WordPress MU Based Social Network Platform:BuddyPress 1.0 Has Arrived

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WordPress
WordPress MU Based Social Network Platform:BuddyPress 1.0 Has Arrived

The centre of the world is sti…

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The centre of the world is still available for let (Zzavi, Picadilly, London) http://twitpic.com/4ac8i

Nice Pool by Slim Aarons (© Aarons/Getty Images)

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Nice Pool by Slim Aarons (© Aarons/Getty Images)

Spotify Premium+ with eMusic

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Spotify Premium+ with eMusic

It makes sense to me. Pay between five and ten pounds/euros a month and

  • select 50 MP3s to keep (ie a right click in Spotify - “Download from eMusic”)
  • listen without adverts in Spotify
  • The best of two worlds and a premium I might actually pay.

Million Dollar Baby (Reif Larsen that is) | The New York Observer

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Million Dollar Baby (Reif Larsen that is) | The New York Observer

Raf Simons Fred Perry Multi-stripe Shirt – Fred Perry

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250 quid …

Raf Simons Fred Perry Multi-stripe Shirt - Fred Perry

My dad, the perfect mum (Bea Ballard on her dad) – Times Online

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Anyone who thinks single parents have an impossible task should study his life.

My dad, the perfect mum (Bea Ballard on her dad) - Times Online

VOA News – British PM Meets with Afghan President in Kabul

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Every other month, a new strategy, more troops, more bad news …

VOA News - British PM Meets with Afghan President in Kabul

The defiant poets’ society (the mess NATO creates in Afghanistan) – Times Online

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“Most of those MPs are warlords, drug lords and criminals,” she says. Comments like those led to her being labelled a “prostitute” and “infidel” by other MPs, some of whom physically attacked her. Joya’s words come in an almost nonstop torrent of outrage, and she shows me a densely written notebook in which she has catalogued one shocking case after another, including that of Nadia Anjuman. There’s the case of two children who were killed by drowning after stones were put in their pockets; a 12-year-old girl who was gang-raped by five men in Sarpul province; another girl, 14, gang-raped by three men in the same province, one with political connections; a 14-year-old, whose parents cut her baby out of her stomach after she was gang-raped… On and on she goes.

None of these cases ever came to court, either because the families were ashamed or because they were threatened by local authorities. But there was one that did, a woman known as Sara, gang-raped in 2005. After two years of struggle, she and her family succeeded in getting three of the men convicted. But to Sara’s horror, last year the men reappeared in the village. “Look!” says Joya. She produces a photocopy of a presidential pardon signed by Karzai.

By contrast she cites the case of Pervez Kambaksh, the 24-year-old student journalist sentenced to death a year ago for “blasphemy” — he downloaded and circulated an article on women’s rights. A worldwide campaign and international pressure on Karzai have failed to persuade him to sign a pardon. Last month, Kambaksh was told he will spend 20 years in jail after the country’s highest court ruled against him without even hearing his defence.

The defiant poets’ society (the mess NATO creates in Afghanistan) - Times Online

Russian death squads ‘pulverise’ Chechens – Times Online

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“At first the older one denied everything,” said a senior special forces officer last week. “Then we roughed her up and gave her electric shocks. She provided us with good information. Once we were done with her we shot her in the head.

“We disposed of her body in a field. We placed an artillery shell between her legs and one over her chest, added several 200-gram TNT blocks and blew her to smithereens. The trick is to make sure absolutely nothing is left. No body, no proof, no problem.” The technique was known as pulverisation.

Russian death squads ‘pulverise’ Chechens - Times Online

Review: Operation Snakebite by Stephen Grey | Books | The Guardian

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The Taliban and al-Qaida are not synonymous, and, indeed, not necessarily natural allies. The Taliban have had “few global ambitions”, regardless of their having given hospitality to al-Qaida, Grey notes, and not everyone who joins does so for ideological reasons. What the Taliban leadership wants, of course, is a strict Islamic state in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Obama administration appears to have grasped this distinction. “The core goal of the US must be to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaida and its safe haven in Pakistan, and to prevent its return to Pakistan and Afghanistan,” the administration declared last month in the white paper on US policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan. Strikingly, the white paper mentions the Taliban only once, and then to note that, while the “hard core” has aligned with al-Qaida, the Afghan war cannot be won without reaching out to the non-ideological among the Taliban and convincing them to lay down their arms.

Implementing this policy distinction may not be that easy. Assume al-Qaida is defeated but the Taliban take over Afghanistan and/or Pakistan and begin shutting schools for girls and allowing honour killings. Will liberals, humanitarian interventionists, accept that, and not push for Britain and the United States to intervene? If Iraq was the neo-cons’ war, Afghanistan could become the liberals’ war. Operation Snakebite lets us know what to expect if it does.

Review: Operation Snakebite by Stephen Grey | Books | The Guardian

SportSaver Hilly Socks, Clothing & Accessories

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SportSaver Hilly Socks, Clothing & Accessories

My friend J.G. Ballard, the homely visionary, by Michael Moorcock – Times Online

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My friend J.G. Ballard, the homely visionary, by Michael Moorcock - Times Online

Antigenic drift (on the swine flu virus) – Times Online

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But in a process known as antigenic drift, strains of the flu virus undergo genetic changes that make it less familiar to the human immune system, even unrecognisable.

Antigenic drift (on the swine flu virus) - Times Online

Cine-Excess: International Conference on Cult Film Traditions

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Cine-Excess: International Conference on Cult Film Traditions

YouTube – Suspiria remastered trailer

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YouTube - Suspiria remastered trailer

Fish & Grill – Croydon – Review – Time Out London

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Fish & Grill - Croydon - Review - Time Out London

Me at the final table of the £100 Pot-Limit Omaha at the International April 2009.

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Me at the final table of the £100 Pot-Limit Omaha at the International April 2009.

Poker finances 2009, update 27 April.

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I haven’t been that active over the last few weeks, but I’ve been to the International twice. No result in the £30 Round-of-each (PLOO/NLHE) I played a few weeks ago (so that’s -£63), but better news in the £100 Pot-Limit Omaha in the Spring Poker Festival. Thanks to a lucky a outdraw to get quad sevens on the river and playing well in spurts (my rarely seen bluffs paid off) I managed to win it outright for a 1500 quid payday after tips.

As of Friday 27 April 2009.

  • Live Tournaments. Winnings: £2155. Entrance fees: £612. Tips: £105. Overall: +£1438
  • Live Cash. £0
  • Online. Cashouts:£103. Deposits: £49. Overall: +£54
  • Bottom line: +£1492

Interview: Samantha Morton | Film | The Guardian

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So she determined to educate herself. “Someone said to me if you read the Guardian and the Times every day, you’ll learn everything you need to know.” Who was it? “A drug dealer of mine.” She smiles.

Interview: Samantha Morton | Film | The Guardian

Working from home: The hut parade | Money | guardian.co.uk

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Working from home: The hut parade | Money | guardian.co.uk

IanVisits » Walk London – free guided walks

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IanVisits » Walk London - free guided walks

Drowned in Sounds’ Camden Crawl companion (w/Spotify playlist)

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Surprisingly bleepy-bloopy this year innit?. True that. Been through almost all acts (free MP3s as found by Londonist, DiS Spotify playlist and MySpace etc). Not only bleepy, but there’s no lack of big acts either. Overall Friday looks less fun than last year.

Drowned in Sounds’ Camden Crawl companion (w/Spotify playlist)

http://twitpic.com/3tq0a – Min…

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http://twitpic.com/3tq0a - Mini girls at Carnaby St

http://twitpic.com/3tpxl – St …

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http://twitpic.com/3tpxl - St George’s day Carnaby St

News Review interview: David Attenborough on overpopulation – Times Online

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Tough question and no real answer from Attenborough though. And this about the cold,

In the Arctic, if it goes wrong, you’re not just in mild trouble. In the jungle you can get lost and all sorts of silly things and walk out the other side, but in the Antarctic … Dropping a glove can mean losing your fingers.

News Review interview: David Attenborough on overpopulation - Times Online

Quote by Lloyd George – Times Online

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When they circumcised Herbert Samuel, they threw away the wrong bit.

Quote by Lloyd George - Times Online

BBC – BBC Four Programmes – Storyville, The Jazz Baroness

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BBC - BBC Four Programmes - Storyville, The Jazz Baroness

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Crash author JG Ballard, ‘a giant on the world literary scene’, dies aged 78 | Books | guardian.co.uk

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Another great artist goes.

Crash author JG Ballard, ‘a giant on the world literary scene’, dies aged 78 | Books | guardian.co.uk

Thames & Hudson : Thames & Hudson 60th Anniversary Editions

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Thames & Hudson : Thames & Hudson 60th Anniversary Editions

2009 World Series of Poker Europe Will Award Four Bracelets – Poker News – CardPlayer.com

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Good old “round-of-each” coming to the London WSOPE.

2009 World Series of Poker Europe Will Award Four Bracelets - Poker News - CardPlayer.com

Lifehacker – Zamzar Now Converts Text to Speech – Text-to-Speech

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Lifehacker - Zamzar Now Converts Text to Speech - Text-to-Speech

Epson V750 review

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Epson V750 review

How to create a circle in Google Maps.

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  • Find your exact location (longitude and latitude), you can use satsig.net’s map
  • Download Google Earth Circle Generator (v2) and start it
  • Enter longitude, latitude, radius and view distance (in meters) and press create file
  • This will create a kml-file that you can import to Google Maps

Wetherspoon has called last orders on the 99p pint – Times Online

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Wetherspoon has called last orders on the 99p pint - Times Online

Margaret Wiley-Harris (98) is selling her Barbican flat (Times Online)

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Margaret Wiley-Harris (98) is selling her Barbican flat (Times Online)

Croydon’s Beanos records immortalised in The Boat that Rocked (From Your Local Guardian)

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Croydon’s Beanos records immortalised in The Boat that Rocked (From Your Local Guardian)

Ten tips from Anthony Bolton (one of City’s top fund managers), Times

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Ten tips from Anthony Bolton (one of City’s top fund managers), Times

Unmasked -how gaming group hid ‘illegal’ US bets (and what code 7995 is)- Times Online

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For the first four years of its operation this set-up ran smoothly, but in 2001 changes to the banking regulations made life more difficult as the main credit-card issuers stopped authorising payments for internet gambling. Such transactions had to be flagged-up by the banks with a special code – 7995 – which was attached to all such payments.

Unmasked -how gaming group hid ‘illegal’ US bets (and what code 7995 is) - Times Online

Lifehacker – LaCie IamaKey Is a Sturdy Thumb Drive for Your Keychain – Gadgets

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Lifehacker - LaCie IamaKey Is a Sturdy Thumb Drive for Your Keychain - Gadgets