Monthly Archives: February 2011

#8 If you can’t be kind, at least be nice.

Wherever I have travelled and however many people I meet, the ones that really make my heart sing are the ones who are kind.¬†There is something about kind people that makes them happier and that, in turn, makes the people … Continue reading

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#7 Repercussions can go further than you imagine

The momentous events in the Middle East seem to be spreading; regimes are toppling like dominoes. Perhaps the most appealing part of the story so far has been the organisation of the protesters in Egypt – this interactive BBC map … Continue reading

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I can’t celebrate for the people of Egypt yet.

Today we’ve heard very good news from Egypt, but I can’t quite bring myself to break out the bunting yet. Over-throwing the old government is the comparatively easy bit of a revolution, building a new one takes years not days … Continue reading

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If you don’t care enough to vote, your vote shouldn’t count.

Labour Lords, with the help of a couple of rebellious Tories, have just managed to pass an amendment to the voting reform bill that means that, should turnout fall below 40%, the vote is non-binding and the Government can choose … Continue reading

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#6 Sometimes you have to go back to appreciate how far forwards you have come

I have just bought a new phone handset. It has a funky new text input system called Swype that lets you input words by drawing a path over the keyboard. It is clever and fast and I like it a … Continue reading

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#5 Discretion is the better part of valour

Is it wrong to provide a fleeing despot with sanctuary¬†if doing so makes him more likely to go? According to the Guardian, the German papers are today full of speculation that Hosni Mubarak may be given medical treatment and shelter … Continue reading

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