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Do you also think this is a rubbish idea?

One subject certain to arouse anger among householders is the fortnightly rubbish collection and fears over the vermin it attracts. Local newspapers have filled their letters and news pages several times over on this topic. Yet in spite of these very real concerns, government seems to be in favour of ending the weekly bin collection, saying there would be no hygiene problems...
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Meet "the sexiest man in Finland"

Do you recognise this smooth haired man with a certain je ne sais quoi mousy greyness? Does he strike you as the sexiest man in Finland, which is how   Jacques Chirac once famously described him? He is Matti Vanhanen, the Finnish Prime Minister, who is said to have parted from a lover he met on the internet by sending her a curt text message...
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Is Russia everyone’s best friend now?

Is Russia everyone’s best friend today? Will we notice the difference if our oil comes from Russia now it has secured a pipeline through to Greece? It wasn’t so long ago that it halted oil supplies to Belarus after imposing hefty price rises. At its height, the dispute hit Russian oil supplies to Germany, Poland, Ukraine and other European countries. The closure...
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Who swindled who?

  A guest post by William Connolley.   There has been a vast amount of back and forth about the recent propaganda film “The Great Global Warming Swindle”. Two things have distressed me: that Channel 4 clearly have no interest in whether they broadcast truth or not; and the number of people prepared to fall for this tripe. It’s possible to go through and analyse why...
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Ambramovich, footloose and fancy free

So billionaire Roman Abramovich is now footloose and fancy free following his costly divorce, which we could be hearing much more about from his ex-wife. I wonder which country they divorced in, how many zeros are on the end of the cheque. I also wonder if he is the Russian football club owner who has just given away a yacht to a friend as he is having an even bigger one built. This is...
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Nuclear power stations risk being flooded

Greenpeace could have something here, nuclear power stations built along the coast in East Anglia are at risk of being flooded if sea levels rise as predicted. These are the findings of a study by the Flood Hazard Research Centre at Middlesex University and concludes that the cost of defending the sites from significant sea level rises and storm surges would make them...
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Why is my blog banned in China?

I have never considered myself a rebel, but it appears that by blog has been banned in China, according to this test. Why not try it yourself and see if you will join me in isolation. So why do you think I have been banned? Nobody swears on my blog, we have great debates, what could I possibly have said to upset the Chinese authorities?  Will this add to my kudos? Can their...
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Why so few women councillors?

This year is the centenary of legislation which stated that women should not  be disqualified by sex or marriage for election as a councillor. Yet after 100 years, there are only 29% of women councillors, with only 14% serving as women council leaders last year. We are reminded of this by Baroness Shephard in today’s Eastern Daily Press (no link) who welcomes the...
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Let’s remember our women in Africa

We rarely hear of AIDS in the UK today, even though newly diagnosed cases doubled in 2005 to more than 7,500 compared to 2000. It’s even harder to imagine what it must be like for sufferers in Africa.  By the end of 2005, there were five and a half million people living with HIV in South Africa, with almost 1,000 AIDS deaths occurring every day. And 74% of ...
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American blogger in longest contempt case

More new from America, where a blogger has spent more than six months behind  bars in California for refusing to hand over video footage of a violent San Francisco demo a a G8 summit meeting. It is the longest contempt of court sentence served by someone in the media. A “mediation session” will today try and break the impasse, else he will stay locked up until July. It is...
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Washington’s latest sex scandal

Dick Morris, the man credited with Bill Clinton’s presidential victory and UKIP’s outstanding success in the 2004 Euro Election, is named   as a client of a former Washington madam who  prosecutors want to gag. Deborah Palfrey has threatened to go public with details of her 10,000 former clients. She has been indicted on racketeering and money laundering...
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An evening at the American Embassy

  There was a time when most of my invites were for those dull parties where household products and jewellery were sold. I now seem to have been elevated on to another list. Totally out of the blue, I have this evening been invited to the American Embassy by the Ambassador and his wife, Robert and Maria Tuttle. I’m taking my mother Loula with me to share the fun....
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The small man can win too

I do admire the small man who stands up to the giants of industry after suffering an injustice, those David and Goliath stories, like motorist David Bond who sent the bailiffs to Tesco when they refused to compensate him fully for damage to his van after buying contaminated fuel from them. This could not be more embarrassing for the superstore, hot on the heels...
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Lord Levy and press reports

I asked barrister and parliamentary hopeful James Tumbridge to give me his professional insights on the latest Lord Levy revelations in today’s Guardian. It’s really dramatic, eye-popping stuff. He wonders if these awesome revelations could backfire in a legal quagmire and prevent justice running its normal course, exactly what Labour wants. This is what...
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