September 7th, 2005


News from the BBC

BBC reveals British migration map
Immigration has contributed half of the UK's population growth in 10 years, according to major research revealed by the BBC.

I created a simple "population model" in Excell using the published birth and death rates (excluding immigration) and the population started declining after a few years. It means that the new Britishers will be from many different backgrounds.

California backs gay marriage law
California's state legislature becomes the first in the US to approve same-sex marriages, after fierce debate.

This one will run and run. The Fundamentalist Christian Right will keep on kicking up about it but I guess gay marriage will be legal in the majority of states in 20 years.

Call for new phone record rules
EU countries should keep telephone records for longer to help fight terrorism, says the UK home secretary.

Privacy or protection? As if we actually are to be given the choice!

Tall grasses set to power Europe
The latest studies suggest the burning of "energy crops" could help offset the impact of global warming.

Tribute paid to train leap family
The husband of a woman who leapt to her death in front of a train with their two children pays tribute to his family.

This one touches me personally as, when I was a Scout leader, one of the scouts had his mother do a similar thing and she ended up between two trains doing 100 mph.

Quotes of the Day

Morning peeps. Guess which one caught my eye today?


In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.
Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914), The Devil's Dictionary

The worst thing about Europe is that you can't go out in the middle of the night and get a Slurpee.
Tellis Frank
Isn't that a sign of civilisation?

I think that one possible definition of our modern culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our intellectuals can't read any poetry.
Randall Jarrell (1914 - 1965)

I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home.
Robert Orben