Remember how the loss of the old industry doesn't matter, as we move into high-value-added, hi-tech stuff ?
The LG Electronics plant in Newport, south Wales is to close at the end of the year with the loss of 315 jobs. LG Electronics Wales, which assembles computer monitors on the site, blamed falling prices and expressed regret.
It is the only surviving LG factory on the site following a landmark investment in 1996, promising 6,000 jobs. Most failed to materialise.
"When I first moved to the area in 1989, the park did not have anything like the variety of ethnicities and nationalities using it. What has happened in London since then is possibly the most remarkable peacetime change in the ethnic composition of a European city. Without warning and by increment, a vast influx of people from around the world has changed the city into something like the idealized, happily multiethnic, liberal New York of my childhood."
When it used to be something like London. And not quite 'without warning', either. I seem to remember one or two alarmists being told not to be ridiculous. Michael Goldfarb gets lyrical about Clissold Park, London. Or does he ?
"Still, as I watch my daughter and listen to the din of a dozen languages, I feel an end-of-summer sadness. Someday soon, someone with an inability to value what is precious about Clissold Park will commit the act that shatters this small world and drives all of us into our corners."
Mr Goldfarb offers no clue as to the possible identity of Mr Someone.
Michael Totten's reporting from Northern Israel is a terrible consumer of my time. I couldn't stop till I'd read August 9th to 18th.
Littlejohn is on the Web again.
And finally ... can you imagine an NHS employee feeling free to express his feelings like this ?
Panayotis Spatharakis, director of the Heraklion Hospital, told the Daily Mirror: "We asked him why he did it and he told us he was very drunk and could not exactly remember what happened.
"I feel that once he recovers and understands what he has done he should commit suicide."
Best of the blog – 2004
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