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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Most GCSE equivalents axed from school league tables

I am inclined to read this move as a push away from vocational training and directing more people into university education and (theoretically) high-pay office jobs. However, not everyone is suited for such jobs and rather than make students sit through lessons they cannot connect with, why not recognise their skills in other areas? "Vocational" is not a dirty word!
BBC News - Most GCSE equivalents axed from school league tables

Friday, January 27, 2012

Hornby issues profit warning as Christmas sales suffer

Bad news, but also a symptom of the whole industry's problem. In the last 15 years, model railway products have gotten much more expensive, pricing a lot of people out of the hobby and preventing others from taking it up.
BBC News - Hornby issues profit warning as Christmas sales suffer

Shayna Zamkanei: What Next for Israel's Orthodox Women -- the Burka?

An interesting opinion peace. Until recently, the Israeli-Palestinian issue has been the focal point of news stories. However, western media has recently discovered another injustice: the increasingly difficult life for Israeli women.
Shayna Zamkanei: What Next for Israel's Orthodox Women -- the Burka?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Protesters block locomotive

Government: Take note, this is not the time to ignore the rail industry. Despite the whole economic mess, rail is doing well, don't neglect it.
Protesters block locomotive | London Free Press

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Toronto teens send Lego man on an a balloon odyssey 24 kilometres high

Very cool!
Toronto teens send Lego man on an a balloon odyssey 24 kilometres high - thestar.com

Golden Wonder security firm silent after photography fiasco

A worrying story, but not isolated. Despite the repeated assurances that photography from a public place remains legal (despite a few exceptions) in England, some private security continues to misunderstand the law.
Golden Wonder security firm silent after photography fiasco - Amateur Photographer

Leveson must back ban on sexualised images in media, women's groups say

The freedom of the press is an important part of society. However, anyone coming from the tame backwater of Canada will be very surprised when they walk into a British newsagent for the first time. "No sex please, we're British" no longer applies. The media is indeed complicit in the propagation of distorted gender roles and stereotypes. I would appreciate more guidance at the very least!
Leveson must back ban on sexualised images in media, women's groups say | The Guardian

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Photographers face copyright threat after shock ruling

This is a very surprising ruling and I feel a definite threat to the creativity of photography. Certainly in a case such as Big Ben and a red bus, the image has been reproduced millions of times and to highlight certain colours is a popular retouching technique. Bad news.
Photographers face copyright threat after shock ruling (update) - Amateur Photographer

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Officials suggest slashing VIA Rail service, partial sale - The Globe and Mail

Successive cuts have reduced VIA Rail's service to a fraction of what it once was. The more interesting point is that VIA recently announced several new trains in the Ottawa-Montreal-Toronto triangle. VIA's service is excellent and a nationalised passenger carrier is by far the best system as the fragmented service in the UK demonstrates.
Officials suggest slashing VIA Rail service, partial sale

Workers rally for end to Electro-Motive lockout

The London plant has a highly skilled workforce. Don't let it get bullied into Caterpillar's deal. I don't think the various levels of government realise how important the plant is to rail transportation.
Workers rally for end to Electro-Motive lockout - CBC News

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Dismantling Detroit - NYTimes.com

Detroit has become a cautionary tale for a future of urban decline. Whether other cities will share its fate, Detroit remains a very interesting case study in a post-urban environment. This documentary piece looks not at the abandoned buildings, but at the people who move in to make the most of the situation. The setting is strangely post-apocalyptic.
Dismantling Detroit - NYTimes.com

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Kodak files for bankruptcy protection

With the demise of Kodachrome a few years ago, the future of Kodak appeared to be changing. In a digital world, film and processing are no longer large businesses.
BBC News - Kodak files for bankruptcy protection

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

End of the Line by Terence Macartney-Filgate - NFB

Like many places, the coming of diesel locomotives had an effect on history and railway identity in Canada. This documentary from the National Film Board of Canada offers a glimpse at the last days of Canadian steam and talks to various people about what the end of the steam era will mean to them. The opinions are interesting, varying from complete indifference, to excitement at new diesel technology, to the end of the joys of travel. It's an interesting half-hour on a subject that hasn't received much attention.
End of the Line by Terence Macartney-Filgate - NFB

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Introducing Pages!

I have just discovered that Blogger allows you to include pages on blogs. I am gradually expanding my site to include more railway photography information, recommended books and more!

BBC News - HS2: Phase one of high-speed rail line gets go-ahead

Some good news, although I wonder if by 2026 the project will already be obsolete:
BBC News - HS2: Phase one of high-speed rail line gets go-ahead

The US schools with their own police

Taking a police presence in schools to the next level:

The US schools with their own police | World news | The Guardian

Monday, January 09, 2012

Photo published in the Railway Herald

One of my Ouse flood photos was published in issue 297 of the Railway Herald Magazine. Take a look at the issue:
Railway Herald