Actor Kevin Spacey and Tim Berners-Lee
The British physicist, Tim Berners-Lee is to receive a knighthood from the Queen for "services to the Internet". He created World-wide Web in his spare time while working as a researcher at CERN. He fought to keep the Web free rather than patent it, which has led to the rapid growth of it. There has been a lot of controversy lately over the UK honours system. Recently the Sunday Times published a list of 300 refuseniks that had declined the offer of awards from the Queen.
Paul Bremer, U.S. top official in Baghdad, rejected Blair?s weapon claim without realising its source. In a Christmas message Blair claimed there was 'massive evidence of a huge system of clandestine laboratories'. Oops!
Derek Jolly is one of the British emergency experts who dropped everything to fly out to Iran to help with the earthquake rescue effort.
Earthquake is now thought to have killed over 25000.
Relief International is accepting donations on-line.
In UK you can make a donation by calling 020 7245 1000
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Iran Earthquake Appeal
British Red Cross
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Debris and devastation
Aid teams reach Iran quake zone
Dangerous buildings, lax rules
Shockwaves at speed of sound
Offers of help flood in
2000 years of history in ruins
Interactive guide on earthquakes
Iranian Truth has many more links and updates
A powerful earthquake has struck southeastern Iran near the ancient city of Bam, with officials saying thousands have died and 60 percent of the historic city's residential area had been destroyed. I always wanted to travel to Bam which is the biggest mud-brick complex in the world.
Interim Afghan leader Hamid Karzai and actor Sir Ben Kingsley.
In his latest film - House of Sand and Fog - Kingsley is portraying an Iranian immigrant who buys a house to begin a new life for his family in America. I am not so sure about his Iranian accent but I cannot wait to see the film anyway. Here is an interview with him about the film.
The picture on the left is the science fiction writer Isaac Asimov and the one on the right is the Beagle 2 leading scientist Professor Colin Pillinger. Beagle2 was successfully separated from the European Mars Express orbiter 400 million km from earth, to start its final leg towards Mars.
Saddam's end is an early Christmas present for Bush and Blair. The looming spectre that the Saddam Hussein somehow might return to power had cast a pall over their administrations. But with the former dictator?s capture the cloud has dissipated and it gives both an opportunity to revive their flagging electoral campaigns. Read this conspiracy theory, which is a good one!
France is to ban the hijab in schools. But forcing girls not to wear is as bad as forcing them to, writes Marjane Satrapi an Iranian living in France.
Shirin Ebadi who accepted the Nobel Peace prize yesterday and St Mary Magdalene's painting by El Greco.
F?r mer kultur (for more Culure), don?t miss this page!
Matt Stuart's photographs of London are great. Check them out.
The first search result in Google for "miserable", "failure" or "miserable failure" is this page!
Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo and Catherine Zeta-Jones!
Aghdashloo is acting in a new film "House of sand and fog" which will be on release in the US in Christmas.
Here are some shocking photographs that provides the human context to some recent crisises.