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A fairy tale for modern times

A spam comment left on, and now removed from, my work blog: Hello all I have a sweetheart. We profession closely in a large convention. She’s self-restrained, cute and somewhat shy. So once she fell in love with this provoke from the department next door. He was an pc maven. And just imagine, he turned […]

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Silver Lining

I was a bit annoyed by the news that Heinz had chosen to pull a television advert following 200 particularly stupid complaints to the ASA. Apparently the complainants wrote (presumably in pencil, in a mixture of capital and lower-case letters, on the back of an old copy of the News of the World) that it […]

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Wheeeee! (Crunch, clatter, thud)

Of the world’s first, and hopefully last, vertical looping waterslide, assembled in New Jersey’s “Action Park”: The Loop opened for exactly one month in 1985 before being shut down by New Jersey’s Advisory Board on Carnival Amusement Ride Safety (who knew such a board even existed?). Those who did ride the dubious Loop were lucky […]

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Pandas! Pandas! Pandas!

Please go to this page and read what is a frankly awesome comic strip about the Panda Research Centre, its staff, its pandas, and what happened there during the recent earthquake.

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Missed photo #13,947

Seen on the walk to work today: an LP lying in the gutter in Hither Green, titled “BBC Sound Effects: Even More Death and Horror”. Apparently it’s something of a rarity. Sadly we’re short a camera at work, so my D40 was locked in the office. D’oh. (Updated – took the camera home, and it […]

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No, don’t leave.. we have cake?

.. you’re looking for what now? No, er, no. No, we don’t have that. This is of course entirely my fault, but surprising nonetheless – turns out I’m now fifth on Google for the aforementioned search term (you probably don’t want to visit the four NSFW sites above me). And now by posting this I […]

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Cowboys and Indians

A recommendation: last night I switched on the TV half way through Rich Hall’s documentary “How the West was Lost” on BBC4. It was fantastic – a look at the frontier mythology and its importance in the American psyche as well as a timeline of western films and how they are informed by / reflect […]

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