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I'm head over heels in love with Ella Fitzgerald. (n/t)
at 12:14 29 Jun 2022

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In other news...
at 15:50 27 Jun 2022

... the budgies seem to be getting worked up about a number of their staff jumping ship to come to work for The Pride of Anglia. There's a four pager on the Oink 'Un about it; it's a little bit angsty.

https://forum.pinkun.com/index.php?/topic/148625-head-of-academy-coaching-leaves

NB: They seem to call us 'binners' for some reason if I'm reading it right. I guess that's a contraction and mis-spelling of 'has-beens'? What would the same treatment of 'never-wases' yield?
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Go QLD! (n/t)
at 10:55 26 Jun 2022

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If you are a UK gardener, how would you assess flying insect numbers this year?
at 19:55 19 Jun 2022

I spent most of today in the garden (Suffolk) and was absolutely scared sh*tless by the lack of flying insects around. Not sure if has anything to do with being the day after a thunderstorm or not, but I noticed that not many of my tomatoes seem to have been fertilised so far.

This would be very worrying on a UK or worldwide level.

What are you all seeing?

If you are a UK gardener, how would you assess flying insect numbers this year?


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Good work, Cardiff Magistrates Court
at 13:30 16 Jun 2022

Driver fined £1,100 for passing cyclist in Bridgend too closely

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-61815609

Bear in mind, motorised vehicle drivers, that you may well be on camera when you pass us cyclists far too closely (I had someone's wing mirror clear me by about one foot recently, and I'm going to invest in a camera soon) and you might well find yourself a grand lighter for your impatience or lack of concern, that is as long as you're lucky enough not to kill someone.

It might "not make sense" to the stupid old fart in this story, but anyone who's been passed from behind by a couple of tonnes of hurtling metal close enough to lick, will know why it makes sense.
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Obscure thing in a music video quiz question (thread?)
at 23:10 10 Jun 2022

Can anyone name a (the) music video which contains a shot of the following thing:

* A Vulcan bomber *

Feel free to add other questions as well as the answers.
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When was the last time you saw kids enjoying a bloody good game of curby?
at 18:07 9 Jun 2022

What is wrong with the world?
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Ministry of Defence acquires government's first quantum computer
at 08:25 9 Jun 2022

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-61647134

Is the Ben Wallace having access to a Quantum Computer a good thing or not?

One part of me says "yes" and the same part of me says "no".
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“That's not a try, that's a miracle.”
at 21:39 7 Jun 2022



Anyone else watching Origin I tomorrow? If so, who are you on?
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Great play on Radio 4 earlier, now on Sounds.
at 16:45 5 Jun 2022

The Limits to Growth

Starting in 1972 with the publication by The Club of Rome of a report challenging the sanity our (still) favoured economic model and its impact on our planet.

Whether their models were too simplistic or not, the empirical sense of their arguments was as clear then as it is today. The last 10 minutes in particular touched me, and so many of us desperately need to challenge ourselves and our complacency, ignorance or denial by listening to things like this.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0018109
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Well done all of us.
at 09:12 4 Jun 2022



https://www.noaa.gov/news-release/carbon-dioxide-now-more-than-50-higher-than-pr

This is what we've managed to achieve in our selfless battle against the destruction of our only possible home, the extinction of our fellow life forms and any hope of a future for our descendents.

It's a good job we've all of us been clearly informed of the consequences of our CO2 emissions for at least twenty years (more for some obviously) otherwise we'd never have been able to make such an impressive change in the trajectory of our doom.
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Lovely to see a Johnson out on the pitch at Wembley again...
at 16:44 29 May 2022

...if you'll pardon the expression.
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loadaballocksTech
at 11:54 26 May 2022

Robot, my arse! Not fundamentally different to the fortune teller plastic fish that used to come out of Christmas crackers.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/science-environment-61578850



'Robot developed that’s smaller than a flea
Scientists at Northwestern University in the United States have developed 3D remote-controlled robots that can walk, turn and jump and are less than 1mm in size.
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There's something very filthy about this.
at 20:00 25 May 2022

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-61581251

Volkswagen to pay out £193m in 'dieselgate' settlement

I can't quite put my finger on it, but something about the consequences and the perspective of the thing really disgusts me. I think it's things like 'apologised to customers' and 'rebuild trust [in the brand]'. It's as if all anybody is interested in is the value of people's cars and the commercial well-being of the company.

The fact that these bastards came up with a complex and deeply planned mechanism to cheat on environmental emissions, is a crime against a dying planet not just against their treasured customers. The slimy way environmental offenders avoid meaningful consequences for corporations and responsible individuals makes me sick.
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