Archive for the ‘News’ Category

Bombs in london.

Thursday, July 7th, 2005

I woke up early this morning and for the past 3-4 hours I’ve been listening and watching to the stream from the bbc on the bombs in london. There are some first hand photos on flickr at bomb, London,and adders,Jim Christian,moggan,drebben and a pretty scary one at qwghlm who got the photo from Alfie

Jackson trial verdict being announced.

Monday, June 13th, 2005

It is interesting to see that the news site are only able to send audio streams of the results of the Michael Jackson trial that was due to be announced 10 minutes ago as cameras are not allowed in the courtroom. The BBC have an “audio only” stream but at the moment its actually streaming video reportage from reporters at the court room. The msn’s website is not sending anything at all and looks broken.
I’m not going to comment on the actual case itself as I’ve not been privy to the evidence submitted during the trial – I just think its crazy that the trial has gone on for so long and am amazed how much of a media circus this has turned into.
(and when interviewing someone on the news, you really want to pick someone who doesn’t answer your questions with “that’s right” as it leads to a rather boring interview.)

Tsunami relief

Monday, January 3rd, 2005

In case you didn’t know, you can donate to the Red Cross via amazon and its very easy if you already have an amazon account. Also for british tax payers by ticking the box you immediately boost your donation by 28% via tax relief. So far amazon have had 6081 donations totally just under $300,000 and its increased by 6 donations whilst i’ve written this.

No skirts at school

Sunday, June 20th, 2004

The BBC reports that a suffolk school issues a skirt ban because the skirts were getting too short and too immodest. Now the girls all have to wear trousers. It will be interesting to see how long it takes before someone challenges this in court. Why they didn’t just say the skirts have to be at least X cm’s long or knee length or something…..When I was at school there were about 2 girls who wore trousers at school and they were always getting picked on or laughed at. Interesting how times change.
ironically enough, some time ago there was a girl launching legal action to wear trousers and also a boy fighting to wear a skirt

Newsmap

Saturday, May 22nd, 2004

A cool piece of programming, newsmap shows all the headlines as they appear around the world, with the most talked about stories appearing bigger on the screen and the most recent ones in a brighter colour than older news. I did find some of the links to pages were broken but it is a good way of getting new news sources and keeping up to date.

Eyeball jewellery

Thursday, April 8th, 2004

In a story on Reuters which I had to check to make sure wasn’t published on the 1st April, Jewellery in your eyeball now seems to be the new “subtle” body piercing (which seems painful enough already!). Thanks Richard

Stupid woman arrested….

Friday, January 23rd, 2004

A stupid woman got arrested at the airport for joking about having a bomb in her luggage. Has she been asleep for the past week? The news about the british woman arrested in Miami (I think) for doing the same thing has been in the news all this week so you would have thought someone wouldn’t have done the same thing less than a week later.

CCTV pictures released

Friday, January 23rd, 2004

Apparently the police are threatening to release CCTV footage of people in the area of where someone was murdered. Apparently people should be ashamed if they’ve not come forward as witnesses…I’m not a lawyer but this does seem to be an invasion of privacy and I’m guessing it breaks the Data Protection rules (although theres probably a police get-out clause) as they are publishing details on people NOT related to the crime but just happened to be in the area.

Anyone seen my elephant?

Friday, January 23rd, 2004

Sounds rude 🙂
Apparently an elephant escaped “with simplicity – it just walked through something”. (nice quote from that inspector!). Also in weird news, apparently the guy who worked two weeks solid, wasn’t working but was dead. If they thought he was working, I guess Taxmen don’t do much…..

Inert bomb?

Monday, January 12th, 2004

The US airforce drop a practice bomb, but its’ ok – it was inert……..still caused an 18″ crater though!