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Friday procrastination: link love – festivals, fiction, and Stephen Fry

Greetings from Oxford, where we are currently between downpours of rain, though I’m assured that it is still officially summer. Who knew? Anyway, here’s my pick of the web this week.

The Guardian asks what’s the best TV show of the 2000s? Frontrunner so far seems to be The Wire (although I voted for The West Wing).

With the Edinburgh Fringe kicking off this week, here’s a list of the 10 strangest festival venues.

Mary Beard on what computers do to handwriting.

The longlist of 2009’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced.

Stephen Fry on America’s place in the world.

Apparently there might have been cannibals in England 9000 years ago.

How Orwellian was George Orwell?

Farewell John Hughes, who has died at the age of 59. The Guardian looks at his career in clips.

The secret royals: illegitimate children of British monarchs.

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