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Gales Damage Old Buildings 2006-12-30

Posted by clype in Glasgow.
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A number of people were moved out of their homes after part of a chimney stack on a tenement in ‘The West End’ of Glasgow collapsed. (more…)

Personal Debt Levels “Dangerous” 2006-12-30

Posted by clype in Money, Statistics.
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Creditors have written off a record amount of personal debt in the UK as more and more people get into financial trouble, a report by KPMG has said. They say that 1 400 million GBP worth of ‘Bad Debts’ were ‘Written Off’ this year — after people signed up for ‘Individual Voluntary Arrangements’ (IVAs).
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Dia de Inocentes’ Zidane Prank 2006-12-29

Posted by clype in Articles of Interest, Europe.
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‘FIFA’ were on Thursday forced to issue a statement making it clear that Mr.Zinedine Zidane had not been awarded ‘The World Player of the Year’ award following a recount. (more…)

Calls For ExPat Museum 2006-12-28

Posted by clype in Humanities, Scotland.
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MSP Mr.Kenny Macaskill (SNP, Lothians) has called for a new national museum to be created in Edinburgh to record the accomplishments of Scottish emigrants such as philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. (more…)

Growing Mobiles 2006-12-27

Posted by clype in Articles of Interest, Europe, Gizmo.
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‘Mobiles still ringing in New Year’ — an article by Jonathan Fildes

The mobile cellphone, almost unlike any other device, has changed the way we work, socialise and live our lives.

But although many of us could now no longer live without our cell phones, according to Chairman of ‘Motorola’ Sir David Brown, the cell phone industry had no idea how successful they would become.

Speaking at a conference in 2006, he admitted (more…)

More Kids Will Kill off Parents 2006-12-27

Posted by clype in Health, Statistics.
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Having a large number of children is bad for parents’ health — particularly that of mothers, a study suggests.
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Safer Laptop & Phone Batteries 2006-12-20

Posted by clype in Europe, Gizmo, Health.
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‘Matsushita Battery Industrial’ , a subsidiary of ‘Matsushita’ the company behind the ‘Panasonic’ brand, said that it has improved the safety of its ‘Lithium Ion’ batteries by adding a heat resistant layer of insulating ‘metal oxide’ on the surface of the ‘electrodes’.

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St.Enoch’s To Be Redeveloped 2006-12-19

Posted by clype in Glasgow.
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A proposal to transform one of Scotland’s biggest shopping centres at a cost of 100 million GBP has been given the go-ahead by Glasgow City Council.

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Vatican Football Team? 2006-12-18

Posted by clype in Articles of Interest, Europe, Intolerance.
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A senior Roman Catholic cardinal says he hopes ‘The Vatican’ may one day field a football team good enough to compete with Italy’s top sides.
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“F***ing Poms” is NOT Racist 2006-12-02

Posted by clype in Intolerance, Scotland.
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Calling an Englishman a ‘pom’ is not racially abusive, a court ruled 2006-12-01.

The controversial decree came as a Scotsman was cleared of using the remark towards an English police officer.

Sheriff Mr.Lindsay Foulis said it is not a derogatory term because it can be deemed only to be ‘mildly offensive’.

He said the term — which is widely used by Australians to denigrate the English — compared favourably against ‘nigger’, ‘paki’, ‘chink’ and ‘coon’.

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