@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2011-10-28

by Stephen Tall on October 28, 2011

@markpack Actually I think it might be about me, y'know… in reply to markpack # @SamanthaRedJane lol, Sunsay with good behaviour. in reply to SamanthaRedJane # Phew, finished leading fun but exhausting 7-hour seminar on fundraising for universities in Russia. (…)

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@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2011-10-21

by Stephen Tall on October 21, 2011

Hurrah: Russian visa just delivered. Off on Monday, hope to return with all kidneys intact. # Fab & massively cute > '1-Year-Old Plays With Magazine Like It’s an iPad' (via @mashable) http://t.co/6znOA134 # @innerfamilylife Simply my comment pointing (>) at (…)

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The last book I read in 100 words: The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill

by Stephen Tall on October 17, 2011

The Woodcutter, Reginald Hill I approached this book with some trepidation. I love Hill’s Dalziel & Pascoe series, but found his previous thriller The Stranger House disappointing. And when I realised this book was going to riff on The Count (…)

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LDV Caption Competition | Liam Fox “was he pushed?” Edition

by Stephen Tall on October 15, 2011

There’s no prize at stake – just the opportunity to prove you’re wittier than any other LDV reader… (Hat-tip to @RichardOsley.) Here’s former Defence Secretary Liam Fox and colleague, joined stage left by a mystery hand. What do you think they might be saying or thinking? And the winner of our last caption comp is… […]

Thank you, Chris Huhne, for reclaiming the word ‘fulsome’

by Stephen Tall on October 15, 2011

I’ve just blogged about Chris Huhne’s speech to the Royal Society on nuclear power… and jolly good it was too. Especially for what may be one of the first deliberately accurate yet ironic uses of the word ‘fulsome’ I’ve seen (…)

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Huhne pledges to do ‘the right thing’ as he commits to nuclear power

by Stephen Tall on October 15, 2011

This week saw Lib Dem energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne make a major speech to the Royal Society on the future of nuclear power, with the Coalition committed to a series of new reactors adjacent to existing sites. The Coalition’s policy has long been trailed — a year ago, Chris put forward his […]

The last book I read in 100 words: The Last Hundred Days by Patrick McGuinness

by Stephen Tall on October 14, 2011

The Last Hundred Days, Patrick McGuinness Frankly, some people are just too, too annoying: Patrick McGuinness is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Oxford. He’s also a published and award-winning poet, and this, his debut novel, was long-listed for (…)

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@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2011-10-14

by Stephen Tall on October 14, 2011

Yes, it's 30°c and this is an entirely deserted beach. October hols rock. http://t.co/6LleTO2h # The amazing triple staircase of the Museo do Pobo Galego, Santiago. No resemblance to Hogwarts (I was told firmly). http://t.co/Uzi1l2L9 # Moral quandary: expected at (…)

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New constituency boundaries in Scotland: the impact on the Lib Dems

by Stephen Tall on October 14, 2011

Last month it was the turn of English MPs to look nervously at the proposals of the Boundary Commission’s re-drawing of constituencies — Scotland’s turn has now come, with its national Boundary Commission yesterday publishing its proposals for public consultation. The Financial Times has undertaken a quick reccy to work out what it might mean: […]

Raising the most money possible from the wealthiest – the Irish show how *not* to do it

by Stephen Tall on October 13, 2011

Some 18 months ago, I welcomed the news that the Coalition Government had abandoned thoughts of messing with the Gift Aid scheme for charitable giving — there had been proposals, supported by some charitable organisations, to introduce a composite rate (…)

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