Ryan Morrison

163 Flips | 4 Magazines | 19 Following | 2 Followers | @upyourego | I'm a 30-something journalist for BBC News, I am a geek and have been blogging for more than a decade. I'm a married father of four, a drummer, guitarist and Mormon. I also present a music radio show every Saturday night.

Our Responsibility to Rescue

For Latter-day Saints, the need to rescue our brothers and sisters who have, for one reason or another, strayed from the path of Church activity is …

How I Became Friends with a Conference Protester

If you would have told me ten years ago that it was possible for me to form a genuine, lasting friendship with one of the protesters outside general …

Middle School

How to Give a Talk Like President Monson

Have you ever sat in a sacrament meeting where the speaker quoted scripture after scripture, and you couldn’t quite follow? Or have you listened to a …

Writing

DR Congo: Cursed by its natural wealth

<b>The Democratic Republic of Congo is potentially one of the richest countries on earth, but colonialism, slavery and corruption have turned it into one of the poorest, writes historian Dan Snow.</b><p>The world's bloodiest conflict since World War II is still rumbling on today.<p>It is a war in which more …

Jersey parish assembly votes to challenge Plemont development

<b>More than 100 people from St Ouen have voted in favour of challenging the Planning Minister's decision for homes at Plemont.</b><p>At a meeting on Tuesday, parishioners argued Deputy Rob Duhamel used unjustified reasons for accepting plans for 28 new homes on the site.<p>The group hopes its third-party …

Jersey fresh food 'more expensive' than in UK, report says

<b>Fresh fruit, vegetables and meat are all more expensive in Jersey than the UK, according to the annual retail report by the States of Jersey.</b><p>Since June 2005, the price of fresh fruit has increased by 43% in Jersey and by 26% in the UK, the report fund.<p>It added fresh vegetables cost almost 30% more, …

Jersey's rogue chough pair rejoin the flock

<b>A pair of rare birds that left an aviary during a phased reintroduction to the wild release have returned.</b><p>Red-billed choughs have not thrived in Jersey for a century and are being reintroduced by an environmental group.<p>The aim was to allow the birds out for short periods to allow them to gradually …

Royal visit marks Jersey mace anniversary

<b>Jersey's loyalty to the crown during the English Civil War has been remembered.</b><p>Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, visited Jersey to mark 350 years since the Royal Mace was given to the island by King Charles II.<p>He presented the mace on 28 November 1663 in gratitude for his happy times on the island …

Who, what, why: Where do working dogs go when they retire?

<b>Two guard dogs used to protect the Duke of Cambridge have been put down, with the MoD giving the reasons as old age and "behavioural issues". What normally happens to working dogs, asks Kathryn Westcott.</b><p>Farm dogs, sniffer dogs, police dogs, service dogs, guide dogs - our canine friends are used to …

A Point of View: Should countries be more like families?

<b>Democracies must learn to compromise to ensure their survival, says Roger Scruton.</b><p>Many writers have warned against the tyranny of the majority. Majority opinion may be wrong. Majority desires may be wicked. Majority strength may be dangerous. There is someone more important than the crowd, which is …

A Point of View: Putting a price on love

<b>Our loved ones are worth more to us than gold - but do we understand love's true value, asks AL Kennedy.</b><p>We're told it's a good thing, a many splendoured thing, all around and what the world needs now. Love. Just four letters to name something commonplace and yet unfathomable.<p>It fascinates us, …

Benjamin Leigh Smith: The forgotten explorer of the frozen north

<b>He was one of the most intrepid explorers of the 19th Century, leading five expeditions to the Arctic and surviving for 10 months after his ship was crushed between two ice floes. But 100 years after his death, Benjamin Leigh Smith is now largely forgotten.</b><p>Somewhere in the Arctic Ocean, about …

Townsend Griffiss, forgotten hero of World War II

<b>It's 70 years this week since the first US air force officer was killed in Europe, following America's entry into World War II. By heading the list of 30,000 USAAF men to lose their lives in the European theatre, Lt Col Townsend Griffiss became a footnote in the history of the war. But who was he</b> …

Inside story of the UK's secret mission to beat Gaddafi

<b>British efforts to help topple Colonel Gaddafi were not limited to air strikes. On the ground - and on the quiet - special forces soldiers were blending in with rebel fighters. This is the previously untold account of the crucial part they played.</b><p>The British campaign to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi's …

Mitt Romney's Mormon roots in northern England

<b>It's well-known that Republican contender for the US presidency Mitt Romney is a Mormon - but not that his family was converted in England. He doesn't mention it on the campaign trail, but his great-great-grandfather, a Preston carpenter, became one of the first British Mormons, 175 years ago.</b><p>"This …

Paedophile net: Did Operation Ore change British society?

<b>It was the UK's biggest ever computer crime investigation. Thousands of people were accused of downloading images of child abuse - some were found to be innocent. The legacy is controversial. Ten years after the raids began, has Operation Ore really changed the UK?</b><p>On a cold, cloudy December day in …

Escape from Alcatraz: Gavin Maitland's swim back to life

<b>In 2008 Gavin Maitland underwent a life-saving double lung transplant. Five years later he swam from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco accompanied by his son and daughter - a feat that mirrored his journey back from the brink of death.</b><p>Zander's whole body briefly submerged out of sight as he jumped …

What was behind the Bristol bus boycott?

<b>Fifty years have passed since campaigners overturned a ban on ethnic minorities working on Bristol's buses. Today the boycott is largely forgotten - but it was a milestone in achieving equality.</b><p>A spring afternoon in 1963. Eighteen-year-old Guy Bailey arrived on time for his job interview. Bailey …

Return to the rainforest: A son's search for his Amazonian mother

<b>David Good's parents come from different countries - hardly unusual in the US where he was raised. But the 25-year-old's family is far from ordinary - while his father is American, his mother is a tribeswoman living in a remote part of the Amazon. Two decades after she left, David realised he had</b> …

Was Neville Chamberlain really a weak and terrible leader?

<b>Seventy-five years after the Munich Agreement signed with Hitler, the name of Neville Chamberlain, British prime minister at the time, is still synonymous with weakness and appeasement. Is this fair, asks historian Robert Self.</b><p>During his 21-hour filibuster denouncing President Barack Obama's …

The rise of the text tattoo

<b>It probably wasn't on Shakespeare's radar that his work would one day unite Megan Fox, Danielle Lineker and Lindsay Lohan. But it has - they all have Shakespeare quotations tattooed on their bodies. Why are more people getting such high-brow inkings?</b><p>The trend for long pieces of script is part of …

Can you bake your own white loaf for 47p?

<b>David Cameron doesn't know the price of a value loaf from Tesco because he bakes his own bread. Is his way cheaper, asks Denise Winterman.</b><p>Asked the cost of a "value sliced white bread loaf at Tesco this morning", Prime Minister David Cameron said he didn't know because he makes his own bread in his …

Why do people go back for more and more tattoos?

<b>Once a single tattoo was enough. Now a new breed of ink aficionados are returning again and again for multiple markings. What's behind the rise of the serial tattooee?</b><p>She started small, with the outline of a star on the back of her neck. Even her mum thought she was a wimp for not getting it …

Billy Bragg: whisper it … but the British invented Americana

The British youngsters who in the 50s and 60s first embraced American folk and blues records were also the first practitioners of what we now call Americana<p>This week, Nashville is hosting the Americana music awards, which have grown since their inception in 2007 into a big music industry event, and …

Jeff Bezos and the Washington Post: a marriage of old media and new money

The Amazon billionaire's buy marks a fascinating transition as east coast influence passes to Silicon Valley entrepreneurialism<p>The sale of the Washington Post to Amazon founder and multibillionaire Jeff Bezos for $250m – just under 1% of his wealth – reads like the coda of a Tom Wolfe novel. A …

Selfish traits not favoured by evolution, study shows

<b>Evolution does not favour selfish people, according to new research.</b><p>This challenges a previous theory which suggested it was preferable to put yourself first.<p>Instead, it pays to be co-operative, shown in a model of "the prisoner's dilemma", a scenario of game theory - the study of strategic …

How German cars beat British motors - and kept going

<b>The UK car industry was once one of Germany's biggest competitors; now it has become one of its biggest assets, argues author Dominic Sandbrook. How did Germany accelerate away?</b><p>Forty years ago, Germany's biggest carmakers were putting the finishing touches to a product that would change their image …

Why did offices become like the home?

<b>While the idea of working from home has failed to kill the office, workplaces have started to look much more like homes, says Lucy Kellaway.</b><p>The other day I got into the office early to find a young colleague noisily munching his way through a bowl of Fruit 'n Fibre at his desk. Just behind him his …

Carry on camping - can a week under canvas reset our body clocks?

<b>Researchers say that camping for a week can reset the biological clock that governs our sleeping patterns.</b><p>The scientists argue that modern life disrupts our sleep through exposure to electric light and reduced access to sunlight.<p>But after spending time in the great outdoors, the researchers say the …

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