A 15-year-old in London is being prosecuted
for holding a sign
calling Scientology a "cult", during a peaceful demonstration (0:55-1:40)
. The teenager refused to back down, quoting a 1984 high court ruling from Mr Justice Latey, in which he described the Church of Scientology as a "cult" ... The City of London police came under fire two years ago when it emerged that more than 20 officers, ranging from constable to chief superintendent, had accepted gifts worth thousands of pounds from the Church of Scientology. The City of London Chief Superintendent, Kevin Hurley, praised Scientology for "raising the spiritual wealth of society" during the opening of its headquarters in 2006. Last year a video praising Scientology emerged featuring Ken Stewart, another of the City of London's chief superintendents via
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94
on May 21, 2008 -
Police evacuate Birmingham centre
West Midlands police have evacuated the second largest city in England tonight as a precautionary measure. Sky News are reporting
that a series of controlled explosions (I heard on Sky News TV that one of these was on a bus, but this may be innacurate) have been carried out in the Broad Street area.
I hope that any and all UK MeFi-ites in Birmingham are keeping sane through out all this.
posted by tomcosgrave
on Jul 9, 2005 -
English Accents and Dialects.
The British Library has compiled an online archive of northern speech dating back to the 19th century. The recordings range from from audio from Victorian cylinder dictaphones to 1950s football fans chanting.
posted by Masi
on Aug 1, 2004 -
Rude place names.
If you're in England then this is for you. Please bare with us rest of the world, this is what we really like in our humour (at least it in Kilburn). If you're not in England then feel free to use my postcode, NW2. Ooooo, titter ye not
(and who will be the first wag to post "not"?)
posted by ciderwoman
on Jun 28, 2004 -
for conspiracists with time on their hands... But can square-jawed MeFites figure out what happened here?
Remember, Captain Scarlet is indestructible...
posted by klaatu
on Jan 5, 2004 -
Staffordshire Past Track.
History and images of an English Midlands county : old photographs
on historic churches
, serial killers
(and the 1984-85 strike
Related sites :- the
Museums of the Potteries
, the area around Stoke-on-Trent which played a major role in the Industrial Revolution; thepotteries.org
, including postcards
Search of Agenoria
, black and white photographs of the post-industrial Black Country landscape; A Miner's Son
- more mining history in the Midlands (with more on the 1984-85 strike, possibly the most divisive political event in recent British history); save Bethesda Chapel
, a historic Methodist chapel in Stoke; panoramic views and history of Lichfield Cathedral
posted by plep
on Aug 25, 2003 -
Happy St George's Day.
Patron saint of England, Portugal, skin diseases and syphillis amongst other things. Saint George
may not have been English, or even have set foot in England, but a poll suggests
many English people would like his day to be more enthusiastically marked. There's even an online petition you can sign
in support of making St George's day a national holiday.The government
shows little interest though. What's wrong with being English, and why shouldn't we celebrate our national day properly?
posted by squealy
on Apr 23, 2003 -
Blair, the war criminal
Tom Dalyell, a Labour MP with over 41 years of service in the House of Commons has voted with his Labour Party constitutency to call for Blair to reconsider his postion as party leader. He further states that he believes "[Blair] should be branded as a war criminal and sent to the Hague".
posted by lometogo
on Mar 27, 2003 -
Can Dumbing Down Save Our Libraries?
An intersting story from The Sunday Herald
that says libraries are facing a stark choice: modernize or die.
The author say we just can't win, if we put in a bank of computers
we are accused of dumbing things down, if we demand silence
in the reading rooms and purchase books that aren't "popular" we find ourselves charged with elitism
He says the public library has an altruistic purpose of making knowledge freely available through the printed word. The trouble is that those high principles
were undermined by the librarians
themselves. Facing a revolution in communications, they tried to become all things to all people
He focuses on England, but I think many of these issues are international. Are public libraries out of date?
posted by Blake
on Aug 12, 2002 -
Have the anti-Euro lobby shot themselves in the foot?
A video promoting opposition to the UK joing the Euro has been critisized for including a spoof of Hitler praising the currency. It's attracted publicity for the campaign, all right, but has it unmasked the "No" campaign as anti-Europe "little Englanders"? (Guardian link)
posted by salmacis
on Jul 3, 2002 -
England vs. USA
Over the death penalty. Initially I felt like saying "butt out" but America tends to get involved in other countries when our citizens are in trouble (like that kid in Singapore way back).
posted by owillis
on Sep 10, 2001 -
Sunderland Football Club is having a contest where the lucky winner will get to be One of the Lads
for the entire season. That's right, the lucky winning fan will get to join the first team squad, travel with them to all away games, train and hang out with his Premiership heroes! There's even a Manchester United fan
trying to win... Don't you wish there was a similar contest for your
favorite [sport] club?
posted by dagny
on Sep 4, 2001 -
Special Report: Refugees in Britain.
The Guardian features excellent video clips of first-person stories of refugees who have made the long struggle from misery toward what they hope is a safer, more prosperous life. Includes stories
on political asylum as an election issue, how to claim asylum, why refugees and asylum seekers are choosing Britain (the country with the second-largest immigrant population in Europe, after Germany) and a Flash-based guide on who's seeking asylum and from where.
posted by Mo Nickels
on May 21, 2001 -
Giving as good as they get?
I don't condone this, but it's the first time in this country that I've heard whites complaining like this (and, symmetrically, the Asian community blaming a small minority).
posted by andrew cooke
on Apr 19, 2001 -
UK Govt. votes to ban hunting in England and Wales.
Browsing the web last night, several national polls were showing that more of the British Public were against a ban than in favour. Will the MPs who turned up to vote but not to debate (not very democratic?) live to regret their decision as the debate turns from animal welfare to civil rights?
posted by nico
on Jan 18, 2001 -
email@example.com? The Times
is reporting that Miss Clinton is planning to follow in her father's footsteps. Though probably not too
closely... I'd imagine that it'll be easier for her to fit into the college environment once she doesn't have the Secret Service in tow, but I'm still intrigued how she'll get on here...
posted by holgate
on Aug 28, 2000 -