Monthly Archives: April 2004

Conquering the world…

The World Is MINE! by Demonac Name: You will conquer: the United States of America (but their government in exile is still holding out in the Statue of Liberty’s head). Your title will be: Archbishop You will succeed by: Earning … Continue reading

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Meme from

1.Go into your LJ’s archives. 2.Find your 23rd post (or closest to). 3.Find the fifth sentence (or closest to). 4.Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions. And despite any setbacks, you can really cook … Continue reading

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Back from Strasbourg

Lots of interesting meetings today at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, including an unexpected encounter at lunchtime with a Serbian journalist friend. “, you must come down to the press room when your meetings are over!” he cried in … Continue reading

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Interesting boring meeting

One meeting that I had at NATO with my Caucasus team yesterday was interesting for quite the wrong reasons. It was with the person who would be my direct supervisor if I get the job I applied for last week. … Continue reading

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Bleary-eyed

Out last night with Anne for birthday dinner combined with work dinner (two colleagues visiting from my Caucasus team). Now I have a meeting at 0900 and before I leave the house I have to pack for a 24-hour trip … Continue reading

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Home

Home. Tired. Reading Jack Vance.

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My weekend

Well, we’re back, having taken two small children to the Hague for the weekend and attended the royal wedding. Royal wedding? Well, sort of. My friend Mabel got engaged last summer to her long-time boyfriend, whose mother is Queen Beatrix … Continue reading

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Friday

Good to see and last night for a pint. Trying to take today off. But did an interview with Albanian television (made them come out to Leuven to talk to me) and phone interviews with two other journalists. We’re off … Continue reading

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What happened to the Toronto journalist who criticised Fox News

From John Doyle, columnist for the Toronto Globe and Mail: I’ve never been called “a douche-nozzle” before. At least, not that I know about anyway. The insult came from one supporter of the Fox News Channel. But then I don’t … Continue reading

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A new form of spam!

Just got an email addressed to me and a former colleague as follows: Osama Bin Laden Captured. Hey, Just got this from CNN, Osama Bin Laden has been captured! Goto the link below to view the pics and to download … Continue reading

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Update

These days, I hate to let a day go by without updating this. Kosovo report appears likely to get published tomorrow. Thank God. Azerbaijan next. If you haven’t sat in front of a computer screen with a very small child … Continue reading

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Headline of the day

From Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: GEORGIAN-ADJAR TENSIONS THREATEN TO JEOPARDIZE WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP. Georgia’s National Security Council ruled on 16 April that the holding of a women’s World Chess Championship in Batumi in late May or early June … Continue reading

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Cleaning out the cupboards

Heh. Clearing out the papers this morning I came across a letter from my boss’s predecessor, sacking one of my predecessors six years ago. I’m nearly two years in this job. My predecessor was appointed in Feb 2001 and resigned … Continue reading

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Cyprus

Article in today’s International Herald Tribune – mostly written by me though my name does not appear.

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Scotland

Ken MacLeod reflects on Scottish history.

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Three questions

From : 1) Why am I being such a lazyass about showering? Because you are an internet addict, and also because there is nobody currently in the same country as you that you feel the need to clean up for … Continue reading

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Googlism

nicholas whyte is currently working for an international organization in bosnia herzegovina nicholas whyte is completing his doctoral thesis in nicholas whyte is a ceps research fellow nicholas whyte is a ceps nicholas whyte is an honorary senior research fellow … Continue reading

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John Kerry in Doonesbury

John Kerry’s anti-Vietnam speeches were chronicled in three 1971 strips from Doonesbury – http://www.doonesbury.com/strip/kerry_faq.html

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Nebula Winners

Best Novel: The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon. OK, so it deals with a subject close to my heart, but it really is a good book. The only other nominee I’d read, Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold, was … Continue reading

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Latest bibliomeme

1. Grab the nearest book. 2. Open the book to page 23. 3. Find the fifth sentence. 4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions. The crew shuttle launched through heavy fog to join … Continue reading

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Mapping the system

A lot of my Livejournal friends’ locations are already plotted on a map – if you’re not one of them, please add your location starting with this form.Username:(Then get your friends to!) If you are already signed up to this, … Continue reading

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Dear Lord…

Latest from our man in Kosovo: This afternoon at least 3 UN police officers were killed and 7 wounded in a firefight among themselves at the detention centre in North Mitrovica (the Serb side of the divided town). Apparently, a … Continue reading

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Job-hunt latest

Had another chat with my friend who is going for the same two jobs as me. Actually it seems he’s much more interested in working with the new commissioner from his mother’s native country per se, rather than (as I … Continue reading

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Three questions meme

Since has done his bit: Ask me three questions, no more no less. Ask me anything you want about my life, interests, hobbies, anything really. Then I want you to go to your journal, copy and paste this allowing your … Continue reading

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April Books 5) How Bosnia Armed

5) How Bosnia Armed by Marko Attila Hoare I’ve read lots of “big picture” books and essays on Bosnia-Herzegovina (heck, I’ve helped write one or two of them myself) but there are surprisingly few micro-studies of particular aspects of the … Continue reading

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April Books 4) Macaulay’s Essays and Lays of Ancient Rome

4) Essays and Lays of Ancient Rome by Thomas Babington Macaulay This book was given to my great aunt as a second prize for general good behaviour at her Somerset boarding school in 1886. It includes several of the Lays … Continue reading

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The Bush Press Conference Response Generator

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Interesting piece on Iraq…

…from the U.S.-based thinktank Stratfor, who have called a number of things right so far. (Locked post more because this is copyright material than because it’s political, so feel free to quote extracts attributing to Stratfor.) Bush’s Crisis: Articulating a … Continue reading

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Election

I see that the Prime Minister is ahead in the first round of the Macedonian presidential election, but that there is a second round still to come – with the ethnic Albanian votes holding the balance. I’ve met PM Crvenkovski … Continue reading

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I prefer this to the last one

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