The Ruffian

Ian Leslie
Ian Leslie picks out the most important, interesting and beautiful signals from all the noise and delivers them in one elegant package to your in-box.
Created 09 Jun 2020
  • Under pressure
    30 Oct 2021 • 10 min read • 15 8
    I mean why not really? This week the BBC published a news article on its website which set the online outrage machine in motion. It was headlined “‘We’re being pressured into sex by some trans women.’...
  • What the greatest songs of all time tell us about the times
    16 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 6 1
    Prince at the 2007 Super Bowl. Rolling Stone recently published a list of the greatest 500 songs ever made, to much wailing and dissenting on social media. A bit of background: the 250-strong electora...
  • The Battle of Bamber Bridge
    09 Oct 2021 • 22 min read • 5 2
    African-American soldiers in England during the Second World War. Photograph by David E. Scherman /LIFE Picture Collection / Getty/New Yorker. This is a special edition of The Ruffian. Normal service,...
  • In Praise of Sheeple
    02 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 4 0
    As you’ll know if you’ve read CONFLICTED, I’m a firm believer that the group, under the right conditions, is more intelligent than the person. The old adage that two heads are wiser than one is true, ...
  • Supernatural
    19 Sep 2021 • 11 min read • 31 0
    Emma Raducanu during her first round win over Stefanie Voegele in the 2021 US Open. Photograph: REX/Shutterstock In what turned out to be the penultimate point of her win over Stefanie Voegele in the ...
  • MLK syndrome
    11 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 16 0
    LBC @LBC Barrister @JolyonMaugham: 'I'm prepared to go to prison if that's where I find my ethics require me to go.' Listen to Full Disclosure: | @mrjamesob September 3rd 2021295 Retwe...
  • Biden takes the buck
    21 Aug 2021 • 9 min read • 5 0
    Evacuation at Kabul airport. Reuters/BBC The news from Afghanistan is purely dreadful, for all the reasons you already know. There is no comfort, no silver lining that I can see. Biden botched the exe...
  • Angels, demons, and videotape
    07 Aug 2021 • 13 min read • 15 0
    Any Cooper, in a still from Christian Cooper’s video taken in Central Park, May 2020. In 1986 the Guardian made an ad for itself that is regarded as one of the best ads ever made. It was made by BMP a...
  • The outsider and inside air
    24 Jul 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    Dr Bennet Omalu (right) with Will Smith, who played him in the film Concussion. THE HERETIC [This post inspired by this paper by Gregory Hollin, a sociologist at the University of Leeds.] In recent ye...
  • Totes emosh
    10 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 4 0
    Gareth Southgate congratulating/consoling Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel after the England-Denmark semi-final. Mike Egerton/PA Wire. Slightly shorter than usual because I’ve been spending all my...
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