Hi, just a quick round up from around the web:
1. As almost everyone has pointed out to me, and don't think I am not grateful, the tuna record has gone again (now £109,000). This is because there aren't enough bluefins left. Don't eat them.
2. At New Year in America, for some reason, giant things descend on ropes to the gasping admiration of the masses. The big one is the bauble in Time Square, if you are a square. If you are a cool cat like me, then the big one is Capt Wylie the Walleye in Port Clinton, Ohio, where you can get walleye sandwiches, walleye popcorn and walleye wine.
In a newspaper report from 1996, organiser Dan Sedlak said, 'It's the beginning of a tradition,' and he was eight. Hobsbawm and Ranger would be over the moon.
3. When I first looked up 'santharliman' on Google, it being a dialect word for some unidentified East Coast fish, nothing was forthcoming. In the search terms people have used to get to this site, santharliman has now scored quite highly. The reason is that some nickname generator allocated it as someone's nickname, and the nicknamed party told people to Google it. The only place they would have come is here. It is just him and me. No fish.
4. I have written at length about the NFL and concussion. Ed Pilkington does a reasonable enough job of rounding the story up for the Guardian, though it's odd he doesn't write about Malcolm Gladwell's New Yorker article on concussion and dogfighting, which was ironically and very clearly, the tipping point as far as public perception was concerned.