Are you ready for 2011?

Tuesday, the 28. December 2010, 15:10 by

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How has Christmas treated you? Full up and fed up of mince pies? Too many pigs in blankets and feeling permanently hung over? Oh dear. Well it’s time to turn your thoughts to 2011 and those all important New Years resolutions.

Mine are;

1) Play more golf (seeing as I live less than fifteen minutes away from a Golf Club)

2) Join a Choir

3) Maintain my excercise reigime for that all important charity bike ride (http://www.mariodecristofano.com/ScotlandtoLondon/)

4) Get a new car.

So, what’s yours?

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Assange: Text messages show rape charges were ‘set up’

Monday, the 20. December 2010, 03:22 by

WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange said on Friday that text messages in the possession of the Swedish government prove that rape charges against him are a set up.

 

The following is from the Register. Personally, I hope this is true, I have views on Mr Assange, I think we should talk a little more on this later…..

 

 

“There are intercepted SMS messages between the women and each other and their friends that I’m told represents a set up,” Assange, who spoke from Suffolk, UK, said on ABC’s Good Morning America. “Those SMS messages the Swedish prosecutor has refused to release and in fact stated that my lawyer, who was shown the messages by the police, is gagged from speaking about them.”

He continued:

In their representations to the courts here over three separate court dates, the Swedish government stated that it didn’t need to provide a single piece of evidence to the court, in fact didn’t provide a single piece of evidence to back up its allegations. We’re not just talking about evidence in terms of physical objects, we’re talking not even a single word of the allegations themselves.

Assange’s comments come a day after he was released on £240,000 in security deposit and sureties (about $370,000) after a High Court judge rejected Swedish prosecutors’ bid to keep Assange in jail while their extradition request is pending. He is now under house arrest in a 10-bedroom mansion owned by journalist and Frontline Club founding member Vaughan Smith.

The spirited defense came as smut publisher Larry Flynt said he was donating $50,000 to the WikiLeaks legal defense fund to support the mission of the whistle-blower website.

“If WikiLeaks had existed in 2003 when George W. Bush was ginning up the war in Iraq, America might not be in the horrendous situation it is today, with our troops fighting in three countries (counting Pakistan) and the consequent cost in blood and dollars,” he wrote in The Huffington Post.

Assange also told GMA that he had no contact with Pfc. Bradley Manning prior to him allegedly dumping 250,000 US State Department memos that WikiLeaks began publishing late last month.

“I had never heard of the name Bradley Manning before it was published in the press,” he said. “WikiLeaks’ technology [was] designed from the very beginning to make sure that we never know the identities or names of people submitting us material. That is in the end the only way that sources can be guaranteed that they remain anonymous as far as we are concerned.”

He went on to say that “there is nothing specific that we do that encourages any sort of specific documents submitted to us.”

If true, the claims could thwart US prosecutors as. according to The New York Times they look for evidence that Assange encouraged or helped Manning to extract the classified diplomatic cables. That might open the door to Assange being tried as a conspirator in the leak, rather than a passive recipient who only published the documents.

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A year in tech, life & looking forward to 2011

Sunday, the 19. December 2010, 22:38 by

Well, how’s your year been? I know for sure mine has been eventuful, and a hell of a journey! Towards the middle of 2010 I moved companies, picked up Mountain Biking again as a long lost hobbie, became an out and out Apple fan boy, and learnt that you can indeed, pack the most retarded individuals into a small confined space.

 

I realised there’s not a lot of time to get things done, and I’m still amazed as much I have done so much, there’s so much more I havent done and will need to crack on with in 2011. I’m glad to still be around here in good ol’ London, and I can’t wait to see what 2011 holds.

 

A few technological points and highlights including the new Apple ipad mini, which is great for the gym. I am amazed at how small they can pack an MP3 player into, and great sound quality. A few key app’s including Grand Theft Auto – China Town Wars, Ronnie o Sullivan Pro Snooker, Bop it, and others that have graced my Iphone & Ipad. Oh, then there’s the Ipad, which has alien-like performance and true stunning good looks – I absolutley love it.

 

There’s been all kinds of talk about VAT going up to 20 percent, and a double-dip recession, but I honestly dont have time for it. I just think work hard, and things will come out good, – even if toothpaste ends up costing £20 a tube.

 

Speaking of tubes, and now I’ve been in London over two years, there’s no end of things that wind me up, and in classic form, here’s one of those ‘you know you’ve been in London too long when’ lists

 

You know you’ve been in London too long when;

 

10) You want to stab in the face anyone carrying a backpack or wheelie case

9) You think walking ‘without purpose’ should be confined within the hours of 10-11.30am and 2-3pm. At all other times, you must walk at a high speed

8) You think People that arent aware of their surroundings, by wearing hoods, earphones or other, should be pushed onto the Northern line.

7) You think If you smell of BO at six in the morning, you should be pointed at, and laughed it, whilst being prodded by a stick

6) You think that Prams, pushchairs and children should be banned on all public transport – period. This includes three-wide and two floor buggies!

5) You think Those reading over the shoulders of others, should have razor blades pushed into their private body parts.

4) You are tempted to push women tottering down staircases in massively high heels

3) You hope and pray for tinnitus to those who play Mp3 players way too l0ud

2) You want to personally public-arrest anyone who you see fare dodge when you spend upwards of £200 a month on Oyster fee’s

1) Tourists – enough said.

 

Overall though, its been an ok year, productive, and I’m looking forward to gorging myself on mince pies and roast dinners. Dont forget, if your really interested to see what I’m stuffing my chubby little face on check out my cookery website, easycooking – www.mariodecristofano.com/easycooking

 

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