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Tweet Reading Glenn Greenwald’s piece in Pete Baker’s previous post will reinforce in the minds of many their negative views of the American political process and the Presidential elections, and that’s even before we start getting personal about US presidents with our own favourite stories about their stupidity and iniquity. This negative coverage will increase exponentially [...] more »
Tweet Full marks to UU for their novel approach to widening access by giving everybody who applied for their engineering courses a place whether one existed (exists) or not. Very French. For the full story please follow the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-19307130 Here we have a situation where: - there were 180 places but all 370 applicants [...] more »
Tweet “What is it that makes people want to be politicians?” is not a question we often ask ourselves, more likely we might ask “Why would anybody want to be a politician?” in such a way as to suggest that we already know the answer. I have a long held memory that Tony Blair’s response [...] more »
Tweet Something unusual happened last night, some 30 million BBC viewers watched a Performing Arts event live on TV as did a billion more throughout the world. While we’re used to major sports events attracting large numbers of viewers very rarely do we see a Performing Arts event promoted so heavily. OK so it was [...] more »
Tweet Another chance to predict the future; the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, Euro 2012, is almost upon us. The tournament will be hosted by Poland and Ukraine and the first match kicks off this Friday 8th June 2012. Local interest here will focus on the Republic of Ireland, England, Poland and Portugal but not [...] more »
Tweet As this is now poetry corner, a piece of performance poetry which is almost prophetic (pathetic as well) Joe’s Bar, Exit 30, Interstate 4, FLA, USA, Date: 9 December 1999 Side by side in the liquor store sat George Dubya Bush and Big Al Gore. “Dubya ‘tween you an’ me an’ that [...] more »
Tweet My campaign to get some London Olympic 2012 tickets for NI fell at the first hurdle, see below http://sluggerotoole.com/2011/06/29/pt-brits-required And the last couple of days have seen the beginning of the countdown to London 2012. The BBC being unable to report on any tangible benefits for Norn Iron have rightly asked the question, several [...] more »
Tweet Last night’s late night television on BBC 2 was riveting. It began with “This World” http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mgxx at 11.20 in which reporter Mark Franchetti investigated Italy’s Camorra who operate in and around Naples. Its hold on the city is extensive. It was followed by “Gomorrah” http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wyqzs a film set in Naples which exposes the murky [...] more »
Tweet Someone very close to me and three friends have just succeeded in getting tickets for court No 1 at Wimbledon today and will see Djokovic’s and Nadal’s quarter finals. True they had to queue overnight and pay £74 each for the privilege. £74 each is a lot of money to them as they are [...] more »
Tweet It’s competition time … It used to be a well-established principle that city status was only recommended in the case of towns of the first rank in population, size and importance, and having a distinctive character and identity of their own. Nowadays a city does not need a large number of inhabitants, St. David’s [...] more »
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