There are precisely two entries under “21st Century” in the Wikipedia article about Samoa. One is about the country changing from driving on the right to the left in 2009. This goes against the trend somewhat, but it turns out that it’s easier and cheaper for them to import cars from (relatively) nearby Australia and [...]
Posts from ‘December, 2011’
A few nights ago me and my partner were having our 372183th LOTR marathon session and as usual, we got talking about the messages that Tolkein may be trying to convey to us in his works.
I have recently begun to wonder if the Tale of Beren and Luthien, and the Tale of Arwen and Aragorn, [...]
Supreme Leader? - looks like a fat git to me.
One of my themes here is the extent to which the mainstream media can get anything technical spectacularly wrong.
Bolivia has vast reserves of lithium, seen as the green energy fuel of the future, which it wants to exploit on its own. But the lithium is locked underneath a 10,000 sq km salt flat.
Except it [...]
Quite a few people were pointing out that what we in the west watching the funeral saw as manufactured grief, out of fear of being shot, might indeed have been genuine.
That’s a whole new level of wrong, isn’t it?
- JuliaM on the Dear Leader.
One of the pleasures of blogging is getting comments that put into [...]
This is communism.
North Korea has not yet resumed its food self-sufficiency and relies on external food aid from China, Pakistan, Japan, South Korea and the United States.
They receive food aid from Pakistan? I think the technical term for that is fucked. I won’t even mention the vile invective they have for the “puppet regime” [...]
“It was a trivial problem that … occurs every year,” said police Lieutenant-Colonel Khaled al-Tamimi. “Everything is all right and things have returned to normal,” he said. “No one was arrested because all those involved were men of God.”
Men of God very clearly. Some of them were fucking going for it mind!
This statement followed an [...]
As a Brit I’m used to terrorism - the IRA and all that but the IRA had standards. No they didn’t - they blew-up a remembrance day ceremony. Cunts. Utter cunts but the recent bombings in Nigeria raise the bar somewhat.
Let me be blunt here. Blowing up a churches on Christmas Day is unbelievable [...]
It is Christmas Eve 1959, and all our kith and kin are safely gathered in Brynhyfred for the festivities.
My Uncle Eddie has driven down from London in his Jag, which in 1959 takes all day. No motorways and Seven bridges then, just the long route round Gloucester or the Aust Ferry, 8 cars an hour. [...]
Well it’s Christmas Eve and even the most curmudgeonly of us are likely to have succumbed to the subtle charms of Santa by now.
The manic last minute shopping done, the fridge bulging , the drinks flowing freely, and the same old crap on TV. I hope you are all cwched up with your family and [...]
I was recently in my local convenience store buying a bottle of wine and at the head of the queue at the check-out was a lady (perhaps mid-60s) who was, at the time, clearly a considerable fan of high romantic composers of the Germanic tradition and at least one movement short of a concerto. There [...]
So I switch on BBC News and it is the funeral of Vaclav Havel. And you know what these rolling news things are like. In the left pane of the screen is “Live From Prague: Vaclav Havel’s funeral” and in a smaller right pane they have on shuffle Mr Havel’s “greatest hits” - Mr Havel, [...]
I suspect if all the copy written on our current financial woes was to be piled up we’d have a true tower of Babel.
I have a simpler answer. The Deputy Director of the Bank of England since the 1st of July 2008 is Mr Bean.
I have only just found this out but it explains [...]
I wrote this a while back and left it for some reason. But reading this has made me dust it down…
This story in the Telegraph isn’t very interesting (way to blog Nick!) but the comments are astonishing. They read like something from the Third Reich.
vonmises (yeah right!)
Chips in with this…
Fascinating report. It gives [...]
Seems it is official, we are all Italians now….
The geniuses have done it, US debt, forgetting the unfinanced liabilities everyone pretends don’t exist, has hit and exceeded 100% of GDP.
Argentinian financing standards.
$15,182,756,264,288.80/$15,180,900,000,000.00 = 100.012%