Picture of the Day: The 3D Crosswalk




Photographer Unknown via madbutcher on reddit

I couldn’t find much information about the artists but this 3D crosswalk street art was done somewhere in Kyrgyzstan. There was a work in progress photo on a Russian forum but no additional info. Either way it looks great and makes for a fun photo op 🙂

Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country in Central Asia bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the east. Its capital and largest city is Bishkek. As of 2013 the country’s population was estimated at 5.66 million people.


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A potential new war?

Russell Chapman

This is based solely on what I have been hearing over the last few months from various directions. What I have been hearing is that the risk of war between Turkey and Syria is growing rapidly. I could be wrong, but the information I am getting is coming from so many diverse sources that it is starting to make me wonder. Watch this space.

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Tooth Of The Day

And they said unto him, Put forth thy riddle, that we may hear it.

And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle.

allaboutlemon-All Around, In, And Out Of My Own Universe




Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.


Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.


Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.


You have power over your mind – not outside events.
Realize this, and you will find strength.

Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
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BBC’s “Obstacles to Peace”: a barrier to understanding Israel’s borders

BBC Watch

The BBC’s July 2013 backgrounder titled “ Middle East peace talks: Where they stand “, which includes details of what the BBC defines as the “core issues” of the current negotiations between Israel and the PLO, has been appended to many articles appearing on the BBC News website’s Middle East page as a ‘related article’.

At the bottom of that webpage, under the heading “more on this story”, audiences still find links to the four highly problematic articles going under the title “Obstacles to Peace” which – despite being dated 2010 – were actually originally produced by Martin Asser in mid-2007.

We have previously discussed here three of Asser’s pieces – see ‘related articles’ below. The fourth article in the series is titled “Obstacles to Middle East peace: Borders and settlements“. Asser borders

Asser elects to completely ignore the San Remo conference and the Treaty of Sevres in 1920 which…

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Dominic Brogan – The Telegraph

Good morning. On Marr yesterday Douglas Alexander said Labour would do something radical with student fees in its manifesto next year. The papers reflect the idea, with headlines saying fees will be cut to £6000 if Labour return to power. The motivation is the growing realisation that the tuition fees policy is a turkey that is costing the taxpayer vast sums. Graduates in particular are getting clobbered. When we bang on about the iniquities of the 40p rate, spare a thought for the graduate who reaches the £25,000 income threshold for repayment, at which point he is hit with an inescapable 9pc surtax which pushes his marginal income tax rate up to 29pc. Ministers are lucky that so far there haven’t been riots in Whitehall. Ed Miliband trailed the idea of cutting fees in 2011. But what’s not clear is how Labour would address the matter of getting money to universities and where it should come from. Labour, it should be remembered, once favoured a graduate tax, in other words a mandatory lifetime levy on all graduates that means those who can repay in one go can’t. The other point to consider is what this means for the existing policy itself: the government, it seems, is presiding over a policy that is on the verge of collapsing under its own contradictions. Default rates are approaching unsustainable levels, and ministers must be wondering how they might ditch it.

That Labour is leading the charge speaks in part to internal pressures for policies that get attention and could help the party break out of the mess it has been in since the Budget. The weekend papers chronicled what sounded like an uprising against Mr Alexander as sections supremo, led by Michael Dugher and others who have told Mr Miliband they have had enough of the shadow foreign secretary. Polls show Labour’s lead slumping, which in turn deepens the spiral of despair in the Labour ranks. Mr Miliband urged his colleagues to avoid panic and stay calm. The papers have also pounced on rumours – denied – that the American community organiser Arnie Graff who is advising Mr Miliband has given up and gone home. And that’s just the beginning of what Labour can expect will be months of unrelenting scrutiny led by the Sun and the Mail, which have reverted to the Labour-bashing techniques of the pre-97 days. Developing policy – on tuition fees or anything else – while under intense pressure is always dangerous.


There’s a row brewing between the Chancellor and Deputy PM. Nick Clegg has accused the Tories of trying to “steal” the Lib Dems’ taxation policies attacking the Conservatives where it hurts by saying “they know that they as a party have a problem in that they appear to be too preoccupied with the fortunes of those at the very top of society.” The comments rather neatly coincide with George Osborne’s upbeat speech today, which will be among the most optimistic he has delivered as Chancellor; Mr Osborne will say that Britain is “starting to walk tall in the world”. And, yep, he’ll mention increasing the tax-free allowance too, describing it as a “big moment in the history of our country’s tax system”. But all the rush to claim credit seems to rather ignore the splash in the FT. It explains why, despite the strong economic news, the recovery is not yielding the taxation revenues expected. “Treasury figures show a net £2bn tax cut in 2014-15, which will be reversed in 2015-16. Both changes are small compared with the coalition’s estimate that it has imposed £23bn a year net tax increases since the last election.” Either people are getting much better at dodging paying tax, or the OBR and Treasury have been very, very optimistic – or both. It all adds up to another reason why austerity is here to stay. In its leader, the FT pleads for politicians to be honest about the tough choices ahead (sounds familiar?) and suggests that helping Dfid would help. Many Conservative backbenchers would agree but, given Dave’s personal attachment to the hallowed 0.7% commitment, it ain’t gonna happen.


Whodunnit? There’s a mole hunt underway in response to the Saturday Guardian’s comments from a Cabinet minister that an independent Scotland would be able to keep the pound; on Today, Alistair Darling insisted that “The only way a currency union can work is if you have a single government”. The name doing the rounds – and few will be surprised by this – is Vince Cable. With polls tightening, there is also increasing anxiety among the Better Together camp. Alan Cochrane reckons that the problem isn’t that Alistair Darling has too much power, but that he has too little; while what Alex Salmond says, goes, Mr Darling is little more than first among equals. And rule by committee doesn’t seem to be working.


Baroness Warsi isn’t backing down. Fresh from irritating No 10 with her complaints about the number of Old Etonians in the inner circle, she has said that the number of women – currently five out of 33 – who can sit at the Cabinet table “needs to increase”. Lady Warsi reckons that “politics has a women problem”. She may have been vulnerable in a Cabinet reshuffle but, by speaking out, she has increased her profile and made it trickier to remove her from her post. Labour, which never misses a chance to attack Dave’s “women problem” will look at the blue-on-blue attack with glee.


The Mail diary asks if Tim Yeo’s South Suffolk seat is being kept free for Boris. There’s still no sign of a selection process to choose the de-selected MP’s successor, hence the speculation. All the gossip though says it’s to be K&C, and a deal has been done with Sir Malcolm Rifkind.


The weekend saw another warning about the extend of British defence cuts – this time from General Sir Richard Shirreff, the outgoing Nato deputy supreme commander, who said that the Armed Forces had been “cut to the bone” and plans to substitute regular troops with reservists are “one hell of a risk”. But Philip Hammond is having none of it: he says that such talk is “nonsense” and “We still have the fourth largest defence budget in the world.” Mr Hammond also told Conservatives who joined him in voting against gay marriage to “move on”. The Defence Secretary said that he and other Tories were left “shocked” by the “tumultuous” pace of change and would have preferred if it had “gradually taken root” but “people who have been opposed to this, people who’ve had concerns about it, will get used to it.” Given that he said gay marriage was “damaging” the Tories last November, Dave and co will appreciate the show of loyalty.


Nigel Farage has hailed Vladimir Putin as an “operator” and the leader he admires the most – though “not as a human being” – in an interview with Alistair Campbell for GQ. The Ukip leader said that Mr Putin had been “brilliant” in handling the Syrian Civil War.


As if running the country isn’t tricky enough, Dave is also having homework trouble. “I do my best to help with their homework, but sometimes I find it quite testing. My children seem to have a lot of IT homework. I think I need to go on a few computer courses”. Michael Gove’s school reforms are obviously doing the trick.



Worth noting, this. In case you missed it, In his column Matthew d’Ancona said the Downing Street short-list for the European commissioner’s job has been whittled down to two: Andrews Mitchell and Lansley. Can this be true? The former is still tied up in plebgate-related legal proceedings, and the latter is accused of not telling Number 10 what he was up to on health.

It’s a rare day when a politician dares to tell the truth about the NHS. The Labour peer Norman Warner, a colleague of Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall in government, argues for Reform that the NHS did not modernise in the Blair years in such a way that it will be able to cope with modern demands and an ageing population. What is now needed, he says, is a redesign of services on most hospital sites in England; a strict limit on funding for the NHS from general taxation; and new ways of funding the service, including new charges and means tests. Most radically, Mr Warner advocates a £10 a month ‘membership fee’ for NHS users (free for those lacking the means to pay), which is sure to go down just great with the Labour party faithful.

The Morning Briefing is edited by Tim Wigmore. Follow Tim on Twitter

Latest YouGov poll: Con 33%, Lab 40%, Ukip 11%; Lib Dems 10%


That kind of night:

@nickdebois: Bad news – found far too many constituent emails in “junk mail” box ..good news-insomnia meant they have all been done now


In the Telegraph

Boris Johnson – It’s elementary, Watson. Here’s why faith in the police is rising

Alan Cochrane – Don’t replace Alistair Darling – put him in charge

Charles Moore – A French view of the Great War’s terrors

Telegraph View – Scottish independence could be a risky business

Best of the rest

Chris Huhne – Nigel Farage’s vision of a better yesterday will fade in a brighter future

Ian Birrell – As gay people celebrate, the treatment of the disabled just gets worse

FT leader – Seeking clarity on public spending

Edward Luce – America’s democracy is fit for the 1%


0900 ESSEX: Chancellor George Osborne to give keynote economy speech.

0930: Bank of England releases its Money and Credit study for February.

1000 LONDON: The hacking trial continues. Charles Brooks will continue his evidence. Old Bailey.

1130 LONDON: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s monthly press conference. Dover House, 66 Whitehall.

1300 LONDON: Nigel Farage takes part in YouGov debate on the emergence of radical right-wing parties across Europe. Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House.

Must read Story : Mineral Water and Roasted Cockroach


Whenever a waiter forces you to go for a bottled water in any restaurant, especially in India, please remember this story. Mineral water and Roasted Cockroach

I was so hungry; lunch time, I entered just another restaurant you can find on a busy street of any Indian cities. I ordered for a typical South Indian Rice meal. Within minutes a plate of meals arrived with small Katoris (small steel bowls) filled with a variety of gravy and side dishes.

“Bon Appetit” eagerly I started mixing the rice with Sambar (default gravy served with rice) and started eating. My bad luck, it was very spicy. I searched for water and could not find it.

“Excuse me! Water!” waved my hands to a nearby waiter.

“Hey! Don’t you keep water first?” He yelled at another waiter who handled his table. The other guy rushed with a glass of water.

I was about to drink and it was so dirty! Some kind of oily stuffs floating on the surface of…

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How Experts Ask for a Raise!

12The German maid asked for a pay increase.

The wife became very angry and decided to talk to her about this.

She asked, “Now Inge, why do you think you should get a pay increase?”

”Inge: “Well, Madam, there are tree reasons why I wunt the increaze. The 1st is that I do iron better than you.”

Wife: “Who said you iron better than me?”

Inge: “Your husband he say so.”

Wife: “Oh yeah?”

Inge: “The second reason eez that I am a better cook than you.”

Wife: “that’s a lie, who said you were a better cook than me?”

Inge: “Your hozban he did.”

Wife increasingly agitated: “Oh he did, did he?”

Inge: “The third reason is that I am better at sex than you in the bed.”

Wife, really boiling now and through gritted teeth asks, “And did my husband say that as well?”

Inge: “No Madam… The gardener did.”


Wife: “So, how much do you want?”