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Tim Neale

Digital Journalist based in London, United Kingdom. Joined on Oct 14, 2007

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Facebook turns a 'few friends' into 15,000

Wootton Bassett - On March 14, a motorcycle rally in support of the UK armed forces serving in Afghanistan passed through a small town nearest to the Royal Air Force base at Lyneham. The base is used to repatriate the UK’s war dead.

US Recovery Plan the 'Road to Hell'

US President Barack Obama's stimulus plan has been condemned as "the road to hell" by the Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek. The Czech Republic currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union.

PC 'Pwns' Consoles?

According to a report produced by the PC Gaming Alliance (PCGA) the PC is the largest single platform for games with annual worldwide revenues of US$10.7 billion. This is more than any of the consoles currently available from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.

Help Choose a Name for the Mars Science Laboratory

Polls have opened on the final naming of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover. The non-binding poll to help NASA select a name opened on Monday will stay open until Sunday Mar. 29.

Op-Ed: When Staying Within the Rules is not Enough

This week, another British Government Minister is in trouble over expenses. Work and Pensions Minister Tony McNulty is facing an enquiry over housing expense claims.

Op-Ed: Hope and Fear in Northern Ireland

Three murders in Northern Ireland have brought both depression and hope. The killings of security personnel come against a background of escalating violence and threats by dissident republicans.

UK to Begin Quantitative Easing

The Bank of England, The UK’s central bank, cut interest rates to 0.5 percent yesterday. This is the sixth month in a row that the Bank has cut rates. Interest rates are now at the lowest ever in the Bank’s 315-year history.

Footprints Indicate Upright Walking 1.5m Years Ago

Fossil footprints found in Kenya have revealed our ancestors were moving around much as we do today, over 1.5 million years ago.

Teenager Sacked for Facebook Comments

Sixteen-year-old Kimberley Swann has been sacked from Ivell Marketing & Logistics in Clacton-on-Sea, England. Her boss, Stephen Ivell had seen comments she had left for her friends on her Facebook page.

Ireland May Hold Lisbon Re-vote in June

With the latest opinion polls showing Irish voters swinging behind the Lisbon treaty, the Irish government is considering moving the referendum re-vote forward to coincide with June’s European Parliamentary elections.

Former Head Spy Attacks UK Government

In an interview given to the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, Dame Stella Rimington, the former head of British counter intelligence, has attacked UK’s government for, “frightening people in order to be able to pass laws, which restrict civil liberti

Could a Computer Ever Replace David Beckham?

A recent competition pitting Artificial Intelligences (AI) against each other has been won by a system designed to take free kicks like a professional soccer player.

Too Early for Serbia’s EU Candidacy

EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn, has warned Serbia against applying for EU membership before the EU-Serbia Stability and Association Agreement (SAA) is unfrozen.

Cosmic Background Radio Waves Mystery

Scientists from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center have discovered an unexpected cosmic background radio noise. The team led by Alan Kogut, have been examining data from a balloon-borne instrument named ARCADE.

Libertas EU Funding Confusion

The European Union Parliament may review its decision to grant the anti-Lisbon Treaty party Libertas funding. The move comes after Estonian MP Igor Grazin, sent an affidavit to the EU Parliament on Feb. 3 disavowing his support.

One in 10 Unemployed in the EU by 2010

The European Commission (EC), the executive arm of the European Union (EU), predicts that unemployment within the EU will rise to 9.5 per cent by 2010. For the eurozone it predicts unemployment will reach 10.25 per cent by the same date.

Iran Looks to Benefit from EU Energy Insecurity

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mehdi Safari told the European Parliament that Iran was looking for closer energy ties with the EU.

Gas from Russia Reaches the EU

Gas is again flowing from Russia to the EU via the Ukraine. On Jan. 20, EU monitors reported that gas was flowing normally from Russia, that pressure building up and gas flowing to Slovakia. It will take up to 36 hours for normal supply to be resumed.

EU Threatens Legal Action in Gas Dispute

Gas is still not flowing from Russia to the EU via the Ukraine. The Ukrainians claims that for technical reasons it cannot pass the amount of gas via the route stipulated. Gazprom, the Russian state owned gas export monopoly, disputes this.

Lewis Hamilton Reaps the Rewards

Lewis Hamilton is being showered with accolades after becoming last season’s Formula 1 World Champion in only his second season. He is to be awarded an MBE and immortalized in wax.
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