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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

The ‘ffff’ sound and judging character

The ‘ffff’ sound and judging character

Tales from a Brussels bar Tam the barman suddenly exclaimed “ffff” – that was what started it. He was under pressure –

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28/03/2010 at 22:50Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar

Importance of protecting cultural diversity

Importance of protecting cultural diversity

Tales from a Brussels bar An interesting topic came up on Monday evening last week. Outside temperatures had risen by at least eight degrees in the previous two days, and Brussels was showing the first welcome signs of spring. 

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16/03/2010 at 17:05EU Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar

EU launches anonymous online whistleblower system

EU launches anonymous online whistleblower system

The EU’s anti-fraud office (OLAF) has launched an anonymous online fraud tip-off system for citizens who wish to report evidence of official corruption.

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10/03/2010 at 22:44EU Life&Liberty

SOLVIT – help with your EU cross-border issues

SOLVIT – help with your EU cross-border issues

SOLVIT is an online problem-solving network for EU citizens and businesses that is designed to help solve difficult cross-border problems with national EU administrations without resort to legal proceedings.

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10/03/2010 at 21:29EU EU_Business Life&Liberty

The perils of social media and why you need strong wings

The perils of social media and why you need strong wings

Tales from a Brussels bar I caught up with Maj in the bar yesterday after a particularly confusing euro meeting, so I was happy to get beer in hand and think about things less complicated. Barely had I settled in my seat, however, before the discussion slid to that bane […]

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