Hmm. Let us say that I decide to subscribe to the First Presleytarian Church of Elvis the Divine or define myself as a Jedi Knight, should I then be able to avail myself of the full panoply of protections etc under equality law? Equally well, should the same apply to any ethical / moral system that I cook up which owes nothing to the divine?
Could it be that Baroness Royall just gave Warsi a pat answer rather than go through a list, with no thought for what she was letting herself in for? Her religious, or other, affiliation has not been revealed by Google.
And my answer is simple
My children aren't props; they're people"
The one and the unique
my only homeland
The one and the unique
Bosnia and Herzegovina
May God preserve you
for the generations to come
the land of my dreams
the land of my forefathers
Sounds pretty harmless, although the sentiments in lines 3 to 4 are at the very least hommage to Von Fallersleben's Deutschlandleid (colloquially known in these parts as Deutschland über alles :
"Von der Maas bis an die Memel,
Von der Etsch bis an den Belt"
Now let's all pray for it
We have no other land.
I suppose that saves 'Mr Harman' £36 a week.
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Yup, the Gurkhas. 96.8% of 2 Gurkha is deployable as is 96.5% of 1 Gurkha. Next up are the Coldstream Guards at 95.9%. At the other end of the scale at 81.6% are 2 Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, although a little sniffing around shows that its assigned role is 'light duties / public roles', which may well mean they are doing recruitment or somesuch. 2 Scottish Regiment is 82.1% deployable, but also seems to be on light duties. 2 Royal Welsh, however, are down as armoured infantry, and only 83.4% of them are ready to jump in the nearest Hercules, should it be necessary. Before writing anything foolish about the relative health of the Welsh and the Nepalese, any insight from readers with military backgrounds would be welcome.
Labels: Random anecdotes
Keanu Reeves and Sean Connery said the product was a great surprise to both them and their partners. Sporting moments and intimate scenes captured from their movies were used to demonstrate how effective the product was".
Entirely work / significant other safe - assuming same lack facility in Mandarin, I suppose.
2010: Scientists will finally prove that the human soul exists after death
I doubt it. How could the hypothesis be falsified? If not, then it is not science.
2010 – 2012: Countries of Europe, America and the Pacific region will unite into large regional blocks.
Well, there's already the EU, NAFTA and ASEAN, so that is not enormously radical, unless they mean the total extinction of national sovereignty in those places.
2015-2025: Radioactive wastes will be removed from Earth and launched into space;
Sounds like a plan.
2016: The world will begin to run out of oil reserves.
Peak oil - yawn....
2022: Man will land on Mars
Harrumph, when I was a lad we thought it would be done in the 1970s. Somewhere I have a set of tea cards illustrating it.
Courtesy of google, here goes:
2029: Cyborgs will see the light
I wonder which denomination.
2069: A military conflict between Russia and China for Siberian territories will occur;
I'd expect it to happen a lot sooner than that.
2075: Euthanasia will be legalized in all countries;Fancy. Including the Vatican. With a bit of luck I'll be long dead by then.
Labels: crystal ball gazing
"A hard-hitting new Smokefree campaign - 'Worried' - launches today. The ads, aimed at parents who smoke, communicate an uncomfortable message to viewers - that teenage children worry about their parents' future due to the harmful health effects of smoking.Hmm. I find that just a little hard to credit, as other surveys suggest that children are more worried about spots, weight, having a cool MySpace page and whether that boy / girl they saw on the bus fancies them. They are probably also worried that their parents will just be sooo embarassing in front of their friends too.
The campaign is supported by new findings which reveal that nearly half (46 per cent) of teenagers are more worried about their parents smoking than anything else, including money, bullying and divorce".
* Nearly a third (29 per cent) of teenagers feel they are the 'health experts' in the family
* Three quarters (75 per cent) have asked or told their parents to stop
* And almost half (43 per cent) are angry that their parents won't listen to them.
The survey, note, polled 11-15 year olds, so the vast majority of parents putting up with these berations are going to be somewhere in their 40s. As such, these parents will be quite aware of the health risks from smoking, having neither been born yesterday nor having hidden away in a cave for a lifetime (unless that cave had a particularly well-stocked humidor, of course).
Labels: the recession
Labels: the recession
Labels: EU fun and games
"The UK has also suffered a steep fall in BMI's short-term Political Risk Rating table, slipping 16 places since the start of 2008 to 31st place out of 150 ranked states. A key factor here is the government's diminishing policy credibility, which is seen to be endangering long-term fiscal sustainability. With the added uncertainty of parliamentary elections due by May 2010, the UK's political risk ranking could well dip lower over the next year.
Another area of concern examined by the report is the current state, and future prospects, of the British labour force. Continuing shortcomings in the education sector, combined with an array of damaging social and demographic trends, have weighed heavily on the UK's deteriorating Labour Force Quality index. Amongst a peer group of 20 developed and key emerging economies the UK is ranked 9th overall - below Canada, the US and Germany - and fares particularly badly on the health (10th) and social & Demographic (13th) indicators. Most worryingly, though, on the Future Opportunities component (which measures the potential for future improvement in the Labour Force Quality Index), the UK lies in 16th place".
More at the site linked, or the whole report for anyone who fancies forking out $130.
And I have charted the figures, but before doing so, it would appear that the Red Arrows are in the carbon offsetting fund. Should one laugh, cry, or hammer nails into the wall with one's forehead? Good job the Battle of Britain did not happen on their watch.