Index of Articles - October 2003 to March 2004

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March 2004
  • The chilling face of xenophobia in Russia
  • Barbarism in Falluja (Iraq)
  • Gay Partnership Bill proposed for UK
  • The threat of terrorism in the UK remains severe
  • Colonialism with a modern twist - Canada and the Turks and Caicos
  • The Conservative 'gay summit' and what it means
  • Scottish Parliament could have had a permanent home on The Mound!!
  • A voice of sanity from Israel - Avraham Burg
  • Goodbye GMT, hello BST - summer is in prospect
  • Moscow bans Jehovah's Witnesses - not everything in Putin's Russia is bad (wry wink!)
  • Obituary: Sir Horace Phillips - rejected by Saudi Arabia in 1968 as British ambassador, because he was Jewish
  • Telephony by Broadband - VOIP may make this a radically cheaper option
  • The Conservative party and the gay vote
  • US pre-election recriminations escalate in the wake of Richard Clarke testimony
  • EU appoints anti-terrorism coordinator (aka 'terror tsar') - Mr Gijs De Vries
  • Chinese traditional medicine may really work
  • Coretta Scott King says gay rights are civil rights
  • Blogrolling seems to be out at present
  • European Union enlargement scheduled for 1st May 2004
  • EU fines Microsoft record amount
  • Labour MP Frank Field proposes a better way of providing health care than the NHS
  • Possible new method of minimising transmission risk of HIV/AIDS
  • The EU and Turkey - could it and should it become a member?
  • Holyrood: claustrophobic cells for Scottish MSPs - at huge cost
  • "Keep going well, keep going Shell" - or not
  • House of Lords 'reform' is put on hold
  • Bible Belt idiocy - 'get outa town' (attempt to ban homosexuals for living there)
  • The traumas which homophobes put themselves through
  • Individualism is certainly best - remittances home beat foreign aid
  • The benefit of having an accountable system of justice (fight against terrorism)
  • High Court tax judgement (re Andre Agassi) has major implications for international sports stars and entertainers
  • Spain, Iraq and al-Qa'ida - an amazing piece of journalistic detective work
  • Ruling Popular Party defeated in Spanish election
  • China endorses private property
  • Renewed tension in Georgia as Saakashvili is barred from Ajaria
  • Madrid train bombs - five in custody - al-Qa'ida videotape claim of responsibility
  • How unlike the life of our own dear Kim ... (South Korea parliamentary fighting)
  • Two convicted of January 2003 Cape Town gay slaughter
  • In pictures: Spain's anguish
  • A fascinating glimpse into British social mores
  • Tony Blair's prescient speech last week comes quickly and grimly to life in Madrid
  • Shock! Horror! A gay kiss on 'The Archers'
  • Ireland may be trying to back-track on gay rights
  • US citizen arrested as suspected spy for Saddam Hussein's Iraq
  • The role of 'grannies' is to help look after their own children's offspring (says Finnish research)
  • Madrid terrorist outrage - but who is responsible?
  • British Guantanamo prisoner releases - two of five released without charge
  • British Guantanamo prisoner releases - Five British terrorism suspects return to the UK from Guantanamo
  • Homophobia watch - Singapore
  • Homophobia and bigotry generally in the Bahamas
  • Apparently PayPal isn't entirely secure
  • Greece elects conservative 'New Democracy' party in today's elections
  • Atkins Diet - my full diary progress is now online
  • New Link Added - Roger L Simon
  • Oil price reaches 1-year high amid fears of political tension in Venezuela
  • Labour MSPs round on Gorrie for Dewar remarks
  • A positive potential effect of global warming
  • Aid distribution in Angola hit by port delays
  • LibDem proposals - luckily it's unlikely they'll ever get to act on them!
  • Lord chief justice, Lord Woolf, exposes Blunkett's dictatorship in the making
  • Holyrood "Dewar's Personal Memorial" says Gorrie
  • Was this a 'Gay Wedding' in Saudi Arabia?
  • HSBC, the world's second-largest bank, reports bumper results for 2003
  • LoTR: The Return of the King - a clean sweep at the 'Oscars'!

February 2004

  • Scottish Tories fall prey to another botch-up
  • 'The Passion' - Mel Gibson's latest movie
  • California State Supreme Court declines to ban gay marriage precipitously
  • The battle for the 'Telegraph' Group is now wide open
  • Roman Catholic Church in US begins, possibly, to address the sickness at its core
  • An anniversary from history - fire at the Reichstag
  • What's your country? (mine is apparently Spain)
  • Tourism to Saudi Arabia - well it's certainly an idea
  • British television stations 'Channel 4' and 'Five' in merger talks
  • ESA Rosetta launch delayed for a second day
  • Spying at the UN .... unimaginable or simply inevitable?
  • Give us your skilled, your young, your educated ....  (says Jack Mc Connell, Scottish First Minister)
  • Howard withdraws Conservative 'whip' from Ann Winterton
  • Maybe the Conservative Party really is changing ...
  • GCHQ trial collapses
  • Holyrood building costs hit GBP 430.6 million - and counting
  • Commenting by 'Haloscan' seems to be down
  • 'Tit for Tat', or a ban based on genuine findings?  - US restricts meat imports from France
  • President Bush wants constitutional amendment banning gay marriage
  • Atkins Low Carbohydrate Diet - Weeks 30 to 36 (2 posts)
  • Estonia and Scotland build commercial ties - the new Europe takes shape
  • King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia says homosexual marriage should be permitted
  • Five Britons to be freed from Guantanamo Bay
  • South Africa goes into denial (again) about AIDS treatment
  • Holyrood building costs hit GBP 421 million - and counting
  • Homophobia in West Lothian - SNP, Tory and Independent
  • Countries I have visited
  • Is the Anglican church in England thawing toward gays?
  • Left-wing idiocy from Polly Toynbee in the 'Guardian' - her views on immigration
  • Holyrood and the Fraser Inquiry - the dirt begins to fly in earnest
  • Howard pledges support for Civil Partnerships bill
  • Blunkett's latest idea - a British 'FBI' -
  • Shocking on-duty police rapes, but good to see the Surrey Police taking an uncompromising position
  • Scottish support for same sex civil partnerships
  • Speed dating goes gay in Edinburgh
  • Is this man for real? (Geoff Hoon)
  • A 'pushy female' delivers some well-deserved chastisement - Susan Greenfield answers her critics
  • EU immigration in the wake of this year's expansion
  • UK teen 'hacker' gets 200 hours community sentence
  • Hit counter temporarily disabled
  • Blunkett's latest plan to erode British democracy - proposes gutting our judicial systems
  • The Ghan sets off
  • Thank your lucky stars that you don't live in North Korea

January 2004

  • Gilligan resigns from BBC as Hutton Inquiry fallout continues
  • Royal Navy appoints first female commanding officer of a warship
  • Hutton Inquiry fallout continues - Greg Dyke resigns from the BBC
  • Wi-Fi networks: security said to be improving
  • Hutton Inquiry - the fallout begins
  • The Hutton Inquiry Report is published today
  • A wintry scene at the Nairn shore
  • Who's been a naughty boy, then? - an army officer and his webcam 'stripping' antics
  • Homophobia in the military
  • Holocaust Memorial Day - 27 January
  • Will the rest of the US, then the world, follow where California may lead? - gay marriage
  • Avian flu claims sixth victim in Vietnam - in the south, this time
  • Is funding within the UK, as defined by the 'Barnett Formula', due for reform?
  • Hypocrisy masquerading as moral outrage  - Jenny Tonge's remarks are widely attacked
  • Digital broadcasting - the pace of change hots up in the UK
  • View the ISS from where you live
  • Photographs of Mars - No highways, but there are suspected water-formed valleys
  • Chicken Flu - and the repercussions begin in Europe
  • Religious extremism from a Christian (Catholic) cleric and a Moslem (Wahhabi) cleric
  • Child executions - the US is in 'good company'
  • Nonentity hits back at critics (and not very effectively, of course) .... Iain Duncan Smith (who he?)
  • 'Death in Service' takes on new meaning in Finland
  • British police get gay sensitivity training
  • Conrad Black out ..... Barclay brothers in (plus update)
  • Malaysian police disperse Anwar Ibrahim supporters
  • Lord Black gets it from Rittenhouse
  • 'Brokeback Mountain' set to break another Hollywood gay taboo
  • Was British military procurement for the Iraq campaign precarious?
  • Salmon consumption - the pros and cons
  • Some optimistic news from Indonesia
  • A socialist 'paradise' on earth - North Korea
  • How a Home Secretary reacts, or at least how this one does - suicide of serial killer Harold Shipman
  • Pseudo-intellectual nonsense or genuine musical art? - 4'33' by John Cage
  • Link deleted - Slugger O'Toole
  • Camp Delta, Guantanamo - a timely reminder from Amnesty International
  • The joys of using a blog aggregator
  • Free speech in Britain - Robert Kilroy-Silk and 'hate speech
  • Obituary: Brent Benaschak (founder Whistler Gay Ski Week)
  • A "regional accent" unsuitable for foreigners learning English in the UK - says Home Office
  • The right to defend one's home - or not (Labour MP Stephen Pound's hypocrisy)
  • Atkins Low Carbohydrate Diet - Weeks 27, 28 and 29
  • In the Blogaholic stakes I got 32 - even they don't think I'm addicted
  • New link added - Shadowfoot (Brian Logan)
  • Tony Blair visits Basrah - speaks to British troops
  • Strangled at a Christmas Party - a 10 year old girl
  • Being gay in Palestinian Authority territory is not easy
  • New links added - Iraq at a Glance (A.Y.S), Iraq 2.0 (Omar Masry)

December 2003

  • New Year Honours - Gay campaigners recognised
  • Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King
  • Brief hiatus until after Christmas
  • Ian Huntley convicted of double-murder of Holly and Jessica
  • Atkins Low Carbohydrate Diet - Weeks 23 to 26
  • Vatican hierarchy obliged to listen to some necessary home truths
  • Andrew Sullivan reveals his true motivation
  • Paul Bremer: "We got him."
  • Reports (unconfirmed) that Saddam Hussein has been captured in Tikrit
  • EU Constitution - summit ends in failure (or success, if you take a different view)
  • EU Constitution - under debate at Brussels summit conference
  • US excludes opponents of Iraq policy from rebuilding contracts
  • Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner, interviewed for BBC HardTalk
  • Chancellor Brown announces increased budget deficit
  • Mugabe pulls Zimbabwe out of the Commonwealth
  • A brief 'hiatus' over the coming weekend
  • "Single Malt" or "Pure Malt"
  • Another worthwhile weblog from Iraq - Jason Van Steenwyk (IRAQ NOW); since deleted as no longer in Iraq
  • Holyrood Inquiry - tender process broke Scottish Office's own rules
  • Undercover Iran - Inside the Hidden Revolution
  • Holyrood Inquiry - (ir)responsibility in/for publicly-financed projects
  • Holyrood Inquiry - completely incredible, but with the ring of truth (outrageously!)
  • World Aids Day - Zackie Achmat is a modern-day hero
  • US set to drop steel tariffs

November 2003

  • Deal may be close to repatriate UK nationals held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
  • US prevaricates over mistake made in post-'9/11' detention
  • Can the Israeli Palestinian 'logjam' be broken?
  • Northern Ireland elections
  • Hiatus in posting
  • Mugabe says Zimbabwe may leave Commonwealth
  • Istanbul terrorism - 2 more major bomb incidents this morning
  • Dollar breaches new low against Euro
  • Atkins Low Carbohydrate Diet - Weeks 20 to 22 (several posts)
  • State visit of US President George W Bush and First Lady Laura Bush to the UK
  • Conrad Black stands down as Chief Executive of publishing group Hollinger
  • Schwarzenegger formally sworn-in as California's new governor
  • "Blogrolling" - problem with a malicious hacker earlier today
  • Istanbul terrorism - 20 killed. 257 injured
  • Margaret Hodge, Children's Minister, 'apologises' to abuse victim for her slur
  • Margaret Hodge, Children's Minister, faces growing pressure to explain her behaviour
  • How 'Socialists' ignore and then try to smear those who complain - today we are talking about Margaret Hodge
  • Iraqi blogger 'Salam Pax' appeared tonight on BBC2 Newsnight
  • Iraqi Blogs - a fast developing phenomenon
  • Bishop of Chester to be 'spoken to by Police' over comments about homosexuals
  • Holyrood Inquiry - BBC to re-consider its refusal to release tapes
  • Michael Portillo MP to stand down from Parliament at the next election
  • Allegations involving a 'senior member' of the British Royal Family
  • Holyrood Inquiry - the saga continues - another politician "in the frame"
  • Michael Howard has become Leader of the Conservative Party
  • The U.S. and its bizarre 'plea bargain' system of criminal justice
  • All seems quiet - haven't heard any fireworks for around 15 minutes
  • Atkins Diet - BBC2 'Money Programme' broadcast today at 7.30pm
  • Holyrood Inquiry - what I suspected all along
  • "Great Britain 5th for e-government"
  • Luke Walmsley Rest in Peace
  • 'Guy Fawkes Day' photographs taken at Nairn shore
  • Anti-gay storm in Scottish Parliament equal opportunities committee meeting
  • Is Michael Portillo scheduled for a shock return to front-bench politics?
  • BBC Radio Scotland on Freeview
  • "The dividends are a comin' in"
  • Guy Fawkes and the 'Gunpowder Plot'
  • Today is 'Blogday'
  • Holyrood Inquiry - Dewar decision on Scottish Parliament building pinpointed
  • Amanda Platell quits the Conservatives - now the healing can begin!
  • Canon Gene Robinson is consecrated a Bishop - and controversy ensues
  • The future for the Conservative Party - if it wants to have one
  • Is the 'War on Terrorism' fatally corrupting our systems of justice?
  • Light 'blogging' today

October 2003

  • A brief 'hiatus
  • The Holyrood costs fiasco - is the truth beginning to emerge?
  • Michael Howard announces his leadership candidacy formally
  • Who will succeed as Leader of the Conservative Party?
  • Iain Duncan Smith is defeated in the vote of confidence
  • From those nice people at Blogger / Google .... a little gift
  • New Link Added - Healing Iraq (Zeyad)
  • Scottish Parliament building over-spend: the truth begins to emerge
  • Fires in Southern California
  • Atkins Low Carbohydrate Diet - Weeks 16 to 19 (several posts)
  • Conservative leadership contest triggered
  • For Iain Duncan Smith, is this week 'crunch time'?
  • Home Office 'tried to axe' BBC police race expose
  • Spring Forward - Fall Back
  • Paul Burrell and Diana, Princess of Wales - the book and the reaction of the Royal Family
  • Police racism in Britain glaringly exposed
  • Bush tells unrepentant Mahathir his 'Jews rule the World' remarks are "wrong and divisive"
  • Shareholders really do call the shots - capitalism in action!
  • Barclays' Matt Barrett has his "Ratner moment"
  • Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamed: Jew-hater and Homophobe
  • IDS's attempts to silence his critics may fail - I hope!
  • The modern and inclusive Conservative Party
  • Iain Duncan Smith is not a man capable of being Prime Minister
  • The 'quiet man' turns up the volume - but is it enough?
  • Is this the end-game for Iain Duncan Smith, present Conservative Leader?
  • Conservatives and 'inclusivity'
  • New link added - Jay DeKing ("The Council of Lemurs")
  • Gay 'hate law' protection to be extended to Northern Ireland
  • Year of 'jinxed' holidays

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