Chew on this: new research on Qat "The Home Office's drugs and alcohol research unit ...will report in the autumn. If they conclude that qat is dangerous, they may well recommend that it should be classified along with other illegal drugs such as cocaine, cannabis and amphetamines, bringing UK law into line with the majority of western countries."
The balanced view on Moveable Type bloggers "You are all pretentious twats. Every last one of you. You're all latte-sipping, iMac-using, suburban-living tertiary-industry-working WASPs who offer absolutely no new insights on anything whatsoever apart from maybe one specialist field if we're lucky."
Anti-Semitism, real and exaggerated The foreign editor of Die Welt syndicated to Ha'aretz. Well worth a read. He concludes: "The European reality [of anti-semitism]... is less threatening than the Israelis believe but more worrisome than the Europeans want to think."
Blumenthal on Dean and Gore "Gore's endorsement of Dean is the most important since grainy film was shown at the 1992 Democratic convention depicting President Kennedy shaking hands with a teenage Bill Clinton."
Julie Burchill: The hate that shames us The follow up to last week's starter on anti-semitism. Quite an unspectacular romp through some of the usual suspects (Tom Paulin, Tam Dayell and the supression of the EU report).
This is a Magazine. Well - only in the loosest meaning of the word. But well worth your clicks.
Iraq Phase three: civil war Simon Tisdall in today's paper: "An orderly transition and the assertion of legitimate, democratic governance is by no means assured. Continuing, escalating civil strife, scattering the seeds of a possible civil war, could yet turn out to be the Bush-Blair legacy in Iraq. "
I'm currently in the process of winding this blog down - I've had lots of fun with the idea of 'write about anything whenever you want'...but I've sort of ground to a halt in recent weeks while swamped with other things. l've got plans for something a little more focussed to emerge in a week or so: To quote Woody Allen (again): "At the moment it's just a Notion, but with a bit of backing I think I could
turn it into a Concept, and then an Idea." Will report back soon.
Small robots with friendly faces have helped out in the development of handheld translation gadgets to be tried out by travellers in Japan. Visitors landing at Tokyo's Narita Airport will be able to hire a device which can translate the local lingo.
Should make them available in Glasgow, Liverpool and Newcastle.
Great piece by Jonathan Glancey writes in today's Guardian which points the finger in all the right directions. First the building was far too architecturally ambitious for its own good. Second, the lack of anyone who can take responsibility at Hackney. Or as he puts it
"no one can find a name, figure or department to point a finger at in Hackney Town Hall, precisely because there is effectively no one there capable of handling and taking responsibility for such an ambitious building".