Daily Blog 07/23/2011

  • The whiff of aerosol paint lacquer and stale urine hangs over the entrance to Leake Street, a murky tunnel below the platforms of London’s Waterloo station. “THE TUNNEL. Authorised graffiti area,” proclaims a billboard spelling out the rules of painting etiquette, including one barely legible beneath multicoloured layers of name-tagging: “You don’t have to be a gangster to paint here, so please don’t behave like one.”

    tags: graffiti

  • Householders across the UK are being offered grants of up to £1,250 towards the cost of installing renewable heating systems such as biomass boilers, air and ground source heat pumps and solar thermal panels.

    This week the government unveiled a £15m Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme – which will open for applications on 1 August and run until March next year. The aim is to support up to 25,000 installations, with the money doled out on a first-come basis.

    tags: money ecobuilding renewables

  • On the 70th anniversary of the launch of Winston Churchill’s WWII “V for Victory” campaign (July 19, 1941) LIFE.com presents color photos taken in London during the war, in tribute to the spirit of Britons who would not be cowed. The air raids by German Luftwaffe planes on English cities and towns in 1940 and 1941 — attacks known collectively and famously as The Blitz — were terrifying, but they failed in their key aims: namely, to demoralize the British people, and to destroy the UK’s war economy. London, not surprisingly, suffered the brunt of the Blitz: More than a million London houses were ruined or badly damaged, and more than 20,000 civilians were killed in the city alone. (Roughly 40,000 civilians were killed in the whole of England.)

    tags: london ww2

  • It has taken me more than 30 years as a journalist to ask myself this question, but this week I find that I must: is the Left right after all? You see, one of the great arguments of the Left is that what the Right calls “the free market” is actually a set-up.

    tags: politics Economics

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