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Friday, June 28, 2002

Not so wonderful Copenhagen
Managed to mess up the Roskilde part of the trip, so am in Copenhagen until it's time to head for Chotebor via Prague for the Eurocon (I'm now going to manage the touristy stuff in Prague). It's not that bad, really, but it's very pricey.

Oh, and the more detailed travelling updates are appearing in my Live Journal. By the way, non-LJ members can use the anonymous comment facility over there (but do please let me know who you are so I can reply). The comment facility on this weblog still isn't set up (but the mail link works, and I should be seeing it most days).

Off to book my train and maybe a boat trip...

Tuesday, June 25, 2002

About an hour before my train to London goes, and I'm still finishing up stuff, but now I'm...
Off at last
Tonight I'm in London, at a hostel near Waterloo, and tomorrow I'm off to Brussels via Eurostar. From there, things are unclear, except that I want to be at Roskilde in Denmark as soon as possible.

And here are some links that might help me make this:Oh, and I've updated my CV.

Wednesday, June 12, 2002

This Land Is My Land is Anna Feruglio Dal Dan's weblog, with a wonderful piece on Padua's Gay Pride Parade which took place on what looks to have been a glorious day weather-wise (there are some great pictures) and in spite of the semi-official sanction offered the Fascist (and for once that word means exactly what it says) counter-demonstrators.

From Martin Wisse's Wis[s]e Words comes this piece on the refugee problem. In a footnote, he links to this Guardian article on how little things have changed in Britain since the beginning of the last century.

It's a bloody liberty! Patricia Hewitt and Harriet Harman are conniving at, or at least condoning, a much more massive infringement of civil liberties than anything dreamt of when they were general secretary of the National Council for Civil Liberties (Hewitt), and the NCCL's lawyer (Harman). They should be ashamed of themselves.

Tuesday, June 11, 2002

A headline (Government sweeps aside privacy rights) and a leader (British Liberty, RIP) from today's Guardian. It's not just the Police, Intelligence services, and the tax authorities who can get at anyone's telephone and internet communications data without a warrant or court order, but seven Whitehall departments, every local authority in the country, NHS bodies in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and 11 other public bodies ranging from the postal services commission to the food standards agency....

But it seems it's all necessary to continue the War on Terrorism. So that's all right, then.


More of this on my LiveJournal, here and here.