There's something really a little odd about the current financial shenanigans, based as they are, at root, upon mortgages in the US. As is being noted, here [3] and here [4] , it's not quite right to think of the US as having a national mortgage market: it's a series of discrete regional ones.

Explaining why [5] the Bear Sterns share price is above the offer from JP Morgan. It's bondholders willing to take a loss on the equity in order to ensure that the bonds don't default. Morgan might even sweeten [6] their offer.

Excellent (if almost certainly apocryphal) advice [7] on how to deal with hecklers. 

An interesting report [8] of the Arctic ice melting, the seals vanishing and so on. From 1922. 

Arthur C. Clarke has died. A nine word [9] obituary from one of his own stories. 

It will be fascinating to see whether this here internet thing along with blogs manages to make this campaign [10] work. Does the manner in which the Chancellor raised alcohol taxation mean that he should be barred from every pub in the country?

And finally [11], if this is his first published piece then I think we've got a lot to look forward to.