December 13th, 2004


Ukraine election observation - one other possibility

My brother in law is involved with the Brussels headquarters of an international student group called AEGEE. Their Kyiv (Ukraininan for Kiev) branch are looking for volunteers to observe the 26 December re-run of the presidential elections in Ukraine. More details here; basically you have to pay for your own transport and visa, but they will provide accommodation, you just have to get there for December 23rd. Obviously they're looking for under-30s in the first instance, but I don't know what level of response they are getting...

Mystery explained

There has been a large foam-rubber statue of a baby in the middle of Rondpoint Schuman for the last week or so. Thanks to Zoe, I now know why. Well, it's a really serious issue (not very surprisingly, I became very aware of it when living in Bosnia - there's nothing like driving through a minefield to concetrate your mind on this one), and I hope that the Finns, Latvians and Poles get around to doing the right thing very soon. But it's still a really ugly statue. According to Zoe it will be "dismantled and destroyed" today. I'm not awfully sorry.

New riff on an old joke

Originally from "Yes, Minister", but now translated across the Atlantic:

Who reads what?

1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.
2. The New York Times is read by people who think they run the country.
3. The Washington Post is read by people who think they ought to run the country.
4. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don’t understand the Washington Post.
5. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn’t mind running the country, if they could spare the time.
6. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country.
7. The New York Daily News is read by people who aren’t too sure who’s running the country.
8. The New York Post is read by people who don’t care who’s running the country, as long as they do something scandalous.
9. The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren’t sure there is a country, or that anyone is running it.
10. The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country.

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