriptive. Thank goodness for that.

UK win

US 2 - UK 1

April 08, 2003

Real Madrid v Manchester United
Patrick Crozier

Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, Minister of Information of the Republic of Iraq has taken time out of his busy schedule to issue the following communiqué:

Manchester United Football Club, the people of Iraq salute you as brothers. We are all aware that as you take the field tonight things may not, at first glance, look all that good:

For instance, people say that you face overwhelming odds.

People say your attack is non-existent and your defence suicidal.

People say that you are led by by a megalomaniac who will not tolerate failure and who rules by fear, violence and the threat of violence.

People say your strategy is out of date and your tactics naive.

People say that you enemy is smarter and better-equipped.

People say that your enemy will be able to strike deep into the heart of your territory at will and without warning.

People say that your only hope is to abandon all the traditional rules of engagement.

People say your days are numbered.

They said the same about us.

But look who's laughing now as our glorious forces prepare to sweep the enemy from Southern Iraq, Northern Iraq, Baghdad Airport, the building across the road.

So, I say to you, Red Devils, take heart from our example. Truly, your struggle is our struggle.

April 06, 2003

US v UK English - an update
Patrick Crozier

Many thanks to all those of you who have suggested US/UK pairs. As most of you have probably worked out, this is a totally idiosyncratic and non-scientific competition, so I am not going to make any promises only that I will look at as many pairs as I can when I get round to it and if I feel like it.

One thing that some of the comments made me realise, is that I may not be the expert on standard US English I think I am. Because we get bombarded with Hollywood movies, TV sitcoms and computer manuals we tend to think that we know what words US English uses. But the fact that a word or term gets used frequently does not make it standard. There are, for example, plenty of UK uses and pronunciations which are common but far from standard. I do want to make at least a stab at comparing like with like, so I would appreciate if US readers would put me right when I get it right.