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NBC's opening ceremony mess: the top six cringeworthy moments | Media | guardian.co.uk - http://www.guardian.co.uk/media...
NBC's opening ceremony mess: the top six cringeworthy moments | Media | guardian.co.uk
"NBC co-host Meredith Vieira failed to do her homework and thus did not recognise the importance of the inventor of the world wide web. "If you haven't heard of him, we haven't either," she said. "Google him," joked co-host Matt Lauer." - M F from Bookmarklet
The world already has a pretty low opinion of Americans. Thanks for having just as low a one, NBC. :( - Spidra Webster
I like this a lot. It feeds many of my - occasionally wide of the mark - views of these people. I read too that the ceremony wasn't shown live in the US, I wondered what that said about the country; perhaps nothing good. - Winckel
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Watched the Olympic ceremony again this morning
i still havent made it past the smokestacks, ;) - chaz2b
I watched some bits again on the iPlayer last night. - M F
I still haven't watched a single minute of it - Halil
Halil - I think it's an extraordinary (no exaggeration) and insightful piece and I would strongly commend it to you; I have never seen such an intelligent and moving intro to the Olympics or other large sporting event. Danny Boyle has painted an articulate (forgive the mixed metaphor) and confident image of where the country has come from and what it stands for and it was cheering to see given the greyness and inequality of Cameron and Osborne's Britain. - Winckel
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BBC News - Olympic gatecrasher: India hunts woman in red - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
BBC News - Olympic gatecrasher: India hunts woman in red
"India's Olympic contingent is trying to identify a mystery woman who joined team members as they marched in the opening ceremony on Friday. The woman, wearing blue trousers and a red top, walked next to India's flag-bearer, wrestler Sushil Kumar. She stood out in contrast to athletes in yellow saris or blue blazers." - M F from Bookmarklet
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They were interviewing someone on NPR who was all like "I think everyone was thinking 'Thank God we made it through [the opening ceremonies] without anything calamitous happening.' Well, there are still 16 days left, so we'll see." I don't really know anyone well who is British, but why was my first thought "That is *so* stereotypically British"?
Blind optimism isn't in our genetic makeup. - Mark H
I think it is often a matter of thinking of the worst possible scenario so that you can only be pleasantly surprised when things don't go totally wrong. - M F
Yes, it's difficult to be disappointed when abject failure is considered a successful outcome. It makes us a contented people overall. - Mark H
This is why living in another country that is full of wonder and awe and people who actually think that things will turn out ok is mind blowing in every way :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
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Olympics opening ceremony was 'multicultural crap', Tory MP tweets | Politics | The Guardian - http://www.guardian.co.uk/politic...
Olympics opening ceremony was 'multicultural crap', Tory MP tweets | Politics | The Guardian
The tweets will be toxic for the prime minister who has been praised for his handling of the preparations of the Olympics. Burley's outburst will fuel suspicions that some members of the Conservative party have unreconstructed views which fail to recognise the pivotal contribution to society made by black and minority ethnic Britons. ~ Burley was sacked as parliamentary private secretary to the transport secretary Justine Greening in 2011 after he attended a Nazi-themed stag party. The party involved Nazi salutes. One guest was filmed by the Mail on Sunday raising a toast to "the ideology of the Third Reich" at the La Fondue restaurant at the Val Thorens ski resort. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Burley's remarks sparked a Twitter storm. The footballer Stan Collymore tweeted: "I'll happily stand against you at the next election. You have no clue about our town or its people. Game on." - Halil
Isn't it pretty 'brown' to use 'multicultural' as a swearword? You have to move far to the right here to hear that sort of thing. - Eivind
Well, he did dress up as a Nazi, so what did you expect from him? I think this is telling, he should be de-selected as Tony Gallagher suggested: Tony Gallagher ‏@AidanBurleyMP is quite the tool. Any sign of a craven apology? Or do we pass go and head for de-selection straight away? -- It's a despicable response from a member of parliament. I bet the BNP or UKIP will probably try and recruit him. :-/ - Halil
Ahahaha, typical - sofarsoShawn
Dude...these people. - Anika
If the opening ceremony offended people like him then it wasn't that bad after all. - M F
I wonder how this will shake out, my feeling is that nothing will really happen and Burley will fade into idiotic obscurity. - kendrak
Winckel
Olympic Cycling today in Richmond. Don't think we can leave the front door.
You'll have an excellent view then? - Stephan from iPhone
Not a great cycling fan so we picnic-ed instead to conserve much needed energy :-) - Winckel
Smart thinking. - Stephan
Not far from here too - M F
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London 2012: breathtaking, brash and bonkers...an utterly British Olympic opening ceremony - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport...
London 2012: breathtaking, brash and bonkers...an utterly British Olympic opening ceremony
"Brilliant, breathtaking, bonkers and utterly British. Danny Boyle captured the spirit, history, humour and patriotism of an expectant nation last night as he pulled off an Olympic opening ceremony like no other. From a bucolic vision of our green and pleasant land to a riotous medley of Britpop’s greatest hits, Boyle’s tour de force was a love letter to his homeland that left 65,000 spectators choking with pride. To cap it all, London 2012 literally reached stratospheric heights as five Olympic rings were lifted by giant balloons from the stadium into space. Pity the person who has to try to better this in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Where Beijing 2008 had precision, uniformity and control, London 2012 had James Bond, 600 NHS nurses and 40 live sheep. Boyle’s £27 million creation crackled with wit; the sight of a stadium full of people wearing 3D glasses and head-banging in time to the Sex Pistols’ Pretty Vacant was certainly not one the organisers saw coming when London was given the... more... - Winckel from Bookmarklet
Well done danny Boyle. And a lesbian kiss on Saudi TV. Those mullahs will love it! - Winckel
Although I couldn't be less interested in the Olympics, the opening ceremony was pretty spectacular. - Son of Groucho
hard for us to avoid here, if I pop out for a pint of milk today I'll probably get run over by a world class cyclist :-) - Winckel
This captures it pretty well: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport... - Son of Groucho
I think the contrast with Beijing 2008 is startling - they had a breathtaking display of huge controlled choreography, fitting perhaps for a vast country where people don't have the right to choose their leaders and are abused on a daily basis by petty officialdom, we had an eccentric celebration of art and literature, social progress (the NHS, the Jarrow march), a mix of old and new. Very impressed. - Winckel
I liked it, I liked the NHS bit of course and the way music was used throughout, generally it was creative and intelligent. - M F
Plus, the queen didn't even mess up her hair after that descend by parachute. - Stephan from iPhone
Yes, she did it well :-) - Winckel
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Danny Boyle: "free universal healthcare is an amazing thing to celebrate".
Yes it is Danny, particularly when much of the world, even very wealthy countries don't have it and even oppose it. It's enough to make you feel superior. - Winckel
most of us take it for granted, but if the government has their way, it'll be reformed and ruined, partially privatised, and we all know privatised sector care more about profit, than patient care, it's a no brainer. - Halil
Then we'll just have to depose the government and entomb them in an icy cavern in Antarctica where they can do no more harm and elect a better bunch. - Winckel
Yes and then we can reenact the whole thing with a huge papier macher icy cavern at the next London Olympics in sixty years time - M F
Antarctica is too close, I take offense to that. :) - Stephan from iPhone
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$21tn: hoard hidden from taxman by global elite | Business | The Observer - http://www.guardian.co.uk/busines...
$21tn: hoard hidden from taxman by global elite | Business | The Observer
"A global super-rich elite has exploited gaps in cross-border tax rules to hide an extraordinary £13 trillion ($21tn) of wealth offshore – as much as the American and Japanese GDPs put together – according to research commissioned by the campaign group Tax Justice Network. James Henry, former chief economist at consultancy McKinsey and an expert on tax havens, has compiled the most detailed estimates yet of the size of the offshore economy in a new report, The Price of Offshore Revisited, released exclusively to the Observer." - M F from Bookmarklet
"According to Henry's research, the top 10 private banks, which include UBS and Credit Suisse in Switzerland, as well as the US investment bank Goldman Sachs, managed more than £4tn in 2010, a sharp rise from £1.5tn five years earlier." - Andrew C (✔)
"The detailed analysis in the report [...] suggests that for many developing countries the cumulative value of the capital that has flowed out of their economies since the 1970s would be more than enough to pay off their debts to the rest of the world. Oil-rich states with an internationally mobile elite have been especially prone to watching their wealth disappear into offshore bank... more... - Andrew C (✔)
But at least we are all in this together... - Son of Groucho
it's were cameron got his money from; his dad squirreled it away in tax havens. - Winckel
Halil
Osborne safe for now despite talk of downfall - http://uk.news.yahoo.com/osborne...
Osborne safe for now despite talk of downfall
After a slide back into recession and a poorly communicated budget in March which appeared to make the poor and elderly pay for a tax cut for the rich, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has faced his toughest period since taking office in 2010. ~ The millionaire heir to an Irish baronetcy has struggled to convince as the salesman of austerity cuts to ordinary British voters. - Halil from Bookmarklet
wishful thinking by Vince Cable, wonder if he would of made a better chancellor? any views about him? - Halil
update: Vince Cable: I would make good chancellor http://www.bbc.co.uk/news... - Halil
I think he would show more humanity. Also know the price of a pint of milk. - Winckel
Yes, Cable as it would be hard for anyone to be worse than Osborne. - M F
I don't know how much of the negotiations leading up to the agreement of this coalition either of you remember, but one of them was who would be Chancellor, Osborne or Cable. If you remember, Osborne was Shadow Chancellor, so there was no way Cameron was going to choose ANY Liberal over his Etonian/Bullingdon chum over some commoner. I don't know how much arguing took place, but Cable... more... - Halil
Osborne is really living up to low expectations innit? Weird how Brown seems more personable now. - kendrak
Better the devil you know, so they say, but that also means we should still have Blair as PM...interestingly, he did say last week, if it was offered to him he'd accept. - Halil
It's sad to think how optimistic I was for Blair's government in 1997. (I stayed home from school to watch the coverage, named my cat Lynton after him), and how horrible he was. I also wrote a love song for Brown, which I regret. New Labour was pretty terrible and I don't doubt Blair would love to return, but he was no populist. It's really sad to see what's become of the Liberals. I wonder how long it will take to shake the taint of this coalition. (Not that Labour seems able to do anything.) - kendrak
New Labour was a joke and con, we was all duped. I voted for him like so many in 1997, and have since never voted for Labour again, kind of floated from Green and Lib Dems. I can't stand the Green's now and feel betrayed by the Liberals, so who the friggin hell do I vote for now? The better of the 2 evils? That's not democracy. :-/ - Halil
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London Olympics: Greek athlete expelled for racist tweeting - latimes.com - http://www.latimes.com/sports...
London Olympics: Greek athlete expelled for racist tweeting - latimes.com
LONDON -- Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou never made it to London, managing to be offensive on multiple levels via twitter. She made racist comments on her account and did not back down right away, and kept on going by also retweeting a political party member from the far right. Finally, she apologized on Facebook in Greek and in English, but Greek officials said she had not respected Olympic values and kicked her out of the Games on Wednesday. The track and field events do not start until a week from Friday. Media reports indicated she was still in Athens. Said Papachristou, in a statement: "I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published on my personal twitter account. I am very sorry and ashamed for the negative responses I triggered, since I never wanted to offend anyone, or to encroach human rights. "My dream is connected to the Olympic Games and I could not possibly participate if I did not respect their values. Therefore,... more... - CarlC from Bookmarklet
Thare are quite a few people who don't seem to know how to use Twitter - M F
I know she is young, inexperienced at life, and her views will hopefully change with time, but this was still stupid. - Eric - ill subliminal
No argument here. Oh, but such a hard lesson to learn (if she does). - CarlC
Halil
HOPE not hate news: Stevenage BNP candidate jailed for Tottenham Court Road bomb threat - http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/news...
HOPE not hate news: Stevenage BNP candidate jailed for Tottenham Court Road bomb threat
Green, who stood as a BNP candidate for Stevenage at the last General Election, sparked the siege in a bid to get back £1,000 he had paid for a HGV training course before twice failing the exam. He told office worker Ross Whiteman, who tried to attack him with a fire extinguisher, he had five kilograms of plastic explosives strapped to his chest and wired to go off. Green was also heard to say he wanted all 12 employees to stay in the building, including a pregnant woman, for “collateral damage”. He later allowed eight workers to leave. - Halil from Bookmarklet
I remember when this happened and everyone assumed it was Muslims involved, well it was a BNP candidate! Also only 6 years? Isn't that a little low for this crime? - Halil
Well in Norway too initially they thought it had to be some sort of Islamic terrorism attack and even when it was obvious that they were not involved, some people continue to believed it for a couple of days. That is why it is so difficult to change things, some people believe what they want to believe even when facing the evidence that proves they are wrong. The media does not help. - M F
I know you guys think our system is barbaric but I always am a bit shocked when I read how lenient the sentences are for things like this. Hard to believe he got 6 years and only has to serve 3. - Spidra Webster
Sadly the way the media reports these doesn't help, another good example of selective reporting. If it had been a non-white person, Muslim or otherwise, I bet the BNP and all the other right wing fascists would of come out and shouted their usual vile rhetoric. But where are they now, hmm? @Spidra, got more info from BBC about sentencing; Green was sentenced to six years for false... more... - Halil
Side note: There are still people out on the right who blame Muslims and 'the multicultural experiment' for the Utøya terror. They say multiculturalism created Breivik. (If they knew how to reason they wouldn't be out there on the right wing in the first place.) - Eivind
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BBC News - Newham's fightback against bad landlords - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news...
BBC News - Newham's fightback against bad landlords
"Billions of pounds are being invested in regeneration, including new housing, however many older properties are in an appalling state and Newham Council is blaming bad landlords. There are 35,000 private rental properties in Newham and half do not meet acceptable standards, says Mr Moffatt. Of those around 5,000 are in a "diabolical" condition, he adds." - M F from Bookmarklet
I agree that bad landlords are bad but they have been allowed to get away with it. - M F
Private landlords are usually property developers with a large portfolios these days, out bidding 1st time buyers on homes, chopping them up into multiple occupancy tiny flats, then charging ridiculous rents, because they can. Also, interesting how the East End is being revamped, which is good, but Haringey is poor due to major cut backs from the government and has no money for repairs, let alone new homes :'( - Halil
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Rome alone: 11-year-old boy flies from Manchester to Italy without passport | UK news | guardian.co.uk - http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk...
Rome alone: 11-year-old boy flies from Manchester to Italy without passport | UK news | guardian.co.uk
"An 11-year-old boy took a flight to Rome on his own from Manchester airport without a passport or boarding pass. Liam Corcoran passed through security without being checked, before making his way on to the Jet2.com flight on Tuesday." - M F from Bookmarklet
Tired of the crappy weather? - Eivind
Possibly, he could have come to London then, it's very hot now and we have the Olympics as well - M F
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That plan to archive every tweet in the Library of Congress? Definitely still happening » Nieman Journalism Lab - http://www.niemanlab.org/2012...
That plan to archive every tweet in the Library of Congress? Definitely still happening » Nieman Journalism Lab
"A little more than two years ago, the Library of Congress announced it would preserve every public tweet, ever, for future generations." - M F from Bookmarklet
not completely surprising - Halil
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London Olympics: Lord Coe's astonishing sponsors outburst - The Daily Record - http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news...
London Olympics: Lord Coe's astonishing sponsors outburst - The Daily Record
"HEAVY-HANDED security chiefs will ban Olympic spectators for wearing the wrong brand of clothes, it emerged yesterday. Games boss Sebation Coe warned anyone wearing a Pepsi T-shirt is likely to be booted out because it would upset sponsors Coca-Cola. And he only said spectators in Nike trainers “could probably” be allowed in although Adidas are also backing the event. Coe defended the draconian move and said it was to protect corporate sponsors who have paid a fortune to be involved. It’s the latest example of a ruthless brand crackdown in the run-up to the London games. A cafe manager in London who displayed five bagels in the style of the Olympic rings was ordered to take them down. A butcher in Weymouth, Dorset, also had to take down five rings made from sausages. And police have been told to put sandwiches, crisps and chocolate in clear plastic bags to avoid breaking rules on advertising. The Nike swoosh logo has also been blocked out at Old Trafford before the Manchester stadium... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
This gets me so mad! Takes away from the whole spirit of the games. - Marina's Godmother :-)
It's utterly ridiculous. Something I would have expected in the US but a little surprised to see it in the UK. - Spidra Webster
They've been doing it for months now. There's a story every week in the newspapers. - Marina's Godmother :-)
I can't believe they've taken it so far as to come down on vendors who aren't even on site. Making the Olympic rings out of bagels? What's wrong with that? It's not like anyone will mistake it for officially Olympic sanctioned bagels! I hope those vendors are giving BILLIONS of dollars for this kind of heavy handed enforcement. If they expect to control the entire population, they better be buying it at a pretty penny. - Spidra Webster
Taxpayers are still paying for most of the Olympics, yet it is only the interest of the sponsors that have to be protected. - M F
Makes it that much more infuriating. Multi-national corporations SUCK. - Spidra Webster
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Bat Facts You Won’t Find in The Dark Knight Rises : Wildlife Promise - http://blog.nwf.org/2012...
Bat Facts You Won’t Find in The Dark Knight Rises : Wildlife Promise
Bat Facts You Won’t Find in The Dark Knight Rises : Wildlife Promise
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"About one in every five species of mammal is a bat, which is to say, there are nearly 1,250 bat species out of about 5,700 mammal species (these numbers vary from source-to-source and time-to-time both because of the vagaries of classification and the discovery of new species)." - M F from Bookmarklet
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Are Britons the worst whingers? | Poll | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk - http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment...
Are Britons the worst whingers? | Poll | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
"A New York Times journalist has written that 'low-grade grousing is [Britons'] default response to life's challenges, and part of the national condition – as integral to the country's character as its Eeyoreish attitude toward the weather'. Are Britons the worst for whingeing?" - M F from Bookmarklet
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Debunking The Dangerous “If You Have Nothing To Hide, You Have Nothing To Fear” - http://falkvinge.net/2012...
Debunking The Dangerous “If You Have Nothing To Hide, You Have Nothing To Fear”
"There are at least four good reasons to reject this argument solidly and uncompromisingly: The rules may change, it’s not you who determine if you’re guilty, laws must be broken for society to progress, and privacy is a basic human need." - M F from Bookmarklet
I wish i could like this post twice - Jeff (Team マクダジ )
Yes I was quite impressed with it - M F
"Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have 'Nothing to Hide'" By Daniel J. Solove, May 15, 2011 https://chronicle.com/article... [see also: http://docs.law.gwu.edu/facweb...] - Tinfoil 2.0
"The Eternal Value of Privacy" By Bruce Schneier, May 18, 2006 https://www.schneier.com/essay-1... - Tinfoil 2.0
Iphigenie
national trails to be frittered away? *sigh* - http://www.walkmag.co.uk
national trails to be frittered away? *sigh*
Natural England, who currently manage and maintain National Trails, have begun discussions to hand this power to new Local Trail Partnerships made up of local authorities, business and volunteers. The Ramblers, who played a key role in establishing the trails, is concerned that the lack of a national champion to oversee, guide and support these Local Trail partnerships will leave them vulnerable; resulting in a fragmented network with inconsistent quality between trails and cash strapped Local Authorities unable to sustain funding. - Iphigenie from Bookmarklet
:( - M F
Winckel
Is this G4S? - M F
or HMS Ocean :-) - Winckel
Halil
"The collective principle asserts that... no society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means." Aneurin Bevan, In Place of Fear, p100 #quote
The collective principle may well assert that; decency and decent individuals assert it too and I think I'm fearful and angry that in Cameron's Britain, it is less and less true. Time to kick the bums out and Clegg could help us by causing some constitutional mayhem and refusing to co-operate with the Tories - Winckel
Did you see the interview with David Laws after the revolt last week? He warned of a chain reaction if the Tories didn't hold their end of the bargain with HoL reform, I'm wondering if the Lib Dems, namely Clegg really has the balls to revolt against Cameron? I think Cameron can be a bit of a bully and in no way has he made it a secret he has no great love for liberalism, they are just... more... - Halil
difficult for the LibDems to renege on coalition agreement though :( - Winckel
i fear the next GE, i use the word fear as i have no idea who to have confidence in anymore, i can't just not vote, but who do i vote for? - Halil
just choose the last bad....... :) - Winckel
I think this guys comment is pretty much bang on: Chris Neville-Smith 7 HOURS AGO Sorry Cameron. You might want coalition unity, but a large part of your party don't. As long as the Tory-right are hell-bent on the idea that coalition means the Lib Dems agreeing with everything they say, and that everything going wrong in the country is the fault of the Lib Dems for not towing Tory line, there's no chance of the coalition working out. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news... - Halil
And I thought the last government was really bad. And when you think it cannot get any worse, it can. - M F
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New terms could include pay cuts of up to 5%, an end to overtime for nights, weekends and bank holidays, and reduced holiday leave, the newspaper said...The document was prepared by 19 NHS bosses - Halil from Bookmarklet
I'm guessing these cuts are needed to pay for the 19 bosses bonuses/pay rise? :-| - Halil
Bosses are more important than doctors, you should know that. - M F
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Quite wise this grey bloke. - M F
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Move Your Money UK · Bank On Something Better - http://www.moveyourmoney.org.uk/
Move Your Money UK · Bank On Something Better
I've been using a more ethical bank for over 10 years but I have to admit that due to convenience and my own laziness I have still an account with one of the big 5. Not for long though. - M F from Bookmarklet
I should really talk to the coop or someone. problem is, lots of my card use, payment and bank transfers are international, and most banks offer really lame rates/fees on that. But I should ask, who knows? - Iphigenie
Halil
The HoL may not be perfect, but do you really want to see elected members who could possible win seats if the electoral process is PR, which means the possibility of unsavory people from fringe parties being elected into the HoL! So, if you'll have to choose between the lesser of the two evils; I say leave it as it is for now.
It's bad enough we have 2 BNP MEP's, do you really want them in the HoL??? - Halil
so if I have understood you correctly, the argument is, giving every individual a choice as to who writes our laws is much worse than having the government choose who writes are laws, in case the people the country chooses don't confirm to your own views? Have I understood that correctly? - Winckel
I just wanted to be provocative, apologies if I have been too effective, lol. But yes I agree with the need to reform the HoL, and I agree with you that it's unacceptable in 2012 that we have people who are not elected, but are selected, and in some instances under very suspect/dubious circumstances. But I can't help but wonder that if voter turnouts are currently very poor for all our... more... - Halil
I'm prepared to run the risk, even if the BNP gets a few people elected they are unlikely to do much damage (and among the unelected Lords you find some unsavoury characters and views). Other minority parties might one day also get a couple of seats and that would not necessary be a bad thing as after all we are not exactly enamoured with the main parties. - M F
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London 2012 Olympics: Thousands of unsold tickets offered to Games sponsors - Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport...
London 2012 Olympics: Thousands of unsold tickets offered to Games sponsors - Telegraph
"Hundreds of thousands of unsold tickets for some of the biggest events at the Olympics are being sold behind closed doors to corporate sponsors instead of the British public." - M F from Bookmarklet
The thing that got me was reading about some young athletes in their early teens who are showing talent, not having tickets to go and see their events. But no of course, Coca Cola employees are far more important than any future champions. - M F
and you're surprised by this why? - Halil
Not of course I am not surprised but I still get annoyed. - M F
What's your thoughts on Blair coming back as post Olympics sports adviser then? - Halil
Mark H
After voicing my displeasure with the current environment at work I'm scheduled for a review with the bosses tomorrow. Just had to fill in one of those review forms. Geez.
On a scale of 1 to 6 (1 being excellent, 6 meaning you need help) how would you rate how you communicate information over the telephone? How do you value others? How well do you understand company goals? How would you rate your appearance? - Mark H
What a crock of crap. - Mark H
1, 1, 1, 1, ... - John (bird whisperer)
My answers were mostly 4s and I completely filled the space allocated for the "How content are you working here?" comment box. Tomorrow's going to be just awful. - Mark H
<Genie from Aladdin>On a scale of 1 to 10, *you* are an 11!</Genie> - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
When I have to fill forms like that I really really want to become a hermit. - M F
I get periodic workplace satisfaction surveys in which I'm scathingly honest about my employer. Hey, they asked for it. - Jenny H.
How did it go? - Anika
Anika: it didn't. It got postponed and then postponed again. Fleshing out my CV now and I've even taken the dreaded step of signing up with LinkedIn. - Mark H
:( I hope you don't get fired for being honest. Too often, places like this prefer the status quo instead of changing for the better, then wonder why turnover is high and morale is low. - Anika
Good luck Mark, that sound really stressful. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Halil
Britain's greatest landmarks: vote for your favourite - http://travel.uk.msn.com/short-b...
Britain's greatest landmarks: vote for your favourite
Britain's greatest landmarks: vote for your favourite
I've only seen 7 in this list, and that's because a few are in London, that's bad, I need to get around the UK more. I bet Mark has probably been to most of these places. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Only 11 for me - Marina's Godmother :-)
17 but I've still a lot left to see - M F
Winckel
Queen makes Prince William Knight of the Thistle - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news...
Queen makes Prince William Knight of the Thistle
The event at the city's St Giles' Cathedral was attended by the Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal, the Duchess of Cambridge and hundreds of invited guests. Thousands of people crowded on to the Royal Mile to catch a glimpse of William and Kate - known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn while in Scotland - and other royals as they made their way from the Signet Library, across Parliament Square and into the cathedral. The Order of the Thistle is the highest honour in Scotland and is second only in precedence in the UK to the Order of the Garter. - Winckel from Bookmarklet
Crazy parasitic out-of-touch dudes. And they cost us more this year than last, in a year when we're slashing spending on the young, the poor and the unemployed. (Amended to remove justifiable profanity) - Winckel
What does a knight of the thistle do? - M F
They check stuff. If it's fine, they say 'thistle do.' *gets coat* - Pete
LOL Pete, very funny :-) Current members and officers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - Halil
typical: Wives, sons, daughters and daughters-in-law of Knights of the Thistle also feature on the order of precedence; relatives of Ladies of the Thistle, however, are not assigned any special precedence - Iphigenie
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