The History of Byzantium
1/10/12 – 15:46 | No Comment

This wonderfully rich and well researched story telling has been a pleasure to listen to recently.
There are a lot of unfamiliar names for people and places but if you let yourself go with the flow …

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New bird flu outbreaks reported in Europe
7/12/05 – 12:00 | No Comment
New bird flu outbreaks reported in Europe

Cases of the H5 type of the avian flu have been discovered in Romanian and Ukrainian fowl. Romania has banned hunting in parts of the country and Ukrainian troops have moved from house to house in villages rounding up chickens, ducks and geese for a mass cull.

Jozef De Veuster voted greatest Belgian
2/12/05 – 12:00 | No Comment
Jozef De Veuster voted greatest Belgian

Yesterday, December 1, 2005, the election for the “Greatest Belgian” (“De Grootste Belg”) was won by Father Damien (Joseph De Veuster). Runners up were Dr. Paul Janssen, founder of Janssen Pharmaceutica, and Eddy Merkx, a cyclist.

Groups prepare for December WTO talks
30/11/05 – 12:00 | No Comment
Groups prepare for December WTO talks

Members of the WTO have made statements in preparation of the next WTO meeting in December.

Tens of thousands of workers demonstrate in Ljubljana
26/11/05 – 12:00 | No Comment
Tens of thousands of workers demonstrate in Ljubljana

Despite heavy snowing, tens of thousands of workers and supporters marched today in Ljubljana, Slovenia in the largest demonstration since the country’s independence in 1991 to protest against the government programme of economic reforms, including privatisation of public services, tax cuts for businessmen and the abolition of the lower value added tax rate for items like food and books.

Angela Merkel elected new German chancellor
22/11/05 – 08:57 | No Comment
Angela Merkel elected new German chancellor

Angela Merkel has been elected the first female chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany; she succeeds Gerhard Schröder after his seven years as head of government.

EU asks Romania and Bulgaria to clean up the corruption
25/10/05 – 12:00 | No Comment
EU asks Romania and Bulgaria to clean up the corruption

The European Commission is to tell Bulgaria and Romania that they can still join the EU in 2007 if they speed up reforms and root out corruption.