Monthly Archives: January 2003

The new New York

New York is changing. It’s getting smaller, friendlier, less corporate, less ostentatious and maybe even a little bit more geniune. The stock-market bubble has burst, the economy is turning rough, and people are less interested in what you do, more … Continue reading

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Bush on Iraq

After the build-up, the speech. And, against all my expectations, Bush played a blinder: he actually lived up to the hype. The awkward Bush of the Presidential campaign, with his bizarre pauses in the middle of sentences and omnipresent smirk, … Continue reading

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personal: atmospheric antarctic science

So you’re all asking about science, I get the hint! Not my favourite topic (especially amongst friends), as you know, but, just this once, I’ll try and tell you what I’m doing here. Or meant to be. For those of … Continue reading

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Zakaria on Iraq

Fareed Zakaria, one of the best commentators on international affairs, has now written a very peculiar column in favour of a war in Iraq. He runs through all the reasons why it could be a disaster (Saddam torching oilfields, provocation … Continue reading

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Powell on Iraq

It’s obviously the season for major speeches from the Bush administration. Last Thursday, Paul Wolfowitz gave a very hawkish address to the Council on Foreign Relations, and tomorrow George W Bush himself will give his State of the Union address, … Continue reading

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AOL Time Warner and publishing

Once upon a time, business visionaries could look at companies as diverse as AOL and Time Warner and see synergies there. One provided content; the other the means to drive that content to consumers. But those days are long gone … Continue reading

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Wolfowitz on Iraq

I went to the Council on Foreign Relations today, for a "policy address" (I guess that’s one notch up from a common-or-garden speech) by deputy defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz. It was obviously part of a concerted effort by the White … Continue reading

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January 20th already!!-personal-

My goodness! Has a week gone by already?! Where did it go?! How can it be that the days are so long, so very long that this morning feels at least two months ago, but the weeks are so short? … Continue reading

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The IHT is dead! Long live the NYT!

Last November, the New York Times played hardball with the Washington Post and forced the Post to sell its 50% share in the International Herald Tribune. The conventional wisdom at the time was that the Times wanted to create what … Continue reading

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Felix’s guide to using MetroCards

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, better known to New Yorkers as the MTA, is proposing to abolish subway tokens as part of its drive to help close a budget gap of $2.8 billion (or $951 million, depending on whom you believe) … Continue reading

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