Monthly Archives: June 2010

Next Steps

One of the young buzzards that I’m keeping an eye on has now graduated from sitting in the nest to standing on a branch nearby…

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It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum!

We’re having a heatwave at the moment (temperatures are around the 30 oC mark). This young buzzard waiting on the nest in the nearby wood is feeling the heat…

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Time Flies

The buzzard chicks are getting bigger. They will soon fly the nest…

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The Courtyard of the British Museum

Here’s a Photosynth of the courtyard in the British Museum that I did last year. On this blog, hosted on, I can at least embed a link to the Photosynth, even if I don’t get a thumbnail (as I … Continue reading

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Into the Woods…

Walking the dog a couple of days back, I followed the usual route through the small woods nearby. Turning a corner on the path, I was suddenly confronted by this hare ahead of me on the path. I don’t know … Continue reading

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Change of Address

In view of the fact that Microsoft has effectively killed off the use of Windows Live Spaces as a worthwhile blogging platform, I’m stopping this blog and moving to a new address on the web. My ramblings and rantings henceforth … Continue reading

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Facial Expression Ballet

In the 1800s, a French doctor, Duchenne de Bologne, studied the effects of electrical stimulation on the face in an attempt to analyse the facial components that make up expressions in the human face. In the 21st century, Japanese artist … Continue reading

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An instructive video pointing out why I get extremely exasperated by people who claim "It can’t be just coincidence – there’s something spooky going on!". The only thing going on is that they aren’t using their brains properly.    

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Left Hand, Meet Right Hand…

Sometimes, I despair about Microsoft. Far from being “the evil empire”, I often wonder how it can manage to walk and chew gum at the same time. For example, here’s Angus Logan, the Senior Technical Product Manager for Messenger Connect … Continue reading

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Contempt For The Customer

Microsoft is about to launch the next major version of Windows Live, the so-called Wave 4. I’ve already blogged about the fact that we’ve discovered at least one nasty surprise in amongst all the new features: Microsoft has removed the … Continue reading

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Another Defence of the Burqa

I referred a short while back to a good post from Steve Zara on why the burqa should not be banned. Now, Norm draws my attention to an equally good post on the same subject from Kenan Malik. The heart … Continue reading

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The Bechdel Test

The author, Alison Bechdel, is credited for getting the meme spread on what has now become known as "The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies"       While ostensibly raising an intriguing fact about film, it does, of course, … Continue reading

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Jacob de Zoet

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet is the new novel by David Mitchell. It is set at the end of the 18th Century, mainly in the Dutch trading post on the artificial island of Dejima in the bay of … Continue reading

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Smile for Today

I find Jan Chipchase’s blog on his observations of cultures very interesting. Sometimes, it’s the simple things such as incongruence that does it.

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A Small Ray of Sunshine

In amongst my gloom over the fact that Geert Wilders’ right-wing PVV has made substantial gains in yesterday’s Dutch elections, comes one small ray of sunshine. Rita Verdonk, another right-wing populist, has lost her seat. To celebrate the fact, I … Continue reading

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We Are In Hell

I’ve just seen Geert Wilders arrive and give his speech at his election party. It seems clear that his PVV party has won a substantial number of seats in this election. I feel sick at heart. As Craig Murray wrote … Continue reading

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Going To Hell in a Handbasket

The Netherlands has a general election tomorrow, when a new Parliament will be elected by the voters. On the eve of the election, a good chunk of Dutch primetime television is being given over to a televised debate between the … Continue reading

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Another Fine Mess You’ve Got Us Into…

Microsoft is gearing up for the next major release of the PC software that integrates with its web services: Windows Live Essentials. Wave 4 of the Windows Live Essentials software should be available to the masses in the next few … Continue reading

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Prehistoric Animals

The Public Library in Douglas, the town where I grew up, was hugely important to me during my childhood. I’m sure it helped fashion my love of books. Today, as I was browsing around blogs on the internet, I came … Continue reading

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Raptor Rapture

There’s a little wood nearby that I walk the dogs in most days. Following a different path a few weeks ago, I discovered that buzzards had built a nest above the path. I think there’s at least two chicks in … Continue reading

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