2010.jpg (54899 bytes)Some Headlines & Anniversaries...

 

January

 

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"A Somali man has been charged with trying to kill a Danish artist whose drawing of the Prophet Mohammed sparked riots around the world.
The suspect, who was shot by police outside cartoonist Kurt Westergaard's home in the city of Aarhus on Friday, was carried into court on a stretcher.
Police say he broke into the house armed with an axe and a knife."

(Source: BBC, 2nd Jan.2010)

Cartoon Controversy

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75th Anniversary of Elvis Presley's birth.

The so-called 'King of Rock & Roll' was born 8th January 1935.

Elvis: Obit. hits

Birthday Deathday

Pelvis (the day he gyrated his hips)

70th

 

NEW WIND FARMS PLANNED

"Successful bids for nine new offshore wind farm zone licences within UK waters have been announced….Turbines in the nine zones could generate up to 32 gigawatts of power, a quarter of the UK's electricity needs…It will create one of the biggest infrastructure projects for wind energy in the world, with construction beginning in 2014 at the earliest."

(Source: BBC, 8th Jan 2010)

Alternatively...

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"When icicles hang by the wall

& Dick the shepherd blows his nail..."

(Shakespeare)

winter

frozen zen

 

 

 

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EXAMS IN THE SNOW

"Hundreds of schools are to re-open after last week's heavy snow as pupils sit GCSE, AS and A-level exams. The exams will be taken in Wales, England, and Northern Ireland from Monday....Ofqual, the exam regulator for England, has faced criticism from some teachers, pupils and parents for refusing to postpone the tests."

(Source: BBC , 11th Jan 2010)

The country is covered in snow & ice but EXAMS must go on! Or must they? Isn't it time we questioned the examination system?

EXAMS EXAMINED

 

Stop-and-search illegal

'Police powers to use terror laws to stop and search people without grounds for suspicion are illegal, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. The Strasbourg court has been hearing a case involving two people stopped near an arms fair in London in 2003.….The court said the stop and search powers were "not sufficiently circumscribed" and there were not "adequate legal safeguards against abuse".'

(Source: BBC, 12th January 2010)

Stop & Search - a true story

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GOD DIES IN HAITI EARTHQUAKE

On 12th January 2010, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti. Among its many unfortunate victims was the erstwhile Deity (aka God, the Creator, the Almighty etc).... (cont.)

 

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Haiti

 

February

 

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HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR

of the METAL TIGER

14th February 2010

Animals of the Chinese Zodiac

Tiger, Tiger?

 

 

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A British rig is drilling for oil in waters off the Falkland Islands/ Islas Malvinas. Argentinians are understandably irked. (22nd Feb 2010)

Remember that little local difficulty way back when...

- FRANTIC ANTICS IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC

- video version

- oil

 

DOG AWARDED MEDAL FOR BRAVERY

"A black Labrador which sniffed out bombs in southern Afghanistan has been awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross - called the Dickin medal.

The eight-year-old 'Treo' twice found hidden bombs while on tour in Afghanistan with the 104 Military Working Dog Support Unit.

He is now retired and living with his handler..."

(Source BBC, 25th February)

Feel-good propaganda for a public saddened by the sight of union-jack-draped coffins coming home. We can comfort ourselves with the idea of a cuddly canine hero. Don't even think of questioning the morality of sending innocent animals to serve in war zones….

 

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Treo, hero? Lapping it up...

War

Blair poodle - dog of war

other dogs

video dogs

performing dog

photogenic pacifist dogs

Greyfriars Bobby

 

March

 

50th Anniversary of Sharpeville Massacre

On 21st March 1960, at the township of Sharpeville in South Africa, a crowd of about 5000 unarmed people were protesting against apartheid laws when police opened fire on them, killing 69 & injuring 180.

Another atrocity brought to you by an over-mighty fascist State!

Apartheid Song

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Happy Anniversary: Three Mile Island

Partial core meltdown at American pressurised water reactor (28th March 1979).

More Nuclear Madness here.

 

April

 

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hotxbun.gif (10972 bytes)A short, sweet history of the hot cross bun

 

Easter Suite

 

Easter Special

 

Israeli warplanes bomb Gaza again

American-made F16 fighters fire American-made missiles destroying a dairy factory & injuring children.

Good Friday (sic), 2nd April 2010

Eyeless in Gaza

 

Boycott Israeli & American goods bads!

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AMERICA & RUSSIA IN NUCLEAR DEAL (BIG DEAL)

The two countries agree to reduce their respective stockpiles of mutually assured destruction to 'only' 1,550 warheads each. This is much more cost effective as there are still more than enough to wipe everyone out. You know this makes sense.

(8th April 2010)

Humorous History of the Bomb

Cold War Relic

Nuke-free

Tomorrow's News

 

 

EUROPE-WIDE FLIGHTS GROUNDED BY VOLCANIC ASH

After a volcano erupted in Iceland (14th April 2010), spewing a vast cloud of ash & dust into the air, many European countries have banned all flights for safety reasons.

Tell that to the birds

Icarus ridiculous

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Queen's Birthday 21st April

NOT her 'official' one, which, to confuse her abject subjects, is in June!

Queen's Bedroom Scene (not amused)

Up the Republic

 

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Love your Mother

EARTH DAY 2010

April 22nd

As if every day isn't!

- A note for future Astronauts...

- Earth matters (eco-mix)

 

 

 

HubbleImageNew.jpg (9025 bytes)20th Anniversary of HUBBLE

The Hubble Telescope was launched into Space on 23rd April 1990.

"This new Hubble photo is but a small portion of one of the largest seen star-birth regions in the galaxy, the Carina Nebula. Towers of cool hydrogen laced with dust rise from the wall of the nebula." (courtesy of NASA site)

Universe etc

 

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Literary Whodunnit

Bard's Birthday Present

Shakespeare was supposedly born & died on 23rd April (in different years obviously), but the dates are disputed.

To celebrate, here is a recently discovered fragment of a previously unknown play believed to have been written by the Bard himself.

'Consider man...'

 

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Quiet please. It's INTERNATIONAL NOISE AWARENESS DAY on 28th April 2010. As the name suggests, the aim of the day is to raise awareness of noise pollution on people & communities.

SSH!

IN SILENCE

DEAF & DUMBSHOW

 

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Oil spill hits coast of USA

Yet another environmental disaster looms as a leaking offshore oil well contaminates the Gulf of Mexico, potentially damaging fisheries & coastline habitats….(30th April 2010)

Today's menu

 

May

 

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UN International Day for Biological Diversity (22nd May 2010)

"We need a sea-change in human thinking and attitudes towards nature: not as something to be vanquished, conquered, but rather something to be cherished and lived within," Pavan Sukhdev (Economist & author of UN Biodiversity report)

CAPITALISM & OVERPOPULATION IS DESTROYING HABITATS FOR OTHER SPECIES….

Biodiversity on this site

 

ISRAELIS SLAUGHTER THE INNOCENT AGAIN

"More than 10 people have been killed after Israeli commandos stormed a convoy of ships carrying aid to the Gaza….

It happened about 40 miles (64 km) out to sea, in international waters."

(Source: BBC, 31st May 2010)

When will these murderers be brought to international justice?

GAZA

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June

 

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A so-called "LAUGHING GULL" coated in crude from Gulf of Mexico oil spill (4th June 2010)

Not laughing now!

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Today's Menu

no holding back these slicks of black

 

Queen's OFFICIAL Birthday, (12th June 2010)queen2.jpg (38490 bytes)

birthcupcake2.jpg (5175 bytes)Unofficially, who cares? And what place does such an anachronistic institution as monarchy have in a so-called democracy? Mainstream media, in a conspiracy of silence, supporting the elitist status quo, don't address these questions....

Monarchy

 

600, 000 public sector jobs to go

"Some 600,000 jobs are expected to be lost in the public sector over the next five years, the Office for Budget Responsibility has said.

Leaked Treasury documents had suggested last week's Budget could increase unemployment by up to 1.3 million."

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - get a dead good job

 

July

 

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TOUR DE FRANCE 2010

3rd July - 25th July

97th annual bicycle race covering a total distance of 3,642 kilometres.

on yer bike...

Mars site may hold 'buried life'

"Researchers have identified rocks that they say could contain the fossilised remains of life on early Mars.

The team made their discovery in the ancient rocks of Nili Fossae.

Their work has revealed that this trench on Mars is a "dead ringer" for a region in Australia where some of the earliest evidence of life on Earth has been buried and preserved in mineral form.

They report the findings in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters. "(Source: BBC, 30th July 2010)

Note for Future Astronauts

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Aug

 

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Man jailed over stolen Shakespeare folio

"An antiques dealer has been jailed for eight years for handling a stolen copy of Shakespeare's First Folio.

Raymond Scott, 53, from County Durham was cleared of stealing the treasure, but found guilty of handling stolen goods at a trial in June.

The 1623 work was taken from a display cabinet at Durham University in 1998."

(Source: BBC, 2nd August 2010)

See, also...

 

GRIM ANNIVERSARY - NO HAPPY RETURNS

"The Japanese city of Hiroshima is marking the 65th anniversary of the world's first atomic bomb attack… About 140,000 people were killed or died within months of the bomb being dropped by a US aircraft in 1945 in the final days of World War II. Japan surrendered after a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki three days later on 9 August."

(Source: BBC, 6th August 2010)

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By the way, did you know that the word BOMB used to be pronounced BUM before the Great Bowel Shift?

Read on...

William Blake died 12th August (1827)

His work lives!

Tribute

 

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Strange weather recently: floods in Pakistan; heatwave, drought  & wildfires in Russia; heavy rain & mudslides in China....

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Aren't these examples of extreme weather events or Climate Chaos?

Here's a PROPHETIC WARNING written in 1978.

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"England's library visitors continue to drop

The number of adults visiting libraries in England has fallen steadily over the last five years, a government report has revealed.

In 2005, 16.4% of adults people attended their local library once a month. New research indicates that the figure had dropped to 12.8% last year."

(Source: BBC 24 Aug 2010)

BOOK OF LIFE

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Forget zits, try STIs. They may appear to be no more than a boring little acronym but they are becoming increasingly popular, especially among young people.

Chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhoea, the choice is yours.

Nothing to clap about, some might say.

So, if sexually transmitted infections aren't your scene, why not use a condom?

Take a look at our new designer range here.

 

GENETIC CODE OF APPLE SEQUENCED

"A team of 86 global scientists have sequenced the genetic code of the Golden Delicious apple for the first time.

The DNA breakthrough could result in new and improved apple varieties which are more resistant to disease.

Scientists from 20 institutions took two years to unravel the code - the largest plant genome uncovered to date."

(Source; BBC, 30th August 2010)

Plant your apple tree today!

 

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Sept

 

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END OF U.S. IMPERIALIST COMBAT OPERATIONS IN IRAQ

Belatedly, Obama announces the 'end' of illegal US combat operations but 50,000 US troops still remain in Iraq.

(31st August 2010)

Iraq invasion & occupation in retrospect

Prosecute War Criminals: Bush, Blair et al.

 

HUBBLE RE-SHOOTS SUPERNOVA

"The Hubble space telescope has returned to view one of its favourite subjects - a giant stellar explosion that was first seen on Earth in 1987.

The famous supernova is one of the most studied objects in the southern sky.

The new image of SN 1987A is the observatory's first picture of the explosion since its systems were repaired and upgraded last year."

(Source: BBC, 5th Sept. 2010)

Supernova

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Universe verse

 

nuclear-no-thanks-212508432.jpg (12841 bytes)"Germany's coalition government has decided to extend the life span of the country's nuclear power plants by an average of 12 years, officials say.

Under the agreement, some plants will now remain in production until the 2030s, instead of being phased out by 2021 as the previous government wanted."

(Source: BBC, 6th September 2010)

Nuke-free!

 

 

POPE VISITS BRITAIN

Protector of paedophile priests, Pope Benny visits Britain from 16th - 19th September 2010. So,

STEAL A WHEEL

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from the POPE-MOBILE!

 

 

 

 

Related:

Religion

God dies...

Mass in the Mega Mall

Whatever you do, don't use a condom!

 

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'The Queen asked ministers for a poverty handout to help heat her palaces but was rebuffed because they feared it would be a public relations disaster, documents disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act reveal.

Royal aides were told that the 60m worth of energy-saving grants were aimed at families on low incomes and if the money was given to Buckingham Palace instead of housing associations or hospitals it could lead to "adverse publicity" for the Queen and the Government.

Aides complained to ministers in 2004 that the Queen's gas and electricity bills, which had increased by 50 per cent that year, stood at more than 1m a year and had become "untenable".' 

(Source: The Independent, 24th September 2010)

Anti-Monarchy

 

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One in five plant species face extinction

First ever comprehensive study of plants, from giant rainforests to common snowdrops, finds 22% of all species at-risk...

 

(Source: The Guardian, 29th Sept 2010)

Where have all the flowers gone?

Eco

Water map shows billions at risk of 'water insecurity'

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"About 80% of the world's population lives in areas where the fresh water supply is not secure, according to a new global analysis.

Researchers compiled a composite index of "water threats" that includes issues such as scarcity and pollution.

The most severe threat category encompasses 3.4 billion people."

(Source: BBC, 29th September)

Wetstuff

 

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Human shit used to heat homes

"Up to 200 Oxfordshire homes will be using biomethane made from sewage they had flushed away three weeks earlier.

…The practice of using anaerobic digesters - carefully managed bacteria - to turn faeces into a means of generating electricity is already well established across the country."

(Source: BBC, 5th Oct 2010)

cf prophetic suggestion made in 1978

pigshit!

Oct

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MINING IN THE NEWS

Congratulations to the courageous 33 recently rescued from a copper & gold mine in Chile.

Meanewhile, in China & Ecuador, other miners have just died, with rescue efforts for more continuing (as of 18th Oct. 2010).

Here's something I wrote about Coal Miners in 1984.

 

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"Ten years to solve nature crisis, UN meeting hears

The UN biodiversity convention meeting has opened with warnings that the ongoing loss of nature is hurting human societies as well as the natural world.

The two-week gathering aims to set new targets for conserving life on Earth.

Japan's Environment Minister Ryo Matsumoto said biodiversity loss would become irreversible unless curbed soon.

Much hope is being pinned on economic analyses showing the loss of species and ecosystems is costing the global economy trillions of dollars each year."

(Source: BBC, 18th Oct 2010)

Environment

Animal

 

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MANDELBROT   DIES

Mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, who developed the idea of FRACTAL geometry, died at the age of  85 on 14th October 2010.

About CHAOS

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more fractals on this site:

here   &  here

geometry

Also, cf Edward Lorenz & Butterfly Effect

 

 

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CUTS,CUTS, BLOODY CUTS…

& yes it's gonna hurt: us not him. Sadistic, nasty piece of work, millionaire toff, Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, vile villain, applies Shock Doctrine to Public Services in Britain (20th Oct. 2010).

Some of these old pieces, written during Thatcher era, are sadly still all too apposite:

money

free country

capitalist /man proud man

doomed youth (gonna be a riot)

new hope for the UNEMPLOYED

 

NATIONAL APPLE DAY (BRITAIN)

21st October 2010

Plant an apple tree today!

performing with apple

apple blossom time

forbidden fruit?

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INTERNET ON EVEREST

A Nepalese telecom company has installed a 3G facility at the base camp of Mount Everest. Climbers will be able to make video calls & surf the internet on their mobile phones.

(29th Oct. 2010)

 

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"BRITISH SUMMER TIME "

ends on Sunday 31st October at 2am. The clocks go back one hour...

 

Here's a Funny Thing about

Time zones

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HAPPY HALLOWE'EN

(or Celtic Samhain & Mexican Day of the Dead)

HORROR HUMOR for the hurrying consumer. Get spooked here:

"Halloween-theme night at the Cabaret Macabre"

"tricks & treats to make flesh creep"

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(photo & clumsy pumpkin carving by DK)

Nov

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Student Protests 10th November 2010

GIVE THOSE STUDENTS FULL MARX!

Trashing Tory HQ is nothing compared to what this unelected government is doing to our country!

gonna be a riot

(relevant to students, workers & the unemployed)

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE TO PROTECT PUBLIC SERVICES!

occupy universities/ occupy the world!

 

 

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Engagement announced

(16th Nov. 2010)

PRINCE TO WED

New Royal Wedding to distract masses from Public Spending Cuts....

Timed nicely for next year's 30th Anniversary of Charlie & Di (1981)

they’ll get married in a right royal manner

I’d give ‘em the works if I had a spanner

see also: Willy & the Whirlybird

Anti- Monarchy

 

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a grateful nation must congratulate

silly Willy & his hot date Kate

 

PAPALLY-ENDORSED CONDOM?

Pontiff Benny, who had previously condemned condoms, now OKs them for male prostitutes but presumably NOT for anyone else.

Please note: the Pope is INFALLIBLE but condoms are not.

(21st Nov. 2010)

 

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durex for the devout

Keeps AIDS in, lets sperm out…

Religion

 

Pope poses with OTT, ostentatious, new-style decorative condom on his thick skull.

Dec

 

 

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(a great man meets his malicious murderer...)

 

30th Anniversary of John Lennon's Death

"The dream is over,

What can I say?"

(Lennon)

Dream

Beatles

 

 

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SUPPORT

WIKLEAKS

Here is my own miniscule experience as a whistle-blower, long, long ago...

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FREE ASSANGE

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CHARLIE & CAMILLA UNHARMED IN STUDENT PROTEST

- SHOCK, HORROR!!

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So, a chauffeur-driven car, containing Prince Charles, Camilla & a bodyguard, was splattered with a small quantity of white paint (Jackson Pollock style) by student protestors. Big deal. The man who would be king escaped lightly; his namesake, King Charles I, was beheaded. (9th Dec. 2010)

Why does Britain still tolerate a so-called "Royal" Family of spongers who live in luxury at tax-payers' expense? If there must be cutbacks, cut them for a start...

Up the Republic! (Anti-monarchy satires)

 

 

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even ol' Santa

ain't the same anymore

when you've seen thru his disguise

at the department store

Xmas Present

 

SOLSTICE SALUTATIONS!

Merry Yuletide

Get your predictable xmas cliches here:

 Xmas MiX

25th December

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A Teddy Bear's Christmas (Children's Story)

X-rated Xmas

Silent Night?

Naff Nativity Scene (photos)

Santa's Beard

 

please note obligatory red & green colour scheme!

 

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