“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 188.8.131.52 (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.
Guns and alcohol. If they could figure out a way to work in night-swimming, the bill would be a shoe-in.
Go here. Click ‘filmpjes’ and enjoy.
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.
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.
(Some links in the latter report NSFW.)
LivingInTerror.com: (Is) an experiment designed to track the number of terror related stories across the worlds media. By doing so I hope to draw attention to the disparity between what is portrayed in the media and the reality of everyday life for most people.
Give that man a lollipop!
WriteToThem.com – the new and improved version of FaxYourMP – is now in beta release. Go and enjoy.
You may also be interested in the release of ‘From Weird to Wired': MPs, the Internet and Representative Politics in the UK.
Here’s my favourite bit so far:
First, the survey asked about the visibility of MPs websites. 22 % of all respondents claim to know whether their local MP has an Internet website. In absolute terms, there are still four in five Britons who do not know about MPs websites. The result is however surprisingly high when one considers the overall low recognition rating of MPs (43 %, see above), internet access levels (around 55 %) and the lack of effort most MPs put into pursuing and publicising an online presence.7 Citizens’ predictions tend to be relatively accurate, as 69 % of respondents gives a correct answer with respect to the actual existence of a site for their MP. If anything, citizens underestimate the extent to which MPs are online: 14 % generously credit their MPs with a site when they don’t have one, but 78 % of those who think that their MP is not online are in fact wrong, suggesting that MPs still need to do considerable work on the marketing of their websites.
Cheers to Wainer for some lovely work and a solid credit for Bloggerheads in the footnotes.