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Tuesday, 05 August 2008
Twitter, the new political weapon

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While in Paris yesterday I spotted this article in Liberation, (French).

For the lazy reader, here’s the Franglish version which has the advantage of reading a bit like a Hello Hello script. Add your own phoney accent.

Posted by bigblue on 05/08/2008 at 10:23 AM
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Monday, 04 August 2008
British War Criminals

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I notice that the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory in Greenwich have a number of statues celebrating notorious war criminals/terrorists/pirates.

Here we see Captain James Cook (possibly both a pirate and terrorist in his day). His barbarity and cruelty in Hawaii (where he abused the local hospitality on a stop-over) resulted in his execution there on a second visit. 

Some historians have sought explanations for his death in the alleged superstitions of the Hawaiin people. I suspect that the crime he was executed for was more likely along the lines of “crimes against humanity”.

He is still praised in Britain for his sea-faring skills and his explorations, illustrating that old adage about one person’s terrorist being another person’s hero.

Posted by bigblue on 04/08/2008 at 07:35 PM
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Sunday, 03 August 2008
Contrasting feet

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Two of the people I accompanied to the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich yesterday.

Posted by bigblue on 03/08/2008 at 12:54 PM
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Saturday, 02 August 2008
The Greenwich Foot tunnel

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We have just traversed the tunnel, and back, noting that there are certain restrictions on one’s freedom while doing so. Still this leaves many other possibilities open.

Posted by bigblue on 02/08/2008 at 12:47 PM
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Public transport in London

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It’s something we all use but still gets that “could do better” in its report card every year. I tend to think that in some way we have now given up on the dream of cheap and efficient public transport. We are all just relieved when we there’s no major cock up, and we get to our destination on time.

I’m on my way to Greenwich to meet up with some friends. I wanted bluemeanie to come with us but she’s under the weather.

Posted by bigblue on 02/08/2008 at 10:28 AM
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Friday, 01 August 2008
The Earth has righted itself

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Yesterday it was all upside-down. I saw something like that in the Diskworld movie: someone fell off the disk and the tortoises turned and banked back to fetch them. It would be too complicated to explain via mobile phone as I am doing now.

So far this evening I have seen one other cyclist, heading in the opposite direction to me. That makes two this week, although I can’t be sure that they were not the same person.

Posted by bigblue on 01/08/2008 at 07:42 PM
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