Category Archives: Religion


Well, after four days cruising the roads of Utah, I can highly recommend it. Everywhere you drive, snowcapped mountains line the horizon, while the landscape changes from red rock to wild-west scrub to pine forest. In Zion, we climbed "Angel’s … Continue reading

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The selection of Joseph Ratzinger as the new Pope doesn’t thrill me, for reasons already canvassed on this blog. As Wikipedia puts it: Benedict is seen as a traditionalist – he is nicknamed "God’s Rottweiler" because of his fierce defence … Continue reading

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Choosing the pope

The betting markets have Dionigi Tettamanzi, the Italian candidate, as favourite to be the next Pope (this Slate article has a nice discussion of the various candidates).  I’m open to correction, but I suspect this will be the first test … Continue reading

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Popular Economics

A casual dig by Ross Gittens the other day at academic economists got me thinking. Here’s what he said: That leaves the battalion of academic economists, to whom we give the privilege of academic freedom in the hope they’ll make … Continue reading

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David Madden, a former contributor to this blog, is off to Indonesia just after Christmas, wilfully defying his Attorney-General. I’m guessing, however, that he’ll be avoiding the Hilton….

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