Monthly Archives: September 2005

Child Distress Flares

Sometimes, I feel I’m on the same wavelength as Charlie Brooker. The good thing about not having children of one’s own is that when one does borrow them to indulge oneself in the role of jolly uncle, one does so … Continue reading

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Wine With Curry

I like both wine and curry. It is possible to combine them. There’s an upcoming webcast chat featuring Charles Metcalfe and his suggestions. As the chat is being sponsored by Alsace wines, you won’t be surprised to find that Alsace … Continue reading

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Strange Bedfellows

Reading that Arnie has vetoed the bill reminds me of the US telephone company offering cheap long distance calls to people who oppose same-sex marriages. Feministe has the link here – a recording of Eugene Mirman talking to the operator. … Continue reading

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Bogota Bizarrerie

WTF is this all about?

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Aibo Evolves

Sony’s electronic dog robot, Aibo, has just had a software upgrade. The press release proudly informs us that Aibo can now blog its own photo diary. Well, I know that “on the Internet nobody knows you’re a dog“, but isn’t this … Continue reading

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Better Late Than Never

Dutch Railways has finally got around to issuing an apology over its role in deporting 100,000 Jews from the Netherlands to the Nazi death camps in WWII.

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The Phosphorescent Sea

This week’s New Scientist carries an item about evidence being found to back up mariners’ tales of the sea glowing bluish-white at night. While I’ve never seen this phenomenon myself, I have seen something similar.   It was probably about 35 … Continue reading

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Third Time Lucky?

Those of us who use Microsoft products have probably often had the feeling that it takes Microsoft until version three of a product before they start to get it right. It seems to be the case now for version 3.0 of Windows … Continue reading

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But Is It Art? – #2

I’ll simply refrain from comment about this, other than to say that Prague is clearly bent on oneupmanship over Brussels.

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Freeze-dry Yer Dead…

I’ve always planned to be cremated when I go, and have my ashes dumped on some unsuspecting rose bush. But now, from Sweden, comes news of an alternative to cremation: freeze-drying and vibrating the resulting corpsicle into powder. The result … Continue reading

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The Elephant in the Room

Martin Rowson hits the nail squarely on the head with his cartoon in today’s Guardian. Meanwhile, Simon Hoggart writes lightly on the topic. It’s left to Curious Hamster to put into words what Rowson put into his image – pure … Continue reading

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Blair’s Speech

What is it with Tony Blair’s manner of speaking? Can’t he manage joined-up sentences anymore? His address at the Labour Party Conference was a prime example. That, and the fact that it was also a brilliant example of newspeak. Thankfully, … Continue reading

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Gerin Oil Addiction

Richard Dawkins pens an ironical piece on gerin oil addiction in this month’s Prospect magazine. Worth reading.

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The PM’s Brain Is Missing…

Some of us are old enough to remember Spitting Image, with the running joke about Ronald Reagan; to whit: The President’s Brain Is Missing.   Now, Curious Hamster, over at the Big Stick and a Small Carrot blog alerts us … Continue reading

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Phase 1 of our househunting is completed. After looking at a number of candidates, we found a house that we really liked. This week we put in a bid, and after a bidding round, our second bid was accepted by … Continue reading

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But Is It Art?

Quote:   "Happily in love you step down the decaying corpse, through the wound, now small like a maggot, over woolen [sic] kidney and bowel". Taken from the press release of an art project; a giant pink woollen rabbit sprawled … Continue reading

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Pointless, Incessant Barking

I’m beginning to feel like the dog in this New Yorker cartoon… (hat tip to Geoffrey K. Pullum over at the Language Log)

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Above or Below Sea-level?

Scott, over at the Adventures – The Next Chapter blog, draws my attention to the Inhabitat  web site, which I hadn’t seen before. It looks interesting, although I have reservations about the preponderance of items that seem to gush on … Continue reading

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Just When You Thought…

… that traditional film was all but dead – killed by digital photography – comes news of a German laboratory that preserves your digital photos by copying them onto film… Oh, the irony of it all…

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The John Cleese Franchise

This week sees the 30th anniversary of the start of Fawlty Towers – unbelievable that it was so long ago… Meanwhile John Cleese continues to franchise himself into new areas. As well as continuing the well-trodden path of advertising (e.g. … Continue reading

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