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09/11/2006 - 09/17/2006

Mon 11 Sep 2006

The link between the identity register and Facebook

A brief follow-up to the Farcebook farce. Dr Vee has written something called The Utter Cretin's Guide to Privacy on Facebook. The Vee doesn't particularly address danah boyd's point that the user's expectation and perception is probably more important than the technical actuality.

The argument here reminds me of Matthew Parris's position on the general identity card debate (as distinct from the specific Labour Party identity database). In a nutshell, he's argued that it is a moral wrong for the government to try and join up the disparate pieces of information it holds about a person.

I oppose them because evasion, deceit, even crime, and the irregular organisation of one's own affairs, are part of a citizen's weaponry of last resort against State oppression. They are weapons I may never need, but I need to know they are there. That as a potential victim of fraud, crime and disorder I will - by hampering the Government’s efforts to crack down on these things - pay a price, I freely acknowledge. Government efficiency is not something of which I can truthfully say "the more the better". It contributes to my security in the very deepest sense to know that in the last resort there are places I could hide. It contributes to my confidence in the future of liberty to know that no government will have at its disposal every weapon it needs to seek its enemies out. As a slogan, "Give me inefficiency!" hardly matches the majesty of "Give me liberty!" but thank heaven that the Free French, Nelson Mandela and Alexander Solzhenitsyn faced inefficient states. Yes, ID cards could work. That is why I hate them.

Mr. Parris has been consistent in his opposition to the concept of an identity card at least since 1994, and quite possibly a lot longer.

What does this have to do with Facebook? Their new changes feed thingamajig makes seeing what people have done an awful lot easier. It's true that the information was there to see in the past, but it was scattered across many different parts of the site, and relied on someone keeping a mental note of many different variables. It was inconvenient and time-consuming and tedious to find it. The new single feed of a person's actions is tremendously more efficient than anything previously available. That's the problem with it, such efficiency has come at the expense of perceived opacity, and that's served to upset those who share Mr. Parris's views. Even if they previously didn't know it.

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posted 11 Sep 2006, 18.23 +0100

Blogging| Politics

Who writes Wikipedia? The naive assumption I had: a lot of people making a small number of valuable edits. The claim by the project's founder: about 500 people. The facts: a lot of people making a small number of valuable edits. Regrettably, the founders believe the misinformation. Even more regrettably, the founders don't believe there's such a thing as objective truth, merely different views.

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Tue 12 Sep 2006

On malicious lies

In response to a point I made on Saturday, Anil Dash has sent correspondence. He is concerned about my claim of malicious lying, so allow me to expand. The concept here is straight from English law. To be a "malicious falsehood", three things must be true:

  1. The claim must be false, and
  2. The person making the claim must know it to be false (or be acting so recklessly that they don't care about its truthfulness), and
  3. The claim must be capable of altering the view of a reasonable person.

This final criterion is usually expressed in terms of doing actual financial damage to a reputation, but cuts in all directions. Under this definition, I fear that Mr. Dash is hoist by his own petard.

"When one company acquires another, it's pretty common shorthand to say that the new parent company 'created' the product, even if it predated the acquisition, as LJ did." (source)

This clearly covers criteria 1 and 2 - Mr. Dash is confirming that he knows the claim to be false, and he makes it anyway. Just as it was inaccurate for Carlton Communications to say it created Inspector Morse after purchasing Central Television, so it is inaccurate for Six Apart to say it created Livejournal after purchasing Danga Interactive.

The third criterion is also met. The claim adds weight to a particular view of Six Apart, that the company is capable of creating many innovative and successful products. Vox, by common consent, is still in beta-testing, and cannot (yet) be described as successful. Nor can it (yet) be described as a failure. Typepad is an extension of Movable [sic] Type, which is a success by any sensible measure. One clear success, one extension thereof, and one product that may or may not work shows a company that isn't utterly technically incompetent, but nor has it made a particularly diverse product range.

Adding a second, distinct, offering to the list makes Six Apart seem far better at developing products from the ground up. Yet the inclusion of that product on the list is factually incorrect, and is known by all involved to be incorrect. I can only conclude that the inclusion of Livejournal as something created by Six Apart misleads people into thinking the company is better at innovation than is really the case, and that this error was not an accident.

If the claim is a malicious lie - and I believe it meets all of the criteria - then those who repeat it, knowing it to be false, will also meet the description.

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posted 12 Sep 2006, 18.40 +0100

Blogging| Six Apart Is Useless
Fares amazing!

New year, new fare increases. London travellers will see fares rocket again - a single tube journey in central London soars to £4 (€6) from next January, compared with £1.80 at the start of 2005. This will have a knock-on effect for people from outside the political capital whose journey takes them through the tubes, as TFL will charge BR companies the full whack. We also note that the London buses still won't respect the transfer system used in every other civilised country on the planet, so if there's no direct route from A to B you're paying 100% more than if there were.

Most interestingly, National Rail fares will now be set zonally, rather than on a point-to-point basis, in preparation for Oyster to reach the overground railway (as opposed to the Overground (qv)).

Not impressed with Mr. Livingstone's increases to cash fares in the central zone, as he's clearly using the naivety of tourists to fund his various projects. A more honest and transparent method of working would be to charge a tourist tax on all hotel rooms, perhaps a quid (€1.50) per person per night.

Readers may avoid this one of Ken's Krazy KCharges by purchasing online. Diamond Geezer has the fares over the years table that some of us do for postage dates.

In other south-east transport news, the Eurostar station at Ashford will be effectively decommissioned next year. The services to Brussels will be reduced from the current four to precisely zero per day, and the service to Paris comes down from nine trains to three. Instead of Ashford, the cross-channel trains will call at Ebbsfleet International, at Ebbsfleet. It's near Dartford, and is handy for such key attractions as the Dartford Tunnel, the Dartford Bridge, Dartford FC, and the M25. But not for trains from Brighton, Canterbury, or Dover.

Let's not blame Eurostar entirely, as another string to their bow - semi-fast trains calling at St Pancras, Stratford, Ebbsfleet Parkway, Ashford, Calais Frethun, and Lille - is ixnayed by the utterly xenophobic British Interior Ministry. The same problem prevents the train operator from running direct London to Amsterdam, London to Cologne, even London to Berlin trains. And it prevents them from running trains from Paris to Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, or anywhere except London. Another thing to blame John Reid for, then. Excellent!

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posted 12 Sep 2006, 19.24 +0100

Very small election result - not many interested

The Unitedkingdom Independence Party has elected a new leader. Nigel Farage MEP EsM, England South-East beat three other candidates in a poll that attracted almost 7000 votes.

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Wed 13 Sep 2006

Two Songs a Week 29 - Going shopping

Yes, we're miles behind the pace here. Deal.

Reading the School Notices in the Universal Daily Registertab last week, we were amused to spot the following:

This term's events include 'Be My Baby' on 13, 14 and 15 September at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool; Opening of the Lawrence House Music Centre at Arnold School by Mr Chris Lowe, OA, of the Pet Shop Boys...

Other school alumni include James Armfield (association football player), and Peter Purves (the Simon Thomas of his day).

It was twenty-five years ago last month that Mr Lowe, OA, met Neil Tennant (St Cuthbert's, Newcastle) in a shop in Chelsea. It was an electronics shop, thus rather spoiling a good joke. The group went full-time in 1985, hit the number one single at the start of 1986, and have never really gone away since. There's a Swedish sound-a-like group, and two greatest hits albums.

Favourite PSB tracks? I could fill a whole album, but sticking to the singles and in chronological order...

For the panel's consumption, a rare version of 1993 hit Can you forgive her?, done in a swing style. Thanks to Number One Hits From Another Planet for the heads-up.

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posted 13 Sep 2006, 18.43 +0100

Two Songs a Week

In which we find that the formal name for Manchester University is The University Of Manchester. With the "The". It's all to ensure that MU's merger with UMIST last year isn't seen as a take-over...

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posted 13 Sep 2006, 19.18 +0100

One Cheer for Charlie

Credit where it's due, and one cheer for Charlie Falconer, who has belatedly launched into a blistering attack on the illegal detention facility at Guantanamo. Only one cheer, because he hasn't demanded its immediate closure, or the arrest and prosecution of the controlling minds behind this den of evil. Nor has Mr. Falconer made any attempt to intervene on behalf of the British residents held at the camp without any lawful justification.

However, the cheer comes because Mr. Falconer would not be acting without the approval - or the absence of disapproval - from soon to be former prime minister Mister 359 Days And Counting Blair.


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Thu 14 Sep 2006

The tallest man in the Commons, for one thing

The death has been announced of Douglas Dodds-Parker. After serving as a Special Ops trickster in the Med during the war, Dodds-Parker (as he was universally known) was elected MP for Banbury in 1945. He declined the offer to become PPS to Churchill, and rose to become Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs. He was the man who had to defend the ill-fated Suez expedition in the Commons for seven endless weeks while the foreign minister, Selwyn Lloyd, was busy at the United Nations. The government line was that there had been no collaboration with Israel. There had, and incoming prime minister Macmillan declined to have Dodds-Parker in his government.

After sitting out the 64 parliament, and moving to a new seat two years later, Dodds-Parker will perhaps be best remembered for his appearance on Election 70, still the greatest election night programme ever. (With the possible exception of 1992, which I've yet to see.) After he had experienced a 6% swing in his favour in his new Cheltenham seat, he exclaimed, "This means another Tory government! Thank you Cheltenham, first again!" The other lasting image of the 1970 election night was just half an hour away (right).

A member of the British delegation to the European parliament, Dodds-Parker stood down before the October 1974 election, and published two volumes of memoirs - one political, one military - in the 1980s. Active almost to the end, Dodds-Parker backed Malcolm Rifkind before the Conservative conference last year; parts of his Banbury seat are now in the Witney division, represented by the party leader David Cameron. His papers have been donated to his alma mater, Magdalen Oxford. He is survived by his wife, Aileen, and a step-son.

To update a post from earlier this year, written upon the death of John Profumo, the surviving members of the 38th (1945-50) parliament are Wing-Commander Ernest Rogers Millington, the Common Wealth (later Labour) MP for Chelmsford from January 1945, Michael Foot (Lab, Plymouth Devonport), Maj. John Freeman (Lab, Watford), and David Renton (Nat Lib, Huntingdonshire). Lt. Edward Carson (C, Isle of Thanet) and Francis Noel-Baker (Lab, Brentford and Chiswick) may also still be amongst us.

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posted 14 Sep 2006, 19.56 +0100

You love it if we fly

As one might expect, Norman Lebrecht has weighed into the cabin luggage debate. "The ones who are affected are the international premier class of violin and cello soloists and a handful of jazz musicians whose instruments are insured for upwards of half a million pounds or are so personal to the players that they cannot be replaced."

Estimating these people to be perhaps 200 in number, Mr. Lebrecht then suggests that this is the thin end of a wedge-shaped wedge. "Executives would demand to carry their laptops, nursing mothers their baby kits and would-be jihadis their special-mix drinks." Yet executives have been able to carry their laptops for all but about three days; nursing mothers have always been allowed baby food; and binary explosives make Radio 3's DAB signal seem a model of efficiency.

Mr. Lebrecht's monthly discussion programme, Lebrecht Live, returns this Sunday, asking why there's a tendency to apply nationalist criteria to abstract ideas. It is not clear if this week's programme will include the classified football results, as happened last time.

Back to the planes, and British Airways reports that the new hand luggage rules have cost it £40 million. The effect has been to cancel flights, reduce loading, make airports a bloody unfriendly place to be, and force potential tourists to seek alternative destinations. Already, I've kicked plans to visit Canada into touch, and replaced it with a week in Belgium. The government's restrictions have directly cost BA the £500 or so I was prepared to pay. Go on, Mr Britishairways, please take the Dotties to court over this money.

These new rules are nonsense measures, introduced in response to a completely made-up threat, and do no good and plenty of harm. Occam's razor demands that the red tape be cut.

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Fri 15 Sep 2006

On the wings of truth

This week's edition of The Economist magazine has an in-flight announcement from Veritas Airlines. This is not, as we initially thought, the latest business venture from Robert Kilroy-Silk MEP ESM, UK-East Midlands, but is a fictional airline, dedicated to an all-pervasive climate of truth, fact, and accuracy. And explaining what that mysterious call of "doors to automatic and cross-check" means. More: Metafilter

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posted 15 Sep 2006, 19.29 +0100

Great technologists

Pleased - really pleased - to find that Shelley is back. No longer Burningbird, now BBgun. Those of you who don't want discussion of women in technology, and prefer the pictures of baby elephants and ducks, will want to subscribe to Just Shelley.

As one technologist returns, another passes on. Farewell, Raymond Baxter. You were tomorrow's world, in the days before it was Judith Hann.

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Sun 17 Sep 2006

Getting there. Eventually.

Went off to see my sister yesterday at her new mansion in Oxfordsheershire. This post is going to be all about the journey.

1. Home to Birmingham

This week-end is the first of thirteen where Notwork Fail has closed the line between King's Norton and Droitwich to carry out some essential maintenance that no-one actually knows what it is. The rail replacement buses take forever to get nowhere, and it's far easier for me to go 7.8 miles due up the Bristol-road. Get to bus stop a little early, wait about three minutes for a bus, put £1.20 in the fare slot, get ticket. Ponder why the full bus fare has almost exactly kept track with the price of a decent Saturday newspaper for the past twenty years. Become annoyed by the dweeb on the seat behind who is playing what someone on MHP-chat described as "generic All Around The World scumpop". (Readers from points north of here will get the point.) Get off the bus outside Neustraße. From boarding to decanting, this leg took 25 minutes.

2. Neustraße to Didcot

After buying the ticket and a cup of tea, I find that the 9.03 train is running about 5 minutes late. Excellent, I can get that, and wait the 25 minutes in the fresh air at Oxford rather than the smokestack of Neustraße. What I hadn't reckoned with was the reason for the delay - not the usual leaves on the line, nor numpties in the signal box, but a plastic-clad Voyager running with two engines missing. The result was a lack of acceleration, slow progress, and an air-conditioning unit that - on a full train - varied between inefficient and useless. The driver tried to re-boot the train at Coventry, but that failed, and we eventually crawled into Oxford something like 15 minutes late. The conductor didn't help when he blamed the failure of the reservation system on the engines. Though he's right that what's on the ticket trumps what's on the display, the perpetual inaccuracy of the computers is nothing to do with power, and I'm utterly amazed that Vermin haven't sorted it out in the four years since these trains came into service.

To use an analogy that almost no-one will get, Oxford station is a bit like Princes Risborough - through platforms on both lines, with a bay platform facing north. Like Princes Risborough, there's a requirement for a south-facing bay, so that trains terminating from the south can turn round without blocking all lines. Unlike its counterpart at the other side of the county, Oxford station is busy, and perhaps a bi-directional third platform would be more appropriate. The current set-up is not up to scratch, and all trains seemed to be delayed on arrival. The announcements don't help - an automated woman's voice is talked over by a slightly excitable bloke. Two things added insult to injury - the train I had originally set out to catch arrived on time, and my connection to Didcot was held in sidings while a train from Worcester passed through, and set off late. From boarding to exiting, this leg took just under two hours, including a wait of almost 30 minutes at Oxford.

3. Didcot to Birmingham

I was a bit unlucky when arriving at Didcot, as I'd just missed a stopper to Oxford, and it was a half-hour wait for the next one. However, there was a silver lining to the cloud - the next one would go right through to Banbury, and it would be possible to catch a Civilised-chiltern train through to Moor-street. Or a Vermin-train to Neustraße. But not the one I saw passing Didcot on the Station Avoiding Loop. It's a surprise that the Great Western allowed this to happen. It's also a surprise that Vermin doesn't route its trains through Didcot rather than forcing a reversal down the line at Reading - surely a stop at Didcot would be much quicker and scarcely less convenient.

Anyway, got to Banbury without incident, and awaited the first train northwards. There are four through platforms at Banbury, plus a south-facing bay for the trains from London via Oxford or Wycombe. First train northwards arrived, and it was a Civilised-chiltern train. Rejoice! But wait, there's more. The train was six carriages long, and following a brief line closure around lunchtime, was going to split here. The front half would go fast to Solihull; the rear half would form the scheduled train calling all stations to Stratford-on-Avon. This is a cunning plan to provide a decent service in times of trouble, but was rather stymied by the lack of a driver for the Stratford half. The result - the train continued to Brum, still running fast to Solihull, and passengers to Stratford were asked to wait for the next train, change at Leamington.

What have we learned? Banbury to Solihull can be done in 32 minutes flat - with stops at Dorridge, Warwick P, Warwick, and Leamington, the timetable allows about 46 minutes. From boarding to walking out at Moor-street took about 1h45, including a fifteen-minute wait at Banbury. The return ticket was £30.

4. Birmingham to Back Home

Walking through the city-centre just before the shops were closing to catch the bus home. The sign says that it's 30 minutes from Stephenson-street to my stop - the journey actually took 40 minutes, thanks in no small part to some twittish van driver who blocked one lane of the narrow bit of the Bristol-road at Bournbrook. Surprisingly, he's not in breach of parking regulations, just common sense. The journey - and my rather fragile state of mind - wasn't helped by the seats that have amazingly little legroom, and by the hordes of noisy teenagers who were rolling cans around on the upper deck. Oh for a roving conductor turning up from time to time. Another group of brats were congregating around the door at my stop, showing no signs of moving - let's hope they didn't take too much injury from a face full of rucksack.

Overall conclusions: the buses remain inferior to the local trains, even with the annoying commercials. Virgin will be getting a polite complaint regarding the heating, I remain convinced that the Voyagers were and are a retrograde step when compared with the trains they replaced.

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posted 17 Sep 2006, 15.33 +0100

By-election watch

Time to bring out the by-election meter, for the first time since early July. The sample period is by-elections as far back as 22 June involving two or more of the three largest parties. Here's the transfer table:

Transfer   Jul   Sep
Lab to C   +7.3  +7.5
 LD to C   +3.2  +2.0
 LD to Lab -4.1  -5.5

This shows slightly fewer Lib Dem voters are transferring their allegiance to either the Tories or Labour; there's no real difference between the two major parties. If that's projected to the provisional new boundaries, we get:

C   312-318
Lab 224-243
LD   65- 75

C between 7 and 13 short of OM

More from the by-election watch in a couple of weeks, I expect.

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posted 17 Sep 2006, 16.00 +0100

Two Songs a Week 30 - On the Spanish Main

I'm advised that this Tuesday will be International Talks Loike a Pirate day. To provide some practice, here's Andy Hamilton and Nick Revill to explain how pirates should talk. This sketch is taken from their 1991 programme The Million Pound Radio Show, and features vocal extensions from Felicity Montague.

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posted 17 Sep 2006, 18.08 +0100

Two Songs a Week
Music in week 37
1. - nelly furtardo   10
2. 5 pink              7
3. - fratellis         6
4. 2 muse              6
5. 1 lily allen        5
6. - lemar             4
7. 4 shakira           4
8. 3 feeling           4
9. - lostprophets      3
10 - kasabian          3

Three records crash straight into Germany's top 10. Justin Timberplank we know, Rosenstolz and Tokio Hotel may not have achieved much fame outside Germany, but it's only a matter of time until the rest of the world wakes up to their various strands of genius. A new best-seller in Flanders, Henkie's Lief klein konijntje is remarkable both for its strong presence there, and its non-appearance anywhere else. Pleased to see Leigh Nash, former singer with Sixpence None The Richer, enjoy a solo hit in Lithuania, where My idea of heaven is a small but well-formed hit. Former Russian Eurovision entry Dima Bilan hits the top ten in Latvia, and the least successful Swede there in many years, Martin Stenmarck, hits the top spot in his home country with 7milakliv.

North Europe's Top Twenty

 20  4 Lily Allen - Smile
*19 NE Tokio Hotel - Der letzte tag
 18 19 Snow Patrol - Chasing cars
*17 NE Tribal King - Facon sex
 16  7 Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
*15 NE Pink - You and your hand
*14 14 Bob Sinclar - Rock this party
 13 13 Plage - Coup de boule
*12 NE Lemar - It's not that easy
 11  8 Cascada - Everytime we touch
 10  5 Basshunter - Boten Anna
* 9 NE Fratellis - Chelsea digger
* 8 NE Robbie Williams - Rudebox
  7  6 Rhianna - Unfaithful
  6  3 Kasabian - Empire
* 5 NE Muse - Starlight
* 4 18 Justin Timberlake - Sexyback
  3  2 Shakira - Hips don't lie
* 2 10 Nelly Furtado - Promiscuous
* 1  1 Nelly Furtado - Maneater

Great to see the Hotel making moves, and pleasant to see the French number one there. Lemar is always welcome, with his brand of accessible soul; Pink and the Fratellis are closer to each other than they might care to acknowledge. Somewhat less pleased to see Robbie and Justine taking off all over the continent, a certain lack of taste there.

New this week: Bedouin Soundclash, with a song from a commercial that's charting under one of ROPRA's more sensible rules, allowing tracks to be re-activated on download sales alone ... Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, with a slice of emoness ... Guillemots, with their new ska sound ... Larrikin Love, with their cod-country ... Cherish, with Shaun Pisspoorl ... Embrace, with their anthemic song for the umpteenth time ... Loopay Fiasco, with a version of Daydream in blue featuring most un-necessary rapping ... Lostprophets, with what they're going to see as a bit of a disappointment ... Daniel O'Donnell, with proof that Radio 1 has remembered its public service remit, playing Westside hits two years before the band records them ... Jamelia's only up to number 10, proving that her biggest days are behind her ... the Killers come straight in at number 5 on downloads alone, so lets Stacey Ferguson's geographically illiterate bunk take position 3. Justine Timberlank remains at 2, stuck behind the Seizures. What a rubbish top three.

Missing the top 40 this week are Katie Melua, Chingy, and Billy Talent. Nothing much there, then. The Stranglers' first new single since the ice age charts at position 57, while the Fratellis' old single climbs back up to position 60 - such are the advantages of keeping old singles available on the chart.

Not much better on the albums, where Justine Timberwank takes the best seller, though the Fratellis and Lemar are decent in the places behind. Good to see Bouncey slumping from 3 to 19, her bidet is all flushed away. New albums from Lionel Richtea and Diana Krall enter at 28 and 29 respectively, while the latest greatest hits of Adam And The Ants comes in at 39. They've beaten Kelis, Mastodon (metal), Mars Volta (prog rock), and another hits of Echo And The Bunnymen. Entering between 50 and 75 are Charlie Landsborough (hoary old bloke with guitar), Bryn Terfel (fiver), Papa Roach (soft launch there), Black Label Society (metal), and a re-issue of the 1991 IRS compilation of REM's work for that label.

Here's the good stuff on the singles listing:

 4  3 Nelly Furtado - Promiscuous
 5 NE Killers - When you were young **
 7  5 Shakira - Hips don't lie
 9  9 Feeling - Never be lonely
11  7 Lemar - It's not that easy
13 11 Fratellis - Chelsea dagger
15 15 Pink - You and your hand
19 13 Muse - Starlight
23 63 Lostprophets - A town called hypocrisy
24 24 Kasabian - Empire
27 20 Arctic Monkeys
  - Leave before the lights come on
29 NE Embrace - Target
32 NE Larrikin Love - Happy as Annie
33 29 Kooks - She moves in her own way
35 27 Lily Allen - Smile
36 NE Guillemots - Trains to Brazil
38 NE Get Cape Wear Cape Fly
  - The chronicles of a bohemian teenager (part 1)
40 59 Bedouin Soundclash **
  - When the night feels my song
45 38 Feeling - Fill my little world
47 41 Pink - Who knew?
55 52 Muse - Supermassive black hole
56 60 Kooks - Naive
57 NE Stranglers - The spectre of love
60 70 Fratellis - Henrietta
69 56 View - Wasted little deejays
70 42 Matt Willis - Hey kid

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posted 17 Sep 2006, 19.22 +0100

Weather in week 37

In an somewhat quieter than expected week, the main feature was a deep depression moping across the country during Wednesday and Thursday, pulsing rain northwards. Birmingham got drenched during Thursday morning's rush hour. Prior to that, humid, warm (under clear skies, Monday became the hottest day since July) and sultry air from the south-west had taken hold, and the humidity remained quite high afterwards, though with enough of a chill to allow mists to form at dawn.

11 Mo sun to cloud        11/28
12 Tu mist to sun         14/23
13 We cloud to sun        15/23
14 Th rain to sun         15/18,45.0
15 Fr sun                 13/20
16 Sa mist                13/18
17 Su mist to sun         12/22

Another sixteen degree cooling days this week, the summer's total moves to 348. The last three years: 233/237 last year, 184/184 in 2004, and 304/310 in 2003. Nor is the rainfall figure a misprint - over an inch and a half fell on Thursday, taking the month's total to 57mm, ahead of average.

The forecast is for a windy week, with showers never far away. It's possible, but not certain, that one of these fronts will be The Jumper Front.

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posted 17 Sep 2006, 19.23 +0100


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