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Golgafrincham Ark Fleet, Ship B

This blog author and many of its commenters have been accused, in the past, of being somewhat negative. You don’t say.


I’m sure we all wish the Morons for Mars all the very best in their one way trip to Mars. One way trip. Y-e-e-e-e-s-s-s-s. Run by reality TV people – what could possibly go wrong?

# It will fund the whole thing through sponsorship and a reality TV series – made by Endemol, the same people behind Big Brother, covering the preparations and mission on Mars.

# Some of the potential astronaut picks seem to be based on their televisual appeal rather than usefulness as likely colonists.

# The settlers will then inflate balloons to give themselves another 200 sq metres of living and cultivation space.

# Mars One calls its plans visionary, but most of the scientific and space community are less polite. The idea has been criticized for being underfunded, overambitious, and a suicide mission according to one study.

Monday [1]

10 to 2There we were, driving along, two lanes each way, narrowing to one lane each way, setting the world to rights, a therapeutic exercise of a Sunday, when it became apparent that two little buzzboxes on wheels ahead were driving in tandem, one occupying each lane.

Couldn’t do much about the one in the left lane of course, within his rights [think it was some old man] but the one in the right lane should not have been there.  I would have blasted the hell out of the driver with my twin airhorns but my driver, being a gentle soul, did not.

And so we sat there, except that the one in the right lane suddenly put on a little spurt to be ahead when the road narrowed, deeply annoying and liable to cause an accident, which it then almost did.…

Quiz Part 3

16. Who became the youngest female champion of Wimbledon when she beat Martina Navratilova in 1997?

17. Who composed Eugene Onegin in 1879?

18.  Which Ingmar Bergman film sees a knight playing chess with death to prolong his own life?

19.  Which family of actors starred in the films ‘A Night at the Opera’ and ‘Duck Soup’?

20. 88 K on a P might reasonably be expected to refer to what?

21. In computing, what do these mean:…

Quiz Part 2

6.  What is:

a. the white part of an egg called
b. an instrument used for drawing circles
c. scuttling a ship
d. cider made from?

7. Name one:

a. monotreme
b. one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world
c. carnivore
d. the sixth so-called vowel in English.

8. Which country is it?…

Quiz Part 1

Five questions to ease you in below, then ten more an hour later and then ten last ones, giving 25 altogether. Times 4 is a percentage. The parts of any question, when multi-answer, make one point or four, depending on how you’re planning to make your percentage at the end.

The questions were those one could reasonably expect someone at Year 10 to be able to answer, given that they’d had a comprehensive education, that term not used to mean a type of school in Britain.

1. Solve the following equation for the two roots of x:   x2 — 16 = 0
A. x = 2i,   –2i
B. x = 4i,   –4i
C. x = 4,   –4
D. x = 2,   –2


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.…