April 2010

Madam Miaow makes Orwell Prize shortlist

Anna (Madam Miaow) and Laurie (Penny Red) I’m celebrating, so I can’t be long. Hic! MC Jean Seaton, Orwell Prize Director, said of Madam Miaow: “… independence and spirit.” And that we bloggers were “representing reporting from places that aren’t getting reported.” A lovely event tonight at Reuters over drinks and canapes (hunks of chicken

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Mother Nature grounds main parties: if pigs could fly

Even Mother Nature hates them. Today’s spectacular eruption in Iceland has sent giant plumes of ash headed for Old Blighty, shutting down airports and preventing the three main parties hitting Scotland for the general election campaign. Those Scots must have some powerful mojo. Respek! The Guardian reports: After the severe winter weather and the BA

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Chinese dissident allowed limited media access: Madam Miaow back on Guardian CiF

Yep, I checked yesterday and posted on Gary Younge’s powerful indictment of US Republican “Frat Boys” and discovered that my ban is at an end and I am now allowed to comment at the Guardian but under (heavy) moderation — so says the vivid red message in the comment window when I posted. This goes

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UK Chinese parliamentary candidates’ general election hustings

Yesterday’s first ever UK Chinese hustings, featuring five of the eight Chinese parliamentary candidates running in the general election and attended by an almost entirely Chinese audience, was an interesting if disappointing affair. Organised by bbcchina.com and bbcchinese.com, this was a much-needed initiative considering that Chinese are the third-biggest minority in the UK, but you

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