Entries from July 2008

Medical Tests

The Times – I don’t want to be treated by a dyslexic doctor<br/> She is not being discriminated against. She is being weeded out, Stephen Pollard But a 21-year-old medical student, Naomi Gadian, takes a different view. Ms Gadian is dyslexic and is suing the General Medical Council because it uses multiple-choice tests as part […]

Categories: People and Current Events

The Olympics Through the Looking Glass

The Times – Olympic Games show China through a glass, darkly<br/> As the opening approaches, preparations reflect a disturbing side of the communist regime, by Jonathan Fenby (the China director at the research service Trusted Sources) [U]nwittingly, the Olympics also reflect the downside of China’s hectic growth story and contain reminders of the nature of […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Why Is It Called a "Shower" Anyway

So those of you following the Twitter will have noticed lots of flying talk today. I’m at home (again) for another round of wedding prep. I have to have another hair consultation, I have to meet again with the lady at where the reception will be, I have to cake places to test, the wedding […]

Categories: Wildcard

Location, Location, Locution

Telegraph – Houses are now homes – not gold mines, by Lesley Thomas Along with the economy, the conversation at the average metropolitan social gathering has suffered a downturn. There is an awful lot to moan about if you are unfortunate enough to be part of a demographic category that has to put petrol into […]

Categories: People and Current Events

The ninme Influence Grows Down Under

I give Brett McS credit. Curtsy: Brett McS. SMH – Starbucks closes 61 shops, cuts 700 jobs ALMOST 700 employees of the coffee chain Starbucks will lose their jobs on Sunday after the company yesterday announced the closure of 61 of its 84 Australian stores. Starbucks employees were told of the closures during 28 meetings […]

Categories: Food

More Ex-Commonwealth Problems

The Times has been all over the story about the murder of a newly-wed couple (the husband turns out to be brain dead so I’m counting them both as murdered) on their honeymoon in Antigua. That she was young, pretty, a doctor, and one of the few remaining Welsh speakers in the country just adds […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Health of Communities, Young Lungs

Today’s Cranky Telegraph Theme is The Trouble with Pubs: Telegraph Blogs – The real reason pubs are dying: the totalitarian smoking ban, by Gerald Warner So, when we learn that publicans are selling only 14 million pints of beer a day, compared with 15.6 million a year ago; when the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) […]

Categories: Food

Breaking: Earth Turns; Sun Expected to Rise in Morning

BBC – World trade talks ‘failed again’ Marathon talks in Geneva aimed at liberalising global trade appear to have ended without agreement. Trade talks collapsed after China, India and the US failed to agree on import rules, officials said, but there has been no official announcement. Earlier, European Union Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson warned a […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

We All Truly Can Find Inspiration In Nature

The Times – Shrew identified as world’s hardest drinking creature A tropical shrew with a taste for alcoholic nectar has been identified as the hardest-drinking creature in the world. Pentailed tree shrews have such an appetite for alcohol that each night they imbibe, weight for weight, the equivalent of a human downing up to nine […]

Categories: Science and Nature

A Girl Named Katie

I’ve been meaning to get to this for days. The Telegraph – Katie Couric is right to criticise sexist US, by Catherine Elsworth Katie Couric, America’s highest earning television news anchor, has whipped up quite a storm with her comments that she, like Hillary Clinton, is a victim of sexism. The presenter of CBS Evening […]

Categories: Business & Media

Accents! And Maps! In One!

The Sunday Times – By ’eck, our funny accents are the envy of the world, by Jeremy Clarkson As I write, a team of researchers at Leeds University is working its way through £460,000 of our money, preparing a language and dialect atlas of Britain in the 21st century. Good. This is an excellent and […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Die Already, You Pensioned Hip-Thrusters, Die!

The Sunday Times – There’s a lot to be said for ageing disgracefully<br/> … just look at Mick Jagger, still swinging at 65 after a lifetime of hedonism, by India Knight Mick Jagger turned 65 yesterday – thrust-out chest, strut, skinny jeans and all. In theory these defiantly virile rock dinosaurs, of whom Jagger is […]

Categories: Entertainment

We're At the Zoo!

“Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree…”

Categories: Science and Nature

Batman At Last!

We’re at the Seattle Center to see Batman at Imax!

Categories: Entertainment

Trust Not the Quack Or You Might Be Genocided

The Times – New Age ideas and mass murder go hand in hand<br/> Radovan Karadzic’s double life as an alternative medicine guru shouldn’t surprise us, by Igor Toronyi-Lalic We express shock when the lovely bloke next door – “wouldn’t hurt a fly” – is taken away in a dawn raid for a savage granny attack. […]

Categories: Science and Nature