Review of 2005More to remind me than anything, but here is a 'best of' for this site in 2005 (up to September, as I suspect we can all remember the drivel that has occurred since then)
4th January - I bring out the big waggy finger of blame at world dictators.
6th January - This little blog takes on the might of Tesco, all over their poor choice of design. I'm pleased to announce the GPS branch has now changed queueing policy.
16th January - Guy Pelling's mother tells us that her son dressing up as the Queen is no more disrespectful than a white man blacking up.
16th January - We learn that the problem with Prince Harry's education was that it was too PC, and that it was only that the fancy-dress shop was out of stock that saved us from no.2 and no.3 in line to the throne attending a party on the Empire dressed as an "SS officer" and an "Afican savage".
25th January - The National Review bases an entire story on a figure for payroll taxes that is about 7 times too high.
4th February - I make a modest proposal for the UN to regulation claims of 'world fame'.
8th February - Melanie Phillips argues that those who say'to jaw-jaw is better than to war-war' are parroting the "all too familiar weasel words of appeasement".
9th February - I have to comment for the second time on Michael J Totten 's meeting of Christopher Hitchens: the most cringe-worthy blog post ever.
8th March - I take on "Backing Blair", by comparing them to Richard Littlejohn.
13th March - Aaro tries to get out of That Prediction.
15th March - I take on a position at Tech Central Station.
19th March - Joseph Lieberman shows he can't be trusted with numbers.
23rd March - Martin Wolf shows us that government spending doesn't appear to affect growth.
30th March - I find a mock-up of a new Observer feature on Dave Aaro.
31st March - I ask again why the BBC continue to employ a man who thinks he is his children's hamster.
31st March - Times deputy editor Patience Wheatcroft misreads an IFS's report and decides to add on more council tax [which she admitted was wrong in an email but said she didn't think it needed correcting].
1st April - I do an hilarious (though Harry didn't like it) April Fool's Day joke.
7th April - Melanie Phillip's husband appears to any many things in common with her.
11th April - Lord Bragg goes for Michael Totten's most-embarassing-post title, but falls slightly short.
15th April - I show off my new pride and joy - the Mazda Bongo.
2nd May - The wisdom of crowds appears to be in a muddle over George Galloway.
10th May - I look at what parliament the Independent really wanted...
11th May - I do millions of charts showing how the election unfolded. And more. And more.
26th May - I show that productivity in the US health-care sector has fallen 25% in 20 years
21st June - My YouGOv account reaches £30!
8th July - A Fox News anchor after the London bombing:
17th July - Nick Cohen makes allegations that aren't true and has to apologise.
27th July - Loopy right-wing conspiracy theoriesin the Samizdata comments
27th July - I remind people that Nick Cohen's not always been the fearless fighter or left-wing idiocy..."[Blair] there's no point being prissy about this - pinned a large target sign on this country".
July 24th - Mark Holland shows us what a gent he is.
World one moron lighter
August 18th - If you took your A-levels in the past I produce a helpful ready-reckoner to calculate what you would get now they have been debased [added 11/01/2006]
August 31st - I find a website whose author is less of a gent than Mark Holland.
September 16th - Is New Orleans richer than London as the Sunday Business claims? No, they've mistaken household for individual income.
September 17th - A snazzy graph showing world economic strength in 1500. Was Britain unquestionably the Second Most Powerful Nation in The World then too?
September 18th - Here I point out, with the aid of another snazzy graph, that competitiveness indices have no predictive power.