Today, Page 3 lovely Peta (18, from Essex) backs Tony Blair’s call for Ken Livingstone to apologise over his ‘anti-Jewish’ remarks (Boris Johnson, BTW, has a slightly different view). She says: “I found his comments totally abhorrent. As Mayor of London he should be setting a good example. If he won’t apologise he should be forced to give up his leadership.”
Hmmm. Won’t apologise… should be forced to give up his leadership… that rings bells for some strange reason.
UPDATE – Ah, good. I’m not alone.
UPDATE – Ooh, look – there goes another one.
Yes. I am paranoid. And I have delusions of grandeur.
Here’s something inneresting from my Bloggerheads stats for February:
22.214.171.124 (18 pages, last visit 09 Feb 2005 – 11:44)
See if you can guess (before you click) what this IP reveals.
More IP fun tommorow, kids.
PS – My email has been playing up all afternoon. I think Martians are to blame. If you’ve sent me something since midday, I’ve been unable to retrieve it.
“One more chance” says wife-beater Blair. Heh. I suspect this may be an ugly metaphor. There is no suggestion that Tony actually beats Cherie. Making such a claim would be more than a little bit silly.
I’ve yet to process the full BB logs (we may not have the resources for this until next week) but when I take a close look at the Bloggerheads stats for this month, I spy the IP address 126.96.36.199 (70 pages accessed, last page accessed 15 Feb 2005 at 10:48am). Here’s why this matters.
Independent – British troops face new charges as bodies of Iraqi civilians are exhumed: Charges against British troops are believed to be imminent following fresh allegations of crimes committed in Iraq, including cases relating to the deaths of civilians. Army investigators have exhumed the bodies of civilians who were allegedly shot dead by soldiers in the British-controlled region of southern Iraq for investigators to perform forensic tests. Their reports are in the final legal stages with the Army Prosecuting Authority. The Independent has uncovered evidence relating to the deaths of six Iraqi civilians whose families claim they were killed by British troops. Two of the cases are being considered by the Army Prosecuting Authority and are expected to result in charges. It is not known whether British troops will face any charges in relation to the other cases but the Government is believed to be considering claims for compensation from the families.
If you read further, you’ll see that compensation for the accidental/unlawful death of a family member goes about as high as 800 squid if you’re an Iraqi.
Obviously compensation levels can’t be higher than this, otherwise Iraqis would be throwing women and children into firefights and under passing tanks in the hope of cashing in.
Can any Bloggerheads readers that also read lots and lots of books please make themselves known? I may have an interesting project for you.
UPDATE – Cheers all. More than enough. I’ll be in touch with some of you today.
The Times – British bloggers grow bolder: A study of British political blogs carried out by the Hansard Society last year criticised the UK’s main sites for pandering to “internet connoisseurs rather than ordinary members of the public”… Political blogging in the UK is much more embryonic and exclusive than in the US,” said Ross Ferguson, the new media manager at the Hansard Society. “UK bloggers have yet to decide whether blogging is a means to promote transparency in politics or another tool for party campaigning.”
I think you already know which I would prefer. Oh, this article goes on to mention some agressive chap with a weblog.
I just caught a fabulous profile of – and interview with – Norman Gunston on Radio 4. You chaps need to find out more about Norman Gunston, yes you do. Start here and follow your nose.
Another interesting and not totally unrelated trail begins here in the pursuit of more information about a man by the name of John Safran.
John once noticed that the It’s a Small World ride at Disneyworld didn’t include any representatives from Iraq. His solution (after he showed viewers how to break into the theme park without paying) was to plant a little Saddam Hussein doll in amongst the figures. He also took the time to erect a special plaque in the room dedicated to Walt Disney that claimed in quiet, matter-of-fact way that good ol’ Walt was a Nazi sympathiser.
I’ve been so busy with BB that haven’t really been keeping up with the whole Jeff Gannon thing, but how can I not take an interest when things are getting this interesting?
(Some links in the latter report NSFW.)