Seeing the economy in a humorous light

I can’t believe that three weeks have passed since my last post. Where have they gone?! How come it’s 2009 already?! Anyhow, although it’s 10 days late, Happy New Year to everyone! But as it’s clearly not an entirely happy new year for the global economy – except for those fortunate few who have enough…

The Japanese are whale hunting again

The Japanese government’s whaling fleet has just left its home port of Shimonoseki, and is heading south into the Southern Ocean for its annual whale hunting season. They intend to kill more than 1,000 whales, including 50 endangered fin whales, 50 threatened humpback whales and 935 minke whales. I find this utterly horrifying and deeply…

Extreme recycling

A new toilet is being delivered to the International Space Station as we speak: “Human sweat, excess water from tooth brushing, and water extracted from the humid spaceship interior have long been reprocessed into something astronauts can consume. [URGH…. definitely feeling queasy] But urine has gone to waste, tossed overboard (or vented, as NASA puts…

Has the Phoenix died?

In a previous post, I wrote about the Phoenix Mars Mission. At that time, the robotic spacecraft, which was launched in August 2007, had successfully and safely landed in the Martian arctic. Since then, it has been taking soil samples in its surroundings – it’s not a rover, so it’s stuck where it landed. It…

Ireland lost miserably

… against New Zealand. 22-3 was the final score of the rugby match between the All Blacks and Ireland at Croke Park tonight, which was broadcast live on MNET (thank you, MNET!). I was particularly pleased that the commentary came directly from Ireland, because it allowed me to imbibe almost two hours of Irish accent.…

Ennio Morricone in Concert in Belfast

“Ralph McLean presents live coverage of the opening concert of this year’s Belfast Festival at Queen’s. Legendary Italian film composer, Ennio Morricone brings his Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra to join the Belfast Philharmonic Choir in performances of some of his best loved film scores, including The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, The Mission, The Untouchables…

Cuil: A new search engine to rival Google?

A new search engine by the name of Cuil – pronounced ‘cool’ – has just been launched on Sunday, 27 July 2008. As its name is supposedly the old Irish word for knowledge, and as I am a little obsessed about all things Irish, this announcement immediately aroused my interest. Designed and operated by some former Google…

Happy birthday, Madiba!

Today is Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday, and the day has dawned bright and beautiful! Birthday tributes to the greatest leader and statesman our country has ever been blessed with have been pouring in to radio stations across the country, and people are phoning in with their stories of meeting this amazing man. What all the…