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

    Comment by Vikrant Singh — 14th April, 2006 @ 10:49 pm

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

    Comment by Sunny — 14th April, 2006 @ 10:52 pm

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

    Comment by Sunny — 14th April, 2006 @ 10:53 pm

  4. Shubho Noboborsho!

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

    Comment by Siddhartha Sinatra — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:05 pm

  5. buenas noches

    Comment by El Cid — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:05 pm

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

    Comment by Sunny — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:14 pm

  7. 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. :-)

    Comment by Siddhartha Sinatra — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:14 pm

  8. 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 ;) .

    Comment by Vikrant Singh — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:15 pm

  9. 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.

    Comment by Vikrant Singh — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:17 pm

  10. 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.

    Comment by El Cid — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:17 pm

  11. Happy B’Day Sid old man.

    Comment by Vikrant Singh — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:18 pm

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

    Comment by El Cid — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:18 pm

  13. 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

    Comment by Vikrant Singh — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:18 pm

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

    Comment by Vikrant Singh — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:19 pm

  15. 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

    Comment by El Cid — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:22 pm

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

    Comment by El Cid — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:23 pm

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

    Comment by Vikrant Singh — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:23 pm

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

    Comment by El Cid — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:26 pm

  19. 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! ;)

    Comment by Sunny — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:27 pm

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

    Comment by Vikrant Singh — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:29 pm

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

    Comment by Vikrant Singh — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:30 pm

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

    Comment by Vikrant Singh — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:32 pm

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

    Comment by Beak — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:38 pm

  24. 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.

    Comment by Sunny — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:38 pm

  25. Wazza error?

    Comment by Vikrant Singh — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:39 pm

  26. 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.

    Comment by El Cid — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:39 pm

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

    Comment by Sunny — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:40 pm

  28. Have voted

    Comment by El Cid — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:41 pm

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

    Comment by Vikrant Singh — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:42 pm

  30. and from the library

    Comment by Vikrant Singh — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:42 pm

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

    Comment by Vikrant Singh — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:43 pm

  32. ahh crap. I know what it is… aaargh!

    Comment by Sunny — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:46 pm

  33. ?????

    Btw i use these sites for wordpress tutorials..

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

    Comment by Vikrant Singh — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:48 pm

  34. 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.

    Comment by Sunny — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:49 pm

  35. 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

    Comment by El Cid — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:50 pm

  36. 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

    Comment by El Cid — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:52 pm

  37. 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.

    Comment by Vladimir — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:53 pm

  38. Link to the story

    Comment by Vikrant Singh — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:54 pm

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

    Comment by Vikrant Singh — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:56 pm

  40. careful now, it could make you go blind

    Comment by El Cid — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:57 pm

  41. ^^^^^^^

    Seld warning….

    20-20 Vision Vikrant

    Comment by Vikrant Singh — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:58 pm

  42. d’oh

    should read self warning

    Comment by Vikrant Singh — 14th April, 2006 @ 11:59 pm

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

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:01 am

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

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:01 am

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

    Comment by I'm-Not-Vikrant — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:04 am

  46. Well yeh Cid or even, bits from www.countercurrents.org.

    Comment by Vladimir — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:06 am

  47. lol. sweet dreams

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:06 am

  48. 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. :)

    Comment by Sunny — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:08 am

  49. 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.

    Comment by I'm-Not-Vikrant — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:09 am

  50. www.countercurrents.org.

    HEART ATTACK….

    Comment by I'm-Not-Vikrant — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:10 am

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

    Comment by I'm-Not-Vikrant — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:10 am

  52. 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.

    Comment by Vladimir — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:14 am

  53. 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

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:15 am

  54. 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.

    Comment by Vladimir — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:17 am

  55. 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?

    Comment by Vikrant Singh Daruwala — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:18 am

  56. 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

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:19 am

  57. 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.

    Comment by Vladimir — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:21 am

  58. 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.

    Comment by Vikrant Singh Daruwala — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:22 am

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

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:24 am

  60. 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.

    Comment by Viks Vapo-Rub — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:25 am

  61. finally, your thoughts on this not unrelated topic:

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

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:26 am

  62. 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.

    Comment by Justforfun — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:28 am

  63. 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.

    Comment by Viks Vapo-Rub — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:30 am

  64. 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.

    Comment by Vladimir — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:30 am

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

    Comment by Viks Vapo-Rub — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:32 am

  66. exaggerated, even by the government itself?

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:32 am

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

    Comment by Viks Vapo-Rub — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:34 am

  68. exaggerated, even by the government itself?

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

    Comment by Viks Vapo-Rub — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:35 am

  69. 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.

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:39 am

  70. I am idly speculating of course

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:40 am

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

    India is not Europe.

    Comment by Viks Vapo-Rub — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:43 am

  72. 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.

    Comment by Viks Vapo-Rub — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:45 am

  73. 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.

    Comment by Vladimir — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:45 am

  74. 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.

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:46 am

  75. 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.

    Comment by Viks Err-My-Gut — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:47 am

  76. 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.

    Comment by Viks Err-My-Gut — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:48 am

  77. seminal? you got to be kidding!

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:49 am

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

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

    Comment by raz — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:50 am

  79. have you been at the alco-pops again?

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:50 am

  80. why thank you raz

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:51 am

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

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:52 am

  82. lol its 25% thats 250 million dungbrains.

    Comment by Bonnie Prince Vickie — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:52 am

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

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:54 am

  84. is that you sid?

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:55 am

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

    Comment by Bonnie Prince Vickie — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:55 am

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

    though its a lil old.

    Comment by Vladimir — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:55 am

  87. What am i s’posed to feel El Cid.

    Comment by Bonnie Prince Vickie — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:57 am

  88. Indian govenment estimates it to be 25%.

    Comment by Bonnie Prince Vickie — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:58 am

  89. respect? empathy? sense of responsibility? duty?

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 12:58 am

  90. 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.

    Comment by raz — 15th April, 2006 @ 1:00 am

  91. 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

    Comment by Bonnie Prince Vickie — 15th April, 2006 @ 1:01 am

  92. eek… typos again

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

    Comment by Bonnie Prince Vickie — 15th April, 2006 @ 1:01 am

  93. 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.

    Comment by Vladimir — 15th April, 2006 @ 1:01 am

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

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 1:01 am

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

    Comment by Bonnie Prince Vickie — 15th April, 2006 @ 1:02 am

  96. 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”.

    Comment by Bonnie Prince Vickie — 15th April, 2006 @ 1:03 am

  97. 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’.

    Comment by raz — 15th April, 2006 @ 1:03 am

  98. 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

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 1:03 am

  99. lol at Indian govt estimates,

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

    Comment by Bonnie Prince Vickie — 15th April, 2006 @ 1:04 am

  100. 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.

    Comment by Vladimir — 15th April, 2006 @ 1:05 am

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

    Comment by Bonnie Prince Vickie — 15th April, 2006 @ 1:05 am

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

    Comment by Bonnie Prince Vickie — 15th April, 2006 @ 1:06 am

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

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 1:06 am

  104. 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

    Comment by raz — 15th April, 2006 @ 1:07 am

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

    Comment by Bonnie Prince Vickie — 15th April, 2006 @ 1:07 am

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

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 1:08 am

  107. byeeeeeee

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 1:09 am

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

    Comment by Bonnie Prince Vickie — 15th April, 2006 @ 1:10 am

  109. 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?

    Comment by Sunny — 15th April, 2006 @ 1:37 am

  110. >>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…

    Comment by StrangelyPsychedelique/Kesara — 15th April, 2006 @ 9:07 am

  111. 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 :|

    Comment by Sunny — 15th April, 2006 @ 3:41 pm

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

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 3:51 pm

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

    Comment by Sunny — 15th April, 2006 @ 4:34 pm

  114. 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.

    Comment by Average White English Person — 15th April, 2006 @ 4:46 pm

  115. 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.

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 4:46 pm

  116. 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!

    Comment by Sunny — 15th April, 2006 @ 4:58 pm

  117. 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!!!!

    Comment by Fe'reeha — 15th April, 2006 @ 5:02 pm

  118. 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.

    Comment by Average White English Person — 15th April, 2006 @ 5:23 pm

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

    Comment by Sunny — 15th April, 2006 @ 5:24 pm

  120. 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!

    Comment by Sunny — 15th April, 2006 @ 5:34 pm

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

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 6:15 pm

  122. 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

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 6:18 pm

  123. 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

    Comment by Justforfun — 15th April, 2006 @ 6:26 pm

  124. 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

    Comment by Sunny — 15th April, 2006 @ 6:51 pm

  125. 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.

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 6:52 pm

  126. have a good easter the both of you too

    Comment by El Cid — 15th April, 2006 @ 6:53 pm

  127. Happie 40… gramps.

    Comment by Bonnie Prince Vickie — 15th April, 2006 @ 7:36 pm

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

    Comment by leon — 16th April, 2006 @ 3:00 am

  129. 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 ?

    Comment by Jai — 16th April, 2006 @ 2:56 pm

  130. 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.

    Comment by El Cid — 16th April, 2006 @ 4:08 pm

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