Month: February 2006 (Page 1 of 2)
It’s been a bad week for terrorist ID theifs who smoke and, a bad week for a liberal free speaking individuals who own a bubbly bar.
However, it’s good to see that we’re leading the way when it comes to employment and freedom of movement in Europe, a subject that gets my full support…
“In the United Kingdom, new-member-state nationals took up “hard-to-fill” jobs. According to a report by the House of Lords, this influx improved the United Kingdom’s competitiveness, productivity, and growth, and had no detrimental effect on wage or employment rates. The period from May 2004 to September 2005 saw 293,000 applications for work, yet the economy struggles with a shortage of around 600,000 people in fields like nursing and construction.”
I agree, they should put an end to the system of work permits for union citizens from the new member states.
Hospitality comes home
Saturday night was the first ever ‘Download’ gig at the Zodiac. The night of ‘rock’ started off pretty normal and ended up squeezed 4 in-a-bed with Miller and two Estonian girls …i’ll explain why in a minute.
However, firstly I should mention Saturdays headline act and Oxfords next big thing – Belarus.
To quote their website..
“Belarus are purveyors of stunning, melody-driven, often epic songs. While recently finding themselves compared to the likes of Snow Patrol, Athlete and Thirteen Senses, the group have also gained comparisons with Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright and Radiohead. The band formed at the turn of the 21st Century and originally took the name Spacehopper. A single, ‘Silent Film’, was released under this name by cult Oxford label Shifty Disco in 2003, becoming the imprint’s fastest selling debut single, picking up plays on Radio 1 and seeing the band perform a live acoustic session on Gideon Coe’s 6 Music show.‘Oxford’s Belarus sound very much like another hugeness-follows combo’ – playlouder.com”
and I can add that, they’re err – pretty good.
Not sure why they are called Belaurs but, as a local Belarussian points out on the forum “No organization or company is eligible to have the title or name including words “Belarus”, “Belarussian”, “National” …etc. without the official permission of Lukashenko” and as a result the “guys are really going to annoy someone”.
Anyway, after having a fantastic stay in Belarus in the Summer and meeting some great Belarussian people it seems pretty apt that they should have a great new band named after them too and who knows – if they make it big a few more people might even find it on the map!
Now, about Saturday. It was about 10pm on Saturday (after arriving at the Zodiac) when my mobile went and to my surprise it was Ingrid and Maria (pronounced M-aar-ee-a) from Estonia. I’ve never met Ingrid or M-aar-ee-a before but they belong to hospitality club and emailed me a week ago on route to Cardiff. Well anyway – they were on their way back from Cardiff, in Oxford and looking for a place to stay. A quick hello, two bus journeys and 10 minutes of changing in Tesco’s car park (I bet that doesn’t happen very often) later and we had two new Estonian friends and temporary housemates.
Unfortunately, they were beaten to the spare beds by Phil’s friend and ex travelling buddy, Sara (a friend from School) and Dave, Tim’s friend, colleague an co-host of the Download. 21 Stable close was a bit a squeeze (a stable) but we managed to make space and they left us at 10am for an 8 hour bus journey back to sunny Hull.
Not only were they the first HC’ers I’ve hosted but it’s a strange coincidence since the first people I ever stayed with were Estonians from Tartu! They were both lovley and didn’t steal anything more than the large and comfortable part of my bed.
Since then the only exciting events have been joining the gym on Monday and then thinking about going on Tuesday and Wednesday.
If they weren’t paying three grand a year in top-up fees they wouldn’t have to stay at home and upset the neighbor’s house price! It’s refreshing to see someone speaking up for the student’s.
Isn’t the idea that you can restrict anyone’s right to abode based on social status or occupation is err, a little dated? Do we really need to wait until a nursing student called Rosa refuses to move to the back of an estate?
Maybe I should write a nasty cartoon…
On a lighter note, here’s another shot from Stockholm
Have you clicked on an ad yet? >> C’mon. I need funds to evict our student neighbor’s
Or should I say ‘click me up’, do somthing good today and click on an Advert >> >> >>
If your not sure then just look up the ‘trickle down‘ theory of ecconomics (I think Thatcher and Regan were fans)
Apparently if I get richer then everyone else will benefit too! Who can argue with that? Go on – click a link and make youself rich :-)
Here’s a nice picture I took in Sweden as a reward.
Dno’t wrory abuot my splleing msitakes beacuse aoccdrnig to new rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by itslef but the wrod as a wlohe.
My international PR exercise is working…
“The survey for the BBC World Service asked how 39,435 people in 33 nations across the globe saw various countries.”
“Japan is most widely seen to have a positive influence. Europe has the most positive scores of all in the poll. “