The British try to define themselves, to hilarious results.
Detractors spread the rumor that the government was looking not for a considered statement, but for a snappy, pithy “liberté, égalité, fraternité”-style slogan that it could plaster across government buildings in a kind of branding exercise.
Nor did it help when The Times of London cynically sponsored a British motto-writing contest for its readers.
The readers’ suggestions included “Dipso, Fatso, Bingo, Asbo, Tesco” (Asbo stands for “anti-social behavior order,” a law-enforcement tool, while Tesco is a ubiquitous supermarket chain); “Once Mighty Empire, Slightly Used”; “At Least We’re Not French”; and “We Apologize for the Inconvenience.” The winner, favored by 20.9 percent of the readers, was “No Motto Please, We’re British.”
Pakistani troops on the offensive in the tribal areas.
A Guardian writer pronounces The Wire the greatest television show ever. My vote would actually go to The Sopranos, with South Park a close second.
Fox News' John Gibson makes fun of Heath Ledger for dying. Stay classy, guys. Stay classy.
I don't normally agree with the editorial writers of The Economist, but they're spot on here. (It's on the Clintons and Obama).
Jimmy Carter lets people know what he's thinking (without a doubt, the funniest thing I've read in months).
Imran Khan and Sherry Rehman tour Washington (now that's a great title for a movie). Imran talked about judges and the differences between cricket and baseball. Sherry Rehman was "polished," "impressive," and "spoke in perfect cadences". You know what, sometimes I think the Daily Times would like to see the PPP in power. It's just one of those hunches, you know? Anyway, at least I got introduced to a new term: "reptiles of the press".