Daily Archives: August 24, 2010

Off-topic: Beagledors

One of the most common search terms that brings people to this site is, surprisingly, “beagledors”, because of this post in 2008. And maybe this one. Oh and possibly this one. Anyway, obviously there are lots of people interested in Beagledors, so I thought I’d give them something today: the most recent pic I have of Bailey, the Beagledor who started it all off.

Photo by Jon Boyle. All rights reserved.

PS In case you think I am exaggerating, I just looked at the list of top search terms for this blog and “beagledor” is top. By quite a long chalk. And there are 4 beagledor-related terms in the Top 20.

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Links 24 August

It’s been a while, so there are quite a few articles that I’ve picked up on recently. Some might be signposted elsewhere, but better twice than not at all, eh?

One of my secret passions is Rugby League – I’m off to the Challenge Cup Final on Saturday – so I was glad to see it get some coverage in the Guardian away from the sport pages.

The commercial modernisation of rugby league has crushed its ambitions. But as yesterday showed, it can’t crush the pride.

The Wall Street Journal take a different look at national contributions to the EU budget – on a per capita rather than total basis. Interestingly, that pushes the UK way down the list of contributors.

The picture changes quite a bit. Small, rich countries (the Benelux nations, the Nordics, Ireland) rise up; the biggies (particularly the U.K.) fall down.

This item on the Failblog made me laugh so much. Unfortunately I was on the tube and so everyone thought I was a crazy lady.

Among all the dire news about the written press, Roy has some good news for us:

One success story hidden away among last week’s release of the ABC consumer magazines sales figures was the performance of First News, the weekly paper for children.

In the first six months of the year, it registered a sale of 48,314. That was a rise of 22.5% on the same same period in 2009 (when the sale was 39,450).

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