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October

Contradictions in Swiss Election

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Do you ever think to yourself, "Am I really making a difference by not using a plastic grocery bag or not recycling one stupid plastic bottle?"

At the start of the Academy Award-winning movie "American Beauty," a character videotapes a plastic grocery bag as it drifts into the air, an event he casts as a symbol of life's unpredictable currents, and declares the romantic moment as a "most beautiful thing." To the eyes of an oceanographer, the image is pure catastrophe. In reality, the rogue bag would float into a sewer, follow the storm drain to the ocean, then make its way to the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch - a heap of debris floating in the Pacific that's twice the size of Texas, according to marine biologists......

San Francisco Chronicle - Continent-size toxic stew of plastic trash fouling swath of Pacific Ocean

Rugby World Cup Final

South Africa 15 - 6 England

Finally it's all over and South Africa have the bragging rights for the next four years. Running out as favourites against England's "grumpy old men" they took their second Rugby World Cup in a physical encounter during which no tries were scored. It was however an exciting match which sustained interest right until the final whistle. England's unlikely success at this tournament has vindicated the selectors faith in experience over youth and illustrates how importance of the mental aspect of the game has been in a tournament which saw favourites Australia and New Zealand bundled out early, passionate performances by Fiji and Tonga and a rise through the ranks by Argentina.

South Africa win world cup
Lesson for NZ and the World in Boks' Triumph

Argentina 34 - 10 France

France hoping to finish their World Cup campaign with a good win in front of their home crowds were stunned by a passionate Argentinean side who ran in n less than 4 tries in an ill tempered encounter during which several players were sin-binned. Argentina who were not initially expected to advance beyond pool play end the tournament with a third placing, their best ever and have firmly announced their arrival on the world stage as a force to be reckoned with.

Electric Argentina win bronze final 34-10

Burma: - Where have all the monks gone?
Saga of the Spam baiter - The Nigerian Scam, where does it lead?

Gene Vincent Epitome of Rock

-- New Musical Express, week ending October 23rd, 1971

Gene Vincent is dead, and at the age of 36 has become another statistic in the ever increasing list of rock n' roll casualties.

Once when asked in an interview how long he intended to go on singing, Vincent, born Eugene Vincent Craddock, the personification of the leather-clad rock star answered. "For as long as I can...until I die. Perhaps in a car or plane crash."

Indeed this almost "death-wish" trait seemed to plague his traumatic tragedy filled career. This macabre characteristic of the rock culture has always been used to illustrate and epitomize the mythical lone and misunderstood figure of the rock artist.

A trilogy of motor-bike accidents resulted in Vincent having to wear a metal cast on his leg and an accident in which his close friend Eddie Cochran perished resulted in injuries from which Vincent never fully recovered.

Originally launched in the mid-fifties by Capital Records as their answer to Elvis Presley, Vincent was to cut a number of records which to this day have remained rock classics... "Bee-bop A Lula", "Say Mama" and "Rocky Road Blues", while his original back-up band, The Blue Caps, which featured Cliff Gallup on lead guitar became almost as much emulated as Vincent.

A regular and most welcome visitor to Britain, no one will ever forget his tortured figure, bent over a mike stand, greased forelocks, on a sweating brow and high-pitched voice screamin' out some of the most original rock sounds ever to have come from one person.

Top Ten Singles 19/20th October 1971:

Rugby World Cup: Semi-finals

England 14 - 9 France
South Africa 37 - 13 Argentina

England ground their way to victory against host nation France to see them into the final where they will defend their title against South Africa. The Africans capitalised on errors to put Argentina away comfortably.

England rolls into final
South Africa tames Pumas

Above: Brian Habana crosses the line for one of two tries in the Springboks' victory over the Pumas

40th Anniversary of Che Guevara's Death

On October 8, 1967, revolutionary, Ernesto "Che" Guevara was executed without trial. Felix Rodriguez, one of the CIA thugs who helped whack him still wears his wristwatch as a memento. The iconic image taken by Albert Korda at a funeral in 1960 is one of the most well known of the 20th century. 40 years from his death what does Che Guevara mean today?

Sympathizers mark 40th anniversary of Che Guevara's death
CIA man recounts Che Guevara's death
History of Cuba - Che Guevara

Many will call me an adventurer - and that I am, only one of a different sort:one of those who risks his skin to prove his platitudes."
-- Che Guevara

Thirsty? Grab a Heineken?

The Age of Apoplexy - Are the controversial comments of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (or Larry Summers or Bill O’Reilly or NARAL) really so threatening?
The Chronicle Review: - Looking Up From the Gutter: Philosophy and Popular Culture

Rugby World Cup Quarter Finals

Some surprising results in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals just goes to show that rugby is a "best team on the day" affair. All four were tightly contested affairs and setting the stage for a North vs South final.

Australia 10 - 12 England
Australia were firm favourites leading into this one, having dominated their pool while England had failed to impress. The English forwards out muscled the Aussies at scrum time and applied pressure at the breakdown to see them into the semis where they will face a resurgent French team at St. Denis.

Forwards power England into semi-finals

New Zealand 18 - 20 France
The historic French upset over New Zealand in 1999 had been downplayed by team management but perhaps those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. France not relishing the prospect of playing a quarter final in Cardiff nevertheless prevailed to show the tournament favourites the door in a match the All Blacks were expected to win and win convincingly. When second five eighth Luke McAlister was controversially sent to the sin bin the French capitalised with a try to Frederic Michelak. With scores close in the dying stages staunch French defense and lack of cohesion on the part of the All Blacks saw the French through to an unlikely semi-final against arch rivals England.

French edge New Zealand out of World Cup

South Africa vs Fiji
Cinderella team Fiji were expected to struggle against the Boks but had somehow failed to read the script. The Boks started as expected turning early pressure into points when something extraordinary happened. In response to having a player sent to the bin, Fiji responded with two quick tries and the match was on. With scores locked at 20-20 Fiji had everything to play for and the biggest upset in the RWC beckoned. It was not to be however as two late tries sealed the win for the Africans.

Springboks survive Fijian blitz

Argentina 19 - 13
Argentina dominated though much of the game with solid forward play and an excellent kicking game. Late in the game the Scots came back with a converted try but the Argentine defence soaked up the pressure to see them into a semi-final against South Africa.

Argentina defeat Scotland 19-13

Sputnik Turns 50

On October 4th, 1957, 50 years ago the soviets sent Sputnik, the world's first satellite into space, a defining event in the space race. Fifty years later more than 800 satellites orbit the Earth ranging in uses from surveillance to navigation and communications.

BBC: Russia marks 50 years of Sputnik
VOA: Launch of Sputnik 50 Years Ago Began Superpower Space Race