Monday, December 05, 2011

Six of the Best 207

"The Swiss government commissioned a study on the impact of copyright-infringing downloading. The independent study concluded that downloaders use the money they spend to buy more legitimate entertainment products. So they've concluded to maintain Switzerland's extant copyright law, which makes downloading for personal use legal." Boing Boing on common sense amongst the Alps.

Matthew Harris catches the BBC, ludicrously, describing Fidel Castro and Che Guevara as "libertarians".

The public sector cuts must go further. Who says so? Former Labour General Secretary Peter Watt on Dale & Co., that's who.

Today's newspapers have been full of claims that 3.8m children in Britain do not own a single book. Who's the Mummy? suggests that this is a bit of a fairy tale.

This blog has become interested in Carnegie libraries recently. Backwatersman has come across a particularly fine example at Long Eaton in Derbyshire.

The Street Tree visits Old St Pancras churchyard in London - a location to familiar to this blog (that's my photo above). "The church itself has ancient roots although the current building is largely Victorian. It was originally perched on the banks of the semi-mythical river Fleet which, thanks to 19th [century] railway development, is now culverted and entirely hidden from view."

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