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I couldn't face the "state" funeral of Margaret Thatcher on Wednesday, not after such a short time since the death of my dad, who was for the first half of his long and hardworking life a South Wales coal miner deep "down the pit" in Cwmgrach, and one of the "enemies within," as the former prime minister put it.I couldn't face the "state" funeral of Margaret Thatcher on Wednesday, not after such a short time since the death of my dad, a South Wales coal miner and one of the former prime minister's "enemies within."

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To say it was a politically interesting week would be a case of British understatement: London gained a new mayor -- Boris Johnson, who beat incumbent Ken Livingstone to become the first Conservative to win the office -- and Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Labour Party took a drubbing in local elections across the U.K. on May Day.

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The Wikimania conference is underway, and "mania" is just one word that's getting the wiki treatment. Consider these project announcements: "Wikiversity" and "Wikiwyg." More news on what's new in wiki via blogger Andy Carvin (via boingboing.net). Great story by Stacy Schiff in The New Yorker about the future of Wikipedia.

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