Entries from February 2009

They Still Make Statues!

I’ve never been so relieved… The Times – Memorial statue reunites Queen Mother with her ‘Bertie’ It has been more than half a century since King George VI died, more than half a lifetime since the Queen Mother was left a widow by his untimely death. Today they were reunited once more as a memorial […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Prawo Jazdy's 50 Driving Offences

We went out to dinner with one of Peter’s coworkers. It turned into a late evening. So, I’ll simply leave you with this sublime story, sent to me the other day by Brett McS: AFP – Ireland cracks case of worst Polish driver

Categories: People and Current Events

Oscars Live Blogging

Right so, could they spend any less time with Angelina and Brad? Oh but I’m glad Miley Cyrus got her half hour in. Anyhoo, gonna revisit my guesses now while there’s time: • Best Picture: “Slumdog Millionaire”<br/> • Actor: Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button“; except I think I’m switching to Mickey Rourke, […]

Categories: Uncategorized

Cleverness and Bureaucracies

Last week I linked to a rather tedious newspaper account of Mark Steyn’s testimony to the Ontario commission looking at the Human Rights Court thing. This one is much better: Rick McGinnis – testify

Categories: People and Current Events

And Now I Feel Like Making a Strawberry Jam Sandwich

The Times – Cometh the hour, cometh the jam sandwich<br/> Sweet, cheap and comforting. With its new jam sarnie, M&S has surely launched the snack for our recessionary times, by Giles Smith So that’s an economic look at food. For a food look at food, there’s also a bunch of unlikely looking “British” recipes from […]

Categories: Food

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCVI

Verizon Math Fail:<br/> At first I was a little sympathetic, because if I was sprung with the problem all of a sudden by a customer that clearly knew something I didn’t and was making me nervous, I’d probably get a mental block too and just not see it. But that was until his manager got […]

Categories: Business & Media

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCV

A little pep talk for the Iraqi police: Ah, language alert. Curtsy: LGF

Categories: War and Peace

Honor Killings vs Domestic Violence

Middle East Quarterly – Are Honor Killings Simply Domestic Violence? by Phyllis Chesler Read the whole thing, but it includes this handy graph: Honor Killings Domestic Violence Committed mainly by Muslims against Muslim girls/young adult women. Committed by men of all faiths usually against adult women. Committed mainly by fathers against their teenage daughters and […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Le Café

le Café – Oldelaf (english subtitles)by Boebis Curtsy: Wheat & Weeds.

Categories: Food

On Americans: Ice Cream Bars and Not Sleeping in Guard Towers

CBC – A Soldier’s Story: Going to war with the Yanks

Categories: War and Peace

Greasy Food

The Times – It’s called ‘eating’. But bribery is devouring the heart of Kenya From the top of government to the petty official, everyone is on the take. The West cannot treat corruption as a sideshow, by Michela Wrong (whose book, It’s Our Turn to Eat: The Story of a Kenyan Whistle-Blower, is published this […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Pakistan Capitulates to Droning the Terrorists They've Capitulated To

So, two headlines: LGF – Pakistan Surrendering This is really, really bad news, as Pakistan capitulates to Taliban terrorists. And: The Times – Secrecy and denial as Pakistan lets CIA use airbase to strike militants The CIA is secretly using an airbase in southern Pakistan to launch the Predator drones that observe and attack al-Qaeda […]

Categories: Uncategorized

Oh, California, You Magical Place

The Times – Arnie Schwarzenegger joins the ranks of the girlie men After years on the brink, California is finally going out of business, by Chris Ayres Lucky you,” said my accountant the other day. “You’ve underpaid your taxes this year. That means you owe the state of California money.” “I don’t get it,” I […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Big Boats, Small Countries, Busy Waters

Since Bubblehead is having his tummy operated on today, here’s a story he’s been following that’s made it to the “Times Recommends” section online, “Silent killers were just too quiet, Submarines collided because they were undetectable to each other”: The Times – French sub unaware it rammed Royal Navy vessel in mid-Atlantic nuclear crash A […]

Categories: War and Peace

Trains! XVII

Brett McS sent me this today: “Future Train. Cute!” Session Magazine – ULTra – Future Personal Train and ULTra – ULTra is a revolution in sustainable public transport, providing on-demand driverless travel Why not me?!

Categories: Electronics