Year: 2007

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Be the holy! It's been a while since Blather found itself in the middle of a UFO flap. That is, we mean, in the actual *middle* of one, with a spate of UFO sightings in the area of Archway, near to Crouch End in north London, where this particular BlatherGoon resides. The sightings appear to have taken place on February 1st at 5.30pm with the Police recieving a brace of phone calls to report the objects... On the street Writing on the 7th of February, the Islington Gazette reports: Alix McAlister, 34, a market stall trader from Bredgar Road, Archway, said: "I just picked up my son from nursery in Bredgar Road. I had just come out of the door when I noticed what was going on in the sky. "There were a group of them - 10 to 15 of them moving together. My first impression was that they...

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Yep, that's right. I'm back on board the Greenpeace ship Esperanza again, currently in the middle the of icefields of the Antarctic. We're here to track down and confront the Japanese whaling fleet, which, under claims of "scientific whaling" plans to kill 945 whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, then sell the meat commercially. Clever but unsavoury. So, while we're here, we're going to see a lof of beauty - and a lot of horror. You can follow the expedition here, on the Ocean Defenders expedition weblog » Related Greenpeace Sites: Defending Our Oceans » Expedition Weblog » IGO: Join our crew and start campaigning! » Whale Love Wagon » Esperanza Flickr Account » Ocean Defenders Myspace Account » Also, check out my photos here: My Flickr Account » My Abroad photoblog » Humpback whale photo © Dave Walsh UPDATE 18/02/2006: Esperanza arrives at site of stricken whaling vessel...

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178 years ago today, an Irishman named William Burke was executed in Edinburgh, Scotland. You may never have heard of him, but at the time of his death he was infamous: 'This day, Wednesday 28th Jan, 1829, William Burke underwent the last sentence of the law, for the murder of Mrs Docherty, one of the victims of the West Port Tragedies. At an early hour, the spacious street where the scaffold was erected, was crowded to excess ; and all the windows which could command a view, were previously bespoken, and high prices given for them.' So begins the Broadside which was posted on the streets of Edinburgh in 1829, informing those who could read it that William Burke, one half of the infamous Burke and Hare, had been sent to the gallows and hung until dead. A Broadside, in case you were curious, was the popular means of mass...