The week that was

The best of the NS blogs this week

The Rod Liddle affair by George Eaton

Rod Liddle defends himself against accusations of racism. Spectator bloggers past and present get involved . . . Seriously, this comment thread is too good to miss

Obama: cult of personality by Mehdi Hasan

Mehdi Hasan took on Obama's "blind supporters" as the president received his Nobel Prize

War and peace by Simon Reid-Henry

Meanwhile, Simon Reid-Henry brought us a series of blogs from Oslo

Prescott on bulimia by Sophie Elmhirst

Some extras from our interview with the ex-deputy PM this week

Is a March election back on? by George Eaton

George Eaton explored the possibility of a March election

 

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Space Oddity? Dr David Bowie is treating former astronaut Buzz Aldrin

Ground control to major coincidence.

The 86-year-old former astronaut and second man on the moon Buzz Aldrin has been evacuated from the South Pole to hospital in New Zealand. Your mole thought this was yet another piece of dismal 2016 news, before the silver lining popped up on Twitter. Aldrin’s manager Christina Korp sent a thrilling message about her client’s treatment:

Yes, the real-life “Starman” is going to be treated by a doctor who shares his name with the late pop icon who wrote “Space Oddity”, “Life on Mars?”, “Ziggy Stardust” and “Starman”, among many other odes to space.

In fact, Bowie’s “Space Oddity” hit about ground control losing contact with the fictional astronaut Major Tom was released in 1969, a few days before Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first humans to walk on the moon. This mole’s whiskers are quivering at the poignancy.

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