Imagine an industry where every single opponent worked in the same street, competing with each other by day—drinking, brawling, fornicating, night clubbing and cocaine-snorting with each other by night. A street full of the most ruthless and amoral people in the world existed, and it was called Fleet Street.Piers Morgan • Discussing his new Starz TV show, Fleet Street, a new dramatic series about his time working the tabloid journalism circuit in the ’70s. It’s a lot like working on ShortFormBlog now.
We have confidence in London. We put on the Olympics, so we can do this.London Marathon observer Nicola Selwood • Discussing the London Marathon, taking place less than a week after the Boston Marathon bombing incident. Despite this, the incident is going on as planned, though with higher security. As part of the event, a campaign among runners is picking up steam, recommending that, as runners cross the finish line, they put their hands over their hearts.
I have been lucky. Having the opportunity to do something like this is fantastic. It is fair to say I wanted to recover some of my self-esteem.Tony Hayward, former CEO of BP • In a New York Times profile, examining the daily life of the former BP executive, just over two years after he famously lamented his loss of life. Hayward now finds himself at the helm of Genel Energy, a drastically smaller oil company (currently worth about $3 billion on London’s stock market), and he hopes to redeem his image globally. source (via • follow)
I think the situation will be solved through diplomacy … The Swedish government could drop the case. I think this is the most likely scenario. Maybe after a thorough investigation of what happened they could drop the case.Wikileaks founder Julian Assange • Speaking about his situation in the Ecuadorian embassy, where he’s been granted asylum but effectively can’t leave. He thinks that it’ll eventually work itself out, but he’ll probably be stuck in the embassy for as long as six months to a year.
If the measure announced in the British official communication is enacted, it will be interpreted by Ecuador as an unacceptable, unfriendly and hostile act and as an attempt against our sovereignty. It would force us to respond. We are not a British colony.Ricardo Patino, Foreign Minister of Ecuador • In a televised statement, confirming reports that UK officials have threatened to storm the Ecuadorian embassy in London to arrest Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. A UK Foreign Office spokesman did not confirm or deny the allegations, instead choosing to reiterate the UK’s legal obligation to extradite Mr. Assange. “Throughout this process we have drawn the Ecuadorians’ attention to relevant provisions of our law… [including] the legal status of diplomatic premises in the UK,” said the spokesman, adding, “We are still committed to reaching a mutually acceptable solution.” source (via • follow)