A Mischief Of Magpies

If the Sun were the size of a beach ball then Jupiter would be the size of a golf ball and a Mischief of Magpies would be as small as a pea.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Blog Of The Week


It is I, Clairwil with the results of 'Blog of The Week'. Let's all raise a glass to this weeks winner 'This is The News' and give a big rousing cry of 'it's not the winning, it's the taking part that counts' to 'Death Row Diary' and 'Dan Allen'. I must say I feel a bit sorry for that death row fellow, imagine sitting in jail waiting to be killed for a crime you didn't commit then coming second in a blog of the week contest. Life can be very unfair.

Anyway moving on here are this weeks nominations.

'Prestonstreet' is a group blog written by what appears to be an unusually gleeful and mischievous gaggle of undergraduates. Their main hobbies are 'pegging' and scientific experiments of dubious value. I like them a lot, they make me chuckle. Although I'd like to point out that if they come anywhere near me with their pegs I'll have them birched.

'Post Secret' is an art project which involves members of the public sending in confessions on handmade postcards. I'm slightly obsessed by it at present, not least because I wish I'd thought of it first.

'I am David Duff' has had me cackling like a drain all week. As I'm sure most of you are aware David Duff is Britain's most prolific blogger. What some of you may not know is that David is plagued by a number of fake Duffs who until now had restricted themselves to commenting under the name David Duff. One of the impostors who's identity is currently shrouded in mystery has started a spoof blog by the name 'I am David Duff'. I have been most amused by this account of the imagined events in the Duff household.

So there we are, that's this weeks nominations. Happy voting and remember you can nominate your choices for next week by clicking here.

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'British Day'

So Gordon Brown is ├Čn favour of turning Remembrance Sunday into a 'national day of patriotism' to celebrate British history, achievements and culture. Trevor Phillips, the head of the Commission for Racial Equality, is in favour of a celebration of Britishness but thinks that hijacking Remembrance Sunday for this purpose is a bad idea.

I agree. So let me propose a completely different date for 'British Day'.

On June 10th, 1215, the Magna Carta was signed. Although limited in scope and often evaded, this document is the first step towards the democratic constitutional monarchy that Britain was to become.

It is also the first time that the state (in the form of the monarch) was obliged to accept the fundamental principle that it is subject to the same laws as the rest of us. This is something that the Labour party could do with being reminded of.

So let's celerate Britishness, and let's celebrate it as part of an event that represented the first step towards the liberties and freedoms that we now all take for granted.

And, if you want to celibrate with a street party, June is a lot warmer than November.