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The Control Culture

The Control Culture

        A selection of articles that illustrate the pre-occupation of governments with monitoring and controlling their citizens. This post re-instated 03/2017 after being, somewhat mysteriously, deleted from the blog – yet again. Apparently there are some who do not believe in the freedom of the press. 2018 […]

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03/03/2017 at 13:12Control Culture Life&Liberty

New EU whistleblower legislation launching next week – but some distance to safe harbour

New EU whistleblower legislation launching next week – but some distance to safe harbour

Brussels, 18/04/2018. The European Commission is expected to propose a new EU-wide whistleblower-protection law within the week. The proposed regulation is an attempt to protect citizens from the often devastating personal consequences they face for simply reporting fraud or corruption, while at the same time erecting safeguards against “malicious or […]

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18/04/2018 at 00:03EU EU_Business

Motorcycling as sustainable transport – what is the future?

Motorcycling as sustainable transport – what is the future?

Brussels, 31/01/2018. ACEM’s ‘Sustainable motorcycling in Europe’ conference last week in Brussels was a fascinating blend between the usual Brussels EU conference (suits, eurocrats, industry execs, etc.) and what has traditionally been seen as a niche pursuit (riding motorcycles). ACEM’s aim (representing as it does the motorcycle manufacturers) is of […]

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30/01/2018 at 22:31Auto Control Culture Life&Liberty

Brexit the right future – for the EU as well as Britain

Brexit the right future – for the EU as well as Britain

      Why Brexit is the right future for the EU, as well as for Britain (in my humble opinion). Brussels, 17/12/2017. It would be unnatural not to have doubts about the wisdom of Brexit. The news reports play a daily tune on the latest setback or political difficulty, […]

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18/12/2017 at 00:00EU EU_Business

After Brexit, how will Britain’s management cope? Through negotiation …

After Brexit, how will Britain’s management cope? Through negotiation …

    Why is it that my country is so poor? I ask myself this question after listening to the latest set of economic and social problems emerging on today’s BBC Radio 4. Of course doom and gloom in the news is everyday ordinary (it is the journalist’s bread and […]

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13/12/2017 at 14:55EU EU_Business Life&Liberty

Short shorts

Short shorts

  – being a compilation of instant, sometimes off-the-cuff reactions to day-to-day reportings ……     European Commission preparing EU legislation to protect whistleblowers 05/03/2018. Vera Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equity, speaking to the LIBE Committee in the European Parliament, 05 March 2018. She said, speaking […]

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11/12/2017 at 13:25Control Culture EU Life&Liberty

Moustache, collar and tie? Where was I? Riding DGR Brussels, where else?

Moustache, collar and tie? Where was I? Riding DGR Brussels, where else?

27/09/2017. The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, or DGR for short, in Brussels this year saw nearly 300 bewhiskered and besuited supposed gentlemen (plus the odd lady) assemble at the Atomium on Sunday prior to a ride into and around the city. The weather for the day was unseasonably sunny and warm, […]

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27/09/2017 at 10:28Auto Share the vibe Travel

No Robin Hood, me ….

No Robin Hood, me ….

Five days in the wild with Woodland Ways 11 September 2017. Just back from a five-day course in the wilds of Leicestershire run by Woodland Ways. They call it an Intermediate course. With my bones still aching, I’d call it pretty advanced. And although I enjoyed the course, I’m still […]

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11/09/2017 at 16:33Climate Life&Liberty

Air quality in Belgium – officially not just poor, but bad

Air quality in Belgium – officially not just poor, but bad

    Monday 19th June 2017. Today I received the latest air-quality bulletin from the Belgian Interregional Environment Agency, which supplies air-quality warnings that focus particularly on nitrogen dioxide, particulates and ozone. The warnings for the coming days go from poor, to very poor, to just plain ‘bad’. What is […]

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19/06/2017 at 10:55Auto Climate Life&Liberty

Brexit Shorts

Brexit Shorts

Brexit-Shorts – being a compilation of instant, sometimes off-the-cuff reactions to the day-to-day Brexit saga …… EU vision over Brexit? Not … 04/12/2017. Clearly the various EU establishments are determined to make life as difficult as possible for the UK during the Brexit negotiations. The image of Donald Tusk, that […]

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15/06/2017 at 11:27EU Life&Liberty

Apparition

Apparition

By Odimegwu Onwumere   We heard he sent a letter to the Senate On January Nineteen Two Thousand and Seventeen. The Senate didn’t see him but saw his letter; He then left for London for a Ten-day leave, To treat himself. He stayed for over Fifty days, Showing care to […]

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10/05/2017 at 09:36Life&Liberty