Added by Paul 01 April 2009 22:01
As usual, XKCD is rather good.
Added by Paul 02 April 2009 08:21
Look up 'basking in reflected glory' in the phrasebook, and you'll see a picture not unlike this...
Added by Paul 05 April 2009 22:36
Back from a terrific weekend in Belgium taking part in the Tour of Flanders.
Added by JamesN 10 April 2009 11:27
One in a pie factory is odd enough. But on the same day, a headline about an explosion in a mower repair shop? (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/7993510.stm)
Perhaps Jacqui Smith was quite right to attempt to divert her attention away from her numerous expense scandals toward the "immediate threat of a sophisticated terror attack."
This can be the only explanation.
I'm not sure what the plot could be here but i'm sure it will make sense in the end as the drama unfolds.
Added by JamesN 16 April 2009 23:43
Commenting on the Damien McBride business:
"I take full responsibility for what happened. That's why the person who was responsible went immediately."
A statement that defines the man with stunning clarity.
Added by Paul 18 April 2009 16:54
Sebastian Vettel is a legend. Young, brilliant and a genuine inspiration. Kicking Mark Webber's whingeing ass on a regular basis is impressive.
Anyway, out he pops in Q3 with one shot and sticks it on pole.
Guv'nor. Even better - a German guv'nor.
Added by Paul 18 April 2009 18:30
More terrific work by Ben Goldacre.
The Daily Mail at it again, scaremongering away. Though rather caught with it's pants down on this occasion.
You'd have thought the Mail would be steering clear of vaccine scares having got it's fingers burnt over the MMR tragedy.
Anyway, this time is a Cervical Cancer Vaccine. Comically it's maniacal behaviour depends on whether or not the government supports the treatment.In the England, where it is supported we have the headlines
Revealed: The serious health concerns about the cervical cancer jab
Alert over jab for girls as two die following cervical cancer vaccination
Twelve-year-old girl paralysed 'after being given cervical cancer jab
How safe is the cervical cancer jab? Five teenagers reveal their alarming storiesHowever, in Ireland, where the government refuses to finance the jab
Join the Irish Daily Mail's cervical cancer vaccination campaign today
Europe will shame FF into providing Ireland's life-saving cervical cancer jabs
Health campaigners in Ireland take fight for cancer jabs to Washington
Daily Mail Campaign: Roll out the vaccine now!
You, quite literally, couldn't make it up.
Added by Paul 20 April 2009 21:03
How good is the Daily Mash? Consistently.
I'M NOT EVEN TRYING ANY MORE, ADMITS DARLING
CHANCELLOR Alistair Darling last night admitted he is not even trying any more after pledging £15bn worth of 'efficiency savings'.
Added by Paul 23 April 2009 12:53
I like the Guardian. I love the design of the newspaper. And they have a great website. And they have good writers.
But they also have the occasional complete idiot writing for them. Not least Tanya Gold.
Her moronic article
about Susan Boyle last week was bad enough, but she goes on to compound this with another rotter
Why does the silly cow keep going to watch Nazi films if she doesn't like them?
Added by Paul 25 April 2009 21:20
I can't claim to be an aficionado of Star Trek, though I watched a good deal of the Shatner episodes as a teenager when the were shown endlessly on BBC2.
Anyway, this hasn't stopped me enjoying the 'top 100 reasons why Kirk is better than Picard', including
1. When Data died, Picard had a funeral. When Spock died, Kirk reconstituted the body, forced it’s soul back in, and even got him laid along the way.
5. Kirk has caused computers to self-destruct by out-thinking them on three separate occasions.
44. When Picard wants the ship to go faster he calls down to engineering and asks to go faster. When Kirk wants the ship to go faster he sling-shots it around the sun.
Added by Paul 26 April 2009 07:57
Just when you think you've 'got' the web, something new comes along. In fact, something new comes along and months or years later I finally, belatedly catch on.
This time it's tumblelogs
And I've made my own, a tribute to Mont Ventoux which I'm planning to ascend three times in one day in a couple of weeks time!
Added by Paul 26 April 2009 18:48
Most of us - I'm not sure who us is but you know what I mean - think decriminalising drugs is a good idea. Every time the government sets up a commission to research the idea, they say the same thing.
But does it work?
Well, handily, Portugal have done the experiment for us. Read the full article for more information but to summarise
"Judging by every metric, decriminalization in Portugal has been a resounding success," says Glenn Greenwald, an attorney, author and fluent Portuguese speaker, who conducted the research. "It has enabled the Portuguese government to manage and control the drug problem far better than virtually every other Western country does."
There's no point even trying in this country. There'd be tabloid reading, low- to mid-brow outrage. Which is a shame.
Added by Paul 26 April 2009 18:50
I can't work out if this is funny or not?
Added by Nathan 27 April 2009 09:52
Choose your belief and kick the shite out of your enemies
Added by Paul 29 April 2009 14:50
Ten great reasons for Gordon Brown to go.
What a murky period in British politics his premiership has been.
I'm not sure whether I should enjoy the abject failure of his media training which has trained him to smile (blatantly) insincerely during his public appearances. Unlike most people alas, he lacks the necessary skills to realise when it is appropriate to smile.
Added by Paul 30 April 2009 08:56
A Number 10 petition to believe in.
Not, for once, an mid- to upper-working class revolt about petrol prices. Actually a petition to polity ask Gordon Brown to go before he causes himself and us any more embarassment.