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Saturday 19 May 2007

Jimmy Carter on Blair

In an interview for the BBC Radio 4 programme Today, former US president Jimmy Carter described Tony Blair’s support for the Iraq war as a ‘major tragedy for the world’.

In the show, which was broadcast this morning, Mr Carter said that Blair’s attitude to Bush had been ‘abominable. Loyal, blind, apparently subservient.’

And he said that Tony Blair could have made a crucial difference to American political and public opinion by distancing himself during the build-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

The Independent.


Filed under: Politics — GS @ 11:44 am
Sunday 13 May 2007

Help needed after the fire in Lever Street, Manchester on 30 April

On 30 April, just four days after I wrote about the Basement Social Centre in Manchester city centre and said what a unique and absolutely spiffing place it was, a huge fire ripped through a building to the rear of it. (more…)


Filed under: Buildings,Documentary,Manchester — GS @ 11:14 am
Thursday 10 May 2007

Victorian Manchester: ‘Bank Robbery And Suicide’ in Didsbury

We tend to think that guns, robberies and violent crime in Manchester are modern phenomena. But there was lots of it going on in Victorian times too. Even in Didsbury (heaven forbid).

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Filed under: Crime,History,Manchester — GS @ 12:11 pm

Data collection by United Utilities’ foreign call centres

Recently I mentioned how I called United Utilities and was asked for my date of birth for ‘data protection’ reasons. I refused to give it and they wouldn’t discuss my water bill.

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Filed under: Crime — GS @ 11:19 am
Friday 4 May 2007

‘Devastating global warming can be avoided’ — but it depends on your definition of ‘devastating’

The Guardian writes that devastating global warming can be avoided without excessive economic cost but only if we act now and limit the temperature increase to 2C.

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Filed under: Environment — GS @ 3:31 pm
Thursday 26 April 2007

The scaremongering over terror threats is growing…

…says person who read Home Secretary John Reid’s latest attempt.

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Filed under: Politics — GS @ 3:06 am

Check out the Basement Cafe and Social Centre in Manchester city centre

It comes as a breath of fresh air to realise that there are still good people around in Manchester who are not focused on relieving you of as much cash as possible.

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Filed under: Food & cookery,Manchester — GS @ 1:43 am
 
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