Monthly Archives: December 2006

Tornado hits London?!

At least six people have been hurt by a tornado that hit a street in Kensal Rise in north west London today. This is bizarre and worrying — I don’t remember ever hearing about tornadoes in the UK before. This report in the Guardian Unlimited expresses the concern very succinctly:

Until recently tornados were extremely rare in Britain. But in the last 18 months a number have arrived, prompting warnings that such freak weather events are likely to increase in frequency because of global warming.

10 Downing Street pioneering e-Government

10 Downing Street is currently beta testing an online petition system that allows UK citizens to create petitions on any subject that they see fit.

For example, there is a petition to end unfair trade barriers against developing countries and abolish the CAP (Comon Agricultural Policy), which has so far received 394 signatures.

However, there is also a petition to replace the British National Anthem, “God Save the Queen” (a hymn of unknown origin dating from about 1744), with “Gold” by Spandau Ballet (which reached number 2 in the UK national pop music charts in 1983). This petition has received 215 signatures so far.