September 30th, 2006

Vexen Crabtree 2015

Scandinavia

Scandinavia: The Crown of Civilisation: Profiles of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, the best countries in the world!

I will expand this page to include more countries (Iceland, for example), more geography and maps, and notes on religion past and present. But for now I don't have any of my books. (One month to go until I get my library back!)
Vexen Crabtree 2015

National Secular Society Newsline: Spain cuts RCC fund

From the NSS newsline letter, 2006 Sep 29, http://www.secularism.org.uk

SPAIN CUTS FUNDING FOR CATHOLIC CHURCH (Abridged)
In a move that took many by surprise, the Spanish government has announced that it will cease
paying a subsidy to the Catholic Church, which last year totalled about 30 million euros. In addition, the church will lose its exemption from value-added tax (VAT) on purchases of goods and property, as required by the European Union, and will have to supply the government with an annual report to justify the spending of monies granted to them through the voluntary income tax levy.

The new measures will not affect the hundreds of millions of euros in payment to religious school teachers and in subsidies paid to maintain Spanish cathedrals.

Since taking power in April 2004, the government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has had a stormy relationship with the Catholic Church, introducing legislation making divorce much easier, legalising gay marriage and eliminating the requirement that religion be an obligatory subject in schools.

The pope attempted to chastise Zapatero during a recent papal visit to Spain, but the Prime
Minister shrugged off the criticism and then compounded the “insult” by not attending the Pope’s mass.
Vexen Crabtree 2015

PHP

I need a small app to parse PHP on my Win2000 laptop. It is an old laptop with next-to-no disc space, little memory and a slow processor. But, as I am offline most the time I have to do most my HTML stuff offline... nearly everything I can find ATM is way too complicated, anyone know an already-compiled install?



(I just wrote a few test apps, PHP seems like a nice language to write in, but don't have enough on-line time to learn db-manipulation whilst online, so need to do it offline!)



2. Simple question... can mySQL be used to access normal .mdb databases? (No macros, just queries and tables). I can't be bothered to write a script to create the database structure from scratch. Does mySQL struggle with any database elements I might have used (such as large text fields?).
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