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Random off topic stuff

More news, not sales messages

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6744581.stm

Hypocritical maybe, but the above speech makes a large number of pertinent observations on the state of the UK media. I am strongly opposed to the press’, and tabloids in particular, use of sensationalism and propaganda as it is a cause of unrest and potentially damaging to society. His comment about having to spend an increasing amount of time defusing press (and press-inspired) furores is absolutely spot on. Reporting should be based on fact rather than speculation. A transition back to this mode of operation would (could?) result in more efficient government, and restore relative transparency to the industry.

Tony Blair: success or failure?

I saw an article today discussing the above topic. It made for mildy interesting – albeit ultimately inconclusive and unconvincing – reading, but then I stumbled across this truism way down in the readers’ comments, which made me laugh:

The day I can casually employ polysyllabic words in ordinary conversation without someone saying, “Ooh! ‘Polysyllabic’? That’s a big word!”, will be the day I believe that education standards have risen. Don’t you think so, innit?

If you care, the article is here. Safe.

He Wishes For the Cloths of Heaven

HAD I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet,
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

[W. B. Yeats]