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Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Lead item

RBA slashes interest rates "The Reserve Bank has slashed interest rates by the most since the global financial crisis in a bid to reignite growth in the sagging economy. The dollar dived on the decision."

The Age

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

General item

Al-Qaida's wretched utopia "From here into the interior, all signs of control by the government of Yemen disappeared. This is the region of newly proclaimed jihadi emirates in south Yemen that are run by affiliates of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula."


Why London mayor Boris Johnson worries Tory leaders "Most Londoners have never met anyone quite like the 47-year-old Johnson. He's practically a P.G. Wodehouse character, a bumbling, disorderly member of the upper class, except Johnson is genuinely erudite and fiercely ambitious - and he rides the streets of London on a bicycle."

The Daily Beast

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

General item

A profile of London (by A.A. Gill) "If you've saved this article for your long-planned trip to London, and you're now reading it for the third time, circling Heathrow, well, I'm sorry."

New York Times

The man who started the hacker wars "After weeks of research with other hackers online, Hotz realized that, if he could make a chip inside the phone think it had been erased, it was 'like talking to a baby, and it's really easy to persuade a baby'. He used a Phillips-head eyeglass screwdriver to undo the two screws in the back of the phone."

New Yorker

Non cogito, ergo sum "Unthinking is the ability to apply years of learning at the crucial moment by removing your thinking self from the equation. Its power is not confined to sport: actors and musicians know about it too, and are apt to say that their best work happens in a kind of trance."

More Intelligent Life

And finally

Rock stars at school (image gallery) - Springsteen, Beyonce, Eminem, Blondie, Snoop, Iggy Pop, Janis Joplin and more, as you've never seen them before