Archive for the ‘Europe’ Category

LSD – My Problem Child, Chapter 1: How LSD Originated

May 10, 2009

In the realm of scientific observation, luck
is granted only to those who are prepared.

—Louis Pasteur


Time and again I hear or read that LSD was discovered by accident. This is only partly true. LSD came into being within a systematic research program, and the “accident” did not occur until much later: when LSD was already five years old, I happened to experience its unforeseeable effects in my own body—or rather, in my own mind. (more…)

What are you laughing at?

May 4, 2009

It’s the oldest jibe in the book: ‘Americans just don’t get irony.’ But they do, argues comedian Simon Pegg – our national senses of humour have more in common than we like to think

Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg

The Guardian, Saturday 10 February 2007 (more…)

AIG’s insistence on bonuses raises ire in Washington

March 15, 2009

(CNN) — White House officials and some members of Congress reacted strongly Sunday to news that insurance giant AIG had intended to pay out $165 million in bonuses and compensation. The company has received at least $170 billion in federal bailout money. (more…)

Top 10 differences between Europe and America

January 3, 2009

Published on November 25, 2007 – 207 Comments

Though only a stone’s-throw away across the grand Atlantic, Europeans and Americans are as different as night and day. And being anywhere from 5 to 7 hours difference in time, they literally are, too. Back in the days of old when that rag-tag batch of ticked-off Englishmen decided to brave the snarling sea and make new their lives in America, we’ve held similarities close to our hearts. However, times force great changes and leaps in advancement force gaps in our likenesses and make them far more diverse and different. Gone are the days when the ‘New’ Americans would take tea time, instead, we, as Americans, stumbled upon the idea of lunch… similar, but still, quite different. Well, you get the idea. Here are ten (of many, as we all know) ways we, as Americans, are different from our jovial brethren across the pond: the Europeans. (more…)

10 common German prejudices about the USA

December 26, 2008

Whenever people talk about the USA, it doesn’t take long until you hear sentences that start with “That’s typical. Americans are all…”. Well, what are you? I’ve asked around, talked to people and this is a list of the 10 prejudices I’ve heard most often. (more…)

Election unleashes a flood of hope worldwide

November 7, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

PARIS: From the front lines of Iraq to more genteel spots like Harry’s Bar in Paris, the election of Barack Obama opened a floodgate for the world’s hope that a new U.S. leader would redeem promises of change, rewrite the political script and provide a kind of leadership that would erase the bitterness of the Bush years.

Whether it was because of Obama’s youth, race, message or manner, some European leaders abandoned diplomatic niceties to compete for extravagance in their praise, while others outside the United States – fascinated by an election that had been scrutinized around the globe – reached for their most telling comparisons. (more…)

Opinion of U.S. from abroad plummets under President Bush

October 24, 2008

During President Bush's two terms, the view of the United States has dropped significantly in countries around the world

As President Bush meets today with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the head of the European Commission, he might keep in mind the view of the United States from Europe, Japan and elsewhere.

It isn’t pretty — and has grown notably ugly during his presidency. (more…)

Strong health care equals strong emergency response

October 21, 2008

By Laura H. Kahn | 14 October 2008

THE (EX) BIGGEST HEROIN DEALER IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD

October 17, 2008

INTERVIEW BY GRAHAM JOHNSON, PHOTO BY STUART GRIFFITHS


By the time Suleyman Ergun was 21 years old, he was the world’s most prolific and powerful seller of smack. Known throughout the junkie and police communities as the North London Turk, Ergun and his gang flooded Britain and Europe with heroin for five years.

For his pains, the former factory worker got mansions filled with cash and unlimited underworld cachet. At the height of his powers he was a multimillionaire and his favorite tipple was a bottle of champagne with eight grams of cocaine dumped into it. Today, he is almost penniless and lives with his mum. He’s 39. What happened?
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Graffiti snails roaming London

July 20, 2008

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Shell shock: One snail has shell graffiti

Most people have to shell out to give their homes a makeover – not so for these multi-coloured mollusks.

The flashy snails have had their drab shells given a paint job for nothing – and they didn’t even have to move a muscle.

A London artist, known only as Slinkachu, has used the molluscs’ shells for a series of designs dubbed ‘Inner City Snail – a slow-moving street art project’.

One was given a graffiti-style urban revamp complete with a new name – John – spelt out across its shell. Another had the Tube logo painted on as well as acquiring a couple of unexpected passengers.

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Shell shock: One snail acquired some surprise passengers

Slinkachu was keen to point out that non-toxic paints were used.

The 28-year-old said: ‘No snails were harmed – they just had their homes vandalised.’

And, with their long lifespan, don’t be too surprised to see a brightly-coloured snail making its way down a street near you.

In a previous project, Little People, Slinkachu photographed tiny plastic figures apparently going about their lives in the capital, from Tube travel to sightseeing.

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Slime off: One snail makes its escape, leaving behind a treacherous pool of gunge to foil the mini urban cowboy and his spraycan

He left many of the figures dotted around the capital for their larger, human equivalents to discover.

See http://www.innercitysnail.blogspot.com for more images.

via http://www.metro.co.uk/news/article.html?in_article_id=156464&in_page_id=34