Two weeks in Club La Santa in Lanzarote. Feeling fitter, more tanned, and (oddly) a little heavier than when we left.
According to the Press Assocation, Gordon Brown is going to suggest that migrants should be obliged to carry out community work: Immigrants should undertake community work before they are granted UK citizenship, Gordon Brown is due to say. The BBC reports that Mr Brown is expected to tell a seminar on Britishness the move would [...]
According to Nyasa Times: Nearly a third of the £2m spent on Scotland's Malawi programme has gone on running costs, rather than helping those in need, BBC Scotland has found.The amount is about five times the running costs for similar work carried out by a Westminster department [DFID].The details followed a BBC request under the [...]
Take a look at Clive writing about Food Miles: Food miles are useless. There is no doubt that transport intensity in the food supply system has been increasing - driven by forces of globalisation, consolidation in retailing, larger shops with more choice meeting demand for year-round supply, car-based shopping etc. But "food miles" are barely [...]
A new, open source, distributed identity management service called OpenID is making waves in the online community. We need user-centric, trusted identity management system, and this could be it.
On Friday I visited a school, clinic and vocational training centre in Burkina Faso in a village in Bazega province, about an hour south of Ougadougou. La Fondation pour le Développement Communautaire de Burkina Faso supports government schools and clinics, and it operates an agricultural training college. The programme in schools aims to increase school [...]
I have just learned from DFID's Chief Economist, Tony Venables, that the grain required to fill a 25-gallon SUV gas tank with ethanol will feed one person for a year.
The British High Court has ruled that Zambia has to make substantial payments on its debt now held by Donegal International, based in the British Virgin Islands. Donegal International is a so-called vulture fund - that is, a financial organization that buys at a discount bonds that are very unlikely to be repaid, and then [...]
I heard Des Smith on the BBC this morning. He said: "I was literally hung out to dry by Tony Blair" It seems he said the same to the Scotsman. I find it hard to believe that he was literally hung out to dry. Metaphorically, perhaps? You would think a former head teacher would know [...]
The BBC is considering changing its "listen again" service to include Digital Rights Management so that it can only be used by people using a recent version of Windows: The only system that currently provides this security is Windows Media 10 and above. Further, the only comprehensively deployed operating system that currently supports Windows Media [...]