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Britain's Millennium Dome

Britain's Millennium Dome didn't even stay open for a full year. The $1.2 billion Dome was shut down today at 6:00 PM GMT. An Irish company plans to provide luxury housing on the site, and make the building into a high tech buisness center.
posted by riffola on Dec 31, 2000 - 4 comments

1970: The UK negotiates with terrorists and capitulates.

1970: The UK negotiates with terrorists and capitulates. Apparently in the UK there's a 30-year rule where certain documents are revealed after said delay. They've just released documents about the "Black September" hijackings in 1970.
posted by Steven Den Beste on Dec 31, 2000 - 2 comments

"Brad the Cad"

"Brad the Cad" is disciplined, but not fired. This is the man who forwarded an email, describing his sexual prowess to four people, thus starting a world wide fury. Speculation on exactly how he was disciplined includes losing out on his annual bonus.
posted by karenh on Dec 22, 2000 - 12 comments

Ooooh, those trendy young Brits and their funny new words.

Ooooh, those trendy young Brits and their funny new words. What I can't help wondering is how many people have been sending in made up slang. (via clog).
posted by davidgentle on Dec 14, 2000 - 22 comments

Britain welcomes the 43rd President.

Britain welcomes the 43rd President. (Cheers to Matt for scanner duties.)
posted by holgate on Dec 14, 2000 - 23 comments

Bet he can't pull any, either.

Bet he can't pull any, either.
posted by holloway on Dec 11, 2000 - 10 comments

Slash swears on UK kiddie show

Slash swears on UK kiddie show - do they need any more reason to bring him back into GnR?? Duff too, while you're at it.
posted by NickBarat on Dec 4, 2000 - 12 comments

Quintessentially.com is the most horrifying thing I have seen for a long time. It’s a members-only club for the Tatler-reading classes – people for whom the Sunday Times is a serious newspaper. Dare you delve into the invidious ‘benefits’ conferred by membership of this club (‘Quintessentially members will have very special treatment’!), or gaze upon the faces of the well-heeled sloanes and berties behind it?
posted by Mocata on Dec 4, 2000 - 35 comments

UK row as kids are told to adopt incorrect but 'international' spelling

UK row as kids are told to adopt incorrect but 'international' spelling A row has broken out in the UK as the organisation in charge of school examinations told pupils to drop traditional spelling of scientific words in favour of Americanised (wrong) ones.
Surely Sulphur comes from a Greek word which involves the letter phi (not fi) and is therefore the correct spelling...
posted by nico on Nov 26, 2000 - 30 comments

First UK TV Millionnaire

First UK TV Millionnaire comes, by coincidence, on the same night that another network shows the last episode of its most popular sitcom, in which the main character dies.
Gosh what a coincidence! Or is it a fix?
posted by nico on Nov 20, 2000 - 11 comments

"The rules of this game were set by the people, underwritten by the people, financed or not."

"The rules of this game were set by the people, underwritten by the people, financed or not." Yet another opportunity for the British Observer to put the US newspapers to shame, with an closely-argued, even-handed reflection on the fun in Florida. "The system, full of inefficiencies and coagulations, may stink, but it is also a system which belongs to the voters who now complain so shrilly about it."
posted by holgate on Nov 19, 2000 - 2 comments

Web Tapestry,

Web Tapestry, Cheap Names, Areti Internet Ltd. ... These are just a few of the UK based web hosts I have discovered while trying to find one for myself.

My question to any UK residents is: which UK web host do you use/would you recommend? The well known ISPs (Direct Connection for example) are extortionate.
posted by James Bachman on Nov 16, 2000 - 7 comments


Software Piracy Detection Vans

Software Piracy Detection Vans patrol the streets of the UK. Or do they? In the immortal words of the Pythons, "The looney detector van, you mean."
posted by harmful on Nov 8, 2000 - 7 comments

Boo is back.

Boo is back. And apparently "this time it's personal".
posted by astro38 on Oct 30, 2000 - 1 comment

Reality tv

Reality tv with a neato science lesson curve. Plus the mom claims to be "one of the ugleist women in Britain."
posted by thc on Oct 14, 2000 - 2 comments

My God! Brits actually have rights!

My God! Brits actually have rights! Of course, it's not part of their constitution since they don't have one, but they actually have a codification of things the government can't do to them.
posted by Steven Den Beste on Oct 1, 2000 - 23 comments

Why Big Oil Backed The Fuel Protests In Europe

Why Big Oil Backed The Fuel Protests In Europe -- "Watched from a distance, the oil blockades in Britain look like spontaneous popular uprisings: regular working folk, frightened for their livelihoods, getting together to say, "Enough's enough." But before this David and Goliath story goes any further, it deserves a closer reading...."
posted by johnb on Sep 21, 2000 - 11 comments

Help Wanted : Naval Chaplain for Her Majesty's Navy.

Help Wanted : Naval Chaplain for Her Majesty's Navy. Frustrated with the prospect of designing web pages for the rest of your life? Well, this might be for you.
posted by leo on Sep 10, 2000 - 0 comments

Britain's Traffic Problems

Britain's Traffic Problems
Sounds like the UK is trying its hardest to catch up with the US in auto-dependency. The Highways Agency is planning to spend US$1.75 billion on "intelligent transportation" improvements, but local motoring organizations are pushing for more lanes as traffic continues to worsen. [more inside]
posted by daveadams on Sep 6, 2000 - 14 comments

NHS to ban Ritalin for under-fives?

NHS to ban Ritalin for under-fives? See, I agree with this, but it's politically divisive. The commission on clinical excellence has made a couple of controversial decisions to restrict the prescription of expensive new drugs: Allegra for flu, beta-interferon for MS, and now Ritalin. When there's such demand for the latest and greatest drugs, fuelled by the marketing budgets of the pharmaceutical companies, how do we balance the hopes and wishes of patients against the economic restrictions and clinical scepticism of the authorities?
posted by holgate on Sep 4, 2000 - 4 comments

Gustavus Adolphus must be smiling.

Gustavus Adolphus must be smiling. The Stockholm Stock Exchange has launched a hostile takeover bid for the London Stock Exchange. My Swedish in-laws must be so proud. Or, um, not...
posted by aurelian on Aug 29, 2000 - 11 comments

chelsea.clinton@ox.ac.uk?

chelsea.clinton@ox.ac.uk? 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 - 13 comments

As if we needed it,

As if we needed it, another reason not to participate in the "stupidity tax" here in the States.
posted by Steven Den Beste on Aug 26, 2000 - 0 comments

AltaVista lies

AltaVista lies to England about free net access. I am shocked that a company in the honorable net industry could think of such a scam! Shocked I say!
posted by Mick on Aug 22, 2000 - 7 comments

So farewell then, Nasty Nick! Or was he a stoolie all along?
posted by Mocata on Aug 18, 2000 - 8 comments

In the UK, it seems marrying the wrong guy strips you of political expression.

In the UK, it seems marrying the wrong guy strips you of political expression. Cherie Blair, Tony Blair's wife, apparently had the nerve -- the nerve! -- to write an article about her professional field, which is employment law. Jeez, next thing you know, she'll be asking for UK citizenship, or the vote, or something.
posted by aurelian on Aug 8, 2000 - 5 comments

Mom who laughed as she threw child off 14th-floor balcony sentenced

Mom who laughed as she threw child off 14th-floor balcony sentenced... to five years in prison. I'm definitely committing all my murders in Scotland from now on.
posted by rcade on Aug 5, 2000 - 2 comments

Online Caroline

Online Caroline Join up, be her friend, the webcam changes every day and she develops a "friendship" with you. Interesting entertainment from across the pond.
posted by owillis on Aug 2, 2000 - 9 comments

Screw Survivor. I prefer a competition that involves insane challenges, heavy machinery, a junkyard, and a short time limit
posted by plinth on Jul 20, 2000 - 11 comments

This story of a whiz kid who vanished

This story of a whiz kid who vanished raises all kinds of questions. Sufiah, a 15-year-old student at Oxford University, disappears; then, her father receives an e-mail, supposedly from her. The e-mail claims that she ran away from her father's abusive high-pressure learning techniques; the father claims that she must have been kidnapped and brainwashed. The police aren't sure how to handle this situation, as there's no way to prove that the mail is really from the daughter. Finally, the father has called in the media to present his side of the story, since Sufiah has threatened to go to the media with hers.
posted by harmful on Jul 6, 2000 - 11 comments

UK more crime-ridden than US?

UK more crime-ridden than US? CBS News has come up with a report describing the UK as a "battleground" for crime, replete with pictures of downtown Friday night battles after the pubs close. You're more likely to be robbed, assaulted, or have your car stolen in Britain than the US, according to recent figures. Then again, according to the DOJ, you're less likely to be raped, murdered or shot. Comparing apples and oranges?
posted by holgate on Jun 28, 2000 - 29 comments

UK - Eighty-eight people mistaken for tomatoes found dead in a truck.
posted by tiaka on Jun 19, 2000 - 4 comments

Bye bye online privacy

Bye bye online privacy The RIP Bill goes through the Lords this week. Watch as the UK's ISPs and e-commerce ventures up sticks to the US and Ireland. John Naughton has been providing a commentary on its passage (he's well-briefed by the good people at STAND) and how it's such an insidious piece of work.
posted by holgate on Jun 4, 2000 - 1 comment

MTV2's new site

MTV2's new site by Digit will probably be fuel on the "flash = cancer on the web"-fire. Warning, full screen mayhem.
posted by prolific on Jun 3, 2000 - 9 comments

About time too!

About time too! From today, British Telecom effectively lose the right to block free internet access to UK residents (via Kitschbitch )
posted by Markb on Jun 1, 2000 - 2 comments

Freeserve relaunched today:

Freeserve relaunched today: Considering that the vast majority of UK internet users have this set as their homepage, what's your opinion on the new-look Freeserve homepage. (it's like MSN - no?)
posted by williamtry on Mar 15, 2000 - 1 comment

Anyone interested in UK version of SXSW?

Anyone interested in UK version of SXSW? With all the talk of SXSW in the USA right now, are there people out there (like me) who think it'd be great to have a UK (or maybe European) meet ?
posted by williamtry on Mar 13, 2000 - 4 comments

These aerial photos

These aerial photos must have the security services worried. The Millenium Map company has taken high-quality, detailed photographs of the entire UK, and from Jan 31st anyone can visit www.getmapping.com and view photos of their house at a scale of 1:1000, or more interestingly, zoom in on GCHQ and US National Security bases, such as the one at Menwith Hill, Yorkshire, which supposedly is a key part of the worldwide surveillance network codenamed Echelon.
posted by echelon on Jan 27, 2000 - 0 comments

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posted by grant on Dec 2, 1999 - 0 comments

Just in case you're in Britain and happen to commit a felony, don't be caught unprepared. Visit the site of HM Prison Service and get up to date with your British prisoner slang.
posted by tdecius on Sep 15, 1999 - 0 comments

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