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January 2008 at Merlin

Though we have been posting news about our other sites this is the first Blog of 2008 that comes from Merlin. Though the business news is bleak with everyone talking recession and Heath Ledger has passed away at the age of just 28 there are little gems of good news;

I read an interesting article today from a company called H20 saying that they would be offering very fast(100 megabits per second) broadband via fibre optic cable and that this would allow us to download loads of movies and watch more channels of television. As one who has Sky ,the thought of even more channels is less than inspiring. The other thing I noticed was that all these extra channels and capabilities will arrive via the Sewers.. You have to wonder if this is not poetic justice.

Fashion tips for 2008 is buy Blue as this will be the main colour this year! PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris to be exact. (Quick Dale why the sales are still on!)


Explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “As a reflection of the times, Blue Iris brings together the dependable aspect of blue, underscored by a strong, soul-searching purple cast.” – far to deep for me.

On the climate change front there are glimmers of good news with ships reverting back to sails to save energy and one from Iceland;

Iceland’s hydrogen ship heralds fossil-free future
23 January 2008 – In a few weeks, the Elding, Icelandic for ‘Lightning’, will be transformed into the world’s first hydrogen-equipped commercial vessel, the latest sign that Iceland is pushing hard to become the first nation to break free from the constraints of fossil fuel. – Way to go Iceland!

More good news!

Good News Magazine
January/February 2008 (View PDF file – 1.2MB)
In this issue:
– Seven Prophecies That Must Be Fulfilled Before Jesus Christ’s Return
– Key Events in History: Were They Linked to Bible Prophecy?
– What’s Behind the Falling Dollar?
– Help Your Child Refute Evolution
– Christ’s Command to Us: Bear Good Fruit and Much Fruit

Remember your 5 a Day and some Fibre and you will not recognise your self by the end of the year.

If I could give one positive tip for 2008 it would be to not prejudge someone until you know all the facts.


A young woman who was several months pregnant boarded a bus.
When she noticed a young man smiling at her she began feeling
humiliated on account of her condition. She changed her seat and
he seemed more amused. She moved again and then on her fourth
move he burst out laughing. She had him arrested.

The case came before the court, and when asked why he acted in
such a manner, the man replied, “When the lady boarded the bus I
couldn’t help noticing she was pregnant. She sat under an
advertisement which read, ‘Coming Soon: The Gold Dust Twins.’
Then she moved under one that read, ‘Sloans Liniments Remove
Swelling.’ I was even more amused when she sat under a shaving
advertisement which read, ‘William’s Stick Did The Trick.’ Then
I could not control myself any longer when on the fourth move
she sat under an advertisement which read, ‘Dunlop Rubber would
have prevented this accident.'” He won the case.

Have a wonderful 2008 and “Always look on the bright side of life!”

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