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Monthly Archives: August 2009

For Star Wars tragics…

If you were brought up on Star Wars as I was, you’ll remember that scene in the original movie where Obi Wan uses his Jedi mind trick on some poor hapless storm troopers: Stormtrooper: [to Luke] Let me see your identification. Obi-Wan: [with a small wave of his hand] You don’t need to see his […]

What Would Jesus Say?

FBI director Robert Mueller has launched a scathing attack on Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill over the release of the Lockerbie bomber. In a letter, dated 21 August, Mr Mueller said the decision makes “a mockery of justice” and gives comfort to terrorists around the world… The Scottish Government said it had consulted widely in […]

She’s the Dope!

Tests have revealed Caster Semenya’s testosterone level to be three times higher than those normally expected in a female sample, BBC Sport understands. Analysis prior to the World Athletics Championships and the 18-year-old’s big improvement prompted calls for a gender test from the sport’s governing body. It was made public only hours before the South […]

The Paranormal Panel – Women and Woo

I’ll be appearing on 4BC’s ‘Paranormal Panel’ discussing matters skeptical at some point in the next hour. I don’t think people from outside Brisbane will be able to get the live broadcast, but they do podcasts and downloads, so you can have a listen afterwards if you’re keen on that sort of thing. [UPDATE: I'm […]

A true child of the Eighties

You’re always told that being a true child of the eighties means saying things like ‘bright light, bright light’ or knowing what ‘Cavey Wavey’ stood for or fessing up to owning one of those ridiculous pastel skirts… but I reckon the following marks you out just as definitively: I’ve been researching (strictly for novelistic purposes, […]

The wolf and the lamb

I am generally a pretty gentle person. The other day, my daughter found a spider in the corridor, and I guided it into a glass and tipped it out on the veranda. I have difficulty hurting things. However, everyone has something which pushes their buttons. For me, it’s bullying. A British teenager has become the […]

Catch and release

The convicted Lockerbie bomber has been flown home to Libya after being freed from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds. Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, 57, was jailed in 2001 for the atrocity which claimed 270 lives in 1988. The decision to release Megrahi, who has terminal prostate cancer, was made by the Scottish Government. US president […]

Can dolphins be defendants?

From Reuters: A woman is suing a Chicago-area zoo for a 2008 fall near a dolphin exhibit, accusing zookeepers of encouraging the mammals to splash water and then failing to protect spectators from wet surfaces, local media reported on Thursday. In her suit filed earlier this week, Allecyn Edwards said she was injured while walking […]

Sticks and stones…

I seem to be building up rather a niche in posts on blogging, social networking, defamation and privacy law. Cases are springing up like mushrooms. I’ve written before about the outing of “NightJack”, a policeman whose blog became immensely popular. It seemed to me that the development of outing pseudonymous bloggers was a rather sad […]

RDM: Damn poor show…

A senior Conservative has called for MPs’ pay to be doubled – in return for scrapping their second home allowance. Sir Patrick Cormack says MPs annual pay should increase from £64,766 to more than £130,000. He was condemned as “out of touch” by Labour, while Lib Dem Foreign Affairs spokesman Ed Davey said the veteran […]