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Mark Steyn

Stepping Out of the Stream

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As a follow-up to last week's Clubland Q&A, Mark answers more questions from Mark Steyn Club members around the planet on war in the streets, transcendent meaning and demographic decay, the lack of a Royal Fetus and other lively topics. Click below to watch:

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Topical Take

The People's Queen

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ImageAs I wrote on Saturday, The National Post was "the great journalistic adventure of my life" - and on this twentieth anniversary of Conrad Black's Canadian national newspaper we're dusting off a week's worth of moldering columns, starting with yesterday's shameful account of the tie that binds me to Tony Blair.

I don't have much advice when it comes to column-writing (which isn't really a thing anymore, since the collapse of newspapers), but I do have one tip: You need to get out of the house once in a while. So, when riffling through the archive, I always have a preference for pieces in which I'm out and about - sometimes somewhere unusual (as we'll come to), or sometimes just motoring past Bar Erotica in an ice storm:

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Topical Take

My Ties to Tony Blair

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ImageAs I wrote on Saturday, The National Post was "the great journalistic adventure of my life" - and undoubtedly the last: No one will ever launch a national newspaper again; today we have "media platforms", whatever the hell that means, and most of the western world gets its news from Facebook and Google, which is increasingly like volunteering to be walled up with only a lifetime subscription to Pravda and Izvestia. So I have happy memories of the launch of Canada's National Post twenty years ago on October 27th 1998. Conrad Black and Ken Whyte put together an amazing team of editors and writers, and I was privileged to be a small part of those glory years. To mark the occasion, we're dusting off a few yellowing columns...

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Politics & Current Affairs

Smiley's People

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Fighting for Kandahar while surrendering Paris - plus when Sargey gets blue, and not feline so groovy

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Politics & Current Affairs

Perfumes of Arabia

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Saudi consular services, Canada's coercive tolerance, and Dennis Miller's sketch aversion

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Steyn on Fox

Someday Your Prince Won't Come

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Mark and Tucker on Keira Knightley's objections to old-school fairy tales:

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Steyn on the Air

Hoser Reefer Madness!

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The day Canada legalized "recreational" marijuana:

In memory of Mark's late feline John played out with "She Only Talks That Way to the Cat". We thank...

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Clubland Q&A

How Now, Pow Wow Chow?

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Mark answers questions from Steyn Club members on Sauds and frauds - and remembers his beloved cat TJ

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Katz & CRTV vs Steyn

Katz & CRTV vs Steyn: A Cut-Out'n'Keep Guide

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Cary Katz's four Steyn suits (and counting)

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Katz & CRTV vs Steyn

CRTV vs Steyn: The Verdict

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A case that should never have been brought finally ends.

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The War on Free Speech

The Vertigo at the Top of the Stick

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Michael E Mann's defamation suit against me enters its sixth year in the constipated bowels of DC justice...

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

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The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

Scarlet Ribbons/When Sunny Gets Blue

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We have a brace of musical centenaries for you this weekend at SteynOnline. Our latest edition of On the Town celebrates Bobby Troup with "Girl Talk", "Route 66", "The Girl Can't Help It" and much more, including live performances by Tal Bachman, Manhattan Transfer's Cheryl Bentyne and yours truly. Bobby Troup was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on October 18th 1918. The following day - October 19th - a chap called Jack Segal arrived in this world in Minneapolis, Minnesota: Jack Segal was not an actor, pianist or (until very late in life) recording artist, so he's not as well known as Bobby Troup. But he was a very fine lyricist whose songs were sung by the best - Sinatra, Streisand, Nat "King" Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett - and, ...

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On the Town

Getting His Kicks: A Hundred Years of Bobby Troup

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Bobby Troup was born one hundred years ago - October 18th 1918 - and, a century on, everybody knows at least one of his songs. In this SteynOnline audio special, Mark plays "Route 66", "Daddy", "The Girl Can't Help It", "Girl Talk" and other Bobby Troup hits as sung by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Fergie, Nat "King" Cole to Led Zeppelin, Dinah Shore to Bonnie Raitt, the Four Freshmen to the Rolling Stones, Tommy Dorsey and Harry James to the Beach Boys and Depeche Mode - and we'll hear Bobby Troup singing and playing the songs of others, from "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" to "Spinning Wheel". Mark also tips his hat to the classic record Troup produced for his wife Julie London - "Cry Me a River". But on our songwriter salutes we always ...

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Mark at the Movies

Sagebrush Troubadour

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The first rule of Gene Autry's Cowboy Code is: The Cowboy must never shoot first, hit a smaller man, or take unfair advantage. When the yodelin' cowboy turned baseballin' tycoon (the Los Angeles Angels) departed for that last round-up in the sky twenty years ago - October 1998 - many of the dweebs on the obituaries pages took unfair advantage and hit a lower man (six foot under) with frankly somewhat condescending farewell-and-good-riddances both to Autry and to singing cowboys in general. Gene himself would probably have deferred to their alleged intellectual superiority. After all, as he sang in Yodelin' Kid from...

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Steyn Live!

Miller and Steyn Together!

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Longtime radio listeners and SteynOnline regulars will know how much Mark enjoyed joining his pal Dennis Miller on the air to talk politics, music, culture and obscure showbiz references. It's been a couple of years since Dennis signed off on his radio show, but we're pleased to announce that Miller and Steyn are back together, and for the first time on stage! Their Adorable Deplorable Tour will swing through Pennsylvania and western New York starting in February. For Mark's Ontario fans, the Syracuse show is just a couple of hours from Kingston, and the Rochester show isn't too far from Niagara Falls and the QEW. (Probably best not to tell the border guard where you were on your way back though.) From witty cultural insights to...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

Route 66

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We're honored to present another live-performance edition of Mark's Song of the Week. Bobby Troup was born one hundred years ago - on October 18th 1918 - and, by way of celebration of his centenary, here's his biggest hit - sung and played by Tal Bachman live on the inaugural Mark Steyn Club Cruise:

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A Clubman's Notes

"We've All Had Our Whack"

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From The Mark Steyn Club Cruise sailing down the Eastern Seaboard, welcome to the final episode of John Buchan's prescient thriller set in the hell of the Great War...

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The Mark Steyn Weekend Show

Keeping Your Head When All About You Are Losing Theirs

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ImageA Mark Steyn Club video divertissement - courtesy of the students of Manchester University, who decided that Rudyard Kipling's "If..." is no longer acceptable...

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On the Town

Non-Stop Number Ones

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with Mark and his guests Bananarama, Mike Batt, Don Black, Simon Climie, Christopher Cross, The Human League, Julio Iglesias, Lulu, Artie Shaw, Paul Simon, Jule Styne and Andy Williams (plus bonus appearance by Ted Cruz)

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