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Wales reclassified

Posted by Charles II on January 25, 2012

Via Avedon, Wales is a country!

(image from WalesOnline)

Martin Shipton, WalesOnline:

It is most usually known for its unsung work developing the international standards that underpin everything from agricultural equipment to construction tools or medical devices.

Yet the Geneva-based International Organisation for Standards (ISO) has now changed a name that has infuriated many in Wales – it has officially reclassified the nation as a country instead of a principality.

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Blizzard paralyzes Wales

Posted by Charles II on December 21, 2009

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From the BBC

(Image from BBC)

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More on the dangers of pet ownership

Posted by Charles II on November 11, 2009

Alfie the Arsonist


From the Beeb:

A family had to escape their blazing home during the night after their dog managed to knock their cooker on and set their kitchen on fire.

Accidental arsonist Alfie – now dubbed the “Alfonist” by the family – turned on a griddle attachment, which had a deep fat fryer on top.

Paul Gregson, his wife and two sons were alerted by the smoke alarm, but managed to get out safely with Alfie.

The house in Llanfairfechan, Conwy, suffered thousands of pounds of damage.

A cat would never have done this.

Accidentally, anyway.

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Welsh dolphin superpod

Posted by Charles II on July 1, 2009

That’s a lot of dolphins.

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The Welsh pine marten

Posted by Charles II on April 6, 2009

Welsh pine marten (from BBC) (BBC)

Now you know.

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The cost of poverty: years lost, talent lost. And it is hurting us all.

Posted by Charles II on March 26, 2009

Every time I listen to the Conservadems talk about how they’re being the guardians of bipartisanship, I want to smack them. They are literally killing people with their $#%^ing bipartisanship. We know that 16,000 Americans die every year from lack of medical insurance. Many more die young. And the potential talent locked in millions of children is either wasted or directed into crime. To get a sense for how poverty destroys, look at this article on a study in Wales, a homogeneous population covered by National Health Care and with a centralized school system, so really the only variable is income:

Poverty alone costs people 7 or 8 years of life.

“In the area in which the Warner family live a woman can expect to live for 76.2 years and a man 72.4 years,” she said.

“Whilst this is not the lowest life expectancy in Wales, it is nonetheless significantly lower than in other areas.

“Even within Rhondda Cynon Taf itself the life expectancy in one of the least deprived wards, Llantwit Fadre, is 83 for women and 79.2 for men.

And kids?

But he [Professor David Egan] warned that nearly 70% of young people in the area would not get the qualifications normally associated with future success.
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Severn bridge in winter

Posted by Charles II on February 10, 2009

The Severn Bridge. Image by BBC.

The Severn Bridge in Wales, by BBC.

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