Archive for September 1st, 2009

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Sep
09

On air: Does the Second World War still define how we live?

shipAs Mark has already written about, the 70th anniversary has caused many of us to reflect on the war, and we’ll try and pull together your many discussions within the question above. Can you see the consequences of WW2 in your life? And in the position your country takes in the world today? Continue reading ‘On air: Does the Second World War still define how we live?’

01
Sep
09

How many people does it take to change a lightbulb?

 

 000162705Today, we’re after your favourite lightbulb jokes. It’s the beginning of the end of the traditional, energy guzzling lightbulb in the European Union. The new bulbs are not only energy efficient, they also last longer. So no changing of lightbulbs, no lightbulb jokes? Surely not! Let’s have your favourites!

We’ll start you off…
How many academics does it take to change a lightbulb ?
A: None. That’s what research students are for.

01
Sep
09

Can a country “own” its history ?

History is all about argument. There is no absolute historical truth about anything big in history.” Robert Service, Professor of Russian History, Oxford University.

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Russia has set up a commission to counter the falsification of history.

The country’s president , Dmitry Medvedev believes there’s an anti-Russian bias in the western media which is becoming “severe, evil and aggressive”

medvedev at his deskHis country’s Prime Minister – Vladimir Putin – will today take part in commemorations in Poland to mark the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two.

The back drop to today’s events is a row between Russia and Poland over the events that led up to September 1, 1939. Continue reading ‘Can a country “own” its history ?’