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Laurence's Blog

by admin published Jun 15, 2007 09:25 PM
Musings of an itinerant web developer

Leaving London

by Laurence Rowe published Oct 01, 2008 09:39 PM

National Portrait Gallery Café

I'm glad to have spent some time here and there will definitely be a few places I'll miss, but I must admit it's a bit of a relief to be leaving. Perhaps there is just a little bit too much of it, but everywhere else I have been recently feels like an oasis of calm in comparison. Not one to do things by halves I'm off to spend the winter in Tønsberg, Norway. I mean, it can't really be that cold... can it?

Kinder Scout

by Laurence Rowe published Aug 10, 2008 08:40 PM

Kinder Low

On Kinder, so long as you keep near the edge you can usually tell where you are. The moor has an other-worldly feel in the fog, with a peace that is difficult to find in an over-stimulated city. A little disconcerting, but you can always follow a stream back to the path. Still, there was something reassuring about finding Kinder Low.

Having woken early on Saturday morning I decided I needed to be up a hill. Even with a stop in Manchester to pick up a tent, I'd made it by 3pm. In this weather the only real option is to wear shorts and embrace the elements. Once you've stepped in a few puddles you can wade through the streams... I was glad of the warm shower when I got down though!

Thomas Pynchon: Against the Day

by Laurence Rowe published Aug 10, 2008 07:55 PM

"...Those they may not at the moment harm, they corrupt. Usually all it takes is money, for they have so much that no one feels any moral hesitancy about taking it. Their targets become rich, and where's the harm in that?"
"And if money doesn't do the trick..."


by Laurence Rowe published Jun 12, 2008 04:16 PM

Home Office in denial

by Laurence Rowe published May 18, 2008 11:50 PM
They just don't get it.

The Independent on a Europol terrorism report (pdf):

The report also warned that British foreign policy presented critical dangers for all Europe: "The conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have a large impact on the security environment of the EU."
A Home Office spokesman confirmed that most of the Europol findings tallied with official figures, and underlined the Government's consistent warnings about the scale of the terror threat facing the nation. But he insisted that the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan had no bearing on the level of the security threat in the UK or in the rest of Europe.

It just beggars belief. Have they forgotten the boys from Bradford Yorkshire who blew themselves up on the Tube? Globalisation is much more than a purely economic phenomenon.

Lets see what a Freedom of Information request can show.