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Friday, 30 November 2007
Promises to keep

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And miles to go before I sleep.

Posted by bigblue on 30/11/2007 at 10:36 PM
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Wednesday, 28 November 2007
Clouds

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There are some interesting shapes and formations if you look upwards today.

Posted by bigblue on 28/11/2007 at 02:18 PM
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Tuesday, 27 November 2007
Putting two and two together



Above is an excerpt from a CBC programme on the Archbishop’s efforts to tackle poverty and AIDS:

Instability in one part of the world, almost always communicates itself as instability all over.

And tonight File on Four on BBC Radio 4 he features in the programme From Calvary to Lambeth addressing his concerns over the obsession of the Anglican Church with sex, and its homophobic stance.

He said the Anglican Church had seemed “extraordinarily homophobic” in its handling of the issue, and that he had felt “saddened” and “ashamed” of his church at the time.

Asked if he still felt ashamed, he said: “If we are going to not welcome or invite people because of sexual orientation, yes.

“If God, as they say, is homophobic, I wouldn’t worship that God.”

There’s some coverage of the programme here and here.

Posted by bigblue on 27/11/2007 at 09:26 PM
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Monday, 26 November 2007
la Jaconde

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Spotted in a shop window: a reworking of the familiar Mona Lisa portrait. Is it making a subversive point and if so, what?

Posted by bigblue on 26/11/2007 at 05:27 PM
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Saturday, 24 November 2007
Council waste collection



It’s interesting to revisit this debate a year on. I missed it at the time, but remember the issue: a number of councils instituted a fortnightly (in place of a standard weekly) refuse collection. Typically these were Alternate Weekly Collections (AWCs).

About 140 councils in England now run an alternate weekly collection (AWC) system, where ordinary household waste is taken once a fortnight, rather than once a week.

Recyclable material, such as glass or paper, is removed on other weeks.

There is anecdotal evidence of rats and foxes and, in particular, maggots enjoying a feast of rotting food left in bins for longer.

Whitehall advice to councils, who have to cut their waste levels or face fines, is not to introduce the idea of fortnightly collections too near polling day.

Sian hit the nail on the head when she said that the problems arose because councils didn’t institute proper programmes to deal with food waste before changing the collection cycles.

Another interesting thing is that the BBC policy of getting the “opposite view” (which they apply selectively) leads them to get wacks like Prof Woudhuysen who put forward a position (not really an argument) for doing away with all recycling programmes by Councils.

Posted by bigblue on 24/11/2007 at 10:35 PM
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Thursday, 22 November 2007
A Convenient Truth



Jack Guest has released a film “about the world getting better”. Above is the trailer, courtesy of YouTube, you can watch the full-length feature over at his website. Meanwhile Mark Lynas tries to keep it simple with his Three things to do to save the planet.

Posted by bigblue on 22/11/2007 at 09:40 AM
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Wednesday, 21 November 2007
The Holywell Music Room

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This is the Holywell Music Room, venue of this evening’s entertainment. It is said to be the oldest purpose built music room in Europe. It was built in 1742, contains an organ, and many musicians (including Handel) have performed here. It is the City of Oxford’s chamber music hall and is attached to Wadham College.

Posted by bigblue on 21/11/2007 at 10:01 PM
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The Oxford Alternotives

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This group are third up with their distinctive doo-ing and waa-ing through a mixed bag of songs, which they describe in the programme as ‘cheese’. A mild Brie perhaps.

Posted by bigblue on 21/11/2007 at 09:15 PM
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