Flight MH17 and the Russian-American blame game

People stand next to the wreckages of th...People stand next to the wreckages of the malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine, on July 17, 2014. Pro-Russian rebels fighting central Kiev authorities claimed on Thursday that the Malaysian airline that crashed in Ukraine had been shot down by a Ukrainian jet. AFP PHOTO/DOMINIQUE FAGETDOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images

With the Americans jumping to blame the Russians, and the Russians jumping to blame the Ukrainians for the MH17 disaster, it’s pretty tempting to pick a side and move on, but the more I watch the news coverage of all this, the more I’m struck by just how much both sides have begun to propagandise the incident, with complete disregard for the fact that no one actually knows anything.

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Is Western Media Being Fair on #Sochi2014?

With all the recent talk of #‎SochiProblems on Twitter — which are completely legitimate complaints and should be reported on — I still can’t help but feel as though there’s something a bit too gleeful about the way western media has been covering the run up to the games.

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I’ve laughed at the hilarious tweets from journalists discovering hotels without lobbies, toilets without dividing walls and doorknobs falling off in people’s hands as much as the next person has laughed — because yes, it’s funny, and yes, clearly the preparations have been hugely mismanaged. I’ve even put together a Twitter list with nearly 30 prominent journalists who are tweeting out their Sochi experiences, which you can follow here if you’re interested. Continue reading

Back in action

It feels like it’s been forever since I posted anything here (in reality it’s been about three weeks).

I got really busy for a while, still am, but I decided I had better stop using that as an excuse. As some of you probably know, recently I was featured on Freshly Pressed, which I think is pretty much the holy grail of WordPress blogging. The post which was featured got thousands of hits, over 300 likes and I ended up gaining about 500 new followers (thank you!) over the course of a few weeks. In other words, being Freshly Pressed is the best. Continue reading

When Peace Came

One of my new favorite ways to waste time, is to type random searches into ‘The Commons’ archive on Flickr to see what interesting pictures I can find.

The Commons is a huge collection of photos contributed by public libraries and cultural institutions all over the world. The institutions which have added photos to the online archive have concluded that each picture added has “no known copyright” restrictions, making them available in the public domain. The British Library for example, has contributed over one million images to The Commons. The National Library of Ireland have also donated images.

While searching random words yesterday (yes, yes I know my life is a currently rollercoaster of activity) I came across an image that just stood out to me. I immediately loved it. Continue reading