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Quite Likely the Worst Job Ever | Past Imperfect
victorian sewer treasure hunters ("toshers")
history  england 
july 2012 by gnat
A Chill on 'The Guardian' - The New York Review of Books
in-depth coverage of how fucked British libel laws are
law  books  england 
january 2009 by gnat
Private firm may track all email and calls | UK news | The Guardian
The only way to be safe from data leaks is not to gather it. A lesson the UK government hasn't learned. I wonder what demographic and voter psychological trends gave us the odd situation the UK is in: where MPs compete to be Tougher On Terror while simultaneously decrying the Iraq war, deploring China's human rights record while building IT infrastructure to enable similar state domination.
politics  security  database  england 
december 2008 by gnat
anab jain
"Anab Jain is educated in India, Vienna and London, with a masters in Interaction Design from the Royal College of Art. She is interested in exploring the implications of emerging technologies in our everyday lives through a people-centered approach to design"
design  ubicomp  microsoft  nokia  people  england 
october 2008 by gnat
Ranking British education | Earlier, not better | Economist.com
I'm beginning to get the shits with reporting of ranks ("14th in science") without knowing what the spread is. If the top 14 are within 5 percentage points of each other ... who cares? If the spread is more linear, though ... ok, that's important.
statistics  education  england 
september 2008 by gnat
Sex education | Never too young to learn | Economist.com
“If you ask youngsters in the Netherlands why they first had sex, they will say they thought they were in love,” he says. “In Britain, they will say they were drunk, or all their mates were doing it, or they had the opportunity and wanted to see what it was like.”
sex  england 
september 2008 by gnat
Grose: Lincolnshire, where the hogs shite soap, and cows shite fire
"The inhabitants, of the poorer sort, washing their clothes with hogs-dung, and burning dried cow-dung for want of a better fuel." from a dictionary of provincial proverbs.
history  england  fun  quotes 
august 2008 by gnat
Charlie Brooker on China's Olympics trickery | Comment is free | The Guardian
"I'm no patriot, but I feared for our national pride come the 2012 London Olympics. How the hell are we going to top a display like that? Our plans currently consist of six roman candles, Bernie Clifton riding his ostrich, and some Britain's Got Talent prick-a-ma-boob beatboxing on a trampoline. It would be less shameful if we all marched into the arena one by one, dropped our trousers, yanked our bumcheeks apart and let the entire globe gaze right up our apertures for an hour, while the Kaiser Chiefs perform their latest single in the background. If nothing else, it would give the rest of the planet something to think about. They'd never mess with us again, that's for damn sure."
sport  england  china 
august 2008 by gnat
Stephen Fry » Blog Archive » The BBC and the future of broadcasting
"authoritative patriarchal broadcasting", comedy and mainstream content essential part of public service broadcasting, many jabs at Channel 4 ("the boy whose testicles played the harpsichord", "the girl whose breasts spoke german")
bbc  england  media 
june 2008 by gnat
mySociety » Travel-time maps
great map applications (find houses %<X, travel time to work < Y). want for NZ
mapping  geo  england 
january 2008 by gnat
Private schools | Feeling uncharitable | Economist.com
This article implies Brits are questioning their charity-run private schools, saying "if you have high fees and snobby attitudes, that doesn't sound particularly charitable to me so maybe you should pay tax you toffee-nosed fuckers". Or so it seems.
kids  school  england 
december 2007 by gnat
Secrets of Shell and Rolls-Royce come under attack from China’s spies - Times Online
Shell via recruitment and threats on Chinese family back home; Rolls-Royce through trojans targeting their networks. MI6 sent the companies mail.
security  china  england  politics 
december 2007 by gnat
The car industry | Not for the faint-hearted | Economist.com
Tata one of the finalists in the running to buy Jaguar and Land Rover. A sign of the times.
india  england  business 
november 2007 by gnat
The Rise and Fall of Sea Levels and Civilisations. » Transition Culture
Bronze Age inhabitants of the islands who first arrived there 4,000 years ago when they were all connected. submerged field walls and round houses, some of which can still be seen at low tide ...
history  geography  england 
august 2007 by gnat
Innovation and the economy
How to measure success in knowledge economies. I'd love to compile comparisons for NZ.
nz  england  government  economics 
august 2007 by gnat

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