Road ahead far from straight for lace industry

The East Midlands town once crammed with manufacturers of the diaphanous fabric now has one left, reflecting a wider decline in textiles due to low-cost foreign competition
writeDate( 1220061795000, ‘Grey’, ‘Aug-30’, 9999999999999); – Aug-30

Optimism grows with food price rises

Britain’s agriculture industry is enjoying a renewed mood of confidence as food costs show a sustained increase for the first time in decades – Aug-30

Interesting farming & crafting news

Wealth weighs heavily on Gulf Arabs

Scientists are working to combat a rise in obesity in a region where hydrocarbon riches have bought access to luxury, household help, motorised transport and an unhealthy diet – Aug-29

Viewers fall for soap’s Turkish delight

A TV show craze is helping to expose the frustrations of Arabs – especially women – in conservative societies, many of whom are desperate for more openness and romance – Aug-29

Arabs – news interesting.

Time to pay the bill?

Notions of decoupling from the west are being debunked as economic and other problems push down stock prices across the developing world – but for how long? – Aug 28 2008

Report about the BRIC economy. Multiple factors comodities, GDP growth, stock market falling, inflation threat… Nevertheless this quote seems promising cosidering the steady economic growth “In the next few years, you will continue to see the economic power shift east.”

Xinjiang oil boom fuels Uighur resentment

Two policemen were killed on Thursday in fresh violence involving suspected separatists in the western Chinese region. One factor behind locals’ anger is a sense of missing out on the benefits of resources
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The perfect way to swat a fly: stay one jump ahead

…It is best to aim a bit forward of the fly‘s starting position, to anticipate where…milliseconds. A fraction of a second before a fly springs into the air, it will alter its…looks as if it is coming from behind, the fly will move its middle legs forward a little…..

Mark Henderson 29 August 2008 The Times

73. O mankind! A similitude has been coined, so listen to it (carefully): Verily! Those on whom you call besides Allâh, cannot create (even) a fly, even though they combine together for the purpose. And if the fly snatched away a thing from them, they would have no power to release it from the fly. So weak are (both) the seeker and the sought.


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