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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Lead item

Rebekah Brooks arrested "Brooks, Rupert Murdoch's long-time confidante and a personal friend of David Cameron, was arrested at dawn alongside her husband, Charlie Brooks, as Scotland Yard's investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World struck out in a new direction."


Wednesday, 14 March 2012

General item

Pakistan's next ruler "'If you have the people with you, then you only need Allah,' Imran Khan said, dismissing the old saying that in Pakistani politics, a leader needs two other A's behind him: America and the army. 'We don’t need them,' he said before taking the stage. 'They may need us.'"

Foreign Policy

Why finish books? "Doesn't a novel that is plotted require that we reach the end, because then the solution to the tale will throw meaning back across the entire work? So the critics tell us. No doubt I've made this claim myself in some review or other. But this is not really my experience as I read." (Tim Parks)

New York Review of Books

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

General item

The Royal Me: Australia's secession obsession "Australia is Micronation Central, having experienced something of a secession epidemic in the past half century. Self-styled monarchs now dot the landscape from Snake Hill, near Mudgee, in the southeast, all the way to the granddaddy of them all: Western Australia's Principality of Hutt River."

The Atlantic

A refined formula to predict celebrity marriages' doom "Garth’s new analysis shows that it’s the wife’s fame that really matters... Besides the wife's tabloid fame, the crucial variables are the spouses' combined age (younger couples divorce sooner), the length of the courtship (quicker to wed, quicker to split), and the s#x-symbol factor." (See the formula and the stats)

New York Times

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