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Newcastle City Gaol and House of Correction Collection 1742 – 1878. Particulars of criminals convicted of a crime specified in section 20 of the Prevention of Crimes Act, 1871 and reported to the Secretary of State as being imprisoned in Newcastle Gaol, numbers 1079-1303. All the prisoners photographed here spent time in Newcastle Gaol between December 1871 – December 1873.

via Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day.’

‘The 10-megapixel device features a built-in zink ‘zero ink’ printer, producing full-colour 2×3-inch prints in under a minute, either in full bleed, with a classic polaroid border, or on a sticker-backed page. A camera setting controls whether every shot is automatically printed, or only images selected after capture by the user.’

‘Does government surveillance matter if you’re not doing anything illegal? It’s a tricky question that privacy advocate Jay Stanley has studied for years. He breaks down why privacy matters, even if you have ‘nothing to hide’.’

‘Internet and phone firms are preparing to install “black boxes” to monitor UK internet and phone traffic, and decode encrypted messages – including Facebook and GMail messages.’

If you have time to kill and a high speed internet connection to boot, spend some time pouring over the winners of this year’s Vimeo Awards with categories including Animation, Documentary,Advertising, Remix, Music Video, Fashion, Action Sports and many more.

‘I want to talk to you about a national crisis. A global crisis. A crisis of such tremendous proportions that you may not even be aware that it is engulfing you and your loved ones and your neighbors in flames. What is this crisis? It is a crisis of our brains. The brains of our fellow citizens are being digitally rewired. How? Here is how. Hundreds of millions of people are gazing at online videos, spending billions of aggregate hours slack-jawed in front of their monitors. These videos are sucking up all the time that these people would otherwise spend reading reat books.’

‘This is the unyielding view of sources within the ruling party, who told the Mail & Guardian they will “suppress” any attempts to discuss succession within the ruling party.” So much for the state of internal debate, yet clearly Zuma knows he’s a facing a serious internal fight. Even as the politicians scramble for positions, criticism mounts of how South Africa is being governed. Law Professor Koos Malan, challenges the way public office here is misused, writing, “public office somehow entitles public office-bearers to exploit the power and authority of public office to achieve maximum private gain…and to receive public accolades for these successes.” As the country prepares to mark Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday in July, South Africa is also facing a dangerous downtown in its economy thanks to the world financial crisis, and soaring crime and unemployment. The spirit of many here remains infectious but there’s trouble on the horizon.’


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