Before links to more of the great and good, a shout out for a few of my favourite haunts:
Rozey Balti - I have lost count of the times I have inflicted my presence on these good people - their Kashmiri food is the best I've come across and the service is truly excellent.
The Pearl Restaurant in Kidsgrove produces wonderful, subtly tasting, Indonesian food.
The Green Pavilion Cafe in Buxton serves lovely home-cooked food and killer triple shot lattes.
Onwards and upwards...
Why not start the day with a trip over to read the latest outpouring from James Lilek's 'The Bleat'....I can't always find resonance with his politics but his writing is just the best...
David Hewson publishes detective novels...he photographs things and checks out hardware/software...and he tells me all of the good places to go in Rome, and his website shows how all of this can be orchestrated,coordinated and pixillated
Timothy Garton Ash is always good value
I value Robin Lustig's thoughts and comments, and, fortunately, he writes rather a good blog too
Gwynne Dyer writes some of the best columns that I've ever read -- check the archives linked by year on the bottom of the page
Robert Fisk writes some majestic prose and is a damn fine hack
The following should provide a good spread of opinion - click on the name to go to the site:
For more of the political buzz in the blogosphere...
A variety here for your political delectation....mainly US-centric but none the worse for that; tackling and commenting on the big and not-so-big issues 24/7 in a thoughtful and decent manner (but notice the extent to which the incestuous nature of this particular beast can lead to toe-curling mutual backslapping.....or flagellation); wide specrum stuff, all worth a read IMHO [even if sometimes some of them infuriate me]; and in no political batting order; ladies and gentlemen, I offer up for your antagonism: [Unless otherwise indicated, just click on the name to go to the site]
Our very own Boris Johnson has a cool site....for an ex-Tory MP and a mayor...and Matthew Parris writes some great stuff (for another ex-Tory MP!). As Matthew is now behind Murdoch's paywall, I'm afraid that you'll have to take my word for it
Again, unless otherwise indicated, just click on the name to go to the site...
Juan Cole [thoughtful, informed, detailed coverage and analysis of Middle Eastern stuff; esp. Iraq]
Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo for some solid and well written/linked reporting.
My favourite? Well, that would bruise my apolitical credentials....
Motley Fool - clean site and a great community
Moneyextra - good comparator tools for personal finance
...and last, but not least, Martin Lewis's most excellent MoneySavingExpert.com