Thursday, 25 March 2010

Radio bulletin 4

In the presentation of the recent budget, Alistair Darling has announced that the threshold for stamp duty on first time buyers has doubled from one hundred and twenty five thousand pounds, to two hundred and fifty thousand pounds. This increase will mean that around one hundred and thirty six thousand first-time buyers will be exempt from paying tax on the value of their house, however Darling plans to raise the duty to five percent in order to fund the increase.

We spoke to a student at the university of Winchester, Matthew Maidment who himself is a first time buyer of a property in Southampton:

Radio bulletin 3

In the presentation of the recent budget Alistair Darling has announced that cider has incurred a thirteen percent increase, meaning a seventy-five centre-litre bottle will now cost nine pence more. This has left many cider consumers angry especially considering wine, beer and spirit duties will only rise by five percent.

We spoke to a Winchester local:

(Written in way of a script, so numbers written as words)

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Radio News day - Week two

Winchesters three prospective MP's were this week questioned on the ban of fox hunting, and whether the constant debate to overturn this ban was correct. Steve Brine, Martin Tod and Patrick Davies were the three to take part in the debate and were hoping to get the votes of local countryside campaigners and farmers, just months before the general election.

We asked local Councillor, Daryl Henry, of Colden Common and Twyford her opinion;

In: ...Its very difficult
Out: a different matter...

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Return of the Beck

When Manchester United drew AC Milan in the last 16 phase of the Champions League, I do not think anybody could have predicted the emotions displayed at the full time whistle. The occasion saw David Beckham, a United legend and supporter return to his former club.

Being a Manchester United supporter myself it was hard not to wish a man who I had idolised in my younger years luck, and secretly maybe wanted him to score (although I failed to mention that to the lads in the pub).

Manchester United fans gave Beck's a tremendous reception and personally I think that meant more to him than the scoreline, which he pretty much overshadowed! Beckham even joined in the recent campaign against the Glazer families control of Manchester United by donning the green and gold scarf at the full time whistle, at which point he was almost in tears.

Personally, I hope this is not the last time we see Becks at Old Trafford. Maybe a bit far fetched, but it would be nice to see him return to his old club to see out the rest of his career.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Radio News day - Week one

Winchester's long standing Fire Station is set to be relocated to Easton Lane in Winnall in 2011 after a deal was done to turn the old one into affordable housing, something there has been much demand for in recent years.

Bergate Homes are the company that have secured the deal giving the fire station a chance to cope with an ever increasing staff load by relocating to a larger site.

We caught up with the Station Manager of Winchester Fire Station, Dave Turner, to ask his opinion on the relocation.



The development of the new housing is said to be costing around £10 million, with the new fire station costin £4 million.

Monday, 1 March 2010

Immanuel Kant - HCJ - Lecture 2

HCJ – Lecture two



Immanuel Kant was the last influential philosopher in the theory of knowledge, following on from people we have covered such as Locke, Berkeley and Hume. Kant was a liberal thinker and his ideas on noumenal objects were supportive of those same ideas that Hume and Berkeley had. Kant believed that when you looked away from an object, or stopped perceiving it, it stayed there, but was not the same; when you begin perceiving the object it becomes phenomena. So if you was in a room with no windows and no doors, then Kant would have believed that anything outside of that room was different to what it would be if it were being perceived through a window. Berkeley had a similar notion in that he believed when you do not perceive something it does not exist, or that it flashes in and out of existence, Berkeley believed that God was to blame for this. This would have been because at the times of his philosophy, anything un-explainable was considered an act of God. Hume, however believed that there is no causation in nature, only in our minds the objects are there; anything that you can see is in one’s eyes only.

Kant’s morality

In Kant’s opinion something is only good if it can be legislated as a universal law. This was in opposition to utilitarianism, which is the greatest good for the greatest number. Kant would believe that making all the money would bring all the pleasure. However, utilitarianism would reject this notion as not everyone can be rich. The morality by which Kant lived by also included the theory that any kind of lie is bad, and that the whole World ending would be better than someone telling a lie. So telling an axe murderer where your friends are so he can kill them would be better than lying to save them. Regardless of the outcome, the intent one has is most important. Kant believed that if you were doing something morally right in order to gain respect than it was wrong, but if you were doing something morally right, just because you know it is morally right than it is a good thing.