My media week 20/06/10

The always-controversial Christopher Hitchens makes the case against Prince Charles:

Charles, Prince of Piffle. Here is a flavour of the piece:

We have known for a long time that Prince Charles’ empty sails are so rigged as to be swelled by any passing waft or breeze of crankiness and cant. He fell for the fake anthropologist Laurens van der Post. He was bowled over by the charms of homeopathic medicine. He has been believably reported as saying that plants do better if you talk to them in a soothing and encouraging way. But this latest departure promotes him from an advocate of harmless nonsense to positively sinister nonsense.

Linguist David Crystal has just published a book about language aimed at teenagers but which could be of interest to anyone who loves language. Crystal was interviewed on Talk of the Nation.

Julian Baggini looks at our attitude to risk and the economic value of a human life: Is driving more dangerous than flying through ash?


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