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  • Easter weekend open thread


    by Sunny
    14th April, 2006 at 10:25 pm    

    I was hoping to write some stuff today but I’ve been totally busy trying to learn more about WordPress and how to extend it. Anyway, happy easter and what not.

    I’ve put in a preview function on comments (below the input box). Now if anyone knows a good tutorial in running multiple users off the same WP installation…


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    1. Vikrant Singh — on 14th April, 2006 at 10:49 pm  

      Oye Sunny you forget to put the “No Footy Discussion” warning, just in case some people forget their medication ;)

    2. Sunny — on 14th April, 2006 at 10:52 pm  

      afghanshop eh…. maybe I could waste some time there. Hmmm….

    3. Sunny — on 14th April, 2006 at 10:53 pm  

      Doh! good point. Anyway, an argument on here might be a good distraction. My brain is literally hurting from all the coding today :(

    4. Siddhartha Sinatra — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:05 pm  

      Shubho Noboborsho!

      as we bongos say it every year on April 14th.
      Its Boishak, or New Year!

    5. El Cid — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:05 pm  

      buenas noches

    6. Sunny — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:14 pm  

      d’oh! yeah, errr, happy Vaisakhi! Don’t think about coming into Southall if anyone is planning it.

    7. Siddhartha Sinatra — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:14 pm  

      Its also my birthday and Mrs Siddhartha is very recently in the motherly way (number 2)! I’m wasted on an assortment of drinks and smokes. Its been emotional folks. :-)

    8. Vikrant Singh — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:15 pm  

      My brain is literally hurting from all the coding today :(

      Lool… WP coding is easy squeezy… try doing Assembly coding… but then again I cant exect Jatts to do assembly coding ;) .

    9. Vikrant Singh — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:17 pm  

      Doh! good point. Anyway, an argument on here might be a good distraction.

      Naah not in the mood today, been to Wiltshire… the weather froze my nuts off.

    10. El Cid — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:17 pm  

      I have something on my mind; it’s about India. It follows a conversation I had recently with a very smart and senior Bengali colleague and is also fuelled by feedback I’ve received from people I know working out in Bangalore. I was thinking of writing an article on it. But it requires some serious research and I haven’t got much time these days.
      It’s about the so-called Indian economic miracle.
      I say so-called because the question I want to posit is whether it is in fact a myth.
      The idea I would like to explore is whether the strong growth we’re seeing at the moment is merely the plucking of low-hanging fruit; that bureacratic inertia, rampant corruption, grotesque inequality, and a poor basic education system will ultimately kill the golden goose.

    11. Vikrant Singh — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:18 pm  

      Happy B’Day Sid old man.

    12. El Cid — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:18 pm  

      congrats sid. two you say — there’s no hiding place now!

    13. Vikrant Singh — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:18 pm  

      The idea I would like to explore is whether the strong growth we’re seeing at the moment is merely the plucking of low-hanging fruit; that bureacratic inertia, rampant corruption, grotesque inequality, and a poor basic education system will ultimately kill the golden goose.

      Eeek.. commie

    14. Vikrant Singh — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:19 pm  

      El Cid, China’s economic miracle is because OF the their government but Indian economy grows without the help of government.

    15. El Cid — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:22 pm  

      I didn’t say China doesn’t have its own challenges, not least political reform. But at least they recognise that inequality between the booming coastal cities and the hinterland needs to be addressed. Anyway, that’s not the point — let’s stick to topic in hand: India

    16. El Cid — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:23 pm  

      happy b’day also sidney. in nine days time it is mine

    17. Vikrant Singh — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:23 pm  

      Indian government doesnt go around demolishing people’s homes in the name of economic development.

    18. El Cid — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:26 pm  

      I keep forgetting you’re a pickney. Put your teenage pride in your pocket for a second will you?

    19. Sunny — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:27 pm  

      Indian government doesnt go around demolishing people’s homes in the name of economic development.
      No, they just demolish them when someone pays a lowly official some backhander for ‘development’.

      El Cid - You’re not the only one to think that. I’ve remarked on many occasions that people think without huge infrastrucutre investment India’s economy will keep growing. I’m waitng to see how long before it overheats.

      Sid - happy birthday mate and congrats! ;)

    20. Vikrant Singh — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:29 pm  

      Ahh.. Cid i’m really not in the mood today…

    21. Vikrant Singh — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:30 pm  

      BTW Sunny i get Google add about a pro-Osama Bin Laden
      site…

    22. Vikrant Singh — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:32 pm  

      http://www.votivation.com/displayopinion.jsp;jsessionid=aTcLgFVBYHq6?v4mOpinionId=792

    23. Beak — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:38 pm  

      You’ve been nominated for a blog award
      http://amischiefofmagpies.blogspot.com/2006/04/blog-of-week_10.html#links

    24. Sunny — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:38 pm  

      grrrr… i’m getting a javascript error of some kind on the index page. anyone know what it might be?

      Vik - yeah I know… someone’s bizarre ad.

    25. Vikrant Singh — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:39 pm  

      Wazza error?

    26. El Cid — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:39 pm  

      I’m actually thinking root and branch reform of the legal, political and education system — as well as roads, dams, and the like. Something that will make the economy more dynamic, encourage faster and greater investment and boost social mobility — something like EU accession model of development.
      Easier said than done of course — especially when there isn’t an EU next door.

    27. Sunny — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:40 pm  

      Oooh! a blog award! And it looks like I’m losing! Vik and El Cid - c’mon you guys, get voting!

    28. El Cid — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:41 pm  

      Have voted

    29. Vikrant Singh — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:42 pm  

      me 2. I will vote again from my gf’s compy… ;)

    30. Vikrant Singh — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:42 pm  

      and from the library

    31. Vikrant Singh — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:43 pm  

      and lets see Drake’s, Naseem’s and well every body i know…

    32. Sunny — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:46 pm  

      ahh crap. I know what it is… aaargh!

    33. Vikrant Singh — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:48 pm  

      ?????

      Btw i use these sites for wordpress tutorials..

      http://www.tamba2.org.uk/wordpress/
      http://dev.wp-plugins.org/

    34. Sunny — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:49 pm  

      Hehe, Indian style corruption in action…. cheers Vikrant!

      El Cid - yeah true, but Indians don’t do complete overhauls. They do painstaking evolution. And that is what India will go through. Though Manmohan Singh is a very astute economist so he knows all about economic bottlenecks. All is not lost, yet.

    35. El Cid — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:50 pm  

      the other thing on my mind is that woman in Wood Green who was dead for two years before anyone — a bailiff -discovered her. she had the tv and central heating constantly on and was largely a skeleton, sitting in an armchair, surrounded by unopened christmas presents. unbelievable

    36. El Cid — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:52 pm  

      i think it’ll take more than an astute economist to sort it out. it needs political will, the kind that only a crisis will engineer. we shall see

    37. Vladimir — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:53 pm  

      Hey Cid I kinda agree with your comments, I suggest to get a more detailed idea of the situation you could look at some of the work of the journalist P. Sainath.

    38. Vikrant Singh — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:54 pm  

      Link to the story

    39. Vikrant Singh — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:56 pm  

      Okie i’m off… dont wanna spend rest of tis nite hunched b4 a compy like ye ole crusties.

    40. El Cid — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:57 pm  

      careful now, it could make you go blind

    41. Vikrant Singh — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:58 pm  

      ^^^^^^^

      Seld warning….

      20-20 Vision Vikrant

    42. Vikrant Singh — on 14th April, 2006 at 11:59 pm  

      d’oh

      should read self warning

    43. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:01 am  

      like this article Vlad:
      http://www.indiatogether.org/2006/apr/psa-depress.htm
      I shall read it later

    44. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:01 am  

      lay off the lingerie section of your mum’s Argos catalogue

    45. I'm-Not-Vikrant — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:04 am  

      STFU Cid, i’ve got much better things to do like… getting wasted with me mates.

    46. Vladimir — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:06 am  

      Well yeh Cid or even, bits from http://www.countercurrents.org.

    47. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:06 am  

      lol. sweet dreams

    48. Sunny — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:08 am  

      lordamercy, can we have no personal attacks please?

      I’ve seen that article before… in fact Randeep Ramesh did nearly the same story a few days later for the Guardian.

      And thanks for the link Beak. Clairwil is being too generous me thinks. :)

    49. I'm-Not-Vikrant — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:09 am  

      Dont get carried away Cid. Every Indian journalist has an agenda. This one happens to be commie…. He deviously mixes the issue of demolition of illegal shanties with farmer suicides. The shanties are illegal and THEY have to go. Indian govt. has been far to linients in this matter. Cities like Mumbai have become Shanty towns. He talks about budget cuts for agriculture and corporate takeover. But how much state charity can u expect in land where only 2% of population pays taxes rest of them them “comman men” are exempted.

    50. I'm-Not-Vikrant — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:10 am  

      http://www.countercurrents.org.

      HEART ATTACK….

    51. I'm-Not-Vikrant — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:10 am  

      Counter Currents is a commie/leftist/Islamist/pseudo-secularist website to the boot.

    52. Vladimir — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:14 am  

      Don’t see whats wrong with him being a commie, afterall there aren’t many commie journalist in India nor papers, thats if he is a commie though.

    53. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:15 am  

      I don’t have a strong opinion on this particular issue. It’s an article that I have read for the first time today. I am sticking to the bigger picture. And that is that the Indian economic model is deeply flawed and will run aground unless root and branch reforms are carried out that helps to improve social mobility and challenges the vested interests holding India back.
      What’s with the I’m-Not-Vikrant

    54. Vladimir — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:17 am  

      I agree with you that shantie towns have to go, but what are they to be replaced with is the important matter? Surely the people who have been living on that very same land for decades should be considered.

    55. Vikrant Singh Daruwala — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:18 am  

      India simply doesnt have an econmic model. Its the usual chaotic Indian way. I’m not saying India is going to be a next superpower but then again all the sources u put fourth Vladmir are commie sources…

      afterall there aren’t many commie journalist in India nor papers, thats if he is a commie though.

      Dude who are you kidding?

    56. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:19 am  

      I think some of the points made in the article I linked to are very valid. I’m sure that on some level, you do too Viks Vapo-Rub, whatever you may think of the author

    57. Vladimir — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:21 am  

      Ok vikrant don’t know a lot about the individual jurnalists, but the major papers TOI and Hindustan times which are the two major national papers are certainly not commie, but then again India has a number of regional, and papers in numerous languages.

    58. Vikrant Singh Daruwala — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:22 am  

      Yes on the Vidarbha farmers suicides… but then being a Maratha (half at any rate) i can whine anti-Maharashrian discrimination from masters in Delhi. As for the illegal shanties they have to go. They are f***ing alien intrusions on “my” Maharashtrian land.

    59. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:24 am  

      and on the twisted priorities of the media and the bubble the haves and have-mores seem to be in?

    60. Viks Vapo-Rub — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:25 am  

      Vladmir,

      Dunno about HindustanTimes but TOI had Pankaj Mishra (Resident non-Indian) as its editor. Incase you didnt look closely Pankaj Mishra is the featured commie on Counter Currents.

    61. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:26 am  

      finally, your thoughts on this not unrelated topic:

      http://news.ft.com/cms/s/03e6c524-cbd9-11da-a7bf-0000779e2340.html

    62. Justforfun — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:28 am  

      http://www.pbase.com/digitalfestival/image/55687424

      I can’t remember this road when I last went to Pune, but then I do drive in a trance when in India Its amazing what you can do with photoshop these days.

      Anyway some pics of roads ;-)

      http://www.lntecc.com/gallery/picture_gallery.htm#

      Justforfun

      Seriously - if I can be serious mmmm the Indian Economy and its future growth …mmmm engage brain crunchhhhh …but its a bit like the Ambassador and not like the new Zap Jap cars available in India.

      Unlike China I would hazard to guess that India’s economy is mainly self financing and directed at home markets and the growth of the Indian Middle class rather than driven by export growth - even though the Bangalore IT boom gets all the Western press. So can one say that the Indian economy is in its own hands and growth will be as fast as the country’s own institutions and society allows it to be? Perhaps it is the low fruit that has been picked first - but India can probably survive as a self contained market for some time . Are comparisons to other competitors relevant if one is not competing against them but is actually competing against oneself. This is India greatest hurdle - its seemingly unstoppable population increase - I still can’t quite get my head around the fact that when I was at school in India in the early 70s there were 600m Indians and there are now 1billion!! set to rise to 1.2billion in 20 years . These facts just make us freeze like rabbits in the headlights and can we think straight? I don’t know much about the Narmada Dam even though MP is my mum’s home state, and I ought to try and get to the bottom of the project, but India does need some sort of infrastructure that will cope with the demand s of 1.2billion aspiring consumers.

      For fun … google the Thorium Fuel cycle to see where India is going to gert its power from as it is about to build the first plant with this technology. Makes the UK nuclear debate seem a little like a side show.

    63. Viks Vapo-Rub — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:30 am  

      CounterCurrents is f***ing Maoist red rag. So called Maoist threat is grossly exagerrated. Though there is lack of political will on govt. part, Commies thrive on the brute force rather than ideological appeal in India. If Indian govt. is half as keen as it was to have a go at Bhindrewale in Golden Temple, Reds would be a history.

    64. Vladimir — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:30 am  

      Vikrant interesting…

      I don’t think you can make many assertions about a paper on the whole because of one individual journalist it has. I have always found it to ignore certain issues that I seem to find from other sources or even the BBC.

    65. Viks Vapo-Rub — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:32 am  

      Well i wont be able to give u the specifics but google “Times of India + commie scum”.

    66. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:32 am  

      exaggerated, even by the government itself?

    67. Viks Vapo-Rub — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:34 am  

      NDTV is owned by Brinda Karat the Communist Part of India’s M.P.

    68. Viks Vapo-Rub — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:35 am  

      exaggerated, even by the government itself?

      Depends on who you call the goverment. Manmohan Singh after all is just Madame’s puppet.

    69. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:39 am  

      Madame being that dastardly Italian?
      Maybe Singh is preparing the ground for something other than just military action.
      If you look at the history of some European countries, notably UK and Germany, you will see that the threat of communist revolution was largely kept at bay by social reforms.
      Ok, so Germany’s history was a lot more violent than Britain’s, but it was Bismark no less who introduced social insurance.

    70. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:40 am  

      I am idly speculating of course

    71. Viks Vapo-Rub — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:43 am  

      you will see that the threat of communist revolution was largely kept at bay by social reforms.

      India is not Europe.

    72. Viks Vapo-Rub — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:45 am  

      IMHO Madame’s election to Indian parliament is a testment to the incredible idiocy and permantly colonised mental landscapes of my countrymen. She for one refused to take Indian citizenship for 21 years.

    73. Vladimir — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:45 am  

      Well I can’t say I know a lot on this particular issue, but with the current problems mainly in Indian regions, there has been a lot of talk about social reform to combat the Naxalites and Maoists. So no it wouldn’t be mere speculation CId.

    74. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:46 am  

      that’s a nice road jff!
      but when i read but India can probably survive as a self contained market for some time
      I kinda wonder what you mean by “survive”
      surely bettering the lot of the Indian people is what matters. I understand 135 million Indians live on a dollar a day (I can’t source this figure properly right now. It’s what I recall someone telling me). Is that what you mean.

    75. Viks Err-My-Gut — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:47 am  

      http://richardcrasta.com/books/impressingthewhites.htm

      ^^ Vlad, El Cid & Co the foll. link is a semial work on the mentalities of Indian journos and writers.

    76. Viks Err-My-Gut — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:48 am  

      I kinda wonder what you mean by “survive”
      surely bettering the lot of the Indian people is what matters. I understand 135 million Indians live on a dollar a day (I can’t source this figure properly right now. It’s what I recall someone telling me). Is that what you mean.

      That works out 10% of population gramps.

    77. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:49 am  

      seminal? you got to be kidding!

    78. raz — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:50 am  

      “I understand 135 million Indians live on a dollar a day”

      It’s actually around 400 million Indians on under a dollar a day.

    79. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:50 am  

      have you been at the alco-pops again?

    80. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:51 am  

      why thank you raz

    81. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:52 am  

      i’m still in my 30s sunshine — just. rage against the dying light, as that welsh poet, wassisname once said

    82. Bonnie Prince Vickie — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:52 am  

      lol its 25% thats 250 million dungbrains.

    83. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:54 am  

      you seem to have plenty of love for your fellow indian Vicky Pollard

    84. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:55 am  

      is that you sid?

    85. Bonnie Prince Vickie — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:55 am  

      All Indians are my brothers and sisters… atleast on paper.

    86. Vladimir — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:55 am  

      http://globalis.gvu.unu.edu/indicator_detail.cfm?IndicatorID=50&Country=IN

      though its a lil old.

    87. Bonnie Prince Vickie — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:57 am  

      What am i s’posed to feel El Cid.

    88. Bonnie Prince Vickie — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:58 am  

      Indian govenment estimates it to be 25%.

    89. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 12:58 am  

      respect? empathy? sense of responsibility? duty?

    90. raz — on 15th April, 2006 at 1:00 am  

      Indian government has its own criteria of defining poverty. The UN standard is under $1 a day, and judging by these figures (India’s population is well over a billion now), over 350 million Indians are living under the poverty line.

    91. Bonnie Prince Vickie — on 15th April, 2006 at 1:01 am  

      respect? empathy? sense of responsibility? duty?

      Yeah right. Shit how can i well know many Indians are dirt poor. What i hate is people like you and especially raz gloating over it.

      http://www.indexmundi.com/g/g.aspx?c=in&v=69

    92. Bonnie Prince Vickie — on 15th April, 2006 at 1:01 am  

      eek… typos again

      Shit how can i enjoy life when i well know many Indians are dirt poor.

    93. Vladimir — on 15th April, 2006 at 1:01 am  

      lol at Indian govt estimates, we all know that government main priority is to remain in power, don’t think they can be relied upon to public acurate statistics. It seems to be around the one third mark from the sources I’ve read.

    94. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 1:01 am  

      so are Indian government stats credible or not? you accused them of exaggerating earlier.

    95. Bonnie Prince Vickie — on 15th April, 2006 at 1:02 am  

      No Indian govt doesnt… 25% of 1.08 is not 350 million.

    96. Bonnie Prince Vickie — on 15th April, 2006 at 1:03 am  

      so are Indian government stats credible or not? you accused them of exaggerating earlier.

      There are national statistics, i meant Indian politicians when i made that “exagerrating-commie-threat-statement”.

    97. raz — on 15th April, 2006 at 1:03 am  

      Nobody is gloating. The Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) is home to the most shocking poverty on earth. Even China still has plenty of poor people. It should be a concern of all right minded people that the poor do not get left behind in this ‘Asian century’.

    98. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 1:03 am  

      gloating? you tripping on that Hooch man. i believe you refered to 250 million dung brains earlier. this isn’t a game you know. my nuclear weapons are bigger than yours. this is about real people. stay focused

    99. Bonnie Prince Vickie — on 15th April, 2006 at 1:04 am  

      lol at Indian govt estimates,

      Pray tell me which other organisation can give me the correct data..

    100. Vladimir — on 15th April, 2006 at 1:05 am  

      Hey Vickie hope your enjoying the alcho pops. The 25% is the very statistic we are disputing here. It seems that it is actualy around the one third mark and this would be around 350 million.

    101. Bonnie Prince Vickie — on 15th April, 2006 at 1:05 am  

      i was calling you “dungbrains” ;) . Geez u must be getting slower with age.

    102. Bonnie Prince Vickie — on 15th April, 2006 at 1:06 am  

      But how do YOU arrive at 1/3 rd mark.

    103. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 1:06 am  

      my work here is done. more than 100 posts in just over 2 hours. time for bed. we shall return. good night folks

    104. raz — on 15th April, 2006 at 1:07 am  

      As I stated before, India does NOT use the $1 a day rating as a barometer of poverty. Thus its own definition of poverty is 25%, whereas the UN estimates at 35%. El Cid’s original comment related to the $1 a day standard, so I would guess that the UN figures are the way to go.

      http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/india_india_statistics.html

    105. Bonnie Prince Vickie — on 15th April, 2006 at 1:07 am  

      okie i g2g too.. byee folks nice wasting time with you.

    106. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 1:08 am  

      may i be the first to introduce you to the world of commas then. do they do grammar at private school?

    107. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 1:09 am  

      byeeeeeee

    108. Bonnie Prince Vickie — on 15th April, 2006 at 1:10 am  

      gramps this is f***ing internet no wishy-washy grammartical correctness here.

    109. Sunny — on 15th April, 2006 at 1:37 am  

      Last week I tried to start a thread with a serious subject, and it became a thread about footy, and later about err shia-sikh roots.

      This one has ventured into talking about India’s economic peformance…. when I was asking for something lighthearted. It’s a conspiracy isn’t it :|

      Anyway. Commies, neo-cons - its all the same. I care only about people who care about others. Dismissing someone just because “they’re commie” is infantile.

      NOw. Can we get back to the weather?

    110. StrangelyPsychedelique/Kesara — on 15th April, 2006 at 9:07 am  

      >>NOw. Can we get back to the weather?

      If yesterday was anything to go by , it will clear up in the afternoon and the hot foreign tourists will come out and frolick in the pure london puddles.

      Such is the nature of the foreign (female) visitor to This Great City.

      *sings ‘There’s a tourist in my way…’*

      Oh and it’s the Flora London MArathon next Sunday…

    111. Sunny — on 15th April, 2006 at 3:41 pm  

      I know about the marathon, I’ve had about ten companies send me press releases so far trying to make news out of their employees running the marathon :|

    112. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 3:51 pm  

      any suggestions on where i could go with my kids tomorrow? anything interesting happening in your neck of the smoke?

    113. Sunny — on 15th April, 2006 at 4:34 pm  

      Errr…. not as far as I’m aware. But saying that, I was planning to stay at home and do some more work :)

    114. Average White English Person — on 15th April, 2006 at 4:46 pm  

      Sunny,

      You have a ton of errors in your code. Many are simple (your line breaks, for example, are HTML 4.01 and the page is doc typed as XHTML 1.0. Email me a zip file of your theme and I’ll straighten it out for you.

    115. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 4:46 pm  

      Masochist! (I must say I emailed myself some material from work, thinking I might shape it into an article at some point. Hope I’m not caught out).
      I’m saving myself for massive week of partying next week.

    116. Sunny — on 15th April, 2006 at 4:58 pm  

      Oh yeah, what sort of partying El Cid ;)

      AWEP - HEh, yeah I know about the bad HTML… I can’t always be asked to write strict XHTML, and will get rid of that wordpress claim.

      My problem was more with a javascript error. Then I found that a recent plugin I installed to preview comments was conflicting with another small piece of javascript embedded. But both seem to be running fine so I’ve kept them…

      But I’m planning an overall re-design so its not in my priority list right now TBH… thanks for the offer though!

    117. Fe'reeha — on 15th April, 2006 at 5:02 pm  

      Is it ok if I give some easter egg chocolate to my 5 months old little bunny, I mean baby boy?
      See light hearted comment!!!!

    118. Average White English Person — on 15th April, 2006 at 5:23 pm  

      Sunny,

      Making your theme XHTML compliant is easy enough. Pointing your site at the W3C Validator will offer a lot of clues and most of the problems are simple to fix. The best bet is to keep the doc type as XHTML 1. If you change it to HTML 4.01 you’ll just have a new set of errors.

      As for the scripting, if you have the JavaScript Console for Firefox it will also show you the errors (they are mainly in the blogads code which I guess is out of your hands).

      Just shout if you need a hand.

    119. Sunny — on 15th April, 2006 at 5:24 pm  

      hehe! thanks Fe’reeha… bring back some sanity into this place.

    120. Sunny — on 15th April, 2006 at 5:34 pm  

      I went through the validator last night, and it gave me plenty of stuff I could fix, but I probably won’t know as I’m going to overhaul the code anyway.

      Aahh yes, the javascript console! completely forgot about that… thanks!

    121. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 6:15 pm  

      not the swinging type, if that’s what you mean!!

    122. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 6:18 pm  

      a polish restaurant on the saturday for a vodka fuelled 40th bash, followed by an evening of horse racing at windsor on the monday, and an early morning trip to spain to watch a certain sporting event that cannot be mentioned according to the rules of this thread

    123. Justforfun — on 15th April, 2006 at 6:26 pm  

      El Cid -”but when i read but India can probably survive as a self contained market for some time
      I kinda wonder what you mean by “survive”
      surely bettering the lot of the Indian people is what matters. I understand 135 million Indians live on a dollar a day (I can’t source this figure properly right now. It’s what I recall someone telling me). Is that what you mean”

      Yoo say it better than me - “survive” really should read “progress forward” and I suppose I can only say that I used ‘survive’ sub-consciously because I have got just so used to thinking of the poor of India just “surviving” and like I say I feel a bit like a rabbit caught in the headlights. The sub-continent’s population explosion is just so difficult for me to get my head around.

      when you asked ” … I say so-called because the question I want to posit is whether it is in fact a myth.
      The idea I would like to explore is whether the strong growth we’re seeing at the moment is merely the plucking of low-hanging fruit; that bureacratic inertia, rampant corruption, grotesque inequality, and a poor basic education system will ultimately kill the golden goose. ”

      I presume by “Golden Goose” you mean social justice for the masses within India and that it should occur at the same time as economic growth - but is economic growth required for social justice and improved welfare in the mass population? Anyway I don’t know but removing ” bureacratic inertia, rampant corruption, grotesque inequality, and a poor basic education system” would definatly be a good start.

      However I posted the link to the Thorium cycle only to illustrate that in certain areas India is actively considering its long term energy requirements and is trying to provide homegrown solutions rather than be a hostage to world events.

      Anyway - have a good easter

      Justforfun

    124. Sunny — on 15th April, 2006 at 6:51 pm  

      not the swinging type, if that’s what you mean!!
      damn! you let me down mate….

      have a good 40th anyway! I’m out for a long bout of poker tonight… let’s see if I can recover my hosting costs for this website! :D

    125. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 6:52 pm  

      but is economic growth required for social justice and improved welfare in the mass population?

      I would say a resounding yes. From neocons to Karl Marx, economic progress and social progress is seen going hand in hand. I don’t think it’s euro-centric reasoning either. Still, there is a third, green-inspired third way. I would call it naive in the broad scheme of things, but at a micro level I’m sure it has some merit. As for seeking home-grown solutions for things such as energy needs; I also see merit in that.
      Autarky, though, is bunkum.

    126. El Cid — on 15th April, 2006 at 6:53 pm  

      have a good easter the both of you too

    127. Bonnie Prince Vickie — on 15th April, 2006 at 7:36 pm  

      Happie 40… gramps.

    128. leon — on 16th April, 2006 at 3:00 am  

      Wow, what a trip I can here Big Ben strike 3 from my flat! Anyway, how is everyone?

    129. Jai — on 16th April, 2006 at 2:56 pm  

      On a totally different note…..

      Has everyone been watching the current series of “The Apprentice” ?

      What do you think about the excessive negative focus on Syed ?

      I do think he needs to exercise a little more mental self-discipline, but I also think that there is an element of overreaction to him both on the show itself (Alan Sugar’s behaviour towards him and also the way some of the other white candidates react to him) and also on the after-show “studio debate”. programme. Exactly the same thing happened to Saira Khan last year.

      Coincidence, or a dubious (and depressingly familiar) response to strong, assertive, highly-focused Asians ?

      Either way, it was good to see Duncan Bannatyne from “Dragons’ Den” sticking up for Syed this week on the studio debate show, and contradicting the other guest panelist’s foul-mouthed OTT views on him (along with simultaneously shooting down this week’s loser’s refusal to acknowledge that she screwed up and that Syed is actually a better candidate than her).

      What do you all think ?

    130. El Cid — on 16th April, 2006 at 4:08 pm  

      Jai,
      I think Syed has only himself to blame for the negative publicity. He is not a people person. He is a natural born fibber, bully and self promoter. He’s also a bit repetitive with his spiel. “I really believe that this is the petrol can of the future” PA-LEEZ.
      If you open up a dictionary you’ll see a picture of Syed right next to the entry “wanker”.
      That said, I really like his determination, self-confidence and drive, and the fact he’s selfmade (so he says). He’s a good salesman and will never be poor. I could even work with him. But he’s not necessarily good for the long-term, as the loser rightly said — he’s too much a scolded earth general.
      He definitely deserves to have got thus far. But Ansell and that Brummie bird are way superior to date. So too is the chubby white guy, although his star faded slightly in the last episode. That’s MHO anyway.
      That aside, I’m disappointed you bring up race. Old Dong is also Asian and he’s criticised for more or less the opposite of Syed — i.e. he’s political and unassertive. I find it an unwelcome distraction to great TV. If I’m honest, your comments made me want to see Syed fired next time rather than given a chance to prove his worth in a more controlled environment, as Duncan suggested.
      But I’m now over my initial irritation and will reserve judgement until the next installment. I’m just glad they repeat it coz it coincides with CLeague footy, which is ridiculous.

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