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UK: What went wrong with the Civil Service

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From a letter to the Daily Telegraph responding to the article “Why is the Civil Service a laughing stock?” by Philip Johnston

Sir – After a career of nearly 43 years in Westminster, I can tell Philip Johnston what has gone wrong with the Civil Service.

When I joined, it was a monolithic organisation, staffed by people who cared more for public service than for money, recruited with decent qualifications from an education system that worked, promoted in part by competitive examination, untainted by political bias and undiluted by endless useless management consultants.

Since then, the politicians have destroyed its public-service ethos by transferring so many to profit-making bodies, undermined its career structure by the wholesale importation of “here today, gone tomorrow” interlopers, forced party-political considerations to replace national ones and outsourced vital functions to private companies whose costs are exceeded only by their incompetence…

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Video: Xavier Naidoo – Abgrund (abyss)

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Once upon a time Xavier was doing songs that not only sounded great but also the lyrics were hot.

And his song “Abgrund” (abyss) is from that time.

“Xavier Naidoo” a “German singer and songwriter of South African Indian descent” is well known for his R&B and soul like sounds. You might enjoy the animation in this video alone but we do believe its important that you understand the lyrics of this song so we were trying to find an English translation on the net…

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UK: How to waste the tax payer’s money

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In times when governments – particularly in Europe – leave an ever growing number of their citizens after taxes and social security just with enough of their income to barely survive, more and more rumors and stories stories surface how bluntly this money is then blown by the administrators.

One might get the impression that the control mechanisms that once worked so-so…

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Europe: French Election candidate duel via Web-TV

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Thanks to the unique European TV station landscape were still quite a large group of them is financed by mandatory fees from all TV owners, when those TV stations get innovative they can do things that elsewhere still seem not be possible.

After the BBC has recently got approval to provide parts of its program via Web-TV now European TV station Arte will provide the final TV duel of the two remaining candidates for presidency in France live terrestrial and via Web-TV today at 20:00 GMT. The “show” will be kept available online for at least another week and – like most of Arte’s program – will be available in French and German…
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Music: The German Band Blumfeld

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As you might have realized we recently tried to demonstrate the variety of the European Music scene(s) by pointing to some artist from completely different areas and countries.

Today we continue with a (very) brief introduction of the German band Blumfeld that unfortunately is currently performing their good-bye tour after more than 17 years of playing together.

Blumfeld started off in 1990 and with their second album “L´Etat Et Moi” that was published worldwide they even made their way into US charts and success in other countries outside Germany.

It’s good to see that almost all the concerts on their current tour are already sold out and they have to do additional performances in many cities. If you’re interested in learning more about this band have a look at…
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Europe: Get your A-Levels for surfing

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Why learn Maths or Physics when surfing the waves does the job?

In France surfing is now officially part of the curriculum for the Baccalaureat (A-Levels / high school diploma). This week the first 43 contestants took their practical and oral tests in south-west France near Bordeaux.

“…with sun shine, a breeze from the east and more than one meter high waves on the Atlantic the weather conditions were especially good…” said…
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