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Monday 13 December 2010

Survivors remember the Manchester Blitz 70 years on

“Seventy years ago, Manchester endured its own Blitz – two nights of bombing by Hitler’s Luftwaffe which left 684 civilians dead, 2,364 wounded and swathes of the city centre in ruins.”

Manchester Evening News

Filed under: Bygone Manc,History,Manchester — GS @ 3:54 am
Saturday 7 March 2009

War comes home to Britain

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes the basic freedoms being lost in Britain as the ‘national security state’, imported from the United States by New Labour, takes effect.

Filed under: Politics — GS @ 6:02 am
Thursday 18 September 2008

Dust from depleted uranium weapons causes a cancer epidemic in southern Iraq

‘…consider the devastation of Iraq’s health, once the best in the Middle East, by the ubiquitous dust from British and US depleted uranium weapons. A World Health Organisation study reporting a cancer epidemic has been suppressed, says its principal author. This has been reported in Britain only in the Glasgow Sunday Herald and the Morning Star. According to a study last year by Basra University Medical College, almost half of all deaths in the contaminated southern provinces were caused by cancer.’

John Pilger writing in The New Statesman

Filed under: Health,Politics — GS @ 4:19 pm
Thursday 28 February 2008

The true cost of the war in Iraq

‘In 2005, a Nobel prize-winning economist began the painstaking process of calculating the true cost of the Iraq war. In his new book, he reveals how short-sighted budget decisions, cover-ups and a war fought in bad faith will affect us all for decades to come.’

Read more at The Guardian.

Filed under: Politics — GS @ 6:13 pm
Tuesday 12 June 2007

Safari for Windows

Safari is the web browser for Mac users and Apple just brought out a version for Windows.

As I remember the horribly invasive player that is Apple Quicktime for Windows, I was in two minds about whether to try Safari. But I did…

Well it’s a piece of junk so far. When I start it, the top menus have white text on a white background, so I can’t see or do anything.

OK so it’s a beta. It may be fixed next time. Maybe it’s some quirk of my system. But I can’t remember the last time I tried beta software and it presented me with a bug as stupid as this one.

So safari has been uninstalled. I’ll stick with Opera and Firefox.

Other reviews say it seems like a ‘rushed if not a botched’ job.

Filed under: Net & technology — GS @ 8:50 am
Friday 8 June 2007

Hot-air balloons over Manchester city centre (video)

Hot-air balloons over manchester city centre

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, just as the sun was going down, several hot-air balloons took off from next to Sportscity (the 2002 Commonwealth Games stadium) and drifted across the sky towards the west of the city.

It felt so peaceful, I wanted to be up there too.

Filed under: Manchester,With video — GS @ 10:44 am
Saturday 19 May 2007

Reports problems to your local council with Neighbourhood Fix It

The Neighbourhood Fix It website is an effective way to highlight and report problems in your local neighbourhood.


Filed under: Environment,Politics — GS @ 2:21 pm
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