Why can’t the Beeb be accurate, asks the Doc

Amfortas reports that The Chap reports about Doctor Who’s boots.

Or in other words:

In its haste to trumpet the arrival of the twelfth Time Lord, the BBC made a huge howler by attributing most of his items of clothing to the wrong manufacturer.


# The Doctor’s black brogue boots, with a very similar sole to a Dr Marten, are in actual fact a joint production by Loake and the British Boot Company.

# While the coat is indeed cut in the Crombie style, the Crombie Company claims they did not make it nor supply it to the BBC.

In fact, comments show The Chap himself to have been in error on one point.…

PCism gone mad or a moral outrage?

deesmadmondaybigaaLet’s face it, footballers tend to be meatheads in general and that is possibly doubled downunder.

With the home and away season over, some teams have followed Geelong’s lead and done a thing called Mad Monday, where they dress up in some sort of iconic costume to make a point.  Sometimes players combine to be a duo.

The best known prankster was Matthew Scarlett of Geelong [now retired] who went as Hannibal Lecter, various politicians and so on.

Well this pair of Melbourne players got it into their heads to be Rolf Harris and a little girl [LOL]:

MELBOURNE will speak to Dean Terlich and Alex Georgiou on Tuesday about their choice of fancy dress outfits at ‘Mad Monday’ celebrations.

The teammates attended the function with Terlich, 24, dressed as disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris and Georgiou, 24, dressed as a girl. A photo of the pair posing together was posted on Instagram. Harris was sentenced to jail in England after being found guilty of indecent assault on victims aged between eight and 19 between 1969 and 1986.…

Why are people renouncing U.S. citizenship?

Haiku points us to this one:


And mighty curious it is too.

Over the last two years, the U.S. has had a spike in expatriations. It isn’t exactly Ellis Island in reverse, but it’s more than a dribble. With global tax reporting and FATCA, the list of the individuals who renounced is up. For 2013, there was a 221% increase, with record numbers of Americans renouncing. The Treasury Department is required to publish a quarterly list, but these numbers are under-stated, some say considerably.

To leave America, you generally must prove 5 years of U.S. tax compliance. If you have a net worth greater than $2 million or average annual net income tax for the 5 previous years of $157,000 or more for 2014 (that’s tax, not income), you pay an exit tax. It is a capital gain tax as if you sold your property when you left. At least there’s an exemption of $680,000 for 2014.

The Donbass

A key to the Donbass issue is its strategic importance:

“Donbas” refers to a larger supranational region including a part of neighbouring Rostov Oblast in Russia (the “Russian Donbass”) also specialized in coal mining. This is explained by the fact that the Donets Coal Basin geographically extends into that area. But the “Russian Donbass” is of lesser economic importance compared with the part belonging to Ukraine since 1991.

The issue for many years was the fight between the local areas and the Soviet authorities in Moscow for better working conditions in the dangerous mines. There was a push for Russian language adoption over the period of the Soviet Union and herein lies the issue. Since at least 1869, when a Welsh steel magnate set up Donetsk from scratch, it became obvious that the Donbass was an engine room for whoever controlled it.

By 2014, the area had become vastly Russian speaking, which was reflected in support for Yanukovich and a referendum was held as to the future direction of Donetsk:

On 11 May 2014, a controversial referendum was held in Donetsk in which voters could choose political independence.