Saying Goodbye

28 06 2009

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You always know when you’re doing something for the first time. It is often more difficult to know when you’re doing something for the last time. Well, if you are listening to this letter on the radio then this is the last time that my voice will be broadcast on URY. That is unless at some point in the future I am quoted by Sky News at the top of the hour… but don’t hold your breath on that one. Read the rest of this entry »





Giving Thanks

21 06 2009

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One of the great traditions of the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge universities are the Christian Latin graces said before formal hall (that’s dinner for the rest of us). Each college has its own grace, and most of them are fiercely proud of this little piece of heritage.

Oxford and Cambridge are both fundamentally Read the rest of this entry »





Shaking Hands

14 06 2009

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As the dust finally settles on tumultuous few weeks at Westminster, as the cameras are packed away on College Green, the blogosphere for once takes a moment for reflection, there can be very few people truly satisfied with the situation. The few that are satisfied, though, are indeed extremely lucky. Read the rest of this entry »





Carthago delenda est

7 06 2009

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“Carthago delenda est”

That was the repeated cry of a fellow named Cato the Elder. He was a Roman, who lived in the Third Century BC. At that time, Rome found itself in a drawn-out and vicious conflict Read the rest of this entry »





My Very Own Frog Video

5 06 2009

When this first came out, I was pretty sure it was the best piece of online campaigning I’d seen. Pretty sure that still stands so, my degree is complete and the government is falling apart. What better way to spend the afternoon than trying to fix my webcam to produce this:

http://frog.rainforestsos.org/player/?messageGuid=EwcwnM0S92