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Chilcot apologises to Straw for ambush, Eagle Eye

Chilcot apologises to Straw for ambush

Sir John Chilcot’s Iraq inquiry team has apologised to Jack Straw (pdf), the former Foreign Secretary (right), for failing to tell him in advance about documents on which it would question him, contrary to its rules:
Because of an oversight by the Inquiry, Mr Straw was not specifically notified in advance that the Inquiry would wish to refer [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 12 May 2011 at 3:56 pm

Is Alphagov the future of government digital?, Notebook

Is Alphagov the future of government digital?

This week has seen two significant steps in the development of government digital – moving to get more people online, and starting the process of improving government services when they get there.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 12 May 2011 at 2:44 pm

HeroRAT- No ordinary rat, Notebook

HeroRAT- No ordinary rat

Rats are the perfect labourer; they enjoy repetitive tasks, are intelligent and are too light in weight to set off landmines. Apopo uses the African giant pouched rat, which is endemic to Sub-Saharan Africa. These rats are docile, sociable and are able to store and retrieve food underground based on their great sense of smell. In fact, rats have more genetic material relevant to olfaction than any other mammal and are also far cheaper to transport than their dog counterparts.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 12 May 2011 at 12:52 pm

Maradona vs Kadyrov: A football match to make the soul vomit, Notebook

Maradona vs Kadyrov: A football match to make the soul vomit

It’s one of those things that makes you wish that you were a wolf, so that you could tear off your clothes, throw yourself down on your haunches and howl in agony towards the moon.  It makes you look at the keyboard into which you’re thudding angry verbs and nouns and makes you ponder how [...]

By | Notebook, Sport | Thursday, 12 May 2011 at 12:19 pm

Caught & Social: Striking poses at Cannes, Notebook

Caught & Social: Striking poses at Cannes

Daily gossip from the world of celeb

By | Notebook | Thursday, 12 May 2011 at 12:17 pm

Great Expectations, Eagle Eye

Great Expectations

Important and passionate article written by Peter Hyman about why he is setting up a free school in Newham in today’s Times, which you can read free on his website.
I was particularly impressed by his assessment of what is wrong with so many schools today:
Schools are too big; children in need of frequent support get lost; [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 12 May 2011 at 12:11 pm

Today from <i>i</i>: The head that wears the crown, Notebook

Today from i: The head that wears the crown

Today’s graphic from i

By | Notebook | Thursday, 12 May 2011 at 11:19 am

Digital Digest, Notebook

Digital Digest

Daily gossip from the world of celeb

By | Notebook | Thursday, 12 May 2011 at 11:10 am

America’s Death at the O.K. Corral, Notebook

America’s Death at the O.K. Corral

Last week, for the first time in a long time, reality approached the realm of the great westerns. Our old-time hero tracked down the enemy to a dusty village amongst the mountains of some foreign land. After years of searching, turned bitter by constant evasion, he’d found his man.

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 12 May 2011 at 10:33 am

Bin Laden’s green-fingered (and utterly charming) neighbours, The Foreign Desk

Bin Laden’s green-fingered (and utterly charming) neighbours

Last Friday evening, as the showers hastily turned into a downpour in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad, myself and a female colleague found ourselves tramping around the neighbhourhood of Osama  Bin Laden, searching for a secret building.  It had been reported that for several months, the al-Qa’ida leader had been under surveillance not only from [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 12 May 2011 at 8:56 am

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