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India’s Bill Gates and the Giving Pledge, Notebook

India’s Bill Gates and the Giving Pledge

Millions of Indian eyes are currently on the progress of the nation in the Cricket World Cup, a tournament that they are hosting and in several quarters are expected to win.  As a result, given the frenzied focus on Sachin Tendulkar and his team, an event of some significance may well slip by unnoticed.  In [...]

By | Notebook | Monday, 14 March 2011 at 3:25 pm

The FA Cup and angry Arsenal fans, Sport

The FA Cup and angry Arsenal fans

Great draw for the FA Cup semi-finals
Great FA Cup draw. Manchester United v Manchester City in one semi and improving Bolton v survivors Stoke City in the other. I think it makes for an interesting final. The purists will claim that a City v United final would have been better but the way its [...]

By | Sport | Monday, 14 March 2011 at 1:29 pm

Trying to sleep through Japan’s earthquakes, Notebook

Trying to sleep through Japan’s earthquakes

People are incredibly calm, despite the ground constantly shaking. Many parts of Tokyo are experiencing power cuts due to a national energy shortage. Many train lines have been suspended. And many supermarkets and convenience stores have had their shelves emptied by people trying to ensure they have enough food at home. But if you were [...]

By | Notebook | Monday, 14 March 2011 at 12:06 pm

32,000 elderly people at risk from nursing home collapse, Eagle Eye

32,000 elderly people at risk from nursing home collapse

There is an interesting business story doing the rounds this morning about a company called Southern Cross Healthcare – which appears to be on the verge of going bankrupt.
The Press Association is reporting that the company’s shares have fallen by nearly 50 per cent after a warning that it may breach its banking covenants.
So far, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 14 March 2011 at 11:54 am

Games review roundup: Dragon Age 2; Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together; Hard Corps: Uprising; Popcap Hits! Vol. 2, Games

Games review roundup: Dragon Age 2; Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together; Hard Corps: Uprising; Popcap Hits! Vol. 2

A weekly roundup of our bite-size games reviews, this week featuring swords and sorcery aplenty in Dragon Age 2; tactical warfare from Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together; good old side-scrolling shooting in Hard Corps: Uprising and a second compilation of download classics via Popcap Hits! Vol. 2.

By | Games, Notebook | Monday, 14 March 2011 at 8:45 am

Online House Hunter: Taxing issues, Property

Online House Hunter: Taxing issues

Take a few steps to check on council tax charges and you could save yourself a substantial sum when decided precisely where you want to live. Our Online House Hunter explains.

By | Property | Monday, 14 March 2011 at 7:00 am

Fighting out of the Fringes: the nature of feedback., Arts

Fighting out of the Fringes: the nature of feedback.

To develop we need feedback.
This is largely true of, well, most things.  We put something out into the world: an idea; a thought; a carefully crafted piece of this or that and we wait to see what people think of it.  Sometimes feedback comes back unsolicited and sometimes we ask for it.  Sometimes it’s positive, [...]

By | Arts | Sunday, 13 March 2011 at 8:57 pm

Clegg Rage, Eagle Eye

Clegg Rage

One line from Andrew Grice’s analysis yesterday of the Liberal Democrat leader’s predicament struck me:
Mr Clegg is frustrated that he gets a kicking from both The Guardian and the Daily Mail. The former reflects the anger on the left that he hopped into bed with the Conservatives. The right-wing press would – [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 13 March 2011 at 11:32 am

Cricket World Cup: Windies or bust…, Sport

Cricket World Cup: Windies or bust…

It is simply not possible for England to produce a convincing ODI performance at present. Defeated at the hands of Bangladesh yesterday, frustration will be growing amongst players, coaching staff and fans as a lack of conviction once again proved their downfall.
Even with a crystal ball you could not predict which England team would elect to [...]

By | Sport | Saturday, 12 March 2011 at 7:43 pm

No to AV takes lead in referendum campaign, Eagle Eye

No to AV takes lead in referendum campaign

The No vote has overtaken Yes for the first time in a poll asking the official referendum question on changing the voting system, reports a new ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror tomorrow.
At present, the UK uses the “first past the post” system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 12 March 2011 at 7:38 pm

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