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Tuesday, 25 May 2004

An historian ponders America's national psyche

Niall Ferguson has an interesting article in today's Telegraph (free registration required) in which he speculates about some aspects of the 'American character' if such a nebulous concept can be said to exist in such a diverse country; he also touches on how current events might pan out for Bush later this year. I don't know how much, if any, of Ferguson's views I share, but the article certainly makes for stimulating reading. The cartoon in today's paper is also quite amusing, drawing together the strands of the 30th June handover date in Iraq and the Chelsea Flower Show which is being staged this week in London; there are always some of the show gardens (take an interactive tour of these) which are only finished (and sometimes not finished) just before the show opens and, most importantly, before Her Majesty The Queen graces the venue with her august presence in a preview on the Monday afternoon.

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