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John Kelly's Commons: December 28, 2008 - January 3, 2009

Prometheus Unbound: Burning in the New Year

My family ended 2008 feeling powerless. No, not powerless about the financial crisis or global warming but, you know, without power. The high winds on Wednesday knocked out electricity to our Silver Spring neighborhood and so we spent the...

By John Kelly  |  January 2, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Tags: Britnews roundup  
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You Say You Want a Resolution? Share Yours

Here it is, the last day of 2008, and I wonder what I achieved in the last 12 months, exactly. Didn't I mean to learn Spanish this year? Or was that one of last year's New Year's resolutions? Surely I...

By John Kelly  |  December 31, 2008; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Tags: New Years, polls  
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Crane Management, or: JiffyJohn Airlines

I was on the Red Line yesterday morning, earbuds in, trying to decide whether I liked Matthew Sweet's new album, lazily looking out the window, when from the corner of my eye I saw two PortaPotties flying through the sky....

By John Kelly  |  December 30, 2008; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Tags: Washington, construction  
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Talking Funny, or: Annoying Britishisms, Sorted

One of the most viewed items on the Web site of Britain's Telegraph newspaper recently has been a blog posting by the paper's Washington correspondent, Toby Harnden. It's titled "Top 10 most annoying Americanisms" and it's a list of...

By John Kelly  |  December 29, 2008; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Tags: England, language  
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