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Libraries as a public good

Libraries as a public good

Tales from a Brussels bar   It had been cold outside all week, so I was happy that night to wedge myself against the radiator, pint in hand, and peruse the headlines. A quiet evening – there was just a sprinkling of customers – the usual suspects. And I wasn’t […]

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23/02/2011 at 09:52Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar UK

Why defend Wikileaks?

Why defend Wikileaks?

Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger writes on 28/01/2011 about the Wikileaks “Cablegate” stories:

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29/01/2011 at 01:30Life&Liberty

In defence of Headington library

In defence of Headington library

Headington public library in Oxford, UK, is to close as part of the County Council cuts to local services. Local residents are unhappy ..

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31/12/2010 at 13:59Life&Liberty UK

Ten songs about print journalism

Ten songs about print journalism

Jimmy Brown the newsboy Once upon a time, being a newspaperman (or woman) was something to stand up and shout about. Journalism was a noble occupation.

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16/12/2010 at 14:43Share the vibe

Statewatch launches free access to civil-liberties websites

Statewatch launches free access to civil-liberties websites

Statewatch has now made access to its two websites on specialist civil liberties subjects totally free. These two online resources are a unique record of the struggle for civil liberties in Europe over the past 20 years, and provide an essential resource for students, journalists, academics, lawyers and community activists. […]

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16/12/2010 at 13:24Life&Liberty

How do you surrender to a drone?

How do you surrender to a drone?

How do you surrender to a machine, especially if it is one that has been programmed by name, face or other details to kill before you’re even aware of its presence?

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29/10/2010 at 21:00Control Culture Life&Liberty

Paying tribute to the fallen – on two wheels

Paying tribute to the fallen – on two wheels

On Saturday 2nd October I rode to the wall. Not Hadrian’s Wall, nor even Pink Floyd’s. But the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas,

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13/10/2010 at 16:51Auto Life&Liberty

BBC Electric Ride – 4000 mile electric tour Europe

BBC Electric Ride – 4000 mile electric tour Europe

BBC Electric Ride – 4000 miles round Europe in an electric car in June 2010.

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02/06/2010 at 19:08Auto Climate EU_Energy Travel

The bullet-point theory of legislation and baking a cake

The bullet-point theory of legislation and baking a cake

Tales from a Brussels bar “Honestly, what is wrong with the EU constitution, apart from the thousand pages of it?” It seemed I’d walked straight into a distinctly heavy conversation. Ordering a beer to fortify myself, I sought out a comfy seat. It was Maj talking, of course. “A real […]

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31/05/2010 at 02:26Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar

A new EU citizens’ house in Brussels?

A new EU citizens’ house in Brussels?

Among all the prestigious buildings in Brussels, and the MEPs, the functionaries, the journalists and the lobbyists, European citizens should have their own space.

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22/04/2010 at 12:41EU EU_Business Life&Liberty