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It made me feel as I have sometimes done after a night out, standing on the
platform at Piccadilly circus and starting to wish I hadn't had that last
double brandy-Matthew Engel
There will be another election next year. Mayor Livingstone has far fewer
powers than, for example, Mayor Bloomberg has in New York, but far more control
than he has over critical issues such as transport and planning.
Plus he is supposed to promote London internationally. Of course an elected
mayor is by no means a new concept.
The square mile or so that forms the City of London has been electing its
mayors since at least 1189, when Henry Fitz-Ailwyn held the position.
As I understand it, the City is far more interested in expanding heliport
facilties near Canary Wharf and the imminent arrival of a fab restaurant at
Battersea Heliport than it is with an additional runway at Heathrow-Mrs
New York Times recently announced that almost all its online material would
now be free. FT.com has just moved to a system for occasional visitors. And
Murdoch has strongly hinted that the Journal might do something similar. The
theory is that advertising revenue will outstrip subscription revenue-Tim
"Cheese-eating surrender monkeys"-the memorable line used by Bolton coined
for the French after they had voted against the Iraq war at the UN-Edward Luce
Researchers at Tufts University in Massachusetts are using functional
near-infrared spectroscopy, which uses light beams to monitor blood flow to the
brain to determine an individuals state of mind.
According to Planet Retail, Britons spent £120mn on Halloween in 2006,
compared with £12mn five years before, the market is now worth £25mn.
Once known as Hallowtide: a cluster of customs arising from the Celtic
celebration called Samhain, which marked the turning of the year and the beginning
Samhain was associated with the lighting of fires to honour the dead and to
defy malevolent spirits.
The Church both denounced the festivals of Samhain as diabolic and sought to
appropriate aspects of them in the shape of All Saints Day on November
Fifty years ago this month, Sputnik shocked the western world with its
As far as the US government was concerned, that basketball-sized metal ball
flying overhead meant the sky was falling.
If the Russians could lob a payload, however small, into orbit, that meant
they could drop a bomb wherever they pleased.
In response, the Eisenhower administration created the National Areonautics
and Space Administration-Michael Belfiore.
The Shock Doctrine; The Rise of Disaster Capitalism-Naomi Klein.
Taste: The Story of Britain Through its Cooking-Kate Colquhoun.
Life on Air:History of Radio Four-David Hendy.
Back in the ice ages our ancestors were cutting notches on bones to make a
Just before the French Revolution, there were a quarter of a million
Faced with this metrological madness, the revolutionaries came up with the
100 second minute, the 100 minute hour and the 10 hour day-a system that
lasted about 10 (60 second) minutes
The Story of Measurement-Andrew Robinson.
In the 1990s, estate agents would cite the arrival of a tapas bar on the
local high street as a tipping point in an area's journey from "affordable" to
Pablo Casals and the resurrection of Bach's Cello Suites.
He died in 1973 aged 96. He lived with Bach's music, playing it on the piano
at the start of every day-Andrew Clark-FT-Magazine21/10/2007
Study by an Israeli psychologist into the violent behaviour of the country's
soldiers is provoking bitter controversey and has awakened urgent questions
about the way the army conducts itself in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
"from the moment you go through the Erez checkpoint into the Gaza strip you
are the law. You are God. When one of them spat at me. I gave her rifle butt
in the face. "With women I have no problem. With women, one threw a clog at
me and I kicked her (in the crotch).I broke everything there.She can't have
children. Israeli troops did not have the training to react to confrontation
20 years ago.
After weeks of campaigning that have seen in Poland the Kaczynski's Law and
Justice party (PiS) has been in the lead, but the latest polls suggest that
their rivals in the Civic Platform will win the elections today.
Who tried to kill Benazir Bhutto?
What are the long-term implications?
The most important is that state institutions, such as the army and
intelligence services-whether they were involved or not- are unaccountable,
underlining the fragility of the political system.
Menzies was also an important voice raised against Guatanamo Bay and
"extraordinary rendition", that ghastly euphemism for state-sanctioned kidnapping
and torture.-Andrew Rawnsley.
The Transform Drug Policy Foundation says the government's consultation on a
new 10-year drugs strategy is a "sham" and warns that the current policy is
fuelling a crime epidemic.
The political benefits of pursuing prohibition are now waning and the
political costs of its continuation are becoming unsustainable.
That drug prohibition has allowed organised crime to control the market and
criminalised millions of users, putting a huge strain on the justice system.
Trustees of the Cutty Sark are facing a £16mn funding crisis. It was built
in 1869 for the tea trade with China Its unique hull design made it one of the
world's fastest ships.
Katine, is a small village of 1,500 people in north-east Uganda where three
in four families live on less than a dollar a day, eking out a precarious
existence through subsistence farming.
Water is drawn from wells or boreholes and is seldom safe enough to drink,
but people drink it anyway.
Confidential Camelot foundation minutes obtained by the Observer show the
issues of funding new projects and taking on staff were discussed in July and
September. But Camelot directors attending these meetings did not tell their
fellow foundation board members there would be no more money.
Only one in six patients who have a bad experience of the NHS complains
because most see no point.
Of those who did not complain, 57% did not do so because they thought it
would make no difference and 32% because they feared and future care they might
need wuld be affected-Which research.
A fresh row over party funding erupted last night after the government
proposed a cap on the so-called "Ashcroft millions" provided by a multi-miilonaire
Tory peer to fund candidates in marginal constituencies.
Some 300,000 volunteers help to organise and collect for the Poppy Appeal
each year. They distribute around 36mn poppies, 100,000 wreaths and sprays and
750,000 remembrance crosses. Last year's appeal raised a record £2mn, a third
of the £75.5mn required to carry on the British Legion's
Ghanaian farmers are the 45,000 shareholders in Kuapa Kokoo co-operative who
together own 45% of Divine Chocolate-a company with 16 employees based in
south London, they had a turnover of £10mn this year-Enterprising Solutions
Finance ministers from the G7 nations issued a blunt warning this weekend
that rising energy costs and the American housing crisis will put the brakes on
the global economy over the next 12 months, as oil prices surged towards
$100 a barrel.
Britains housing market is at a turning point, with an average home now
worth nine times average earnings, and millions of borrowers facing rising
repayments as their fixed-rate mortgage deals end.
Students at the LSE have put pressure on City banks to pay their cleaners a
living wage. After winning a pay rise for LSE cleaners, they have turned
their attention to scrutinising the behaviour of firms vying to recruit LSE
Over the past two decades US housing has become less a means of securing an
affordable place to live with the prospect of a solid bricks and mortar
investment for your old age and more a means of get-rich-quick speculation.
Housebuilding slumped to its lowest level in 14 years.
Housing starts in September were 10.2% lower than those in September last
year, the worst performance since 1992.
London Evening Standard's paid-for sales were up 9.7% on August. But nearly
40,000 down on September 2006-Business-Observer21/10/2007
As opium harvests in Afghanistan have increased, some politicians and think
tanks have raised a tenchant question: rather than trying to eradicate the
poppies why not,instead buy them and make morphine.
The WHO estimates that over 6.2mn of the world's poor are dying of cancer,
AIDs, burns and wounds without adequate pain relief.
The crop, two years ago could have been purchased for $600mn and now for
about $1bn-New York Times Supplement-Observer21/10/2007
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