Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Vampire queen versus Amazon

Anne Rice has hit back at bad reviews of her book Blood Canticle on Amazon. So inflamed was the gothic queen that she offers to refund people's money

"And if you want your money back for the book, send it to 1239 First Street, New Orleans La. 70130. I am not a coward about my real name or where I live," she writes in a message posted Sept. 6 in response to the harsh criticisms and expressions of disappointment from dozens of readers. "And how glad I am that this book is the last one in a series that has invited your hateful and ugly responses."

I've read quite a few of her books and must say that they've just got worse and worse over the years to the point I wouldn't buy one now unless I was desperate for a trashy read

t r u t h o u t - Garrison Keillor | We're Not in Lake Wobegon Anymore

Garrison Keillor, of Lake Wobegon fame in an incredibly well written and passionate peace shows there is hope in America, if only the fair-minded can convince enough of the downtrodden to vote against Bush and his cronies

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Britney Spears throwing milkshake at photographers

Poor thing has completely lost it - very funny tho

Love thy neighbour

Isn't that the 11th commandment? Now I thought the message of Christianity was all peaces and love and turning the other cheek.

Yeah right. From the Guardian comes a piece telling of a punch up in Jerusalem at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, supposedly the site of Golgotha, the site of the Crucifixion

The punch-up erupted during a procession to mark the discovery in 327 by Helena, mother of Constantine, of the True Cross.

A Greek Orthodox cleric said Franciscans had left open their chapel door in what was taken as disrespect. Priests and worshippers hit one another at the doorway dividing Orthodox and Franciscans, said a police spokesman.

Arrests were made but nobody was seriously hurt.

"This is supposed to be a festive time," said Pandelemos, an Orthodox cleric afterward at the site of the tomb.

"We are all Christians, and there is nothing to fight about," said David Khoury, a Franciscan.

The row was the latest in a series of disputes at the church, where six Christian denominations guard rights laid down in an Ottoman law of 1757 to separate parts of the Romanesque building, built by Crusaders in 1149 on the earlier Byzantine basilica.

Two years ago, Ethiopian and Copt monks threw stones at each other over rights to the church roof.

It sounds like a scene out of Monty Python's Life of Brian

Carter fears Florida vote trouble

From the BBC. Ex US President, Jimmy Carter, fears that Jeb Bush and his cronies are busy fixing the Florida election again. This is hardly a surprise as these people will stop at nothing to ensure Bush gets back in

Monday, September 27, 2004

UK Indymedia | Blair's daughter Kathryn in suicide bid

If sources on the Internet are to be believed Tony Blair's teenage daughter, Katherine, has attempted suicide and the story has been blacked-out by the media.

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power

Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush, was financially implicated with the financiers of the Nazi Party even during the war. The Guardian has a very detailed nad balanced article about these involvements

Friday, September 24, 2004

Liisa's Paperdolls - Celebrity Dress Up Games

How camp is this??

Dress up your favourite female celebrity - Quiz - Personality Test

Which British Literary Period are you?


1660-1785--Pope, Swift, Johnson. Times they are a changing. You're very cynical and you like looking out for the little guys. You have a sense of humor a lot of people just don't get.

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Thursday, September 23, 2004


Originally uploaded by frmorais.

Apparently - this is a test photopost

Friday, September 17, 2004

Above the Eye of Hurricane Ivan

That is just awsome!!

Hurrican Ivan photographed from the ISS

The Child Prostitution Ring that Reached Bush Whitehouse

Was there a cover-up of a child sex ring at the time of the first Bush presidency - all sounds weird, but there are links to a documentary in Windows media format. There seems an awful lot of material on this site so I guess I'll have to read through it before deciding one way or another

Bushwater - reasons to impeach Bush

Go here and here

The question is, do any of these websites make a difference?

Atrios has a story which is a rehash of allegations from the last election that Bush was involved in an illegal abortions - did that make a difference?

Bush Coke crisis

Bushwatch takes a look at the media fall-out from Bush's refusal to answer questions about his alleged cocain usage.

It also asks about the draconian treatment many young impoverished people receive for drug usage offences

Department of hear hear

A bit out of date, but I haven't had the time to keep up with all the blogs I'm reading just recently

I had to log it though cos I love the Quote:

Sorry about wishing the Bush Administration all the best after 9/11. Sorry I ever entertained the thought that these vicious pigs might find redemption in defending our country with honor.

BBC NEWS | Health | Aids epidemic a threat to Europe

European governments need to act now to minimase the devastation that AIDS is having

"In Eastern Europe and Central Asia, it is estimated about 15,000 people currently receive antiretroviral therapy out of 120,000 who need it"

Is it possible that we're still hearing the same things. With the many millions that the British and American government has spent killing innocent people and devastation Iraq it is iniquitous that there can be any funding difficulites to ensuring people get the medicine they need

Oh yes, I forgot the pharmaceutical companies have deep pockets and contribute huge amounts to reelection campaigns

How far will they go

An article at the New York Review of Books which looks at the lengths Rumsfeld has gone to enable the torture of prisoners
The memos read like the advice of a mob lawyer to a mafia don on how to skirt the law and stay out of prison. Avoiding prosecution is literally a theme of the memoranda. Americans who put physical pressure on captives can escape punishment if they can show that they did not have an "intent" to cause "severe physical or mental pain or suffering." And "a defendant could negate a showing of specific showing that he had acted in good faith that his conduct would not amount to the acts prohibited by the statute." …

Another argument is especially ingenious—or perhaps the proper adjective is hypocritical. The federal statute against torture is limited to acts committed "outside the United States." The Guantánamo Bay naval base "is included within the special naval and maritime jurisdiction of the US," the Defense Department memorandum of March 2003 says, so torture there would not be covered. In the Guantánamo cases that are now awaiting decision in the Supreme Court, the Bush administration strenuously argued the opposite: that Guantánamo is under Cuban sovereignty and hence is outside the jurisdiction of United States courts.

… The debate between the two views on Geneva was really a debate between traditional American views of law and the radically different outlook of the Bush lawyers. The legal adviser to the State Department, William H. Taft IV, in a memo of his own to Gonzales, supported Powell's position, saying that it would demonstrate that the United States "bases its conduct on its international legal obligations and the rule of law, not just on its policy preferences." Secretary Powell said that making Geneva inapplicable at Guantánamo would "reverse over a century of US policy and practice... and undermine the protections of the law of war for our troops...."

… Secretary Powell predicted, correctly, that making the Geneva Conventions inapplicable at Guantánamo would hurt the United States seriously in world opinion. But Secretary Rumsfeld dismissed foreign criticism, in 2002, as "isolated pockets of international hyperventilation."

… The basic premise of the American constitutional system is that those who hold power are subject to the law. As John Adams first said, the United States is meant to be a government of laws, not men. For that Bush's lawyers seem ready to substitute something like the divine right of kings.

There's too much in the report to quote, I suggest reading it through. It makes the blood boil

Iraq fare worse than Vietnam

Sidney Blumenthal, former senior advisor to Bill Clinton wirtes in the Guardian that Iraq has become an unwinnable war far worse than Vietnam and senior military figures are starting to air this view also
Almost every day, in campaign speeches, Bush speaks with bravado about how he is "winning" in Iraq. "Our strategy is succeeding," he boasted to the National Guard convention on Tuesday.
But, according to the US military's leading strategists and prominent retired generals, Bush's war is already lost. Retired general William Odom, former head of the National Security Agency, told me: "Bush hasn't found the WMD. Al-Qaida, it's worse, he's lost on that front. That he's going to achieve a democracy there? That goal is lost, too. It's lost." He adds: "Right now, the course we're on, we're achieving Bin Laden's ends."

Retired general Joseph Hoare, the former marine commandant and head of US Central Command, told me: "The idea that this is going to go the way these guys planned is ludicrous. There are no good options. We're conducting a campaign as though it were being conducted in Iowa, no sense of the realities on the ground. It's so unrealistic for anyone who knows that part of the world. The priorities are just all wrong."

Jeffrey Record, professor of strategy at the Air War College, said: "I see no ray of light on the horizon at all. The worst case has become true. There's no analogy whatsoever between the situation in Iraq and the advantages we had after the second world war in Germany and Japan."

You can teach on old dog new trick … apparently

I consider myself to be a bit of a word whizz, but it's amazing that no matter how much you use a program there are still things that can surprise you.

I just rediscovered something in Word I had completely forgotten about - I guess I never had a use for it in the past - the spike (Ctrl F3 ), which cuts a series of pieces of text and puts them into an autotext entry which you can paste once with Ctrl Shift F3, or repeatedly from the autotext entry - how marvellous

Thursday, September 16, 2004

BBC 'should sell radio archive'

When I first read this on the BBC News site, my head nearly exploded with anger at the thought of a commercial operator getting to own the BBC radio archive. What the article is really about is a suggestion by the head of Ofcom that the BBC should sell the rights to broadcast material from the radio archive to independent digital radio stations.

I suppose this is intended to stimulate the development of speech radio on DAB as oneword hasn't exactly set the world on fire.

It seems a bit of a lazy suggestion to me; stimulate the attractiveness of the BBC's rival by selling it repeats of BBC material. Surely, if oneword is lagging it is because its programming isn't very good and they should build up their own quality archive. Isn't the proliferation of channels supposed to be about increasing choice etc. oneword should get commissioning new material of their own

I've just been to it's website and, surprise surprise, they actually broadcast over the Net in streaming MP3 format - the high quality one seems to break up a bit, but otherwise it works - a definate plus point against the BBC who broadcast in Real and Microsoft format but not in AAC, which is afterall an open source, non-proprietary format


Haven't had a chance to try this yet, but it adds a toolbar to your browser and then uses community recommendations to assist finding things at random on the Internet. It claims to be Mac compatible, but they don't list Safari in it's list of browsers. Hmmmmm


Haven't had a chance to try this yet, but it adds a toolbar to your browser and then uses community recommendations to assist finding things at random on the Internet. It claims to be Mac compatible, but they don't list Safari in it's list of browsers. Hmmmmm

Why Jobs Should Heed VoIP's Call

Article from Business week which asserts that Apple should set itself up as a VoIP company, building on iChat AV's capabilities.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

"What If Bush Wins" by a panel of 16 experts

16 Feature writers at the Washington monthly give their opinion of what happens if Bush gets in again

RSC to air all Shakespeare works

Wow - this will be a marathon session - the RSC are aiming to produce all of Shakespeare's plays next year and his poems

Estelle Morris to step down at election

Estelle Morris has decided to step down at the next election and airs concerns about current Labour education policy. Good to see that there is someone with some integrity in the Labour government. Unfortunately it means that with every decent person who stands down it gives room for another Tony Crony
"Later, Ms Morris told BBC2's Newsnight she had concerns about the agenda of 'choice' being pursued by Prime Minister Tony Blair and her successor as education secretary, Charles Clarke.
The people who lose out from choice are the good hard-working families who we are in politics to represent

Estelle Morris
She said historically it had always been the middle classes who benefited from choice because they knew how to play the system.
'Choice is vitally important, but for a left-of-centre government, it has got to be choice with access. That's what marks us out from the Conservatives,' she said.
'The people who lose out from choice are the good hard-working families who we are in politics to represent.'
Ms Morris admitted she would be glad to speak out publicly about her reservations over Labour education policy once she had left Parliament.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

The Curse of Dick Cheney

A piece from Rolling Stone that asks whether Dick Cheney has a curse on him
The Cheney jinx first manifested itself at the presidential level back in 1969, when Richard Nixon appointed him to his first job in the executive branch. It surfaced again in 1975, when Gerald Ford made Cheney his chief of staff and then -- with Cheney's help -- lost the 1976 election. George H.W. Bush, having named Cheney secretary of defense, was defeated for re-election in 1992. The ever-canny Ronald Reagan was the only Republican president since Eisenhower who managed to serve two full terms. He is also the only one not to have appointed Dick Cheney to office.

Let's hope so - at least the rest of the world will be less at risk and the American economy won't be being ripped of by Dick and his cronies

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | World 'wants Kerry as president'

Of people polled around the world, only Filipin, Polish and Nigerian people said they preferred Bush to win

Williams Accused Of Drug-Fuelled Homosexual Act - Elites TV - Your Elite News Source

This'll get all the queens screaching 'I told you so!'

Ray Heffernan, who co-wrote Robbie Williams hit Angels, has accused Robbie of begging him for sex
Heffernan reveals, 'It was New Year's Eve, after Robbie got up to sing at a BOYZONE concert in Dublin. We were doing a bit of coke ... and stayed up late drinking whiskey then crashed in the same bed.

'At 6am I woke up and Robbie Williams was on top of me and he had his hands on me. He tried a certain sex act on me. He was fully awake. I turned around and went, 'Rob!' and he goes 'What?' 'What the f**k are you doing?' I said.

'He kind of rolled over in a huff. We got talking and Robbie explained he didn't know about his sexuality. He told me that when TAKE THAT were 15 or 16, starting out, they were performing in gay clubs in London and that was a confusing environment for a teenager.'

Monday, September 13, 2004

Tony Blair's survival is an affront to our constitution

Very interesting opinion piece at the Guardian, which argues that Tony Blair's continued survival as Prime Minister is an affront
Put simply, the country is in the grip of a constitutional crisis. That may sound overheated: there are no judges hanging from lamp-posts, no tanks rolling down Whitehall. Yet the phrase is not mine. It is the word of the hour among that most restrained set - the mandarin class. In the past week, I have heard from three different and wholly credible sources that Britain's senior civil servants, present and former, are shocked at what they see as a gross breakdown in our system of government.
Special report: Labour party


Tony Blair's survival is an affront to our constitution

Those with the power to remove the Labour leader must act

Jonathan Freedland
Monday September 13, 2004
The Guardian

Today the political soap opera goes on tour. It's the start of the conference season - four weeks of travelling theatre, farce and melodrama. One storyline will loom larger than all others.
It will not be the traditional contest of Labour versus Conservative, doing battle one last time before they face each other in a general election. With the Tories apparently as weak now as they were in 1997, their intrigues are reduced to the status of a subplot. No, the central drama will be the one that dominated last week and was ramped up again over the weekend (not least by Stephen Byers's nomination of his chum Alan Milburn as a future PM). We are talking, of course, about the struggle between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

It's now routine to describe this saga as more soapy than all the rest - and what could be more EastEnders than a 20-year tussle between two friends who become deadly rivals? It's appealing to see things this way, but also badly mistaken. For soaps have two defining characteristics. First, they do not matter. Second, the audience are passive observers, unable to change the course of action played out on screen. Neither of those applies to the Blair-Brown saga.

The question of the Labour leadership does matter. It obviously matters to all those who care about the party and wish to see it thrive: such severe tension in the high command cannot be healthy, especially in the months lead ing up to an election. But the misgivings about Blair should matter to a wider group too: those who wish to see centre-left politics in Britain flourish.

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Last week's talk of Milburn's mission to generate fresh policies and draft a radical manifesto could not conceal - indeed it drew attention to - the fact that the prime minister has looked for a long time like a man who has run out of ideas. He is not able to sketch a clear picture of the kind of country Britain should become, nor even to set out a few core principles by which all political choices should be decided.

Perhaps it is the result of two years spent ensuring his own survival, put in jeopardy by the war in Iraq, but he is hopelessly short-termist. His Downing Street focuses on getting through the day, and surviving tomorrow morning's headlines, rather than on executing a steady, strategic plan for the nation.

The consequence is that while the government, thanks in part to Tory weakness, may keep winning tactical victories, it is not making the ground-shifting changes that leave a lasting legacy. That is not to say Labour has not done, and does not continue to do, good things - on child poverty, public services and employment - but that these risk being rolled back the moment the government (eventually) falls. Labour's approach is not being entrenched, no progressive consensus is being forged which might turn a series of laudable measures into an outlook that becomes the common sense of the age - and which cannot be undone for a generation.

There is little that Blair can do about this. As he is said to have recognised earlier this year, he has simply lost public trust - essential in forging a consensus. He stirs too much scepticism, even cynicism, to hope to articulate an over-arching vision. One Labour stalwart puts it more practically: "Tony can win an election. But what if we ask people to vote for the European constitution? Or for a tax rise? Or another war?" After Iraq, Blair is so distrusted, he will not be followed again.

The trust question leads to a concern that should transcend left and right. It is far bigger than party politics. Put simply, the country is in the grip of a constitutional crisis. That may sound overheated: there are no judges hanging from lamp-posts, no tanks rolling down Whitehall. Yet the phrase is not mine. It is the word of the hour among that most restrained set - the mandarin class. In the past week, I have heard from three different and wholly credible sources that Britain's senior civil servants, present and former, are shocked at what they see as a gross breakdown in our system of government.

The way they see it, Blair clearly misled the country into war. He insisted that it was "beyond doubt" that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction - even though, as the Butler report made clear, the intelligence supplied to him was packed with doubt. Butler, a sultan of the mandarinate, was, by all accounts, amazed that, at his post-report press conference, he was never asked the direct question: should the prime minister resign? Had he been asked, the former cabinet secretary would have given a non- committal answer that could have proved devastating.

The Sir Humphreys have waited for each of the checks and balances of our unwritten constitution to do its work and ensure the PM is held accountable. They expected the cabinet and then parliament to restrain the PM, but both rolled over. The mandarins half-expected the press to succeed where the official estates had failed. The press has done much - but, partly chastened by the Hutton experience, has never fully followed through.

The establishment, including the judiciary, is contemplating the fact that a prime minister with a large majority can more or less do anything he likes. All those constitutional brakes are impotent if he is determined enough. And Blair is determined, even brazen. This is a man whose response to two years of questions over his integrity was a holiday as the house guest of Silvio Berlusconi.

Project Rebirth

Watch the redevemopment of Ground Zero in time lapse photography

NewsFire. Mac RSS with Style.

This will probably go the way of the dinosaurs once Mac OS X Tiger comes out with the addition of RSS built in to Safari, and I can't see it replacing my current dependency on Bloglines, but I'm always on the look for a better desktop aggregator

Gmail Tools & Plugins

Like many people I have succumbed to the lure of a gmail account. I doubt it'll ever replace my address as my primary account, but it's good that it's free, has all the storage etc - I'll probably end up using it as a repository for mailing list stuff that I don't want clogging up my mailbox.

The link above is to a pile of useful addons to make it even more useful

Friday, September 10, 2004

The Mac Observer - Cool Waste Of Time - Gorillas In Our Midst?

What if the original Planet of the Apes movie had been filmed as a 30 min twilight zone episode

Hours of malevolent pleasure, heh heh heh

Why not set an artificially intelligent chatbot onto your friends on AOL instant messenger - lets see how long before it drives them mad

Something to try this weekend

My camera allows me to take 3D photos, not something I've ever bothered using but here's a how-to that shows you how to combine them together to make and anaglyphic 3D image (the kind you need 3d Glasses for. Even NASA want you to know how

Theatre Database

This is something that looks like it might come useful in the future, it looks to have loads of resources

Thursday, September 09, 2004

How to write a best selling fantasy novel.

Ever wanted to make a multi-million dollar fantasy novel?? Well now you can. Just follow this simple quide - it's all you need.

The only thing it missed out is if you want to be a true master of fantasy novel tedium, don't make the book square, make it disk shapedBarbara Cartland in the productivity stakes

Who's a pretty boy then

I've just configured Flickr to allow me to photoblog

Just checking how well it works

I know how he feels

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

BBC NEWS | Business | BBC in talks on Worldwide future

The impending charter renewal seems to be making the BBC explore avenues which it shouldn't have to.

I can't see what benefit there is to the license payer if the BBC's commercial arm is sold off. surely it will just benefit greedy multinational conglomerates who will get their hands on the BBC's cultural archive and benefit hugely from it

Thursday, September 02, 2004

No 10's silent support for Kerry

From the Guardian: Leader of the Commons, Peter Hain, has been in the US apparently offering No 10's silent support of John Kerry's campaign.

Webjay - Playlist Community

Webjay is an online playlist community where you can create your own playlist of media available on the web

The delightful Bush twins inject surreal humour into the Republican Convention

From Eschaton: Comment about the Bush twins bizarre speech at the convention
BARBARA BUSH: Jenna and I are really not very political, but we love our dad too
much to stand back and watch from the sidelines.
We realized that this would be his last campaign, and we wanted to be a part of it.
Besides, since we've graduated from college, we're looking around for something to do for the next few years.
Kind of like dad.

AMERICAblog: Because a great nation deserves the truth

Loads of outrage in America about Dick cheney's daughter not being on stage during the Republican Convention.

Plus hideously odious comments about gay people - hearit at the link above.

Some of the juicier bits:
And this is the entire transcript of the interview:
“I am speaking with Alan Keyes, and you’ve come to the Republican convention to support President Bush I presume”

“Oh certainly, I think that President Bush needs to be reelected for the sake of this countries security, he has provided that kind of leadership that we are going to have to have if we are going to confront and defeat the challenge of terrorism that has already claimed so many American lives”

“What did you think of Vice President Cheney last week coming out and saying he doesn’t agree with the President on the federal marriage amendment, seems to be a break with the party, do you think he is sending a mixed signal?”

“I don’t know, I think he is entitled to his personal convictions, but I think that the party’s position is the correct one. We have to stand in defense of the traditional marriage institution in order to preserve its basis in procreation and make sure that we retain an understanding of family life that is rooted in the tradition of procreation, of child bearing and child rearing now in the essence of family life.”

“Now, Vice President Cheney, of course, has a daughter. She is gay. He used the word gay. He says he has a gay daughter, he seems very proud of his gay daughter. It seems like real family values and certainly seems like preserving the American family. Is his family un-American?”

“No, the point of the matter is that marriage as an institution involves procreation. It is in principle impossible for homosexuals to procreate, therefore they cannot marry. It is a simple logical syllogism and one can wish all one might, but pigs don’t fly and we can’t change the course of nature.”

“One can wish that Bob and Liddy Dole would have a child but that’s just impossible.”

“Pigs can’t fly. That is incidental and point of fact Bob and Liddy Dole can have children. They incidentally face problems that prevent them from doing so. In principle…”

“Don’t homosexuals incidentally face problems too?”

“No, you don’t understand the difference between incident and essence. Homosexuals are essentially incapable of procreation. They cannot mate. They are not made to do so. Therefore the idea of marriage for two such individuals is an absurdity”

“But one or the other in the couple can procreate?”

“No the men can donate their sperm, the women can have babies. The definition of understanding of marriage is that two become one flesh. In the child, the two transcend their persons and unite together to become a new individual. That can only be done through procreation and conception.”

“But what about a heterosexual couple who cannot bear children and then adopt. They are not becoming one as flesh, they are taking someone else’s flesh.”

“They are adopting the paradigm of family life. But the essence of that family life remains procreation. If we embrace homosexuality as a proper basis for marriage, we are saying that it is possible to have a marriage state that in principle excludes procreation and is based simply on the premise of selfish hedonism. This is unacceptable.”

“So Mary Cheney is a selfish hedonist, is that it?”

“Of course she is. That goes by definition. Of course she is.”

“I don’t think Dick Cheney would like to hear that about his daughter.”

“He may or may not like to hear the truth, but it can be spoken.”

“Do you really believe that Mary Cheney…”

“By definition. A homosexual engages in the exchange of mutual pleasure. I actually object to the notion that we call it sexual relations because it is nothing of the kind.”

“What is it?”

“It is the mutual pursuit of pleasure through the stimulation of the organs intended for procreation, but it has nothing to do with sexuality because they are of the same sex. And with respect to them, the sexual difference does not exist there, and therefore are not having sexual relations.

“Mr. Keyes, then how can you support President Bush then, because if something were to happen to him the President would be Dick Cheney, who has a daughter who you say is a hedonist, and a selfish hedonist, and the President would be supporting that at that point?”

“It seems to me that we are supporting a ticket that is committed to the kinds of things that are necessary to defend this country and we are all united in that support in spite of what might be differences on issues here and there.”

“Thank you for speaking with us.”

Wednesday, September 01, 2004 - Home

Can't quite decide if this is meant to be a joke or not.

If it's true then it would seem there is a growing tide of calls for Tony Blair's impeachment

Page 3 - Model Propaganda: The Sun, The Girls, The Truth

Bloggerheads takes a long hard look at Page three of the SCUM and doesn't like what it sees

Nor do I, for that matter I would like to see News International go out of business and Rupert Murdoch vilified and humiliated

I've never heard it put more succinctly than by the late great Dennis Potter shortly before his heath
"I call my cancer Rupert," he told Bragg. "Because that man Murdoch is the one who, if I had the time (I've got too much writing to do)... I would shoot the bugger if I could.

"There is no one person more responsible for the pollution of what was already a fairly polluted press."

The I Ching on the Net

Over the years I have found the I ching incredibly useful for getting an alternative perspective on situations in life.

Here is a page with masses of links to I Ching resources on the web

Philip K dick - madman or genius??

Was Philip K Dick a literary genius or just a paranoid drug-crazed hack? You decide