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Mar
13

About the Twitter thing. I think I'm with Jon Stewart on this one.

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Local news and fine reporting

Mar
13

This morning's Medway Messenger leads on a fine illustration of why local journalism matters.  Alan Watkins' exclusive about the number of staff at Medway council earning in excess of £50k is an example of a diligent reporter and his newspaper holding local government to account.

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Mar
12

Oh dear, you know this blog is going to be on either tea or Twitter. Today it's the latter, although I do suggest making yourself a cup right now.

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No hope for sequel to Kyoto?

Mar
11

If the current state of affairs in Copenhagen is anything to go by, says Oliver Tickell, then December's UNFCCC conference isn't going to provide the type of vision and the commitments to CO2 cuts that we need.

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Aggrieved Drogba has the last laugh

Mar
10

It has been an ongoing debate in football for many years. The calls for goal line technology looked set to gain fresh impetus as an exasperated Didier Drogba claimed he had beaten Gianluigi Buffon with a first half free kick that the Italian stopper appeared palm out from behind his line. But his protests were to no avail.

Chelsea’s sense of injustice didn’t last long. Michael Essien levelled matters soon afterwards, reacting fastest to a deflected Frank Lampard shot to cancel out Vincenzo Iaquinta’s extremely well worked opener.

In a game that was high on drama and full of goals and talking points, Drogba was to have the last laugh with a late equaliser, securing a 2-2 draw that ensures Chelsea’s progress into the last eight.

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What future for local papers?

Mar
10

It's been a pretty grim day for publishers of local + regional newspapers with yet more announcements of some quite savage cuts in the industry and the unwelcome news of an independent publisher going into administration. The Kent Messenger Group is not immune and we are in the midst of a proposal to lose some 150 jobs, including those of editorial staff.

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UK condones torture says UN report

Mar
10

The UK provided "intelligence or conducted the initial seizure of an individual
before he was transferred to (mostly unacknowledged) detention centres ... or to one of the CIA covert detention centres, often referred to as 'black sites'" says the report.

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Education notes

Mar
10

Owing to the wonders of technology, you should now be able to download the education notes that were previously and mysteriously absent from the site. Paul

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Kent police monitor journalists at Kingsnorth demonstration

Mar
09

Pity I only just spotted this piece about journalists being monitored and followed by police at a demonstration at Kingsnorth power plant just up the road. Would have been a good subject to bring up at this morning's visit from their press officers.

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Books, books, books...

Mar
09

Can anyone recommend any good books, prefereably non-fiction? I'm at a bit of a loss as to what I'm going to read next.

My current ideas are:

The Shock Doctrine - Naomi Klein

In Defence of Lost Causes - Slavoj Zizek

The Vanishing Face of Gaia - James Lovelock

Hold Everything Dear - John Berger

From Marxism to Post-Marxism - Goran Therborn

OR The Other - Ryzard Kapuscinski

But I'm not particularly drawn to any of them over the others. Any ideas?

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