Archive for the ‘UK’ tag
Wondering why the presenter’s of the British version of Top Gear so often express anger at “caravans” (in America they’re more typically known as Recreational Vehicles or RVs), while they’re not viewed so hostily in Australia, Dan Rutter reaches an interesting conclusion:
I think caravanning in the UK is like metal-detector-ing in Australia.
If you don’t get that, I’ll leave it to the link to explain.
A very cool short video from “the Beeb.” My favorite is probably the view of London taxis during a day, but they’re all pretty good visualizations.
(via Gems Sty)
Perhaps the most absurd part of the High Court’s ruling that Pringles are exempted from the VAT on crisps is that Proctor & Gamble happily pointed out how completely unnatural and unfoodlike their product is.
“It has a shape not found in nature, being designed and manufactured for stacking, and giving a pleasing and regular undulating appearance which permits comfortable eating.
“In this respect, it is unlike a potato crisp and, I would add, a potato stick or puff.”
He added: “A Pringle does not taste like a crisp or otherwise behave like one. Crisps give a sharply crunchy sensation under the tooth and have to be broken down into jagged pieces when chewed.
Ronald Hutton’s summary of some recent book on the monument is rather good. I was rather struck by his beginning:
Why is Stonehenge the most famous prehistoric monument in the world? A large part of the answer lies in the domination of modernity by Western nations, and the supremacy of Britain among them, both in military and economic terms, as that modernity was being developed. In that sense Stonehenge was simply the top antiquity of the top nation at a critical moment in history.
Yoni Brenner offers a playful imagining of a meeting at which Stonehenge, now thought to have been a memorial to the dead, was discussed.
Now, me well aware of controversy surrounding new Og Memorial Complex, also known as Massive-Rocks-Arranged-in-Mysterious-Circle. Some say it eyesore. Some say it waste of massive rocks. Some like concept of mysterious circle but find execution pedestrian. On behalf of Memorial Committee for Remembering of Og, me want to take opportunity to address concerns directly, and unpack some of artistic decisions involved in approving project like Massive-Rocks-Arranged-in-Mysterious-Circle.
Another reason to love Wikipedia.
The Economist is sounding the alarm about the troubling ease with which the extremely wealthy are stifling free speech worldwide by pressing cases in the most friendly countries. A few cases that have taken of Britian’s libel laws:
That followed a similar judgment last year against Rachel Ehrenfeld, a New York-based American author who has written about the support of some Saudis for Islamist terrorism. She was successfully sued in London by a Saudi for a book she had published in America that had sold only a handful of copies in Britain.
Obozrevatel (Observer), an internet news site that does not even publish in English. Like Ms Ehrenfeld, the defendants did not appear in court and judgment was entered against them in default. Damages will be set in a compensation hearing later this year. Schillings declined to comment, but a statement on its website reads: “By seeking redress in the courts of England, Mr Akhmetov will ensure that there will be a fair legal process.”