Category: Leisure, travel & sport

inc. pasttimes, not puzzles or tricks

Fiat Punto

Oops:

The Fiat Punto has been awarded no stars by independent safety expert Euro NCAP – the first time such a score has been given. 

The Punto – first introduced in 2005 – was re-examined as part of Euro NCAP’s regular reassessment of vehicles as the body seeks to find cars “that are past their sell-by-date where safety is concerned”. The Fiat was found to significantly trail its modern contemporaries. 

Euro NCAP explained the Punto’s no-star score “came because of low scores for its crash performance, combined with the absence of key technologies such as Autonomous Emergency Braking”.

As well as no stars overall, the Punto was given zero per cent in the safety assist category. This too was the first time such a score had been awarded by Euro NCAP.More here ...

Cinnamon sugar scones

Hungry?

Who can forget the joy of discovering cinnamon toast as a kid? The enchanted combination of butter, sugar, and cinnamon seemed to pop up all the time: on Sunday mornings, it was the pleasure of a lazy breakfast with family; after school it seemed to cure scraped knees and later heartbreak; and when we first left home, it was the snack of choice at 2 a.m.

Now that we’re all grown up, that same comfort and pleasure has grown up with us in the form of warm, freshly baked scones studded with lots of little crumbles of cinnamon sugar and Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter. Finally, they get brushed with buttery cinnamon sugar and drizzled with cinnamon sugar glaze.More here ...

The clever programming of society

There’s nothing wrong with putting a viewpoint strongly in a fair forum but it crosses the line when clandestine tactics are used to push it, including dishonest subterfuge and nobbling the other side.

If you attack something quite clearly bad, suddenly you’re cast as an “authoritarian”, not a conservative, as a “hater”. Manipulation of language is a critical ploy, one exploited, for example, by NLP:

http://nourishingobscurity.blogspot.co.uk/2008/02/groupthink-gentle-art-of-persuasion.html

NLP relies completely on people’s willingness to blindly accept one side’s language in the argument, the frame of reference put by the more powerful side, plus an unwillingness to accept that our “betters” would ever do anything dastardly, particularly when their guff is couched in feelgood terms and then healthy thickhead heroes are roped in to promote it, e.g. Lineker.

And as mentioned, people objecting are cast as a minority of haters whom the society is constantly warned about.… More here ...

Slow cooker eggnog latte

This has been playing on your mind, clearly, but here’s the good oil:

For this recipe, just go with store-bought eggnog. Since you’ll be adding coffee to these lattes, just get something inexpensive at the store. Save your homemade, aged, tasty eggnog for sipping straight-up. Also, the eggs in store-bought eggnog are already heat pasteurized, so they won’t scramble or curdle while heating in the slow cooker.

We’ve added cinnamon sticks, vanilla, and freshly grated nutmeg to the lattes because they make the whole house (and drink) smell amazing, but here’s the key: Add half of the nutmeg in the beginning, then add the rest of it with the vanilla just before serving. This two-step process ensures that there’s nutmeg simmering in the drink, but the addition at the end means the nutmeg stays vibrant and really sings as you sip it.

These lattes are tasty straight from the slow cooker, but feel free to garnish with whipped cream, more nutmeg, cinnamon, or a shot of your favorite alcohol if you want to make it extra special.More here ...

The World

You either love these things or you don’t:

165 apartments aboard The World, a condo cruise ship. Its intensely private residents spend a third of the year, on average, gliding to the planet’s farthest reaches: Antarctica, Pacific atolls that haven’t seen a ship in two decades, and Ascension, a volcanic outcropping halfway between Africa and Brazil.

Ownership is restricted to those with at least $10 million in assets, and potential buyers must gain the backing of two existing residents, pass background checks, and be ready to pay roughly $900,000 a year in annual maintenance fees for the larger units.

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Pub closures

The other Scriblerus bloggers are better at covering the smoky drinky issues but this one does seem sad.

I’m well aware of market forces and a pub having to turn a profit, of the tied versus freehouse issue, of the smoking ban. It’s still not good.

The damage to the community is incalculable – the local was an important institution where the fat was chewed, thoughts reaffirmed, some sense of community existed.

I confess I’ve not a clue how it can be resolved.

Just a note – I’ll still be out when this appears, so unable to approve comments till just past 5.… More here ...