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Rave: Habib Koite

Photo Credit: by Tom Beetz (Habib Koit) (CC-BY-2.0), via Wikimedia Commons.

A couple of weeks ago, I popped over to see two of my best friends and to attend my Godson’s birthday party.

After all the little darlings had run out of the energy they obtained from ingesting copious quantities of processed sugar all day, we finally packed them off to bed and gratefully collapsed in the conservatory. Around midnight, we flicked on the radio and over a large coffee, listened to Bob Harris on BBC Radio2.

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Rant: Christian Coalition?

Oops! Another US blunder, highlighted today on the BBC website which should serve to remind us that religious extremism is by no means restricted to the Islam faith.

Right wing “christian” nutcase (and FAR more worrying – ex presidential candidate) Pat Robertson has publicly urged the US to assassinate the new thorn in their side – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

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Rant: Why does everything have to be child friendly?

Unused Playground

A recent story on the BBC website has got me thinking about an aspect of modern parenthood that has been a niggle of mine for awhile.

Why do parents seem to expect that every place has to be child-friendly?

Don’t get me wrong…I like kids and although I don’t have any of my own (I can almost hear all the parents out there dismissing my standpoint already with that matronising little limp-wristed wave that is in popular use these days). I appreciate the fact that for a long time, many places frequented by parents with young children had an appalling lack of facilities and this situation needed to be redressed.

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R.I.P Mo

Mo Mowlam

Mo Mowlam’s death today is a loss on quite a few fronts.

It’s a big loss to the irreverent, no-bullshit, we-DON’T-kiss-Bliars-arse faction within the Labour party (only Tony Benn now remains from that group!)

It’s also a loss to female Winston Churchill impersonators.

Most importantly, it’s a loss of a key figure in the Good Friday agreements, which eventually led to the recent unprecedented disarming and cessation of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland.

Rest in Peace Mo – You earned it and you will be missed!

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Rant: African Dictatorship for Dummies

Mercedes SL 500

(An excerpt from Robert Mugabe’s autobiography “My boyfriend’s back and there’s going to be trouble…”)

Are you having trouble with your peasant population? Are they starting to grumble about not having all the expected luxuries like enough food, decent housing and clean water?

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Stem Cell Therapy Advances

Stem Cells

An interesting article on the BBC website describes how the world’s first pure nerve stem cells – made from human embryonic stem cells – have been created by scientists at the Universities of Edinburgh and Milan.

The more I learn about this technology, the more excited I become with it’s potential for the treatment of a myriad of diseases and (long term) even the cure for a range of cancers and HIV – provided that proper screening is undertaken to prevent the risk of infecting patients with viruses and prion diseases, such as vCJD.

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Chavez tweaks Bush’s Nose

Oil Barrels

As Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez continues to harrangue DEA agents, (who he accuses of spying on his government) it now looks like the flamboyant and outspoken “El Presidente” is prepared to hit the US where it REALLY hurts…in the oil barrel!

In a BBC News Article published today, Chavez has suggested that Venezuelan oil “instead of going to the United States, could go elsewhere”.

As Venezuela exports about 1.3 million barrels a day to the US and is the world’s fifth largest oil producer, one wonders how long it will be before the Bush administration claims that Venezuela posesses WMD’s (does cocaine count?) and invades?

Oi vay!

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