29 March 2007

I know, I know

But anyway, is it me or are the headscarves getting worse? Poor woman. And poor guys of course, but at least they don't have the scarf business.
clipped from news.bbc.co.uk
Captured personnel eating
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28 March 2007

Nos.

Notice the no. counter. If it is ever on more than 1, let me know at patrick dodds at g mail dot com (no spaces) or in the comments section - I'll be right over for 'twill be a rare sight indeed.

Clipping

It's made me lazy. I clip, I write a few words, I paste into blog and presto, nothing new. No, I shall have to reserve it for special occasions. Now if I could get it to embed video without autoplay that would be something.

27 March 2007

Hold still deer.

Scott Adams picks up on a story about a man having sex with a dead deer. The man's defence in court was that a dead animal is no longer an animal and therefore the sex was lawful. The judge didn't buy it.

I’m trying to picture the cop arriving on the scene. The deer-humper looks up from the ditch, sees the cop looking down at him, and asks himself this question: “Is there any point in stopping?” It seems to me that the legal punishment for man-on-deer sex would be exactly the same whether you finish or not. I picture him holding up two fingers and saying to the cop, “Just two minutes. Almost done.”

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22 March 2007

The free-spirited and bountiful nature of record companies no.13

Ah, the dear BPI (a British RIAA) and Europe. Together they make living in the UK such a fine mix of fairness, good value and moral rectitude - the story below concerns the court case taken up by the BPI to force CD Wow to charge more for CDs (you couldn't make it up):
clipped from www.tiscali.co.uk
CD-WOW fined over illegal imports

They had accused CD-WOW of breaching their copyright by
importing CDs from countries outside the European Economic Area
(EEA), a grouping of countries that began operating as a unit
in 2004.

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The free-spirited and bountiful nature of record companies no.12

Not sure whether to use allofmp3.com or not? Consider this short morality tale:
clipped from news.bbc.co.uk
The Bay City Rollers in 1975

Bay City Rollers sue record label
In the documents, the group said they had sold at least 70 million albums around the world but received only a single royalty payment of about $254,000 (£129,000) in more than 25 years.
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20 March 2007

War and Death - a pictorial representation

Or, where not to live. Map shows how nine territories account for 70% of war deaths in 2002. Check the website (sorry it's the Daily Middle England but just goes to show it isn't completely full of the worst press reporting anywhere on earth) for more such as toy imports vs toy exports (surprisingly interesting) and alcohol consumption.
clipped from www.dailymail.co.uk
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Hairy? Missing Link.

Mmm, not sure about this. Hairy babies unattractive therefore left behind in case they were eaten and thereby were a waste of childrearing? It's a thought. Wouldn't hairy babies be less pleasant to eat though? Easier to kill something ugly but it still doesn't seem quite right somehow....
Why Aren't Humans Furry? Stone-Age Moms Could Be The Answer

Medical Hypotheses, an Elsevier publication, has announced the winner of the 2006 David Horrobin Prize for medical theory. Written by Judith Rich-Harris, author of The Nurture Assumption and No Two Alike, the article, "Parental selection: a third selection process in the evolution of human hairlessness and skin color" was judged to best embody the spirit of the journal. The £1,000 prize, launched in 2004, is awarded annually and named in honour of Dr. David Horrobin, the renowned researcher, biotechnology expert and founder of Medical Hypotheses, who died in 2003.

Harris' paper describes Stone Age societies in which the mother of a newborn had to decide whether she had the resources to nurture her baby. The newborn's appearance probably influenced whether the mother kept or abandoned it. An attractive baby was more likely to be kept and reared.
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18 March 2007

At Stourhead Church

Trafalgar Square

Perils of 1st Class Travel

So you're sat there enjoying your salmon and champagne when in comes the stewardess with a corpse plus grief-stricken relative. Mourning ensues. You might think twice about using that particular airline again:

BA sat corpse in first class

The body of a woman in her seventies, who died after the plane left Delhi for Heathrow, was carried by cabin staff from economy to first class, where there was more space. Her body was propped up in a seat, using pillows.

The woman’s daughter accompanied the corpse, and spent the rest of the journey wailing in grief.

Paul Trinder, who awoke to see the body at the end of his row, last week described the journey as “deeply disturbing”, and complained that the airline dismissed his concerns by telling him to “get over it”.

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Tony won't like this

No one is being paid! Think of the health and safety implications! I bet they haven't got permission to perform the song! My god, what is society coming to?
clipped from www.dailymotion.com

Concert sauvage dans le métro !

Duration: 05:12
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Taken: 01 décembre 2006
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Location: Paris, France
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15 March 2007

Yay! Mr Peter is back!

And he's rocking! Special offer from crystalholdingsltd@donbosco.ess (Crystal Holdings? Of course!). What has he got to say? Why, here it is, a Special Offer in all its glory:

Peter Smith,Managing director
Smith Holdings,Ltd
Office Address:Mermoz Rue Mz-77
Q18 Dakar,Senegal.

ATTN:

Crystal Holdings Ltd, is in search of a book-keeper/company representatives in the United States,UK,Europe and Asia.This project has been developed in a way not to affect your present job not bring you any form of stress but in order to help take care of those extra costs while you work for us. We are manufacturer and supplier of Batik,Assorted African fabrics,various clothing materials,African art materials and all kinds of furniture's for exports.Our website is under construction and should be ready soon.

Recently, It came to my knowledge that there are lots' of lapses in handling funds coming from our clients in the USA,UK,Europe and Asia which come in forms of cashier's cheque,Company cheque,Money Orders and are not readily cash able outside the United States,Canada and UK,....So we need someone in the US,Asia and UK to work as our representatives and assist us
in processing the payments from our various clients which come in on a weekly,monthly and annual basis.

All you need to do is receive these payments from our clients in your country,.. get it deposited at your bank,Cash it then deduct your percentage( 15% of every payment made) plus transfer charges and forward the balance funds to one of company's representatives via Money gram/Western Union.

Our payments will be issued out in your names and your contact address you shall be providing us,as we would inform our clients to do.Therefore i would require you to send me an email with the following details:

1)Your Full Name and Official Mailing Address

2)Direct Telephone numbers

3)Occupation

4)Age

We would forward these information to our clients and they will start making payments to you as the company's representative in the states,Canada or UK.

Once we have all your details in our records,We would notify you as soon as we confirm that one of our clients is mailing payment across to you.Thanking you in anticipation of your swift and favorable response.

Warmest Regards,
Peter Smith

Did you see? Their website should be ready soon! I can't wait.

Quote of the day

Thanks Google and Oscar.
clipped from www.google.co.uk
Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience and rebellion that progress has been made.
  - Oscar Wilde
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Mm hm

Six months of torture and god knows what sort of exposure to mind-bending techniques and the CIA want us to think they have a key Al! Kaieeeda! operative? Yeah, like that's the truth. He beheaded Daniel Pearl, brought down the twin towers, shot JFK and apparently was behind the Great Train Robbery. We're waiting with baited breath to hear about the Diana car crash, Shergar and the Marie Celeste.
clipped from news.bbc.co.uk

Key 9/11 figure 'beheaded Pearl'
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
Alleged al-Qaeda mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has confessed to the killing of US journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002, the Pentagon says.
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8 March 2007

Firefox

Mind you, could be my browser, the really rather irritating FF. Again, used to be fast and fun, now slower than an hour watching Big Brother.

Stumbleupon

Used to be good. Now, like entering a horse and cart into a F1 race. Please, go away.

6 March 2007

Chavmeister

Which is chavvier: eBay or kebab shop rave (see YouTube for details)?

Samsung E900 mobile phone

Hurrah for Orange and hurrah for Samsung - possibly the worst sounding mobile phone in the world has arrived and it is getting a basting from Charlie Brooker at the Grauniad today. Marvellous stuff.
clipped from www.guardian.co.uk

My new mobile is lumbered with a bewildering array of unnecessary features aimed at idiots

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4 March 2007

Lunar Eclipse


(There are also some rust-coloured shots but to be honest, you'll see far better elsewhere. It was a beautiful sight though).

In the Woods