We must prepare for a 30-year war in the Middle East

25/11/2015. Category: Rave. Topic: .

Pacific Ocean (May 1, 2003) -- President George W. Bush passes through the "side boys" after a successful trap aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in a S-3B Viking assigned to the Blue Wolves of Sea Control Squadron Three Five (VS-35) designated "NAVY 1". President Bush is the first sitting President to trap aboard an aircraft carrier at sea. The President is conducting a visit aboard ship to meet with the Sailors and will address the Nation as Lincoln prepares to return from a 10-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Tyler J. Clements.  (RELEASED)

Twelve years ago, George W Bush gave his “Mission Accomplished” speech from the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier, confident that the Saddam Hussein regime had been consigned to the dustbin of history, the Taliban regime had been terminated, al-Qaeda was dispersed, if not destroyed, and the desperately needed New American Century was back on track.

That’s what he thought. Instead, over the following decade, hundreds of thousands died in the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. Read more…

Real good news: “Queen of Ivory” Yang Feng Glan arrested

13/10/2015. Category: People. Topic: .


The Tanzanian authorities have struck a major blow against elephant poaching and ivory smuggling by arresting one of the country’s most infamous alleged ivory traffickers, according a press release by the WWF.

Regarded as the ‘queen of ivory’, Yang Feng Glan has been charged with smuggling and trafficking 706 ivory tusks weighing almost 1.9 tonnes over a 14-year period. Read more…

Azerbaijan’s Second Satellite and First Bicycle

08/10/2015. Category: Rave. Topic: , .

Drag bicycle

Ever eager to use its underground energy riches to fuel its above-ground ambitions, Azerbaijan has selected an unnamed manufacturer to produce a second satellite. But along with developing a space industry, the South Caucasus country has now forayed into another, far more down-to-earth business, too — producing bicycles. Read more…

The cloud isn’t as robust as we think

05/10/2015. Category: Media. Topic: , , .

404 internet

It’s not just Facebook that goes down: the cloud isn’t as robust as we think

The computing cloud we have created supports much of our day-to-day office and leisure activity, from office email to online shopping and sharing holiday photos. Even health, social care and government functions are moving towards digital delivery over the internet. Read more…

Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Specs

24/07/2015. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Red

“Survivor, champion, icon. The Africa Twin was designed to withstand thousands of miles of desert and dirt – now it’s returning to do it all over again.”

“It’s been a long wait. But—trust us—it’s worth it. The all-new Honda Africa Twin is the machine that will let you wander wherever your adventures take you. The 998cc parallel twin uses Honda’s exclusive four-valve Unicam® cylinder-head design for smooth, tractable power. Offered with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a new DCT transmission with selectable on- and off-road modes.” Read more…

New Honda Africa Twin in action

23/07/2015. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

Honda Africa Twin screenshot

A replacement for the legendary XRV750 Africa Twin, which was based on the Dakar-winning NXR750 and was produced from 1989 until 2003, always was going to be a big call.

That call finally came when Honda announced the new 1000cc Africa Twin in May 2014, creating quite a stir. Early pictures showed promise but it was more than a year later that the new Africa Twin in action was released in “leaked” videos. Read more…

Taylor Swift vs Apple Music

22/06/2015. Category: People. Topic: .

Taylor Swift

Apple Music launches on June 30th and the intention was to provide a three-month free trial offered to subscribers, the subscription fee being $9.99 per month. Taylor Swift reacted promptly:

“We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”

It looked like this was going to be an interesting battle. But Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, reacted swiftly. He tweeted: Read more…

U2 Demands Freedom For Azerbaijani Political Prisoners

20/06/2015. Category: People. Topic: .

U2 campaigns Azerbaijan political prisoners

U2 Demands Freedom For Azerbaijani Political PrisonersBy RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service, 16 June 2015

Irish rock band U2 is demanding freedom for political prisoners in Azerbaijan, using the stage of its current North American concert tour to call attention to activists and journalists imprisoned by Azerbaijani authorities for speaking up about human rights.

Lead singer Bono made impassioned appeals at U2’s June 12 and 13 concerts in Montreal’s Bell Centre arena during the performance of the song Pride (In The Name Of Love). Read more…

Excellent review of Kawasaki ER-6n

19/06/2015. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

Kawasaki-ER6n 2015

Reviews of the Kawasaki ER-6n concur: it’s a bike for all reasons. Nimble in the city, surprisingly good in the twisties and a mile-eater on the open road.

The 650 parallel twin is a gem, with a nice spread of power and torque. This is a “little” naked motorcycle with a big heart.

One of the best reviews on the Kawasaki ER-6n is the excellent video by the Moto Journal team. The aptly call it, “Test Kawasaki ER6-n: the schizophrenic bike!” Read more…

What’s gone wrong at HSBC?

03/03/2015. Category: Rave. Topic: .


As HSBC suffers under the scorching spotlight of public scrutiny once more, it seems fair to ask why the banking group so often finds itself mired in controversy.

The latest revelations from leaked bank files about the tax services offered by HSBC’s Swiss private banking subsidiary have caused shockwaves. Its former and current leadership have faced intense pressure and Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has floated the possibility of new penalties for bankers and accountants who are found to have navigated routes along and beyond the edge of legality as they seek to cut clients’ tax bills. Read more…

« Previous |