Month: April 2006

Oooh, look – a post!

Ok, I know – the mighty has stumbled from mildly dynamic to outright boring but, it’s really not the same updating this thing from my desk at work as it is sitting in a bunker in Belgrage.

Anyway, I haven’t vanished into a domesticated work/DIY/reality tv black hole just yet – honest!

I’ve been…

Photographing trees…

Busting Top Gun style Maveric moves in a glider…

Discovering Leeds Castle is actually in Mainstone…

And, mixing controversy and humour watching the Pro-testrs make a stand in Oxford…

See if you’ve still got time, you might even appear there too!

Oh, I’ve also upgraded to 4 wheels again so it’s my turn to do the driving. Put the tea on.


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A quick look at the world

I think I’ve just found the ultimate resource for armchair travelling!

I’ve just been to to the Albanian mountains, a market in Moldovia and spent 15 minutes touring Asia.

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A fine (if rare) example of an American getting it right while Europe get’s it very wrong…

…”Economic sanctions do not work at changing governments, but they are good at hitting ordinary people, vividly demonstrated by the humanitarian crisis in Iraq brought on by Saddam Hussein’s indifference to his people’s suffering. Sanctions have also failed to remove Fidel Castro in Cuba and helped to spawn a thriving black market in the Balkans that served only to foster instability and benefit dubious power groupings.

As Russia has made plain through its open support of President Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus is to remain within its sphere of influence. Any attempt to impose economic hardship on Belarus by the West is certain to be amply compensated for by Moscow, which already heavily subsidizes gas supplies to that country. Therefore, economic sanctions against Belarus would only preserve the political status quo, even strengthen it, ensuring that Belarus was as dependent economically on Russia as the Lukashenko regime is dependent on it for political support…”

The full article is here

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