~Today I spent three hours on the radio guest-hosting America's Number One radio broadcast. You can find a few moments from the show here. Somewhere along the way I mentioned Kim Jong-Un denouncing Donald Trump as a "dotard". And, after a couple of Shakespearean references, I trilled:
High on a hill was a lonely dotard...
Mar Dukes emails to correct:
Tell Mark in The Sound of Music they sing of a goatherd, not a dotard.
There are days I feel I'm ten years overdue for retirement.
We also talked about rugby, and I mentioned the New Zealand team, the All Blacks. Mr Snerdley wanted to know whether they were all black, and I remarked that, in fact, none of them were. A Tweeter Tweeted that in fact that refers to the color of their uniform...
Come to think of it, make that twenty years overdue for retirement. The Internet has made everyone incredibly literal.
~Later this evening I'll be back on camera for a brand new SteynPost. SteynPosts is made possible through the support of members of The Mark Steyn Club, for more on which see below.
~In a week or so, on October 2nd, I'll be back in Minneapolis for an evening with the Center of the American Experiment, live at the Guthrie Theatre. More details here. If you're in the Minnesota area and would like to attend, please click here and enjoy a $25 discount on the ticket price by entering the promo code steynclub.
~We have fun in The Mark Steyn Club, with the Clubland Q&As, monthly audio adventures, and much more. The Club helps fund much of what we do here at SteynOnline and around the world.
The Mark Steyn Club's not about walling up our content and limiting its reach, but about enabling us to maintain and expand its reach around the planet. Indeed I'm heartened to see that our recent TV shows with Jordan Peterson and Douglas Murray have between them, merely on YouTube, stacked up a combined audience of well over 450,000. That's not exactly viral, as the young 'uns say, and it's not like the millions and millions of listeners I have when I guest-host for Rush, but it's surprisingly competitive with most US cable networks - at 8pm on a recent Monday night, for example, CNN's Ashleigh Banfield on HLN had a total audience of 209,000. So our viewership isn't bad for a couple of substantive long-form big-picture interviews with serious persons arguing their corners in a compelling and persuasive manner.
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