News and events

Some thoughts on 9/11 ten years on

9/11. Is there any other one-off event that is known throughout the western world by its date? Of course, if it had happened anywhere else, it would have been called 11/9. But it didn't happen anywhere else. Only the USA is big, brave, brash, bold and independent enough that it would buck the trend and stick with its own measurements and date format -- perhaps the same qualities that have al

News and events

Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden is a good example of a moral issue that for me is more grey than black and white. I would like to think that I would never wish anybody dead, nor be glad at hearing of someone's demise. But if ever I were to waver on that, it would be for someone who caused the deaths of thousands of people. There are questions over the operation of course. At first they seemed to be claim

music, Retrospectives

Who are you?

When I was younger I used to focus on a fairly narrow range of music, heavily influenced by what my peers had introduced me to. One day circa 1988 Raoul brought over a VHS tape of some band he liked called The Who. It was a compilation called Who's Better Who's Best. I remember I sat and watched and was particularly awestruck by the final song on the tape: Won't Get Fooled Again. At the end, the

News and events

WTC

I was just about to go to bed last night when my sister e-mailed me: Tue 11/09/2001 23:16 "Heard about the World Trade Centre!!!! logon to the new (sic), quick!" I did so. You probably know the rest. Now almost 24 hours later, it's still a little hard to digest. Rest assured, anyone reading from the States: The shockwaves from this are being felt around the western world. People here