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Breeze and Buttons

Don’t believe we’re running this at N.O. Seems more like a Cherie piece but Wiggia is presenting it in all seriousness [or is he].


Hours after his birth, Breeze was found stumbling around by a farmer.

The new-born foal had been abandoned by his mother so the farmer took him to the Devon-based Mare and Foal Sanctuary where they cared for him. What happened next is heart-warming. One of the staff put a four-foot giant Teddy Bear called Buttons into the stall with Breeze.

You wot? Is this stuff for real?…

Motorist hit and run on cyclist


Here’s a good one – lucky his employer was a WASP – if the boss had been Muslim, the poor sod would be riddled with bullets:

Humor is all about knowing your audience, and 21-year-old Brit Rayhan Qadar apparently didn’t really know his. The stockbroker made an ill-advised “joke” on Twitter Monday morning and lost his job over it.

The offending tweet (his account is now private, CNET notes): “Think I just hit a cyclist. But Im late for work so had to drive off lol.” The Twitter-sphere was immediately incensed, believing Qadar was serious. What was serious: the repercussions.

His employer, Hargreaves Lansdown, promptly fired him and issued a statement that reads in part, “One of our employees has failed to conduct themselves to the standards we expect of our staff. We find these online comments totally unacceptable.” The Guardian notes local police are now investigating to make sure there was, in fact, no hit-and-run.

Happy birthday to me – again!

There are milestones which mark the passing of the years and we are supposed to celebrate them and pause to reflect on the past and wonder about what may lie ahead.

I don’t remember my 21st birthday, but there again does anyone? :)

They say that life begins at 40 but mine started long before that and didn’t end there either. Fifty came and went with barely a flicker of recognition on my part. When I turned 60 I noticed it because I qualified for my bus pass. Best birthday present I’ve ever received.

Now another milestone has arrived and I have reached the ‘finishing line’ – my allotted span of three score years and ten is now complete. It did not come as a shock because over the past year there has been a slow awakening to the idea that I have more years behind me than in front of me.…

Things invented by wimmin [1]


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Match the invention with the inventor:

1.Chocolate Chip Cookies – Tabitha Babbitt
2 Alphabet Blocks – Adeline D.T. Whitney
3 Circular Saw – Stephanie Kwolek
4 Correction Fluid – Bette Nesmith Graham
5 Kevlar – Ruth Wakefield

[The ladies, of course, will instantly know all of these. Persevere, gentleman – first prize is a night in Tracey Emin’s bed, with or without Tracey.]…


You needn’t look at this post if you don’t want, readers.  I mean, it’s a lovely sunny day out there after it rained indoors here last night and we wouldn’t wish to depress you.

Besides, it’s more of the same old same old.

OK?  You’ll keep reading?  Brave people:

Wiggia shakes his head:

Prof. claims racism inherently his fault, apologizes for being white, middle-class, heterosexual man

Not making any comment.…

Bumper Saturday quiz

All questions refer to worldwide:

1.  Best selling make and model of car
2.  Top selling single of all time
3.  MPH of fastest land vehicle
4.  MPH of fastest water craft
5.  Most expensive painting officially
6.  MPH rotational of the earth at the equator
7.  Country of longest serving current monarch
8.  Not the trench, the deep please
9.  Furthest manmade object from earth
10.Current 100m sprint record

Within 5%: one mark, within 10%: half a mark.…