Wasps v. Leicester
I am very excited. It should be a thumping game. I hope Wasps win, or J will be gutted.
The political is the personal, more often than you'd think
Orde said: "If you look at some of the biggest risks my people have taken it is talking to people who historically they would not have dreamed of talking to. Were we going to actually police our way out of the Troubles? No. Are we actually going to police our way out of the current threat? No."
He added: "It means thinking the unthinkable."Before everyone flips their lids and starts howling about appeasement and standing strong in the face of terror, and leaving aside the fact that the set-up of the paramilitary Irish mainland-based IRA was and is very different to the Al Qa'ida global franchise, there are solid strategic reasons for talking to your enemy.
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In fact managing is one of the most thankless jobs in the world. What managers are mainly trying to do is to get other people to do things that they don't want to. To work harder, for a start. Their other primary function is to carry the can, and to get blamed for all sorts of things that probably aren't their fault. Not only are they creating little meaning for themselves, they get blamed for destroying meaning for people below them.
I see my friends exhausted by internal meetings and office politics and I worry about them. So many people who loved their jobs in their late twenties have ended up managers in their thirties - then found that they can't do the things they are good at because they are stuck in the office going over spreadsheets and taking the punches from senior management, who are taking the punches from shareholders. Although the money is better all of the joy and most of the satisfaction is gone.
Meaning and purpose. After food, shelter and companionship, it's the most important thing. And sometimes you have to let go to see it.
Which is well scary.
Labels: light relief
Labels: light relief
See Victoria Park magically transformed into a modern day pleasure garden for a weekend packed full of events and entertainment in the heart of the East End!
Bank Holiday Weekend
Sat 24 and Sun 25 May 2008
1pm - 10.30pm
Victoria Park will once again explode into life, for a free festival weekend, boasting world class circus premieres and off the wall street theatre from No Fit State Circus and Laika/Time Circus, an open air music stage featuring Omar, Alabama 3 Acoustic and Unplugged and Ska Cubano plus the best in urban dance performance from Hackney’s Avant Garde Dance. The Tea Dance Tent features dance from the lindy hop and tango to rock and roll, whilst The Victoria Village Fete showcases local artisans and traders as well as a creative play area for children. Other attractions include the historic burlesque splendour of Carters Steam Fair, quirky side shows and installations including the delightful and eccentric Bar of Ideas, as well as delicious food from around the world, craft markets, licensed bars at pub prices and much, much more.
In the Victorian era, parks were pleasure gardens where the most thrilling activities of the day were on offer for families to enjoy. For Paradise Gardens we update this idea for the 21st Century, offering a dizzying array of artforms, stages and activities for audiences of all ages to enjoy.
As East London prepares to welcome the world in 2012, Paradise Gardens Festival, working together with our partners and stakeholders, aims to showcase all that’s best about our great city. We plan to invest in local artists and professional arts organisations, stage world class events for East London’s communities and visitors alike, and attract artists from all over the world to the East End.
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Today only a bullet, silver or otherwise, can save her. That or video footage, from the director of Max Mosley: The Movie, of Obama being led around a Chicago dungeon on a dog collar by a PVC catsuit-clad Abu Hamza while being fed the entrails of white babies by the Rev Jeremiah Wright and shrilly insisting that 9/11 was the work of Mossad.
Assassination or epochal scandal apart, she has lost and even Bill knows it. Standing behind her on the dais, his face a shade of crimson to make Alex Ferguson on Claret Night look like Lilith Crane after a talc factory explosion, he could barely dredge up the wounded boxer's defiant grin when she lurched briefly into valedictory mode, and pledged to support the Democratic candidate to the full.Enjoy
National Coalition Against Anti-Terror Powers
DEMONSTRATE against the
12 May 2008
5-7pm at 10 Downing Street
(Whitehall, tube: Westminster)
No to Punishment without Trial!
No to Secret Inquests!
Join the struggle against injustice! All welcome!
Mark Thomas, comedian/writer
Gareth Peirce, Human Rights Lawyer
Sabina Frediani, Liberty Campaigns Co-ordinator
Liz Davies, Chair, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
Bruce Kent, Progressing Prisoners, Maintaining Innocence
Lindsey German, Convenor Stop the War Coalition
Arzu Pesmen, Chair Kurdish Federation UK
Mahan Abedin, Director of Research Centre for the Study of Terrorism (CFSOT), Asim Qureshi, CagePrisoners
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