With so many people tweeting before they think, the telegraph can teach us some valuable lessons. – A telegraph cable transmitted information at only eight words a minute, which helped avoid the sort of mindless communication we see so much today

BY ROBERT FISK, THE INDEPENDENT After listening to my take on the Middle East – and my usual rant about the internet – the pupils of St Brendan’s College in Killarney in Ireland have given me a most appropriate gift: a three-and-a-half-inch chunk of the telegraph cable that Isambard Kingdom […]

Ireland’s lack of action on blasphemy law disappoints atheists and secularists

theguardian: by Henry McDonald  — Atheists have called the Irish government’s failure to put the controversial blasphemy laws up for a vote a betrayal. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Irish atheists and secularists have accused their government of breaking a promise to call a referendum over the Republic’s controversial blasphemy laws […]