26/4/2004

What B-Movie Monster Are You? @ 3:46 pm

Have you ever wondered what B-Movie Monster you are?

25/4/2004

Shot me please @ 6:30 pm

Please….please…please shot me …. i’ve just voluntarily listened to my Mums Faith Hill CD I’m sorry …… I don’t know what came over me

22/4/2004

EU Referendum @ 11:10 pm

I’m sure i’ll write more at length on this at it gets nearer the time and once i’ve at least glanced at the 300pages of the draft EU constitution myself – but one thing i’d like to say. Firstly I’m fairly pro-europe in a kind of ‘i think in the long term its a good thing but economically it would be a disaster if we went in just now’ kinda way. That doesn’t mean i don’t have concerns, as many people do, about how it will effect British soveregnty in the long term – and strangely how different being one voice in 60million compared to one voice in 350million feels.

However, the current conservatives isolationist policy which says they want nothing to do with the EU constitiution reform; not because they necessarily disagree with article x, y or z but because they disagree with ANY form of ratified EU constitution and even membership within the EU could spell disaster for the UK in the long term.

We have to remember that the movement towards greater political and economic harmonisation was brought about by the end of the second world war where essentially harmonisation meant an important part of the post war reconstruction of Europe – we’re just 60years on from their and if history tells us one thing it is that if Europe is divided, it’s nation states ambivalent or hostile towards one another and isolationist both between nations states and towards the outside world then it can only spell the path to socioeconomic and political turmoil.

In my opinion its important for the Conservative opposition to provide a credible policy for their future of europe because at the moment their policy seems to be to deliberately not have a European policy (roll on the Status Quo) and to bury their heads in the sand (because to do otherwise would be to isolate the Right wing hardliners within the conservative party who want nothing at all to do with europe)…which to me is something i can never support

18/4/2004

Bush Shoot-Out @ 5:51 pm

Not quite sure what I think about this – its quite fun to play but its part of the Bush re-election campaign and has been launched to boost his ‘cough’ credibility as tough on terrorism. Bush Shoot-Out – Miniclip.com is a wee flash based shoot em up that sees you playing George bush and , briefly, Condelleza Rice in a shoot out with terrorists in the White house.

For someone who dodged the Vietnam war, Mr. Bush avoided both combat and making any kind of political statement on the War in Vietnam. While others served, giving their lives and limbs, or took part in a protest movement to end the war, the president’s family connections got him a safe spot in the Texas Air National Guard. and now he wants this gun tooting, terrorist slaying lack of credible foreign policy ‘but look at that the ‘terrorist’ blood on the walls of the oval office’ cartoon bush to be what the American people see.

Sadly, I don’t have vote in the US so can’t help vote him out (not that a vote in the states means anything when courts run by bush’s family decide who gets to be president).

16/4/2004

Geeky stuff @ 9:03 pm

Right guys, not really news as such but merely a geeky update for you all.

I’ve just launched A new Leith Community Portal based on the rather excellent Mambo. Basically its a site for local news, discussion forums and local interest links -its surprisingly been really quite popular so far considering it was only launched a few days ago – and hopefully will go on to bigger and better things. Sadly I can’t get mambo to write properly to the server throught the web interface so things like image upload, component installation and edit the pages through mambo aren’t working properly – which is really odd seen as wordpress manages it fine.

Talking of wordpress I’ve just upgraded the back end to this site which uses WordPress and I’ve only just installed the shiny new latest version 1.02 (v1 and v1.01 didn’t work properly with my server). But at the same time i’ve been taking a look at Textpattern which Dr Evil has recommended to me … so far all I’ve done is knock up a quick blog template and apply one of my WordPress styles to it to see how it goes http://www.lineages.co.uk/chris/textpattern/. So far so good.

Also despite the McArthur thing the Bristol NMR/Polyketides site has had a wee quick makeover – definately not done but worth a quick look

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