Monthly Archives: February 2006

Another Data Point

Following on from the experience I mentioned in Eroding Liberties, Jenni Russell relates a similar depressing incident that occurred to her on arrival in Heathrow. Is this sort of thing becoming more prevalent? Jenni may be the canary in the … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life

Dr. Crippen describes a day at his surgery. It makes me realise just how much thin ice we are all skating on and how much we tend to take for granted. And as for the pushy middle-aged woman patient, I … Continue reading

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Chef Shock

News in the Guardian today that a team of top French chefs were roundly beaten in an international cooking contest. I feel a swell of schadenfreude coming on.

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They’re Baaack!

They are the fourteen hopefuls after a job with Sir Alan Sugar. Yep, last night a new series of the Beeb’s version of The Apprentice came to the haunted fishtank. Well, OK, strictly speaking it’s Sir Alan and his two … Continue reading

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Inside Out and Back To Front

I wish I could write like this. It sends shivers down my spine and raises gooseflesh on my arms.

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Karaoke Cowboy

Singalong with Willie – bouncing ball and all…

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Why Is Ice Slippery?

Apparently, this seemingly simple question doesn’t have easy answers. That’s what I conclude after reading a fascinating article by Kenneth Chang in the New York Times on the subject. I also learned that there are different forms of ice, characterised … Continue reading

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Echoes of a Bomb

When you’ve been involved in an extreme event, it takes time for the impact echoes to die away. Sometimes they never do. Rachel is someone who has been involved in an extreme event, and this posting clearly shows the impact … Continue reading

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Heartfelt Rant

Mike Fullerton is having a little difficulty with his Toshiba laptop. I know what he means – I’ve had the misfortune to use machines like that. There are times when a little simplicity and a well-designed user experience would not … Continue reading

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Department of the Blindingly Obvious

This study doesn’t really tell me anything that I hadn’t suspected already…

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Eroding Liberties

I’m becoming increasingly alarmed by what I view as the erosion of civil liberties that appears to be happening in the UK, driven by fear of terrorism – both real and imagined. The atmosphere of suspicion is getting thicker, and … Continue reading

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The Touch of Things to Come

Interesting research video of a touch-sensitive screen. The harbinger of things to come?

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Dumbing Down

The Guardian reports today on worrying evidence that the brain-eating virus of creationism is on the increase in British universities and colleges. A 21-year-old medical student and member of the Islamic Society, who did not want to be named, said … Continue reading

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I Rest My Case

Research proves what I’d long suspected about myself…

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Self-loathing

What a sad person Ronald G. Lee must be, judging by the content of this article that he has written. Still, Sadly No! has managed to see the humour in the piece, and gleefully points it out for the purple-prosed … Continue reading

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Brave New World

Dr. Crippen adds another entry to his blog, detailing his concern over the increasing readiness to diagnose ADHD in children. He also feels uncomfortable about the response of the drug companies, which, to cynics like me and him, seems to be one … Continue reading

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Sarah Morris – L.A. 2004

Yesterday I paid a visit to Rotterdam’s Boymans van Beuningen museum. One thing that caught my eye was a temporary exhibition of work by Sarah Morris. As well as producing large, geometrically abstract paintings, she has also produced some films. … Continue reading

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Emma Meets a Good Egg

There’s a good interview (by Emma Brookes) of David Attenborough in the Guardian today. Attenborough is one of my personal heroes. A gentleman and a scholar.

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Hungry?

Then why not pay a visit to Beijing’s Guolizhuang restaurant? You’ll forgive me if I don’t join you, won’t you? I’ll just stick to fish and chips if you don’t mind.

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A Modest Proposal…

Is Charlie Brooker training to become the new Jonathan Swift? On the strength of today’s modest proposal in the Guardian, it would seem so. Methinks there is much to commend it…

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