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Mark's Monday Notebook to start the week: Steyn on GOP spines, second-rate schools, fourth-rate senates, a new political party in Canada, and touching shiny baubles...
A primal struggle on the Carolina coast
Mark on Carolina's biggest song, and dance
The state religion and its heretics
Michael E Mann's defamation suit against me enters its sixth year in the constipated bowels of DC justice...
Denis Norden was a writer and performer who parlayed an East End boy's love of words and word-play into a seven-decade career. As a writer, he was responsible for the all-time greatest Carry On gag and the makings of a worldwide phenomenon whose latest iteration is playing my nearest multiplex even as I speak. With respect to the former, the interminable Britpic series of cheap'n'cheerful trouser-droppers (second only to 007 in longevity)- Carry On Nurse, Carry On Constable, Carry On Up the Khyber, etc - reached its peak with the moment in Carry On Cleo, when Kenneth Williams as Julius Caesar, betrayed by duplicitous toga turncoats all around him, rages: Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me... The screenwriter for Carry On Cleo was ...
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