September 3rd, 2004


Quotes of the Day

Somehow number two makes me think of the USA right now ... although it can equally well apply to the UK :) Number three also made me smile.


I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn't park anywhere near the place.
Steven Wright (1955 - )

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right.
H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.
Alfred Hitchcock (1899 - 1980)

You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.
Ray Bradbury (1920 - ), advice to writers

News from the BBC

This is just a selection of the top news stories from two sections of my daily newsletter from the BBC. I find it interesting to see the range of stories covered, but then I'm a fan of the BBC :)



Bush sets out re-election vision
President Bush promises to build a safer world and a better America, in his address to the Republican convention.

Self-inflicted jail deaths rise
Figures seen by the BBC show that in August self-inflicted deaths in English prisons reached a new monthly high.

Russia siege goes into third day
Negotiators renew talks with an armed group holding hundreds hostage at a school in southern Russia.

UK house prices retreat in August
UK house prices fell by 0.6% in August as recent interest rate rises took hold, the Halifax says.

Two RAF crew killed in training
Two members of an RAF crew are killed and one injured after their aircraft crashes on a training exercise.


Tours open up science treasures
The Science Museum opens its vast west London storerooms to public view - 170,000 objects that include Stone Age tools and even freeze-dried GM mice.

Cats may carry the bird flu virus
The bird flu virus that can kill humans has the potential to be spread by cats, scientists have found.

Soya boom threat to South America
Some of South America's key areas are at risk from soya bean exports, campaigners say.

Quotes on "Democracy"

After my previous set of quotes and inspired [do I mean that?] by what has been going on in New York I thought I'd share some quotes on "Democracy", cynic that I am :)

Democracy is the name we give the people whenever we need them.
Marquis de Flers Robert and Arman de Caillavet

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy - but that could change.
Dan Quayle (1947 - ), 5/22/89
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