fiber is "high tech tinsel", wasted on bikes,
BBC2 Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson writes columns
about running over cyclists if they stray in front of
him at traffic lights. Co-presenter James May writes
articles about the daft price of high-end bikes. His
column in the Tory graph at the weekend complained about
Porsche carbon fiber frames but lauds Dawes and Raleigh
bikes for being cheaper. May also waxes lyrical about
his Brampton, writing that he'd love the company to
make cars, too.
got the best bums under the sun|
Graduates of prestigious Tokyo university conducting
open-air art evaluation meetings; former yakuza extorting
bike-riding grannies; a handyman with every high-tech
electronic device imaginable; women marrying guys nearly
half their age; teenage girls selling their bodies before
they can be stolen from them.
set to fire 2,000 workers|
US software company Oracle is to fire 2,000 workers,
or about 3% of its global workforce, as it looks to
trim costs following its latest takeover.
Last year, Oracle paid $5.85bn (£3.3bn; 4.9bn
euros) for Siebel Systems, taking on 4,700 of its rival's
The reduction in head count is set to save Oracle,
which sells software and services to automate tasks
such as accounting, at least $400m a year.
Oracle has bought firms worth almost $20bn as it
expands its business.
Ministers Discuss Energy Security|
MOSCOW Finance ministers from the world's richest
countries sat down for talks on energy security Saturday
against a backdrop of doubt over Russia's reliability
as a secure energy supplier.
Playing host to the G8 for the first time, the world's
second largest oil exporter is eager to highlight its
newfound financial muscle and brush away the concerns
raised after a bitter new year gas price war with Ukraine
saw supplies to Europe temporarily cut off.
Ministers said in a draft statement dated Feb. 7
that while they expected global growth would remain
solid this year, high and volatile oil prices posed
a risk, Dow Jones Newswires reported. The draft said
finance ministers agree to "take forward work
on enhancing the global energy policy dialogue between
oil producing and consuming countries."