Late night radio.
Late night radio.
Worth scrolling down about halfway for the boy asking questions about sharks.
From the page: "That's all the Mail is actually reporting on here.
A piece of tinsel has been moved in an office block because it was in the way. "
Students sponsored by the Hoja Project - http://www.hojaproject.org - and COCO - http://www.coco.org.uk - introduce themselves and their ambitions.
From the page: "One afternoon the doorbell rang at Peter Sellers' London flat. Sellers was working in his study upstairs, so his wife Anne answered the door. It was a telegram for her:
BRING ME A CUP OF COFFEE. PETER."
From the page: "A motorcyclist was sent by the post office to meet a plane at the airport.
The plane landed ahead of schedule, and its mail was taken toward the post office by horse. After half an hour the horseman met the motorcyclist on the road and gave him the mail.
The motorcyclist returned to the post office 20 minutes before he was expected.
How many minutes early did the plane land?"
From the page: "How many people know that Britain is actually 10th in the EU league of immigrants as percentage of national population?
A couple of weeks ago, a member of the audience on BBC Question Time (it was the edition from Weston-super-Mare) said something we've heard time and again: "why do all immigrants come here? Can't other European countries chip in and do their bit to take their share?".
Whichever your views on immigration, statements like the one above need challenging in the strongest, most unequivocal way. Simply, because they are ridiculously false.
Like Unity wrote yesterday, "[i]t窶s not racist to talk about, and debate, immigration as long as you窶re putting forward an honest and truthful argument". And what good can possibly come from perpetrating myths aimed at reinforcing the BNP-friendly notion of a beleaguered little island with hordes of "enemies at the gates"?
And yet the amount of people who think like the chap on Question Time is spectacular. I will never forget the look of shock in one of my colleagues' eyes when I cracked her the news that both Italy and France are home to a vast number of migrants. And yes, as much as -if not more than- the UK. And if you think responses like "REALLY?" and "IT CAN'T BE" are remarkable, surely the following beats them all: "Yeah, but they all want to come here eventually, don't they?"
So, let's just look at the plain facts.
France. Figures published in 2006 indicate that about 5 million people (8% of the country's population) are foreign born. In metropolitan areas the percentage approaches 17%. And no, they're not just walking through France with their evil sight cast on poor little Blighty. About 6.7 million current French citizens were born from immigrant parents.
Spain. Immigration to Spain since 2000 would have caused the Express and the Daily Mail severe apoplexy. In the last few years, foreign population has gone from just over 900,000 in 2000 to 5,268,000 in 2008. That's over 4m extra people in less than a decade. In the same period, the number of Spanish passports granted to foreign-born residents has gone up by 600%. 12 per cent of residents in Spain were born abroad. These include an estimated 761,000 Brits (according to the UK Foreign Office).
Italy. Similarly to Spain, Italy has attracted an enormous amount of migrants in recent years. Between 2007 and 2008 alone, an estimated 458,000 people moved to Italy. The number of legal immigrants in 2008 totalled 4.5m people (7.5% of the population, around 15% in metropolitan areas), yet it is widely accepted that the real figures are much higher due to a significant number of illegal or non-regularised migrants.
Germany. In 2007, just under 9% of German residents were foreign passport-holders. According to official figures, from 1995 to 2004, about 1,278,000 foreigners obtained German citizenship by naturalization. This means, that about 1.5% of the total German population had been naturalized during that period.
According to the International Migration 2006 UN report, Germany is by far the European country hosting the largest number of immigrants (10.1m), with France second (6.5m), the UK third (5.4m) and Spain fourth (5.2m).
If instead immigrants are viewed as percentage of the whole population, at 8.9% Britain is actually well behind Austria (14.9%), Ireland (13.8), Germany (12.3), Sweden (12.3), Spain (12), the Netherlands (10.5), and France (10.1).
This is not to deny the significant increase in migration to the UK in the last decade. There's no question. However, the phenomenon is perfectly in line with migration patterns across Europe, and the population at large could do with things being put into perspective as opposed to hysterical scaremongering.
But chances are the Sun, the Daily Mail & co will be too busy with their headlines about asylum seekers stealing British swans to mention any of the above."
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The best thing about this is that somehow he got away with it for so long in the *same* school.
I do like the implant idea though.
This is a quite frankly terrifying story. An outlawing of campaigns for human rights and equality will destroy any potential progress made on social and health issues such as HIV.
Quite a new webcomic, this has a nice simple style and lets the jokes do the talking.
Fairly strong, and getting stronger. Like the Hulk.
Great video of a designer introducing himself.
That's a great photo of you...
Son, you were conceived in a cardboard box on the street...
Does exactly what it says on the tin...
1930s Tube train taken out for a spin...
And there's ULTRAFAIL
Zombies and Beards.
Perhaps two of the world's greatest things.
Together again at last.
Greetings cards available of cartoons from the EvilFlea webcomic, posted from the UK.