The last King of Rwanda, Kigeli V Ndahindurwa, lives on public assistance in low-income housing, at a dead end between US Route 66 and State Route 655 in Oakton, Virginia.
'He ruled Rwanda for just nine months in the 1960's before fleeing a revolt and has spent the last half century in exile, powerless to stop the violence that ripped through his country. He is 76 years old now, his tottering seven-foot-two-inch frame stooped by age and the vagaries of fate.'
Here is Coffee: The Greatest Addiction Ever
and other neat videos by C.G.P. Grey
who explains non-obvious aspects of science, history, geography, elections, and economics in entertaining and clear ways. [more inside]
The NHS at 60.
The National Health Service is 60 on July 5th. Take a look at documents, audio and video related to the birth and growth of this "radical plan."
Today is the 202nd birthday of Isambard Kingdom Brunel
, one of the world's greatest engineers
and a personal hero. I gaped at the Clifton Suspension Bridge
when the shock of recognition
dawned on my jetlagged brain. This was the man that laid the foundation
for Britain's global economic might, built the first underwater
tunnel, Paddington Station
and inspired engineers
everywhere. His legacy lives on
in his works, a university
, a museum
A television report
tracks Muslim extremism in the United Kingdom. See also, part 2
and part 3
. (YouTube) (via Digg)
The deportation of an English village to Australia. BBC article with links to other interesting articles on immigration and emigration on the page.
On the A46 motorway heading towards Bath, Richard Box
has "planted" a field of flourescent tubes powered entirely by the electric field surrounding some overhead power lines
. A very cool piece of art, but with a serious background: some people believe that the electromagnetic fields around power lines can cause cancer
, while others aren't so sure
English amnesiac may be porn star.
"Philip Staufen" tried to convince Canadian authorities that he was an English citizen who suffered from amnesia as a result of a beating. As it turns out, he may
be George Lecheit, a French gay porn star. Authorities aren't ready to close the case yet, but even his lawyer doubts the amnesia theory. In a previous MeFi thread
, a few people took the Canadian government to task for not helping Staufen return to the UK. In light of recent developments, did Ottawa make the right decision?