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I tried to come up with some snappy title for this but nothing seemed to fit. So well- (or badly, depending on pov) timed as to seem almost a publicity stunt...

I rather suspect Imperial has a higher-than-average population of students of British-Asian or Asian origin. Not surprising if so given that its specialisations are medicine and engineering -both of which remain, I think (I have no source for this, it's merely an impression), very popular professions among Asian/British-Asian people.

Frankly I reckon if they're going to insist on a dress code it ought to be sub-fusc. Actually, I wonder what the rules are about sub-fusc and ethnic or religiously motivated dress...

Puzzlement

Oct. 5th, 2006 07:04 pm
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Michael O'Leary has bid 1.48BnEuro (£1Bn US$1.9) for Aer Lingus. Aer Lingus has refused saying it's an undervalue and the Irish Government has said they won't sell their golden share anyway (are they still allowed to do that under EC law?). What puzzles me is why O'Leary is interested in Aer Lingus at all. How on earth does the business of a medium to long haul flag-carrier fit with that of the utter bargain basement of European budget airlines?

Mind you since I'm not a multi-millionaire entrepeneur something tells me O'Leary has a better feel for these things than I do.

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Police call for more "instant justice" powers. Via Eddie on an email list, describing it with some accuracy as "Report calls for police to be more like Judge Dredd".

Craig Murray on last week's terrorist alarms: "Be very, very, sceptical."

Chicken Yoghurt on the historical revisionism implicit in John Reid's recent speech.

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Words fail. (via The Sharpener)

"I don't think Israel is really bombing Lebanon. I think it's faulty construction that's causing these buildings to fall."

Blibble. I think my brain just fell out.

Elsewhere, George R. R. Martin is refreshing (see also his previous post for context).

A thought from another place I read... how long before we start to worry about orally ingested explosives. Or worse: those anal (and vaginal) probes GRRM mentions may be on the cards in the not too distant future.

Um

Aug. 10th, 2006 05:42 pm
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US President George W Bush said the alleged plot was a "stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom."

I am unsure which bit of that to criticise first.

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The caption of this image on the BBC's Pictures of the Day is "Shortly before 9am, Heathrow was partially closed to flights other than those already in the air."

If that's a sensible caption for the picture then this police officer's stop signal is, err, obviously directed at pilots of planes on the ground. In New York. I fear she may be a tad optimistic.

ETA: Elsewhere the BBC reminds us that "Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott is in charge of the day-to-day running of the country." Honestly, don't they know better than to raise panic levels at a time of crisis?

Lebanon...

Aug. 4th, 2006 12:39 pm
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Moorish Girl reads about Lebanon. Well worth a look.

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Possibly reconsider half-formed plans to go to Lebanon via Istanbul this September. ItinerantSphinx, hope all is ok with you?

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Apparently the news of the death of Zarqawi has finally taken the oil price back to below $70/barrel. Is this not just a tad over-optimistic? I have a sad suspicion that the comment of the analyst Edward Meir quoted in the BBC report: "the situation in Iraq has now become so chaotic, that it transcends the death of one man, influential as al-Zarqawi was," is perhaps a little closer to reality...

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